Braid

1910 / St Andrews

James Braid became the first player to win five times with his victory in the 50th Open at St Andrews in 1910. Since then JH Taylor, Peter Thomson and Tom Watson have matched him and only Harry Vardon passed him.

It was a magical decade for Braid, with his five wins coming in ten years exactly, which also included three runner-up finishes and two fifth places.

His last four wins came in just six years. He joined Bob Martin and Taylor as a double winner at St Andrews, having also won in 1905, but remains unique in being a double winner at both St Andrews and Muirfield.Curiously, Braid played five full rounds during The Open.

The first round was interrupted by such a severe thunderstorm that the course flooded. Informed on the 13th hole that the round was being cancelled, Braid kept playing just in case the news had been wrong.

He used a heavy ball so that his putts sank into the hole, while others saw their balls float away in the puddles. He returned a 76, the best score of the day so far but it did not count.

He had another 76 in the first-round proper, but that was three behind George Duncan. Willie Smith, a Carnoustie-born American who won the 1899 US Open, led at halfway after scores of 77 and 71 but finished with two 80s.

Duncan had a 71 in the third round to lead by two from Braid, who had gone 73, 74, but could not control his nerves in a final round of 83 that dropped him to third place.

Former Champion Sandy Herd had a 76 to finish second but Braid matched him to win by four strokes with a total of 299, ten better than Taylor’s previous best for St Andrews Opens.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
James BRAID
1
76
73
74
76
299
-
2
78
74
75
76
303
-
3
73
77
71
83
304
-
Laurie AYTON SR
4
78
76
75
77
306
-
5
76
77
74
81
308
-
Willie SMITH
5
77
71
80
80
308
-
Fred ROBSON
5
75
80
77
76
308
-
James KINNELL
8
79
74
77
79
309
-
Donald ROSS
8
78
79
75
77
309
-
E.P. GAUDIN
8
78
74
76
81
309
-
Thomas RENOUF
8
77
76
75
81
309
-
P.J. GAUDIN
12
80
79
74
78
311
-
Tom BALL
12
81
77
75
78
311
-
Michael MORAN
14
77
75
79
81
312
-
14
76
80
78
78
312
-
16
77
81
75
80
313
-
W.L. RITCHIE
16
78
74
82
79
313
-
Fred MACKENZIE
16
78
80
75
80
313
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
19
78
80
78
78
314
-
J. HEPBURN
19
78
82
76
78
314
-
19
79
75
78
82
314
-
22
78
77
81
79
315
-
Jack ROWE
22
81
74
80
80
315
-
C.K. HUTCHISON
24
82
74
78
82
316
-
Wifred REID
24
78
83
77
78
316
-
W. BINNIE
24
80
76
77
83
316
-
Charles ROBERTS
24
81
73
79
83
316
-
Ernest FOORD
28
80
77
79
81
317
-
28
79
76
79
83
317
-
Herbert RISEBOROUGH
28
75
81
81
80
317
-
J. SHERLOCK
28
77
81
80
79
317
-
W.M. WATT
32
74
82
78
84
318
-
William LEAVER
32
79
81
77
81
318
-
S. WHITING
32
80
81
80
77
318
-
George DANIEL
32
77
81
78
82
318
-
F. COLLINS
36
77
82
76
84
319
-
Walter TOOGOOD
37
80
81
74
85
320
-
Rowland JONES
38
81
80
80
80
321
-
J.D. EDGAR
38
80
81
81
79
321
-
W.T. JEFFRIES
38
79
76
81
85
321
-
Peter RAINFORD
38
81
79
78
83
321
-
38
81
78
78
84
321
-
Peter MCEWAN
38
80
79
80
82
321
-
Charles MAYO
44
80
79
82
81
322
-
William HUNTER
45
77
84
82
80
323
-
John PARK
45
79
80
80
84
323
-
Percy WYATT
45
79
79
81
84
323
-
Ben SAYERS JR
45
79
78
83
83
323
-
William LEWIS
45
80
80
82
81
323
-
Jean GASSIAT
50
81
78
85
80
324
-
Philip TAYLOR
50
80
79
85
80
324
-
H.A. GAUDIN
50
80
80
81
83
324
-
Albert TINGEY
50
80
77
81
86
324
-
W.A. HENDERSON
50
81
77
79
87
324
-
Arthur BAGGS
55
79
79
83
84
325
-
Joshua TAYLOR
55
78
81
85
81
325
-
A. CUNNINGHAM
57
81
80
84
82
327
-
Edward SMITH
58
81
80
83
87
331
-
John GRAHAM JR
M/C
79
78
-
-
-
M/C
Tom VARDON
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
W.H. HOME
M/C
84
74
-
-
-
M/C
Robert THOMSON
M/C
74
85
-
-
-
M/C
William HORNE
M/C
85
74
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
84
77
-
-
-
M/C
A. BELLWORTHY
65
77
-
-
-
-
M/C
H.G. FROSTICK
65
77
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. PIPER
67
78
-
-
-
-
M/C
Claude GRAY
67
78
-
-
-
-
M/C
Guy CAMPBELL
67
78
-
-
-
-
M/C
Edward BLACKWELL
67
78
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom FERNIE
71
79
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. GAUDIN
71
79
-
-
-
-
M/C
Fred LEACH
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas BRACE
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
Bernard NICHOLLS
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
D. ROBERTSON
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
Alfred VARDON
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
George SAYERS
73
80
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest METTERS
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Sydney O. SHEPHERD
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Charles KENNETT
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur GRAY
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
G. MCDOWELL
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur REID
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom PARR
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur MITCHELL
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Henry CHESTNEY
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
Reginald WILSON
79
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
George PULFORD
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
P. WYNNE
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
E. VENESS
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
James ANDREW
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew KIRKALDY
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
David KIRKALDY
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
Allan GOW
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
R.H. HENRIT
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
John MCANDREW
89
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
Bert BATLEY
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Malcolm GOODWILLIE
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Charles GIBSON JR
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. FORSTER
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
J.H. JONES
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
H. DUFF
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
R. TINCH
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
D. GRANT
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Harry FULFORD
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Archie EARL
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWKWELL
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Frank COLTART
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
C. GIBSON
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. COWAN
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Albert S. TINGEY JR
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Cyril HUGHES
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
Cuthbert BUTCHART
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. CHEAL
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
James BATLEY
98
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
P. BOOMER
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
E. RISEBRO
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jack B. ROSS
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
G.R. BUCKLE
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.F. KETTLEY
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
F.A. LARKE
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. MATTHEWS
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest GRAY
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. BECK
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Ben SAYERS
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom SHANNON
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
A.E. ROBB
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Maitland WALKER
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
James EDMUNDSON
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Simon PARR
118
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
William LONIE
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas CURRIE
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
William HENLEY
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
R.J. MACDONALD
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom YOUNG
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
F. RICHARDSON
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur GRANT
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
E.A. LASSEN
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
T. WATT
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
H. CHEAL
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Alex POWELL
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
E.L. CHEAL
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
E.H. CASSIDY
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
F.H. FROSTICK
133
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
G. KITCHEN
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur BUTCHART
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jack POWELL
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
Jack ROSS
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
Geoffrey BECK
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
George COBURN
147
86
-
-
-
-
M/C

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