Archie Compston

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Archie Compston
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Archibald Edward Wones Compston
Born 1893
Wolverhampton
Died 8 August 1962 (age 69)
London
Nationality  England
Career
Status Professional
Professional wins 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T7: 1927
The Open Championship T2: 1925
PGA Championship DNP

Archibald Edward Wones Compston (1893 – 8 August 1962) was an English professional golfer.[1] Through the 1920s he built a reputation as a formidable match play golfer, in an era when many professionals made more money from "challenge" matches against fellow pros, or wealthy amateurs, than from tournament golf.

Compston was born in Wolverhampton.

Famously, in 1928, Compston - who had won the British PGA Matchplay Championship in 1925 and 1927 - faced Walter Hagen, who had won the American PGA Championship at match play in the previous four years, in a 72-hole challenge match, and defeated the American 18 & 17. However, when the two met again shortly afterward at The Open Championship at Royal St George's, Hagen prevailed, with Compston placing third.

In 1930, Compston nearly derailed Bobby Jones's bid for the Grand Slam at Hoylake - his third round of 68 took the lead from Jones, but inexplicably his form deserted him in the final round, and Compston shot 82 to finish down the field.

Compston played in the Ryder Cup in 1927, 1929 and 1931, defeating Gene Sarazen on one occasion.

Compston also became notable as perhaps Britain's first "celebrity" professional golfer, becoming a coach to the future Edward VIII. He was the professional at the Wentworth Club from 1945 to 1948,[2] and later at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.[1]

Tournament wins (6)[edit]

This list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Note: Compston only played in The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.
Tournament 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
The Open Championship T73 NT NT NT NT NT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP NT NT DNP
Tournament 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
The Open Championship T9 35 27 T59 T21 T2 WD T22 3 12
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T7 T22 DNP
Tournament 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Open Championship T6 T29 T10 T12 DNP T49 T44 DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT T18 CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP NT NT NT NT DNP DNP

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = Missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. pp. 225–226. ISBN 0-85613-520-8. 
  2. ^ "Past professionals". Wentworth Club. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Compston wins by one hole". The Vancouver Sun. 13 April 1929. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Great golf at Southport". The Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1930. Retrieved 2011-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Compston beats Padgham in final". The Glasgow Herald. 8 April 1935. Retrieved 2011-02-13.