Duncan

1920 / Royal Cinque Ports

George Duncan recovered from 13 strokes behind at the halfway stage to win the 1920 Open at Royal Cinque Ports at Deal.

A remarkable turnaround in fortunes also meant a crushing collapse for Abe Mitchell, who had led by six strokes after 36 holes.

Mitchell opened with rounds of 74 and 73, making a hole-in-one at the eighth in the afternoon. Duncan, in contrast, had started with a pair of 80s before going to the Exhibition Tent and purchasing a driver that changed his fortunes the next day.

Out early, Duncan had a 71 in the third round, news of which reached Mitchell just prior to teeing off himself. The Englishman left an 18-inch tap-in six inches short at the first, dropped further shots at the next two and had an 8 at the fifth.

He crashed to an 84 and Len Holland took over the lead but the force was with Duncan and the Scot closed with a 72 to post a total of 303. The 52-year-old Sandy Herd had a 75 to finish two behind, while Ted Ray was third and Mitchell, after a 76, was fourth, a result he would never better at The Open.

The first Open after WWI was the first under the permanent administration of The R&A, which had taken over sole responsibility from the host clubs.

Deal had been due to stage The Open in 1915 but this was the second and last time it played host. More Opens were scheduled for the Kent links but winter flooding and the outbreak of WWII quashed these plans and it fell off the rota.

It was at this Open that Walter Hagen parked a Daimler in front of the clubhouse and changed his shoes in it, having been told that the clubhouse was only for amateur players.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
George DUNCAN
1
80
80
71
72
303
-
2
72
81
77
75
305
-
3
72
83
78
73
306
-
Abe MITCHELL
4
74
73
84
76
307
-
Len HOLLAND
5
80
78
71
79
308
-
6
79
74
77
79
309
-
Syd WINGATE
7
81
74
76
82
313
-
7
80
78
81
74
313
-
Archie COMPSTON
9
79
83
75
78
315
-
William HORNE
9
80
81
73
81
315
-
G.R. BUCKLE
9
80
80
77
78
315
-
12
78
79
80
79
316
-
Eugene LAFITTE
13
75
85
84
73
317
-
Eric BANNISTER
14
78
84
80
76
318
-
14
78
81
81
78
318
-
Charles JOHNS
16
82
78
81
78
319
-
J.W. GAUDIN
16
81
82
77
79
319
-
J. SHERLOCK
16
82
81
80
76
319
-
Philip TAYLOR
16
78
84
77
80
319
-
Angel DE LA TORRE
16
84
78
78
79
319
-
William SMITH
21
81
81
77
81
320
-
Reginald WILSON
21
76
82
78
84
320
-
Dick WHEILDON
21
82
78
83
77
320
-
21
79
80
79
82
320
-
Cyril HUGHES
25
83
81
80
77
321
-
Willie HUNTER
26
81
80
81
80
322
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
26
77
86
79
80
322
-
C. Ralph SMITH
28
84
80
79
80
323
-
29
81
82
80
81
324
-
Douglas GRANT
29
83
76
82
83
324
-
A. DAY
29
77
83
84
80
324
-
Fred LEACH
29
83
82
78
81
324
-
Jean GASSIAT
29
79
82
78
85
324
-
W.L. RITCHIE
29
79
86
81
78
324
-
C.H. CORLETT
35
77
82
81
85
325
-
Joshua TAYLOR
35
78
81
81
85
325
-
F.C. JEWELL
35
85
79
79
82
325
-
George KIRBY
35
87
84
79
75
325
-
Robert HARRIS
35
84
79
81
81
325
-
Lord Charles HOPE
40
78
81
85
82
326
-
George GADD
40
80
87
82
77
326
-
Cyril TOLLEY
40
85
84
79
78
326
-
Claude GRAY
40
82
87
80
77
326
-
Charles PARSONS
40
79
85
77
85
326
-
Herbert JOLLY
40
81
84
77
84
326
-
Alfred MILES
40
79
82
81
84
326
-
Arthur MONK
47
78
84
85
80
327
-
James BATLEY
47
86
79
78
84
327
-
Sid RUSH
47
82
84
80
81
327
-
R.S. FERNIE
50
88
83
77
80
328
-
Jack ROWE
50
80
83
81
84
328
-
James BRADBEER
50
76
89
81
82
328
-
53
84
82
79
84
329
-
Herbert RISEBOROUGH
53
83
84
82
80
329
-
53
84
82
78
85
329
-
Harry BALL
56
84
82
81
83
330
-
W.M. WATT
56
81
88
80
81
330
-
E. RISEBRO
56
81
88
82
79
330
-
William OKE
56
82
84
80
84
330
-
Hon. Michael SCOTT
60
89
82
80
80
331
-
Frank BALL
61
80
88
81
83
332
-
Arthur BUTCHART
61
82
88
79
83
332
-
Percy WYATT
63
83
89
81
80
333
-
C.H. REITH
63
87
82
82
82
333
-
Dick MAY
63
82
87
85
79
333
-
James OCKENDEN
66
86
86
80
83
335
-
J.H. TURNER
66
80
86
82
87
335
-
Cuthbert BUTCHART
66
81
86
86
82
335
-
Carl BRETHERTON
66
86
79
84
86
335
-
W. PURSEY
70
81
80
89
86
336
-
F. COLLINS
70
84
86
83
83
336
-
Harry AMOS
72
87
88
82
81
338
-
Edwin SINCLAIR
73
91
80
87
82
340
-
A.F. KETTLEY
74
86
89
81
87
343
-
W.E. BROWN
75
85
87
87
86
345
-
Arthur YOUNG
76
87
89
82
89
347
-
Robert MCKENZIE
77
88
91
89
93
361
-
Frank COLTART
Wd
85
87
86
-
-
-
Arthur BAGGS
Wd
86
86
87
-
-
-
Jack B. ROSS
Wd
85
91
90
-
-
-
J WEAGER
Wd
88
89
90
-
-
-
Gus FAULKNER
Wd
84
85
-
-
-
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