Vardon

1914 / Prestwick

Harry Vardon won his sixth Open at Prestwick in 1914, a record that still stands today. The previous year JH Taylor had won his fifth title to go level with James Braid and Vardon and in the last Open before WWI, the question was who of the Great Triumvirate could claim the record for themselves?

Although only one shot behind after the first round, Braid did not feature in the denouement. Vardon led with rounds of 73 and 77. James Ockenden was just one behind but did not contend on the last day. Taylor was two behind and was paired with Vardon for the last 36 holes.

It was Taylor who took the initiative with a 74 to Vardon’s 78 in the third round to go ahead by two. At the start of the final round Taylor, who was distracted by the large crowd, still managed to extend his lead to three.

But then at the third hole, his concentration was broken by a photographer and he dropped a stroke. Now leading by two, Taylor fell apart at the fourth hole.

His drive went into a bunker by the burn and, although his next came out, it was resting on the edge of the burn.

Taylor then found the water with his next shot and took a 7 to Vardon’s 4. Worse, his spirit was broken and he dropped strokes at the eighth, ninth, tenth and 11th holes to give Vardon a five-stroke lead.

With a closing 78 for a total of 306, Vardon won by three strokes from his friend and rival.

Harry Simpson took third place and Braid was tenth. Since Taylor’s first win in 1894, the Great Triumvirate had now won 16 Opens in two decades. A remarkable sequence was at an end.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Harry VARDON
1
73
77
78
78
306
-
2
74
78
74
83
309
-
Harry SIMPSON
3
77
80
78
75
310
-
Abe MITCHELL
4
76
78
79
79
312
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
4
75
79
79
79
312
-
Reginald WILSON
6
76
77
80
80
313
-
James OCKENDEN
7
75
76
83
80
314
-
P.J. GAUDIN
8
78
83
80
74
315
-
J.L.C. JENKINS
8
79
80
73
83
315
-
10
74
82
78
82
316
-
10
77
79
80
80
316
-
10
77
82
75
82
316
-
10
77
82
76
81
316
-
Jean GASSIAT
14
76
81
80
80
317
-
James BRADBEER
14
77
80
80
80
317
-
J.D. EDGAR
14
79
75
84
79
317
-
E.A. LASSEN
17
85
78
79
77
319
-
William HUNTER
17
82
77
77
83
319
-
Ernest FOORD
19
82
81
82
76
321
-
Cyril HUGHES
19
80
81
80
80
321
-
James BATLEY
21
78
83
81
80
322
-
Ernest C. JONES
21
87
81
80
74
322
-
C. Ralph SMITH
21
81
79
80
82
322
-
Fred LEACH
21
76
86
78
82
322
-
D.P. WATT
25
84
80
78
81
323
-
Walter HAMBLETON
25
79
75
86
83
323
-
Joshua TAYLOR
25
82
79
84
78
323
-
Michael MORAN
25
82
83
82
76
323
-
29
79
87
79
79
324
-
Ernest WHITCOMBE
29
74
83
84
83
324
-
J.C. LONIE
29
77
84
82
81
324
-
C.K. HUTCHISON
29
81
75
82
86
324
-
W.M. WATT
33
77
81
84
83
325
-
Gordon LOCKHART
34
83
78
85
80
326
-
J. SHERLOCK
34
84
78
85
79
326
-
Len HOLLAND
34
78
78
87
83
326
-
Claude GRAY
37
84
81
81
81
327
-
P. O'HARE
37
81
84
84
78
327
-
G.M. TURNER
39
81
77
86
84
328
-
Albert SEYMOUR
39
84
85
81
78
328
-
E. RISEBRO
41
86
83
81
79
329
-
J.R.H. ANDERSON
41
81
91
78
79
329
-
Fred ROBSON
41
78
82
85
84
329
-
James HORN
41
80
80
80
89
329
-
Wifred REID
41
83
80
86
80
329
-
R.W. ORR
46
79
80
87
84
330
-
A. SIMPSON
46
81
87
82
80
330
-
A.F. KETTLEY
46
83
84
80
83
330
-
James ADWICK
46
80
83
81
86
330
-
F.H. FROSTICK
50
84
86
83
78
331
-
Jack B. ROSS
50
79
85
84
83
331
-
Charles ROBERTS
50
79
86
81
85
331
-
F. COLLINS
50
81
86
88
76
331
-
Eric BANNISTER
50
81
85
80
85
331
-
Ben SAYERS
50
89
79
79
84
331
-
Charles JOHNS
56
84
79
88
81
332
-
Francis OUIMET
56
86
79
85
82
332
-
J. HEPBURN
56
83
80
85
84
332
-
Tom FERNIE
56
78
85
87
82
332
-
W.L. RITCHIE
60
81
87
85
80
333
-
H.A. GAUDIN
61
85
85
85
79
334
-
Lord Charles HOPE
62
84
85
80
86
335
-
Robert MCINNES
62
84
91
78
82
335
-
H. CHEAL
62
81
88
83
83
335
-
J. SIDEY
65
85
82
84
85
336
-
George CAWKWELL
65
82
85
80
89
336
-
Arthur BUTCHART
65
89
88
76
83
336
-
Peter ROBERTSON
65
82
83
85
86
336
-
James SOUTAR
68
85
81
85
86
337
-
Arthur HAVERS
69
83
80
84
90
337
-
Sydney O. SHEPHERD
71
82
85
83
88
338
-
Horace FULFORD
71
87
84
79
88
338
-
John PARK
73
86
84
85
84
339
-
Archie COMPSTON
73
84
85
86
84
339
-
Alfred MILES
73
82
84
87
86
339
-
Harry CAWSEY
73
87
83
84
85
339
-
George OKE
77
89
83
80
88
340
-
Rowley BANKS
78
89
89
81
82
341
-
Harry FERNIE
79
80
84
86
92
342
-
J. TURNER
80
85
86
89
86
346
-
W.E. BROWN
81
86
89
84
88
347
-
John MCANDREW
82
87
90
86
85
348
-
Harry FULFORD
Wd
92
84
92
-
-
-
S. WHITING
Wd
87
82
86
-
-
-
J.W. GAUDIN
Wd
76
85
82
-
-
-
Charles WALLIS
Wd
86
85
85
-
-
-
George GADD
Wd
76
88
83
-
-
-
Wd
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur GRANT
Wd
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
B. JEFFREY
Wd
83
97
-
-
-
M/C
George DANIEL
Wd
85
88
-
-
-
M/C
John HUNTER
Wd
82
92
-
-
-
M/C
Charles KENNETT
Wd
91
81
-
-
-
M/C
Wilfred THOMSON
Wd
79
80
-
-
-
M/C
Tom BALL
Wd
86
85
-
-
-
M/C
R. FRUCH
Wd
88
-
-
-
-
M/C
H.G. FROSTICK
Wd
88
-
-
-
-
M/C
Joe ANDERSON
Wd
87
-
-
-
-
M/C
Charles WHITCOMBE
Wd
91
-
-
-
-
M/C
Laurie AYTON SR
Wd
84
-
-
-
-
M/C

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