1863 Open Championship

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1863 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates18 September 1863
LocationPrestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Prestwick Golf Club
Field14 players
Prize fund10
Winner's shareNil
Scotland Willie Park, Sr.
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Willie Park, Sr. winner of the Challenge Belt in 1863

The 1863 Open Championship was the fourth Open Championship and was again held at Prestwick Golf Club. Eight professionals and six amateurs contested the event in wet and windy weather, with Willie Park, Sr. winning the championship for the second time, by two shots from Tom Morris, Sr.

As in previous years, the contest was held over three rounds of the twelve-hole links course. For the first time there was prize money for those finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th, although the winner only received the Challenge Belt for the next year.

Davie Park, younger brother of Willie, led after the first round with a score of 55. An excellent second round 54 meant that Willie led by four strokes. Eventually Willie won by two strokes from Morris, spoiling Morris's attempt at a third consecutive win, which would have given him outright possession of the Challenge Belt, although Morris took the second prize of £5.[1]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Source: [2]

Friday, 18 September 1863

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Willie Park, Sr.  Scotland 56-54-58=168
2 Tom Morris, Sr.  Scotland 56-58-56=170 £5
3 Davie Park  Scotland 55-63-54=172 £3
4 Andrew Strath  Scotland 61-55-58=174 £2
5 George Daniel Brown  England 58-61-57=176
6 Robert Andrew  Scotland 62-57-59=178
7 Charlie Hunter  Scotland 61-61-62=184
8 James Knight (a)  Scotland 66-65-59=190
9 James Miller (a)  Scotland 63-63-66=192
10 James Paxton  Scotland 65-65-66=196


  1. ^ "The Open - 4th Open - Prestwick 1863". Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ 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.

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