Fred Herd

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Fred Herd
— Golfer —
Herd in 1898
Personal information
Full name Frederick Herd
Born (1873-11-26)26 November 1873
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 14 March 1954(1954-03-14) (aged 79)
Nationality  Scotland
Status Professional
Professional wins 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open Won: 1898
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Fred Herd (26 November 1873[1] – 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[2] 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.[5]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1898 U.S. Open 6 shot lead 84-85-75-84=328 7 strokes Scotland Alex Smith

Results timeline[edit]

Herd played only in the U.S. Open.

Tournament 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902
U.S. Open 1 T25 T16 DNP 24

DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


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  2. ^ a b Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5. 
  3. ^ "The Sportlight by Grantland Rice -- Winners Up to Date". New York Tribune. 10 June 1919. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "1900 U.S. Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Golf Experts to Meet". The Sun. 17 June 1898. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Fred Herd". Retrieved 2 May 2015.