1864 Open Championship

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1864 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 September 1864
LocationPrestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Prestwick Golf Club
Field16 players
Prize fund£15
Winner's share£6
Scotland Tom Morris, Sr.
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Tom Morris, Sr. winner of the Challenge Belt in 1864

The 1864 Open Championship was the fifth Open Championship and was held on 16 September at Prestwick Golf Club. Tom Morris, Sr. won the championship for the third time, by two shots from Andrew Strath. There were sixteen competitors.

Morris had the first round lead with a score of 54. Willie Park, Sr. was a stroke behind with Willie Dow and Strath a further stroke behind. Morris kept his lead after the second round with a 58 for a total of 112 with Strath in second place on 113. Park got into the "Alps" bunker and took 10, finishing with a round of 67 and dropped out of contention.[1] Morris had a final round of 55 for a total of 167 while Strath's 56 left him two shots behind.[2]

In practice before the event Tom Morris, Sr. had accomplished the unprecedented feat of scoring 49 for a round.[1]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Source: [3]

Friday, 16 September 1864

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Tom Morris, Sr.  Scotland 54-58-55=167 £6
2 Andrew Strath  Scotland 56-57-56=169 £5
3 Robert Andrew  Scotland 57-58-60=175 £3
4 Willie Park, Sr.  Scotland 55-67-55=177 £1
5 Willie Dow  Scotland 56-58-67=181
6 Willie Strath  Scotland 60-62-60=182

The scores of the other competitors are not known. Other sources do not mention the fourth prize.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c "Prestwick Golf Club - "The Challenge Belt"". Fife Herald. 22 September 1864. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ "Morris wins his Third Open Title". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Ayr - Prestwick Golf Club". Glasgow Herald. 20 September 1864. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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