Taylor

1909 / Royal Cinque Ports

JH Taylor had not won The Open for nine years but he was back to his imperious best in winning a fourth title in the first Championship staged at Cinque Ports in Deal.

A traditional out-and-back links along the seafront, the course is only a short distance south of Royal St George’s at Sandwich and had earned a reputation as a fine test for the whole game.

Taylor was certainly on his, hitting the ball higher than in his earlier days but making excellent use of his short game around the tricky greens.

As usual he was steady, producing three rounds of 74 and a 73 in the second round which was the lowest score returned and put him into the lead.

Ironically, it was during this round that he had his only 6 of the Championship. It came at the fifth but he still managed to go out in 37 and birdied with a 3 at the 18th.Despite a flurry of missed four-footers on the second morning, Taylor still extended his lead to four strokes after 54 holes and then finished on a total of 295.

A poor drive into the rough at the 16th was followed by a bold brassie onto the green for a 4. He won by six strokes from Tom Ball, a runner-up for the second year running after closing rounds of 76 and 76, and James Braid, the defending Champion, recovered from an opening 79 with scores of 75, 73 and 74.

“I am proud to have won the first Open ever played on Deal Links,” Taylor said.

“It is most worthy of such an event being held upon it.”For the first time an Exhibition Tent was erected where manufacturers and retailers could show off their products and prizes were awarded to the best clubs in various categories.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
J.H. TAYLOR
1
74
73
74
74
295
-
Tom BALL
2
74
75
76
76
301
-
2
79
75
73
74
301
-
Charles JOHNS
4
72
76
79
75
302
-
Thomas RENOUF
5
76
78
76
73
303
-
6
77
76
76
75
304
-
William HORNE
7
77
78
77
74
306
-
8
76
75
80
76
307
-
J. HEPBURN
8
78
77
76
76
307
-
E.A. LASSEN
10
82
74
74
78
308
-
George PULFORD
10
81
76
76
75
308
-
Bernard NICHOLLS
10
78
76
77
77
308
-
Robert MAXWELL
13
75
80
80
74
309
-
Peter RAINFORD
14
78
76
76
80
310
-
E.P. GAUDIN
14
76
77
77
80
310
-
George CAWSEY
16
79
76
78
78
311
-
Robert THOMSON
17
81
79
75
77
312
-
Ben SAYERS
17
79
77
79
77
312
-
Tom VARDON
19
80
75
80
78
313
-
C.K. HUTCHISON
19
75
81
78
79
313
-
21
77
82
80
75
314
-
F. COLLINS
21
81
78
75
80
314
-
Michael MORAN
21
82
81
74
77
314
-
Wifred REID
21
77
83
78
76
314
-
Ernest FOORD
21
77
80
81
76
314
-
A. BELLWORTHY
26
76
84
78
78
316
-
Arthur BUTCHART
26
80
79
80
77
316
-
26
82
77
79
78
316
-
Rowland JONES
26
80
79
79
78
316
-
J.D. EDGAR
26
81
81
76
78
316
-
James BATLEY
31
79
83
79
76
317
-
Jean GASSIAT
31
77
78
82
80
317
-
Fred ROBSON
31
79
78
77
83
317
-
J. SHERLOCK
34
78
81
78
81
318
-
E. GOODBAN
35
78
81
83
77
319
-
C. Ralph SMITH
35
85
79
77
78
319
-
35
76
84
80
79
319
-
Albert TINGEY
38
81
79
84
76
320
-
James KAY
38
79
78
82
81
320
-
A. MATTHEWS
38
80
80
85
75
320
-
James SOUTAR
38
80
78
86
76
320
-
R.E. MYDDELTON
42
76
83
78
84
321
-
Charles MAYO
42
78
83
83
77
321
-
Charles ROBERTS
44
80
81
79
82
322
-
George CAWKWELL
44
80
81
82
79
322
-
Hugh MCNEILL
44
75
87
77
83
322
-
Arthur REID
47
83
80
79
81
323
-
Ben SAYERS JR
48
82
81
81
80
324
-
Percy HILLS
48
79
78
84
83
324
-
P.J. GAUDIN
48
79
83
77
85
324
-
William HUNTER
51
86
81
74
84
325
-
John PARK
51
82
82
79
82
325
-
R. FINCH
51
79
85
80
81
325
-
Ernest GRAY
51
80
82
82
81
325
-
A. DAY
51
82
81
84
78
325
-
Albert HALLAM
51
77
85
81
82
325
-
B. SKOYLES
57
85
76
85
81
327
-
J. PIPER
58
73
85
82
89
329
-
R.W. ORR
59
87
83
78
82
330
-
Sidney BALL
60
85
85
83
78
331
-
H. CHEAL
61
84
85
85
82
336
-
John MCANDREW
62
83
88
80
90
341
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
Wd
83
80
85
-
-
-
Wd
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
Frank COLTART
Wd
84
84
-
-
-
M/C
F.A. LARKE
Wd
85
81
-
-
-
M/C
Tom FERNIE
Wd
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
Charles PARSONS
Wd
86
83
-
-
-
M/C
A. CATLIN
Wd
80
-
-
-
-
M/C

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