Dick Burton

1939 / St Andrews

Dick Burton held the Claret Jug for seven years. The 1939 Open at St Andrews was the last before WWII and within weeks Burton was called up into the RAF. 

The down-to-earth Lancastrian was just grateful to survive the war. “I was lucky,” he said. “A lot of those who watched me at St Andrews also went off to war and they never came back. Some of my friends didn’t make it either, I did.”

He was the sixth British winner in a row since Denny Shute had won the last Open at St Andrews in 1933.

Burton was a big-hitting Lancastrian who shared the lead after an opening 70. A young Bobby Locke was another on 70 despite an eight at the newly lengthened 14th hole, where he first had trouble with the Beardies and then went into Hell Bunker.

Burton took sole possession of the lead with a second-round 72 but in the third round fell back with a 77. 

Scotland’s John Fallon went in front with a 71 but, with the wind increasing, his slight frame was no match for the conditions. 

He finished with a 79 to share third place with Sam King, 1935 Champion Golfer of the Year Alf Perry, Bill Shankland and reigning Champion Golfer Reg Whitcombe.

Johnny Bulla, from Chicago, had rounds of 77, 71, 71 and 73 for a total of 292 set early on the final day. 

Burton knew he needed a 72 to win and was out in 35. He came to the last needing a four to win and hit a huge drive, then pitched to 15 feet. 

His putt looked like it might race past the hole but as Burton walked after it, it dropped in the hole for a closing birdie. 

A 71 left him on 290, two ahead of Bulla, who was also a runner-up at St Andrews in 1946.

Martin Pose, of Argentina, finished five strokes behind after an eight at the Road Hole after he went over the green. 

Not realising that the grass in front of the wall was technically in a hazard, he grounded his club and was penalised two strokes.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Dick BURTON
1
70
72
77
71
290
-
Johnny BULLA
2
77
71
71
73
292
-
Sam KING
3
74
72
75
73
294
-
John FALLON
3
71
73
71
79
294
-
3
71
74
73
76
294
-
Bill SHANKLAND
3
72
73
72
77
294
-
3
71
75
74
74
294
-
Martin POSE
8
71
72
76
76
295
-
Ernest KENYON
9
73
75
74
74
296
-
9
70
75
76
75
296
-
Percy ALLISS
9
75
73
74
74
296
-
Dai REES
12
71
74
75
77
297
-
13
74
72
76
76
298
-
Jimmy BRUEN JR
13
72
75
75
76
298
-
Jimmy ADAMS
13
73
74
75
76
298
-
Enrique BERTOLINO
13
73
75
75
75
298
-
E. SERRA
17
77
72
73
77
299
-
William ANDERSON
17
73
74
77
75
299
-
W.H. GREEN
19
75
75
72
78
300
-
Alex KYLE
20
74
76
75
76
301
-
Syd EASTERBROOK
20
74
71
80
76
301
-
William H. DAVIES
20
71
79
74
77
301
-
Leonard CRAWLEY
23
72
76
80
74
302
-
23
70
76
76
80
302
-
James H. BUSSON JR
25
70
75
81
77
303
-
Laurie AYTON JR
26
72
77
78
77
304
-
W.S. COLLINS
26
75
74
79
76
304
-
Fred TAGGART
26
73
77
76
78
304
-
Aurelio CASTANON
29
77
73
80
75
305
-
Laurie AYTON SR
30
76
72
82
76
306
-
Charlie WARD
30
71
74
78
83
306
-
John J. BUSSON
32
79
70
81
77
307
-
Bob SWEENY JR
33
74
75
80
79
308
-
Andrew DOWIE
33
76
74
81
77
308
-
John BURTON
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Hector THOMSON
M/C
74
77
-
-
-
M/C
Archie COMPSTON
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
Frank HILL
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Sydney FAIRWEATHER
M/C
73
78
-
-
-
M/C
Gordon DURWARD
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Tom COLLINGE
M/C
78
73
-
-
-
M/C
Abe MITCHELL
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Charles WHITCOMBE
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
Herbert RHODES
M/C
75
76
-
-
-
M/C
J.A. FLAHERTY
M/C
76
75
-
-
-
M/C
F.G. ALLOTT
M/C
75
77
-
-
-
M/C
Albert ISHERWOOD
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
Walter SMITHERS
M/C
76
76
-
-
-
M/C
A.G. HARRISON
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
J.C. WILSON
M/C
74
78
-
-
-
M/C
Hamish BALLINGALL
M/C
73
79
-
-
-
M/C
Bert GADD
M/C
77
75
-
-
-
M/C
Bill COX
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Jack MCLEAN
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
Syd SCOTT
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Gregor MCINTOSH
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
T. PIERPOINT
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
L. BALL
M/C
79
74
-
-
-
M/C
J. MARTINEZ
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
James KELLY
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Ian MCPHERSON
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
Basil SHEPARD
M/C
76
77
-
-
-
M/C
Norman SUTTON
M/C
77
76
-
-
-
M/C
Allan DAILEY
M/C
75
78
-
-
-
M/C
Reg COX
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
Len HOLLAND
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
G.M. WHITE
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
George KNIGHT
M/C
79
75
-
-
-
M/C
Harold BOSWARD
M/C
76
78
-
-
-
M/C
Andrew PEACOCK
M/C
77
77
-
-
-
M/C
J.W. BEAUMONT
M/C
80
74
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur LEES
M/C
81
73
-
-
-
M/C
William BRANCH
M/C
72
82
-
-
-
M/C
Arthur LACEY
M/C
73
81
-
-
-
M/C
Fred BULLOCK
M/C
81
74
-
-
-
M/C
R.G. FRENCH
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
Sam ROBERTS
M/C
74
81
-
-
-
M/C
A.C. CRITCHLEY
M/C
75
80
-
-
-
M/C
P.J. MAHON
M/C
79
76
-
-
-
M/C
William DAVIS
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
George CHARMAN
M/C
76
79
-
-
-
M/C
R.H. PEMBERTON
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
A.G. MATTHEWS
M/C
77
78
-
-
-
M/C
S.S. FIELD
M/C
78
77
-
-
-
M/C
W.M. HASTINGS
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Marcos CHURIO
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
John BAILLIEU
M/C
77
79
-
-
-
M/C
Edward HAMILTON
M/C
78
78
-
-
-
M/C
Daniel MCBRIDE
M/C
73
83
-
-
-
M/C
Fred BRADBEER
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
Tom BURRELL
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
H. CRAPPER
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
L.C. NUNNELEY
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
Donald CAMERON
M/C
78
79
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest WHITCOMBE
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
J.L. BLACK
M/C
76
81
-
-
-
M/C
Eddie WHITCOMBE
M/C
77
80
-
-
-
M/C
Jack SEAGER
M/C
80
78
-
-
-
M/C
J.A. PATERSON
M/C
80
78
-
-
-
M/C
J. MORRIS
M/C
77
81
-
-
-
M/C
H.R. MANTON
M/C
76
82
-
-
-
M/C
A.D. CAIRNCROSS
M/C
77
81
-
-
-
M/C
H.C. KINCH
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
W.C. GRAHAM
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
Dennis KYLE
M/C
77
81
-
-
-
M/C
Fred ROBERTSON
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
William MCMINN
M/C
79
79
-
-
-
M/C
J.A. JACOBS
M/C
80
78
-
-
-
M/C
Lawson LITTLE
M/C
79
80
-
-
-
M/C
George TELFORD
M/C
80
79
-
-
-
M/C
George HOLDSTOCK
M/C
79
81
-
-
-
M/C
E.S. BROWNE
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
Fred ROBSON
M/C
78
82
-
-
-
M/C
K.G. PATRICK
M/C
80
80
-
-
-
M/C
Keith DALBY
M/C
78
82
-
-
-
M/C
J.H. HAWKINS
M/C
78
83
-
-
-
M/C
Bernard GREEN
M/C
81
80
-
-
-
M/C
J.R. HARRISON
M/C
81
81
-
-
-
M/C
Bert WILLIAMSON
M/C
81
81
-
-
-
M/C
Jack BALLANTINE
M/C
80
82
-
-
-
M/C
G. ROBINS
M/C
80
83
-
-
-
M/C
Ernest CAWSEY
M/C
81
83
-
-
-
M/C
A.J.D. BLAIKIE
M/C
79
85
-
-
-
M/C
Kirk MAIN
M/C
83
82
-
-
-
M/C
J. CHURCH
M/C
84
84
-
-
-
M/C
R.B. FOSTER
M/C
90
81
-
-
-
M/C
Bert HODSON
NR
78
-
-
-
-
M/C
R.B. MCMILLAN
Scr
-
-
-
-
-
M/C
Owen SANDERSON
Scr
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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