1914 Open Championship
|Dates||18–19 June 1914|
|Location||Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland|
|Course(s)||Prestwick Golf Club|
|Length||6,526 yards (5,967 m)|
The 1914 Open Championship was the 54th Open Championship, held 18–19 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Harry Vardon won a record sixth Open Championship title, three strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor, the defending champion. Due to World War I, it was the last Open for six years, the next was played in 1920.
Qualification took place on 11 and 12 June, players playing 18 holes each day. 96 players scored 163 or better. The 13 players who scored 164 played a further 18 holes on 13 June to determine the final four places.
Vardon and Taylor were drawn together on the final day and, after Ockenden had a disappointing third round 83, they were clear leaders after the third round. Taylor lead on 226 with Vardon on 228 and amateur James Jenkins third on 232.
With the two leaders playing together, huge crowds followed this group. Taylor extended his lead to three at the first hole of the final round. However at the 3rd hole, he was distracted by a photographer and dropped a stroke to Vardon. The Championship was largely decided at the 4th hole where Taylor found the water and took 7 to Vardon's 4 to give Vardon the lead. Taylor dropped more strokes to Vardon at the 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th holes to give Vardon a five stroke lead. Taylor recovered somewhat but Vardon still won comfortably by three shots.
Friday, 19 June 1914
|3||Harry Simpson||United Kingdom||77-80-78-75=310||£15|
|T4||Abe Mitchell||England||76-78-79-79=312||£8 15s|
|6||Reginald Wilson||United Kingdom||76-77-80-80=313||£7 10s|
|James Jenkins (a)||Scotland||79-80-73-83=315||−|