Vardon

1911 / Royal St George's

Harry Vardon won four Opens in eight years and took eight more to win his fifth to tie James Braid for the record number of victories.

It came at Royal St George’s in a play-off that did not go the full distance. Vardon faced France’s Arnaud Massy, the 1907 Champion, in a 36-hole decider and was five strokes ahead after a 74 in the morning. He was hitting his drives 20 to 30 yards past Massy and was as straight as ever.

He missed a couple of short putts after lunch but then hit a long iron from the rough to 12 feet at the fourth and holed for a 3. It was a relentless exhibition and when Vardon powered two long shots against the wind onto the 17th green Massy had had enough.

He threw down his club and shook hands to concede. After 34 holes Vardon had been ten strokes ahead. “I cannot play this damn game,” Massy sighed.The large starting field of 226 caused problems with the first two rounds taking three days to complete.

George Duncan, with scores of 73 and 71, was four ahead of Vardon and JH Taylor but fired an 83 in the third round, just as he had in the final round a year earlier. Vardon, after two earlier 74s, posted a 75 to lead by three before coming home in 42 in the afternoon for a closing 80.

He set the target at 303 and three men had a chance to catch him with a 4 at the last. Both Herd and Harold Hilton could only manage 5s and shared third place, one ahead of Braid, JH Taylor and Ted Ray, who would win in 1912.

Massy, however, found the green in two at the last and laid his first putt stone dead and tied with a 76.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Harry VARDON
1
74
74
75
80
303
-
2
75
78
74
76
303
-
3
77
73
76
78
304
-
3
76
74
78
76
304
-
5
76
72
79
78
305
-
5
72
76
78
79
305
-
5
78
75
74
78
305
-
8
73
71
83
79
306
-
Laurie AYTON SR
9
75
77
77
78
307
-
J. HEPBURN
10
74
77
83
75
309
-
Fred ROBSON
10
78
74
79
78
309
-
F. COLLINS
12
77
76
83
74
310
-
Thomas RENOUF
13
75
76
79
81
311
-
J. PIPER
13
78
79
80
74
311
-
Tom BALL
15
76
77
79
80
312
-
H.E. TAYLOR
16
83
73
76
81
313
-
Wifred REID
16
78
79
80
76
313
-
Rowland JONES
16
80
76
85
72
313
-
Charles MAYO
16
78
78
79
78
313
-
J. SHERLOCK
16
73
80
76
84
313
-
W.M. WATT
21
76
80
79
79
314
-
Michael MORAN
21
72
78
83
81
314
-
Edward BLACKWELL
21
71
81
82
80
314
-
Ernest C. JONES
24
77
82
81
75
315
-
L.B. STEVENS
24
79
83
77
76
315
-
Joshua TAYLOR
24
79
81
80
75
315
-
Robert HARRIS
27
77
80
76
83
316
-
Fred LEACH
27
75
79
87
75
316
-
James OCKENDEN
29
75
78
81
83
317
-
J.C. JOHNSTONE
29
82
79
78
78
317
-
A.F. KETTLEY
29
79
77
81
80
317
-
Tom FERNIE
29
80
78
76
83
317
-
Robert THOMSON
29
77
76
85
79
317
-
Ernest WHITCOMBE
34
77
85
80
76
318
-
Sidney BALL
34
82
76
85
75
318
-
E. GOODBAN
36
81
81
78
79
319
-
Jack ROWE
36
74
80
81
84
319
-
Len HOLLAND
36
81
81
77
80
319
-
William HORNE
36
74
76
84
85
319
-
Walter HAMBLETON
36
83
78
78
80
319
-
Lionel MUNN
41
78
76
83
83
320
-
Hon. Michael SCOTT
41
78
80
81
81
320
-
Harry BALL
43
81
79
84
77
321
-
Charles JOHNS
43
79
79
83
80
321
-
Stephen GUARD
43
83
75
81
82
321
-
Horace FULFORD
46
75
83
81
83
322
-
H.W. BEVERIDGE
46
75
79
83
85
322
-
Angus HAMBRO
46
81
77
84
80
322
-
F.A. LARKE
49
82
80
81
80
323
-
Chick EVANS JR
49
78
78
78
89
323
-
J.D. EDGAR
49
80
82
83
78
323
-
S.G. JAMES
52
80
82
83
79
324
-
P.J. GAUDIN
52
77
84
82
81
324
-
Tom SIMPSON
54
80
82
83
80
325
-
Jean GASSIAT
54
80
82
79
84
325
-
James SOUTAR
54
86
76
81
82
325
-
George TUCK
57
77
78
85
86
326
-
F.C. CARR
57
82
79
81
84
326
-
Albert HALLAM
57
77
83
81
85
326
-
E. RISEBRO
57
82
80
86
78
326
-
Arthur GRANT
57
82
80
83
81
326
-
Percy HILLS
62
80
77
89
81
327
-
Cyril HUGHES
63
84
78
83
83
328
-
E.A. LASSEN
64
81
79
85
85
330
-
J. COWAN
65
79
83
85
85
332
-
E.N. LAYTON
66
78
82
87
86
333
-
W.T. JEFFRIES
67
77
84
88
85
334
-
A. MATTHEWS
68
79
79
87
90
335
-
J.W. GAUDIN
DQ
80
76
-
-
-
M/C
Robert WALKER
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
C.K. HUTCHISON
M/C
82
79
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew KIRKALDY
M/C
77
85
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest FOORD
M/C
80
82
-
-
-
M/C
Charles ROBERTS
M/C
82
81
-
-
-
M/C
A. CATLIN
M/C
79
84
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur GRAY
M/C
81
82
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
79
84
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
80
83
-
-
-
M/C
H. CHEAL
M/C
80
83
-
-
-
M/C
G. CHARLES
M/C
79
84
-
-
-
M/C
G. MCDOWELL
M/C
77
86
-
-
-
M/C
Walter TEDDER
M/C
85
78
-
-
-
M/C
James BATLEY
M/C
82
81
-
-
-
M/C
Charles PARSONS
M/C
81
82
-
-
-
M/C
Peter RAINFORD
M/C
76
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.H. OKE
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
William HAMLET
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
Bernard NICHOLLS
M/C
79
85
-
-
-
M/C
Percy WYATT
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
James BRADBEER
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
Everard Martin SMITH
M/C
83
81
-
-
-
M/C
A. BECK
M/C
86
78
-
-
-
M/C
Ben SAYERS JR
M/C
80
84
-
-
-
M/C
Herbert RISEBOROUGH
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
W.L. RITCHIE
M/C
82
82
-
-
-
M/C
John GRAHAM JR
M/C
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
Harry CAWSEY
M/C
83
81
-
-
-
M/C
Louis TELLIER
M/C
84
80
-
-
-
M/C
William HUNTER
M/C
83
81
-
-
-
M/C
Ben SAYERS
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest GRAY
M/C
82
83
-
-
-
M/C
Reginald GRAY
M/C
87
78
-
-
-
M/C
F.A. WOOLLEY
M/C
86
79
-
-
-
M/C
P. DANIELS
M/C
83
82
-
-
-
M/C
G. COCKBURN
M/C
85
80
-
-
-
M/C
Henry CHESTNEY
M/C
84
81
-
-
-
M/C
G. KITCHEN
M/C
78
87
-
-
-
M/C
J. MILNE
M/C
83
82
-
-
-
M/C
P. WYNNE
M/C
82
84
-
-
-
M/C
David FOX
M/C
77
89
-
-
-
M/C
R. SEYMOUR
M/C
86
80
-
-
-
M/C
Tom WILLIAMSON
M/C
81
85
-
-
-
M/C
Abe MITCHELL
M/C
80
86
-
-
-
M/C
Hugh MCNEILL
M/C
84
82
-
-
-
M/C
A.J. HOWLETT
M/C
83
83
-
-
-
M/C
Charles KENNETT
M/C
83
84
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur MITCHELL
M/C
84
83
-
-
-
M/C
Walter TOOGOOD
M/C
85
82
-
-
-
M/C
C. GIBSON
M/C
82
85
-
-
-
M/C
R. JACOBS
M/C
81
86
-
-
-
M/C
G.A. CASSIDY
M/C
84
83
-
-
-
M/C
Claude GRAY
M/C
84
84
-
-
-
M/C
P. BISHOP
M/C
80
88
-
-
-
M/C
Charles BRADBEER
M/C
82
86
-
-
-
M/C
A. BELLWORTHY
M/C
88
80
-
-
-
M/C
Harry FULFORD
M/C
83
85
-
-
-
M/C
J. SIDEY
M/C
83
85
-
-
-
M/C
J.C. LONIE
M/C
83
85
-
-
-
M/C
John PARK
M/C
78
90
-
-
-
M/C
Wilfred THOMSON
M/C
86
83
-
-
-
M/C
S. WHITING
M/C
87
82
-
-
-
M/C
Albert TINGEY
M/C
84
85
-
-
-
M/C
James KINNELL
M/C
86
83
-
-
-
M/C
William LEAVER
M/C
85
84
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas BRACE
M/C
81
88
-
-
-
M/C
F.H. FROSTICK
M/C
83
86
-
-
-
M/C
H. HUNT
M/C
82
87
-
-
-
M/C
Jack BLOXHAM
M/C
85
84
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWSEY
M/C
83
87
-
-
-
M/C
J. MCNAMARA
M/C
82
88
-
-
-
M/C
John W. FULFORD
M/C
83
87
-
-
-
M/C
W. RUSH
M/C
86
84
-
-
-
M/C
J. CHEAL
M/C
78
92
-
-
-
M/C
Frank COLTART
M/C
82
88
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur BAGGS
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWKWELL
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
Edwin SINCLAIR
M/C
88
83
-
-
-
M/C
Eric BANNISTER
M/C
84
87
-
-
-
M/C
C. HARRIS
M/C
84
87
-
-
-
M/C
D.S. FROY
M/C
85
86
-
-
-
M/C
David STEPHENSON
M/C
87
84
-
-
-
M/C
Herbert OSBORNE
M/C
88
83
-
-
-
M/C
Albert S. TINGEY JR
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
Bruce PEARCE
M/C
89
83
-
-
-
M/C
J.G. ANDERSON
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
J. WALKER
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
J. TURNER
M/C
91
81
-
-
-
M/C
S. HUMPHREY
M/C
88
84
-
-
-
M/C
Tom TRAPP
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
Jack RANDALL
M/C
86
86
-
-
-
M/C
T. SKIPPER
M/C
82
90
-
-
-
M/C
Edward SMITH
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
H. BROWN
M/C
85
87
-
-
-
M/C
John MCANDREW
M/C
84
88
-
-
-
M/C
Tom BECK
M/C
88
85
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur REID
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
J.B. FULFORD
M/C
90
84
-
-
-
M/C
Joseph ROBINSON
M/C
87
87
-
-
-
M/C
A. SOUTHON
M/C
90
84
-
-
-
M/C
M.F. LEWIS
M/C
85
89
-
-
-
M/C
E. GRAY
M/C
85
89
-
-
-
M/C
Willie WALLIS
M/C
89
87
-
-
-
M/C
Tom PARR
M/C
87
89
-
-
-
M/C
F. HICKMAN
M/C
85
91
-
-
-
M/C
E.H. CASSIDY
M/C
82
94
-
-
-
M/C
C. TRAPP
M/C
86
90
-
-
-
M/C
E.L. CHEAL
M/C
86
90
-
-
-
M/C
Thomas LEAVER
M/C
91
86
-
-
-
M/C
Jack POWELL
M/C
90
87
-
-
-
M/C
Alex POWELL
M/C
91
87
-
-
-
M/C
Jack ROSS
M/C
88
90
-
-
-
M/C
Roland HAIG
M/C
91
87
-
-
-
M/C
P.H. REEVES
M/C
88
92
-
-
-
M/C
H.A. RICHARDS
M/C
87
94
-
-
-
M/C
P. WYNNE
M/C
93
91
-
-
-
M/C
J.S. CAIRD
M/C
93
93
-
-
-
M/C
A.H. MOLESWORTH
M/C
107
94
-
-
-
M/C
Philip TAYLOR
188
79
-
-
-
-
M/C
Clyde PEARCE
189
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
S.H. FRY
189
81
-
-
-
-
M/C
H.G. FROSTICK
191
82
-
-
-
-
M/C
C.H. CORLETT
192
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
Robert MCKENZIE
192
84
-
-
-
-
M/C
William MACNAMARA
194
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
Fred SAUNDERS
194
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
E. PENFOLD
196
86
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.H. HUTCHINGS
197
87
-
-
-
-
M/C
A. SHAW
198
88
-
-
-
-
M/C
William LEWIS
199
89
-
-
-
-
M/C
Gill Fletcher THOMAS
200
90
-
-
-
-
M/C
P. BOOMER
200
90
-
-
-
-
M/C
Leonard C. JOB
202
91
-
-
-
-
M/C
Harry MANN
203
92
-
-
-
-
M/C
Malcolm GOODWILLIE
203
92
-
-
-
-
M/C
J. SAVAGE
203
92
-
-