Vardon

1898 / Prestwick

With a third victory in four years at Royal St George’s, Harry Vardon became the first three-time Open Champion since Bob Ferguson in 1882.

The Jersey man also edged in front of his great rival JH Taylor, who still had two victories. The pair had won five of the last six Opens and were beginning to dominate, though James Braid would soon join what would become the Great Triumvirate.

Vardon showed here, however, that at his best no one could keep pace with him.Having won his previous two Opens by rallying in the final round, Vardon won the 1899 Championship from the front. He was the first player since the event was extended to 72 holes to lead, or share the lead, after every round.

James Kinnell and Tom Wilkinson matched Vardon’s opening 76 but, of the three, only Vardon produced another in the afternoon, with an outward 33 that contained nothing more than a 4. Taylor, the winner of the first Open at Sandwich in 1894, also had a 76 to be just one behind at the halfway stage.

So difficult were conditions on the first day that of the record 98 starting field, only 36 played the next day.Taylor could not keep up with his friend on the second day. Scores of 83 and 84 left him in fourth place.

Vardon had an 81 on the second morning but now led Taylor by three and was seven ahead of anyone else.

He closed with a 77 to finish on a total of 310, 16 strokes better than Taylor’s winning score in 1894.

Vardon won by five from Jack White, who grabbed second place with a 75, four ahead of Andrew Kirkaldy, who closed with a 77. Braid and 1883 Champion Willie Fernie shared fifth place.

Name
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Harry VARDON
1
79
75
77
76
307
-
2
76
75
78
79
308
-
3
76
81
77
75
309
-
4
78
78
77
79
312
-
Freddie TAIT
5
81
77
75
82
315
-
David KINNELL
6
80
77
79
80
316
-
7
79
85
77
77
318
-
John HUNTER
8
82
79
81
77
319
-
Thomas RENOUF
9
77
79
81
83
320
-
P. WYNNE
10
83
79
81
78
321
-
10
80
82
84
75
321
-
James KAY
12
81
81
77
83
322
-
13
82
81
77
83
323
-
George PULFORD
13
83
81
78
81
323
-
James KINNELL
15
77
81
78
88
324
-
Archie SIMPSON
15
83
80
82
79
324
-
17
80
79
84
82
325
-
Peter MCEWAN
17
83
83
77
82
325
-
Ben SAYERS
19
85
78
79
85
327
-
Walter TOOGOOD
19
82
84
83
78
327
-
Tom WILLIAMSON
21
86
84
77
81
328
-
John GAIRDNER
21
84
77
82
85
328
-
Peter PAXTON
21
81
82
86
79
328
-
Andrew KIRKALDY
21
82
84
85
77
328
-
David HERD
21
79
81
83
85
328
-
J.L. HUTCHINSON
21
83
79
84
82
328
-
J.W. TAYLOR
27
83
84
80
82
329
-
C. Ralph SMITH
27
84
78
85
82
329
-
Fred BUTEL
29
81
84
86
81
332
-
Bob SIMPSON
29
84
81
82
85
332
-
A.H. SCOTT
29
83
84
78
87
332
-
Jack ROWE
32
84
77
88
85
334
-
Tom HUTCHINSON
32
85
81
86
82
334
-
Jack KIRKALDY
32
82
82
85
85
334
-
Charles WHIGHAM
32
85
82
84
83
334
-
Edward BLACKWELL
36
84
82
84
87
337
-
Harry HARRIS
36
85
84
85
83
337
-
David MCEWAN
38
82
84
88
89
343
-
Joseph DALGLEISH
39
84
84
92
86
346
-
Charles NEAVES
Wd
81
83
85
-
-
-
J. HEPBURN
Wd
87
83
85
-
-
-
Jack ROSS
Wd
87
83
-
-
-
M/C
Douglas MCEWAN
Wd
80
85
-
-
-
M/C
J.G. MACFARLANE
M/C
89
82
-
-
-
M/C
Samuel Mure FERGUSSON
M/C
88
83
-
-
-
M/C
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
John TULLOCH
M/C
87
85
-
-
-
M/C
Charles WINGATE
M/C
88
86
-
-
-
M/C
Cuthbert BUTCHART
M/C
86
88
-
-
-
M/C
Albert TINGEY
M/C
84
90
-
-
-
M/C
C.E. DICK
M/C
90
84
-
-
-
M/C
C.B. MACFARLANE
M/C
83
91
-
-
-
M/C
J. THOMSON
M/C
85
90
-
-
-
M/C
W. MCEWAN
M/C
87
88
-
-
-
M/C
Hon. H.arold FINCH-HATTON
M/C
90
85
-
-
-
M/C
George CAWSEY
M/C
89
86
-
-
-
M/C
H.E. WAY
M/C
85
90
-
-
-
M/C
W. REID
M/C
87
89
-
-
-
M/C
C.E. HAMBRO
M/C
87
90
-
-
-
M/C
Lindsay ROSS
M/C
94
84
-
-
-
M/C
R. STRONNAR
M/C
90
88
-
-
-
M/C
David BONE
M/C
91
87
-
-
-
M/C
John DUNCAN
M/C
89
89
-
-
-
M/C
George COBURN
M/C
88
91
-
-
-
M/C
W.L. MACKIE
M/C
92
87
-
-
-
M/C
J. MOORE
M/C
92
89
-
-
-
M/C
W.G. STEWART
M/C
93
89
-
-
-
M/C
W.E. MASON
M/C
87
96
-
-
-
M/C
R. BONE
M/C
98
91
-
-
-
M/C
G.C. WHIGHAM
Wd
91
-
-
-
-
M/C
Tom CHISHOLM
Wd
93
-
-
-
-
M/C
C. GIBSON
Wd
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
D.S. FROY
Wd
85
-
-
-
-
M/C
John PARK
Wd
91
-
-
-
-
M/C
G. CUMMING
Wd
83
-
-
-
-
M/C
W.G. DIVALL
Wd
-
-
-
-
-
M/C

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