1885 Open Championship
|Dates||3 October 1885|
|Location||St Andrews, Scotland|
|Course(s)||Old Course at St Andrews|
The 1885 Open Championship was the 25th Open Championship, held 3 October at the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Bob Martin won the Championship for the second time, by a stroke from Archie Simpson.
Simpson was one the early starters. The first six holes took him 32 strokes but he reached the turn in 43 and coming home in 40 had an excellent round of 83. Martin started well an reached the turn in 41, eventually finishing with an 84. These turned out to be the leading scores of the morning play.
In the second round, Simpson again started badly, taking 38 for the first seven holes. He eventually finished with an 89 to a total of 172. Martin started his round better and, reaching the turn in 43, was now a stroke ahead of Simpson. Playing steadily he had 16 strokes for the last three holes to beat Martin. Taking five and six at the next two holes left him needing five at the last to take the lead. He put his third shot close at the last but missed the short putt and took five. David Ayton had a second round of 84 but was too far behind after the first round.
Saturday, 3 October 1885
|3||David Ayton, Sr.||Scotland||89-84=173||£5 10s|
|T4||Willie Fernie||Scotland||89-85=174||£3 3s 4d|
|Willie Park, Jr.||Scotland||86-88=174|
|7||Jack Burns||Scotland||88-87=175||£1 10s|
- "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 149. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- "The Golf Championship - Victory of Bob Martin". The Glasgow Herald. 5 October 1885. pp. 9–10.