Jack Burns (golfer)

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Jack Burns
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name John Burns
Born 1859
Died 1927 (aged 67–68)
Nationality  Scotland
Career
Status Professional
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1888
PGA Championship DNP

John "Jack" Burns (1859–1927), a native of St Andrews, was a Scottish professional golfer for part of his life. He was the son of an Irish labourer, and started earning his living as a plasterer. However, there is reference to him being a professional golfer in the minutes of the St Andrews Golf Club in October 1885.[1]

Burns moved to Warwick, England in 1887 to become the golf professional and greenskeeper at the newly formed Warwickshire Golf Club (now known as Warwick Golf Centre), the first golf club in Warwickshire. Burns returned to Scotland in October 1888 to become the winner of the Open Championship, which was held at the Old Course at St Andrews.[2] In those days a major championship title did not make a man's fortune (the prize for winning was £8). So he returned to his job in Warwick and was involved in the creation of the neighbouring golf course in Kenilworth in 1890.[3]

He moved back to St Andrews in 1891 to work on the railways, but he carried on caddying. When he died in 1927, his profession was listed as a plasterer again.

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1888 The Open Championship 86-85=171 1 stroke Scotland David Anderson, Jr., Scotland Ben Sayers

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship T23 DNP DNP 7 DNP DNP 1 14
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship DNP WD DNP DNP 45 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 150 Years – A History of the St. Andrews Golf Club – 1843 to 1993: Chapter 3 - Just a Minute". The St. Andrews Golf Club. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "St Andrews — 1888". opengolf.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Club History". Kenilworth Golf Club. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 

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