David Brown (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
9 May 1861|
|Died||8 July 1936
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||2nd: 1903|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1886|
David "Deacon" Brown (9 May 1861 – 8 July 1936) was a Scottish professional golfer. He was a roofing slater by trade and a keen golfer. In 1886 he was working in Musselburgh when The Open Championship was about to be played. John Anderson, who was secretary of the Musselburgh Club at the time, invited him to play and provided him with a pair of striped trousers, a frock coat and a lum hat to wear. He shocked the professionals by winning the event and then turned professional himself.
Brown moved to England to become club professional at Newbiggin by the Sea Golf Club in about 1888 (and then later at Malvern Club). He played in the Open Championship regularly and featured prominently. At the turn of the century he moved to Boston in the United States. In 1903 he tied with Willie Anderson for first place in the U.S. Open after 72 holes, but he lost the playoff. Brown enjoyed playing the stock market but lost most of his wealth during the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and returned to Musselburgh, where he died in 1936.
|Year||Championship||18 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1886||The Open Championship||1 shot deficit||38-41-37-41=157||2 strokes||Willie Campbell|
|The Open Championship||T4||DNP||DNP||T24||DNP||DNP||1||9||DNP||T4|
|The Open Championship||10||7||24||DNP||T13||T6||T7||T7||DNP||CUT|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
- Note: Brown played in only the two Opens.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
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- "Deaths in the District of Inveresk in the County of Midlothian". Statutory Deaths 689/00 0124. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015. (subscription required (. ))
- "Death of oldest Open champion". The Glasgow Herald. 9 July 1936. p. 3.
- "Golf - Death of David Brown - Champion of 1886". The Times. 9 July 1936. p. 7.
- "Musselburgh – 1886". opengolf.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- "Alexander Smith and Willie Anderson Tied for the Open Championship at 331" (p. 9). New York Tribune. Library of Congress. 16 June 1901. Retrieved 9 April 2015.