White

1904 / Royal St George's

Sunningdale professional Jack White, a nephew of Ben Sayers from North Berwick, won his only Open at Royal St George’s in 1904 when the final day saw record scoring.

In the third round James Braid became the first player to break 70 in The Open. He went out in 31, with four 3s to the turn, and came in with a 69 to take the lead from Harry Vardon, who faded over the last 36 holes.

White, hunched over his tiny putter so that his hands were virtually level with his knees, then matched Braid’s record with his own 69 in the final round. In so doing, he became the first player over four rounds to improve his score each time.

He had opened with an 80, five off the lead, and then followed with a 75 and a 72 before his terrific final round. He was also the first player to break 300 for The Open over 72 holes, posting the target at 296.

Braid’s one-shot lead had disappeared but he played steadily and came to the last with a chance to tie. However, he was told by spectators that he only needed a 4 to match White and facing a long first putt, he lagged it up close.

Alas, his informants had been wrong and he was one short after a 71. JH Taylor did know he needed a 3 at the last to tie but his 30-footer just slipped by.He too was one short and it was little consolation that he had just set a new Open record of 68.

He went out in 32, with a 2 at the third, and finished with five 4s in a row.

Tom Vardon was fourth and Harry fifth, having spent most of the previous year since winning his fourth title convalescing from tuberculosis.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Jack WHITE
1
80
75
72
69
296
-
2
77
78
74
68
297
-
2
77
80
69
71
297
-
Tom VARDON
4
77
77
75
72
301
-
5
76
73
79
74
302
-
J. SHERLOCK
6
83
71
78
77
309
-
John GRAHAM JR
7
76
76
78
80
310
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
7
78
79
74
79
310
-
9
84
76
76
75
311
-
Ben SAYERS
10
80
80
76
77
313
-
Robert MAXWELL
10
80
80
76
77
313
-
Alfred TOOGOOD
12
88
76
74
77
315
-
Robert THOMSON
12
75
76
80
84
315
-
12
84
72
81
78
315
-
12
81
81
77
76
315
-
Jack ROWE
16
86
82
75
73
316
-
George COBURN
16
79
82
75
80
316
-
18
83
78
79
78
318
-
Ernest GRAY
19
84
77
74
84
319
-
F. COLLINS
19
88
77
75
79
319
-
George CAWSEY
19
82
80
78
79
319
-
J.S. WORTHINGTON
22
85
79
78
78
320
-
Thomas RENOUF
23
82
79
79
81
321
-
P.J. GAUDIN
24
79
83
80
80
322
-
A. MATTHEWS
24
85
81
78
78
322
-
A. THOMSON
26
86
81
75
81
323
-
Edward BLACKWELL
27
88
77
81
79
325
-
George CAWKWELL
27
83
83
79
80
325
-
Rowland JONES
27
89
77
77
82
325
-
Percy HILLS
30
85
83
80
78
326
-
J. HEPBURN
30
87
80
79
80
326
-
A. BELLWORTHY
30
82
84
83
77
326
-
William LEAVER
33
85
80
82
81
328
-
G. PANNELL
33
82
84
81
81
328
-
E. RISEBRO
35
85
81
85
78
329
-
Percy WYATT
35
83
82
81
83
329
-
A. DENHOLM
35
86
79
84
80
329
-
Charles ROBERTS
38
83
82
86
80
331
-
Charles NEAVES
38
86
80
80
85
331
-
H.A. HOWLETT
40
88
79
86
79
332
-
W.C. GAUDIN
41
84
84
79
86
333
-
Harry CAWSEY
41
80
83
88
82
333
-
W. MCEWAN
43
86
81
86
85
338
-
Tom YEOMAN
43
86
81
86
85
338
-
Reginald GRAY
45
86
82
87
89
344
-
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
Wd
83
80
87
-
-
-
David STEPHENSON
Wd
86
80
80
-
-
-
G. CHARLES
NR
83
83
-
-
-
M/C
Harry HARRIS
Wd
84
82
-
-
-
M/C
Wd
83
85
-
-
-
M/C
George PULFORD
Wd
81
85
-
-
-
M/C
Wd
84
79
-
-
-
M/C
William HUNTER
M/C
83
86
-
-
-
M/C
C. Ralph SMITH
M/C
88
81
-
-
-
M/C
J. MILNE
M/C
88
81
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur MITCHELL
M/C
84
86
-
-
-
M/C
S.H. FRY
M/C
88
82
-
-
-
M/C
Harry FULFORD
M/C
84
86
-
-
-
M/C
Walter TRAVIS
M/C
83
88
-
-
-
M/C
David MCEWAN
M/C
84
87
-
-
-
M/C
Tom PARR
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
Angus HAMBRO
M/C
88
83
-
-
-
M/C
Walter TOOGOOD
M/C
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
H. HUNT
M/C
81
91
-
-
-
M/C
Tom WILLIAMSON
M/C
89
83
-
-
-
M/C
G. BRADBEER
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. TAYLOR
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
S. WHITING
M/C
89
84
-
-
-
M/C
James KINNELL
M/C
84
89
-
-
-
M/C
Archie SIMPSON
M/C
84
89
-
-
-
M/C
A. DAVEY
M/C
88
86
-
-
-
M/C
P. WYNNE
M/C
90
84
-
-
-
M/C
G.A. CASSIDY
M/C
89
85
-
-
-
M/C
James KAY
M/C
88
86
-
-
-
M/C
Frank COLTART
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
Peter MCEWAN
M/C
88
86
-
-
-
M/C
Tom BALL
M/C
90
85
-
-
-
M/C
A. FOWLER
M/C
85
90
-
-
-
M/C
F.G. RENOUF
M/C
92
83
-
-
-
M/C
William WINTON
M/C
91
85
-
-
-
M/C
John HILL
M/C
87
89
-
-
-
M/C
C.E. HAMBRO
M/C
89
87
-
-
-
M/C
Robert MUNRO
M/C
91
85
-
-
-
M/C
Ben GOSS
M/C
89
88
-
-
-
M/C
J.D. EDGAR
M/C
89
88
-
-
-
M/C
H.G. PECK
M/C
91
86
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas HOOD
M/C
84
93
-
-
-
M/C
W.L. MACKIE
M/C
91
86
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh LOGAN
M/C
92
86
-
-
-
M/C
Wifred REID
M/C
89
89
-
-
-
M/C
S.J. COOPER
M/C
91
88
-
-
-
M/C
William LEWIS
M/C
90
89
-
-
-
M/C
H. WOODS
M/C
91
89
-
-
-
M/C
Herbert STRONG
M/C
93
88
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
94
87
-
-
-
M/C
John H. HUGHES
M/C
99
83
-
-
-
M/C
E.W. JOHNSON
M/C
90
92
-
-
-
M/C
T. KING
M/C
96
86
-
-
-
M/C
J.C. HUTCHISON
M/C
93
91
-
-
-
M/C
C. JOHNSON
M/C
96
88
-
-
-
M/C
C. DAVEY
M/C
91
94
-
-
-
M/C
M. KETLEY
M/C
95
90
-
-
-
M/C
Cuthbert BUTCHART
M/C
95
90
-
-
-
M/C
J.S. CAIRD
M/C
96
89
-
-
-
M/C
J. BACON
M/C
96
90
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest NEWBERY
M/C
99
88
-
-
-
M/C
G.H. STEPHENSON
M/C
93
96
-
-
-
M/C
Charles LAWRENCE
M/C
96
94
-
-
-
M/C
L.B. STEVENS
M/C
97
93
-
-
-
M/C
Henry CHESTNEY
M/C
99
95
-
-
-
M/C
J. WALKER
M/C
101
94
-
-
-
M/C
B. SMITH
M/C
101
94
-
-
-
M/C
Albert TINGEY
113
90
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.J. IFE
DQ
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.E. MASON
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.G. DIVALL
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
E.M. BYERS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. HILLS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. WHITEHEAD
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Maitland WALKER
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest METTERS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
John MCANDREW
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.J. LEWIS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
C.W. POPE
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest FOORD
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
John W. FULFORD
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
D.S. FROY
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
James BATLEY
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Willie WALLIS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur REID
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. BECK
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jack RANDALL
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.T. POPLE
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
N.F. HUNTER
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Joseph DALGLEISH
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Rupert MUNDY
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.L. CASSIDY
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert F. WALKER
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
F. GOLDSMITH
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
F.A. GOSS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Joseph PARR
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
George SARGENT
DQ
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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