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1912 / Muirfield

Ted Ray never quite matched the success of his friend from Jersey, Harry Vardon, or the rest of the Great Triumvirate, who had won the last four Opens among them, but he did claim The Open at Muirfield in 1912.

Like Vardon, Ray grew up in Grouville and first played golf and caddied on the local course. A victory by four strokes over five-time Champion Vardon must have been hugely satisfying.

His was the first victory achieved by leading outright after each round since The Open was extended to 72 holes. Rory McIlroy became only the seventh Champion to achieve this in 2014.

Muirfield had been extended to a mighty 6,425 yards but Ray, in a tight-fitting jacket with a trilby hat firmly in place on his head, was a ferocious hitter. His advice for achieving greater distance was simple: “Hit the ball a bloody sight harder.”

He had been in the top-six in each of the previous five years and led by one from George Duncan after an opening 71.

A 73 in the second round put him three ahead of defending Champion Vardon and a 76 gave him a record 54-hole score of 220 and a five-stroke lead over James Braid. Vardon had slumped to an 81 in the third round but rallied with a closing 71 to finish four ahead of Braid, who was third, with Duncan finishing fourth.

Ray was out early in the fourth round and his supporters knew that a 75 for a total of 295 was not going to be beaten.

Somehow they got the huge man on their shoulders and paraded him off in triumph. In 1920 he became the second British player after Vardon to win the US Open as well as The Open, something not matched until Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Ted RAY
1
71
73
76
75
295
-
2
75
72
81
71
299
-
3
77
71
77
78
303
-
4
72
77
78
78
305
-
Laurie AYTON SR
5
74
80
75
79
308
-
6
76
81
76
76
309
-
Jean GASSIAT
7
76
80
78
76
310
-
Reginald WILSON
7
82
75
75
78
310
-
F. COLLINS
7
76
79
81
74
310
-
10
74
77
82
78
311
-
Charles MAYO
11
76
77
78
81
312
-
11
75
76
77
84
312
-
G. FOTHERINGHAM
13
75
78
79
81
313
-
Robert THOMSON
13
73
77
80
83
313
-
Michael MORAN
15
76
79
80
79
314
-
Hugh MCNEILL
15
76
78
82
78
314
-
Fred LEACH
17
75
82
81
77
315
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
17
80
77
79
79
315
-
Thomas RENOUF
19
77
80
80
79
316
-
J.D. EDGAR
20
77
81
80
79
317
-
Wifred REID
20
80
79
79
79
317
-
William HORNE
20
73
85
82
77
317
-
P.J. GAUDIN
23
80
76
82
80
318
-
Philip TAYLOR
24
76
82
81
80
319
-
F.H. FROSTICK
24
77
80
81
81
319
-
Tom BALL
26
75
81
86
78
320
-
Charles ROBERTS
27
82
81
83
75
321
-
Rowland JONES
27
78
82
84
77
321
-
C.W. POPE
27
83
80
77
81
321
-
James BATLEY
27
79
86
80
76
321
-
J. SHERLOCK
31
79
79
85
79
322
-
Ernest C. JONES
31
76
81
86
79
322
-
Ben SAYERS JR
31
81
82
76
83
322
-
W.M. WATT
34
79
79
81
84
323
-
35
82
81
83
78
324
-
D. GRANT
35
83
79
81
81
324
-
J.C. LONIE
37
83
77
80
87
327
-
Charles JOHNS
37
81
81
83
82
327
-
Hon. Michael SCOTT
37
82
81
83
81
327
-
James OCKENDEN
37
81
83
82
81
327
-
Cyril HUGHES
41
81
80
83
84
328
-
James ADWICK
41
85
80
77
86
328
-
George CAWKWELL
43
83
82
81
83
329
-
Joshua TAYLOR
43
84
79
87
79
329
-
Peter ROBERTSON
43
85
79
80
85
329
-
C. Ralph SMITH
43
80
81
81
87
329
-
Tom FERNIE
47
82
82
85
81
330
-
C.H. CORLETT
48
78
84
85
84
331
-
Arthur GRAY
48
87
80
77
87
331
-
Walter HAMBLETON
48
83
83
82
83
331
-
Albert HALLAM
51
86
82
84
81
333
-
Edwin SINCLAIR
52
84
89
82
80
335
-
James BRADBEER
52
83
87
81
84
335
-
Charles WALLIS
54
81
88
80
88
337
-
C.B. MACFARLANE
55
86
81
87
84
338
-
Tom BECK
56
85
83
82
90
340
-
George BRAID
57
87
81
88
85
341
-
James KAY
58
92
81
85
85
343
-
Sydney O. SHEPHERD
59
85
86
91
86
348
-
J. HEPBURN
Wd
83
84
-
-
-
M/C
George TUCK
Wd
83
80
-
-
-
M/C
G. MCDOWELL
Wd
84
87
-
-
-
M/C

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