Braid

1906 / Muirfield

James Braid won for the second year in a row at Muirfield in 1906, making him the first Champion to successfully defend the title since Harry Vardon in 1899.

After his victory there is 1901, it was his second win at Muirfield, something only Nick Faldo has repeated since. He was also only the second Champion to improve his score in each round – 77, 76, 74, 73 for a total of 300.

He beat JH Taylor by four strokes and Vardon by five. It was the third time that each of the Great Triumvirate had finished in the top-three at The Open, and Braid won on two of those occasions. Braid had joined Taylor with three titles, while Vardon was still ahead with four.

A huge field of 183 meant Braid ended up playing late in the afternoon on the first two days. He blamed the long wait for his opening 77 and on the next morning organised a friendly foursomes on a nearby course to fill in the time before posting a 76.

Taylor took the halfway lead thanks to a 72, during which he had gone to the turn in 41 but returned home in 31.

Braid was four behind after 36 holes but got a shot back with a 74 to Taylor’s 75. In the final round Vardon four-putted the first and took a 6 at the second to fall out of contention. He finished with a 78 while Taylor’s wayward driving and erratic putting led to an 80.

Braid went out in 38 but a long putt for a 3 at the 17th helped him to a 73 and a comfortable victory in the end.

Amateur John Graham was fourth, Rowland Jones, who went 73-83 on the last day, was fifth and Frenchman Arnaud Massy was sixth a year before his victory at Hoylake.

 

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
James BRAID
1
77
76
74
73
300
-
2
77
72
75
80
304
-
3
77
73
77
78
305
-
John GRAHAM JR
4
71
79
78
78
306
-
Rowland JONES
5
74
78
73
83
308
-
6
76
80
76
78
310
-
Robert MAXWELL
7
73
78
77
83
311
-
Thomas RENOUF
8
76
77
76
83
312
-
8
73
78
83
78
312
-
8
80
75
79
78
312
-
David KINNELL
11
78
76
80
79
313
-
Tom VARDON
12
76
81
81
77
315
-
William HUNTER
12
79
76
80
80
315
-
William LEAVER
12
80
76
78
81
315
-
George CAWSEY
15
79
80
79
78
316
-
Walter TOOGOOD
15
83
79
83
71
316
-
Tom SIMPSON
15
78
78
81
79
316
-
R.W. WHITECROSS
15
74
83
80
79
316
-
David MCEWAN
19
79
79
81
78
317
-
Harry HAMILL
19
83
78
79
77
317
-
19
81
79
77
80
317
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
19
77
77
78
85
317
-
P.J. GAUDIN
19
77
77
80
83
317
-
Tom BALL
24
78
79
79
82
318
-
E. RISEBRO
24
81
77
80
80
318
-
Ernest GRAY
24
77
77
78
86
318
-
D. KENNY
24
82
75
83
78
318
-
A. MATTHEWS
28
84
77
80
78
319
-
James KINNELL
28
81
75
82
81
319
-
George PULFORD
30
80
81
81
78
320
-
Robert THOMSON
30
76
78
83
83
320
-
Ernest FOORD
30
78
84
78
80
320
-
J. HEPBURN
30
81
78
84
77
320
-
James KAY
30
80
79
81
80
320
-
George COBURN
35
81
79
79
82
321
-
35
80
82
77
82
321
-
Archie SIMPSON
35
80
80
79
82
321
-
P.G. MCKENZIE
38
83
79
76
84
322
-
Percy HILLS
38
73
82
83
84
322
-
T. WATT
38
81
78
86
77
322
-
Bertie SNOWBALL
38
83
80
78
81
322
-
J.H. OKE
38
81
79
78
84
322
-
J.D. EDGAR
43
76
81
78
88
323
-
Peter MCEWAN
44
78
80
80
86
324
-
Arthur MITCHELL
45
79
80
84
82
325
-
D. GRANT
45
83
80
80
82
325
-
A. BELLWORTHY
45
80
82
81
82
325
-
John W. FULFORD
48
82
79
84
81
326
-
David STEPHENSON
48
80
81
83
82
326
-
Hugh CUNNINGHAM
48
77
83
85
81
326
-
C.K. HUTCHISON
48
79
83
80
84
326
-
Charles ROBERTS
48
82
79
80
85
326
-
W. BINNIE
53
79
78
84
86
327
-
A.J. LEWIS
53
82
79
84
82
327
-
T.D. CURRIE
53
77
86
86
78
327
-
R. MURRAY
56
83
78
87
81
329
-
A. THOMSON
56
82
80
85
82
329
-
F.A. LARKE
56
81
82
82
84
329
-
H. WATT
59
74
87
84
85
330
-
Ben SAYERS JR
60
75
87
86
83
331
-
John E. LAIDLAY
60
82
81
85
83
331
-
W. HALLAM
62
80
82
86
84
332
-
Frank COLTART
62
80
80
88
84
332
-
W. MCEWAN
62
82
81
84
85
332
-
J. JOHNSTON
65
83
78
89
84
334
-
Reginald GRAY
66
80
83
86
89
338
-
C.H. CORLETT
67
83
80
92
90
345
-
George BRAID
Wd
82
80
89
-
-
-
Wd
78
82
-
-
-
M/C
John HUNTER
Wd
82
80
-
-
-
M/C
James NELSON
Wd
77
84
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh LOGAN
Wd
79
84
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur BAGGS
M/C
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
Allan GOW
M/C
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
Albert TINGEY
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
Ben SAYERS
M/C
86
78
-
-
-
M/C
Alfred TOOGOOD
M/C
79
85
-
-
-
M/C
Charles NEAVES
M/C
83
81
-
-
-
M/C
James BRADBEER
M/C
84
80
-
-
-
M/C
F. COLLINS
M/C
78
86
-
-
-
M/C
Reginald WILSON
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
Percy WYATT
M/C
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
H. HUNT
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
G.A. CASSIDY
M/C
81
84
-
-
-
M/C
A.F. KETTLEY
M/C
81
84
-
-
-
M/C
James BATLEY
M/C
84
81
-
-
-
M/C
Jack ROWE
M/C
85
80
-
-
-
M/C
J. SHERLOCK
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
David CUTHBERT
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
J.T. POPLE
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Wifred REID
M/C
85
80
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Harry FULFORD
M/C
83
82
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur GRANT
M/C
83
82
-
-
-
M/C
Jack KIRKALDY
M/C
85
81
-
-
-
M/C
N.F. HUNTER
M/C
83
83
-
-
-
M/C
D. CURRIE
M/C
81
85
-
-
-
M/C
T.A. KENNEDY
M/C
81
85
-
-
-
M/C
W.H. FOWLER
M/C
85
81
-
-
-
M/C
Cuthbert BUTCHART
M/C
85
81
-
-
-
M/C
Jean GASSIAT
M/C
82
84
-
-
-
M/C
A. BECK
M/C
83
83
-
-
-
M/C
L. GOURLAY
M/C
85
82
-
-
-
M/C
Harry CAWSEY
M/C
80
87
-
-
-
M/C
D. FISHER
M/C
86
81
-
-
-
M/C
John GAIRDNER
M/C
80
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.B. PEASE
M/C
86
81
-
-
-
M/C
Robert GLASS
M/C
81
87
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWKWELL
M/C
85
83
-
-
-
M/C
R. JACOBS
M/C
89
79
-
-
-
M/C
Jack BLOXHAM
M/C
88
80
-
-
-
M/C
Henry CHESTNEY
M/C
86
82
-
-
-
M/C
William LEWIS
M/C
86
82
-
-
-
M/C
Leonard LEWIS
M/C
81
88
-
-
-
M/C
Willie WALLIS
M/C
85
84
-
-
-
M/C
J.G. HUTCHESON
M/C
86
83
-
-
-
M/C
James HASTIE
M/C
84
85
-
-
-
M/C
G.H. STEPHENSON
M/C
84
85
-
-
-
M/C
E.H. DEAN
M/C
89
80
-
-
-
M/C
J.E. TAGGART
M/C
86
83
-
-
-
M/C
G. PANNELL
M/C
85
84
-
-
-
M/C
F.G. RENOUF
M/C
88
82
-
-
-
M/C
A.H. SCOTT
M/C
85
85
-
-
-
M/C
T.M. HUNTER
M/C
84
86
-
-
-
M/C
J.L. CASSIDY
M/C
85
85
-
-
-
M/C
Joshua TAYLOR
M/C
86
84
-
-
-
M/C
H. HENRY
M/C
84
86
-
-
-
M/C
C. WILSON
M/C
85
86
-
-
-
M/C
J.J. MCKENNA
M/C
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. WHITING
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
G.P. ELDER
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
J.C. JOHNSTONE
M/C
84
87
-
-
-
M/C
Alex MARLING
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
R.G. GRAHAM
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
T. DRUMMOND
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
John DUNCAN
M/C
83
89
-
-
-
M/C
Fred SAUNDERS
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
J.M. WILLIAMSON
M/C
90
83
-
-
-
M/C
C. BURGESS
M/C
85
88
-
-
-
M/C
C. GIBSON
M/C
86
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.E. BAMFORD
M/C
89
85
-
-
-
M/C
David BONE
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
Robert F. WALKER
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
J. SAUNDERS
M/C
87
88
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas HOOD
M/C
89
86
-
-
-
M/C
Tom HARRIS
M/C
88
87
-
-
-
M/C
Maitland WALKER
M/C
88
87
-
-
-
M/C
R. COLLINS
M/C
86
90
-
-
-
M/C
E.A. PERCY
M/C
89
88
-
-
-
M/C
R. ELDER
M/C
87
90
-
-
-
M/C
D.A. GIVEN
M/C
88
91
-
-
-
M/C
W.H. WEBB
M/C
86
93
-
-
-
M/C
Tom PARR
M/C
92
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.S. CAIRD
M/C
88
91
-
-
-
M/C
William MACNAMARA
M/C
92
87
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur DELL
M/C
89
91
-
-
-
M/C
Harry TUCK
M/C
90
91
-
-
-
M/C
William BROWN
M/C
89
93
-
-
-
M/C
W.S. MARKS
M/C
94
90
-
-
-
M/C
Charles WINGATE
Wd
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom WALKER
Wd
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.B. HUTCHISON
Wd
87
-
-
-
-
M/C
William DUNCAN
Wd
88
-
-
-
-
M/C
George WILKIE
Wd
88
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.G. RITCHIE
Wd
89
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.A. SNODGRASS
Wd
89
-
-
-
-
M/C
Joseph DALGLEISH
Wd
91
-
-
-
-
M/C
John ROBINSON
Wd
93
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. OSBORN
Wd
95
-
-
-
-
M/C
Rupert MUNDY
Wd
96
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur REID
Wd
87
-
-
-
-
M/C
John MCANDREW
Wd
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
G. CHARLES
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
G. JEFFS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W. COLTART
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom YEOMAN
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
F. CHAMBERS
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
W. MCBAIN
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. RANKEN JR
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
James DONALDSON
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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