|— Golfer —|
Herd in 1898
|Full name||Frederick Herd|
26 November 1873|
St Andrews, Scotland
|Died||14 March 1954(aged 79)|
|Best results in major championships
|U.S. Open||Won: 1898|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
Fred Herd (26 November 1873 – 14 March 1954) was a Scottish professional golfer from St Andrews. In 1898 he won the fourth U.S. Open at Myopia Hunt Club, in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. This was the first U.S. Open to be played over 72 holes, requiring the competitors to play eight rounds of Myopia's nine hole course. Herd turned in a card totaling 328, 84-85-75-84, averaging 82 strokes per 18-hole round.
Herd, who emigrated to the United States in 1897, was a professional at the Washington Park course in Chicago at this time. He and his brother James were boarding at the Chicago home of Ellen McNulty and her family in 1900.
His prize for winning the 1898 U.S. Open was $150—a large sum of money at the time—but such was his reputation as a drinker that he was not allowed to take the U.S. Open trophy away until he had paid a deposit, as the USGA was worried that he might pawn it to buy drink.
Herd played in the U.S. Open on three other occasions, but did not have any other top ten finishes. His brother, Sandy Herd, won The Open Championship in 1902. Two of Herd's other brothers, Alex and Davy, also played in the 1898 U.S. Open but did not finish in the top 10.
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1898||U.S. Open||6 shot lead||84-85-75-84=328||7 strokes||Alex Smith|
Herd played only in the U.S. Open.
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
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