1883 Open Championship

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1883 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16−17 November 1883
Location Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Musselburgh Links
Statistics
Field 34 players[1]
Prize fund £20
Winner's share £8
Champion
Scotland Willie Fernie
158, playoff
Musselburgh is located in Scotland
Musselburgh
Musselburgh
Location in Scotland

The 1883 Open Championship was the 23rd Open Championship, held 16 November at the Musselburgh Links, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland. Willie Fernie and Bob Ferguson were tied on 158 each. They had a 36-hole playoff on 17 November, Fernie winning by a single stroke from Ferguson.[2]

The weather was dull with light winds. Play did not begin until about 11:30 and with an early sunset the final groups played their last few holes in near darkness.

Fernie led at lunch with rounds of 38 and 37. His total of 75 was two ahead of Willie Park, Jr. and three ahead of Ferguson, the defending champion who had had rounds of 38 and 40.

Fernie continued playing well although he took eight at the 3rd hole of his third round. Disaster came at the 2nd hole of the final round where he took 10. Despite this he had rounds of 40 and 43 and a total of 158. Park dropped out of contention in the afternoon and finished on 165. Interest now switched to Ferguson who was playing in the second to last group. His third round 42 seemed to put him out of the running but, playing in near darkness, he had a good last round of 38 to finish on 158 and tie with Fernie. Willie Brown was the best scorer in the afternoon with two rounds in the thirties but he finished on 160, two behind the leaders.

The playoff on the following day was close throughout. Light rain fell during the first and last rounds but, despite this, there was a large crowd to watch the play. Ferguson got off to the better start and was soon two strokes up. Ferguson dropped two strokes at the 8th but Fernie took four at the last to drop a shot behind again. In the second round Ferguson again dropped two strokes on the 8th to level the scores again and dropping another at the last was now behind for the first time.

When play resumed after lunch, the first three holes were halved before Ferguson levelled the match again at the short 4th. Fernie dropped another shot at the short 7th so Ferguson took the lead again. In the last round, Fernie again took the lead but by the time they reached the 8th tee the scores were level. Both players were on the green in two but Fernie three-putted and Ferguson took the lead to the last hole. Ferguson had the honour and hit his tee shot left of the hole while Fernie put his to four yards. Ferguson's first putt was short and then Fernie holed his putt for a two. "Quietness having been restored"[2] Ferguson missed his putt and took four to give Fernie the Championship.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Source: [3][4]

Friday, 16 November 1883

Place Player Country Score Money
T1 Bob Ferguson  Scotland 38-40-42-38=158 Playoff
Willie Fernie  Scotland 38-37-40-43=158
3 Willie Brown  Scotland 40-43-39-38=160 £3
4 Bob Pringle  Scotland 40-39-38-44=161 £2
T5 Willie Campbell  Scotland 38-42-38-45=163 £1
George Paxton  Scotland 38-42-41-42=163
7 Ben Sayers  Scotland 42-39-40-43=164
8 Willie Park, Jr.  Scotland 39-38-46-42=165
9 Willie Dunn  Scotland 43-42-40-41=166
T10 Ben Campbell  Scotland 40-41-44-42=167
Tom Morris, Sr.  Scotland 42-44-40-41=167
Peter Paxton  Scotland 46-39-39-43=167
Douglas Rolland  Scotland 45-37-41-44=167

Playoff[edit]

Source: [2]

Saturday, 17 November 1883

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Willie Fernie  Scotland 42-39-39-38=158 £8
2 Bob Ferguson  Scotland 41-41-37-40=159 £5

Scorecards[edit]

Morning rounds

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  1st  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  2nd Total
Scotland Fernie 5 5 6 4 5 6 4 3 4 42 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 3 3 39 81
Scotland Ferguson 4 5 6 3 5 6 4 5 3 41 5 5 5 4 5 5 3 5 4 41 82

Afternoon rounds

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  3rd  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  4th Total
Scotland Fernie 4 6 4 4 5 5 4 4 3 39 5 5 4 3 5 6 3 5 2 38 77
Scotland Ferguson 4 6 4 3 5 5 3 4 3 37 5 5 5 4 4 6 3 4 4 40 77

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 150. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Golf - The Scottish Championship - Defeat of Bob Ferguson". The Glasgow Herald. 19 November 1883. p. 9. 
  3. ^ "Golf - Professional Championship Meeting". The Glasgow Herald. 17 November 1883. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Golf Championship Cup and Medal". Fife Herald. 21 November 1883. Retrieved 22 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 

External links[edit]

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