1868 Open Championship

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1868 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates23 September 1868
LocationPrestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Prestwick Golf Club
Field12 players
Prize fund12
Winner's share£6
Scotland Tom Morris, Jr.
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The 1868 Open Championship was the ninth Open Championship and was held on 23 September at Prestwick Golf Club. Tom Morris, Jr. won the championship for the first time, by three shots from his father Tom Morris, Sr.. Tom Morris, Jr. was just 17 years old and remains the youngest Open Championship winner.

Tom Morris, Jr. lead after the first round with a score of 51. Robert Andrew was in second place on 53 with John Allan and Tom Morris, Sr. tied for third on 54. Tom Morris, Sr. and Willie Park, Sr. both scored 50 in their second rounds. This gave Tom Morris, Sr. a one stroke lead over his son. Tom Morris, Jr. then scored 49 in his final round for a total of 154. His father finished second, three shots behind with Robert Andrew third, a further two strokes behind. 154 was a new record for the Open Championship, the old record having been 162, set by Andrew Strath in 1865.[1]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Source: [2]

Wednesday, 23 September 1868

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Tom Morris, Jr.  Scotland 51-54-49=154 £6
2 Tom Morris, Sr.  Scotland 54-50-53=157 £4
3 Robert Andrew  Scotland 53-54-52=159 £2
4 Willie Park, Sr.  Scotland 58-50-54=162
5 Bob Ferguson  Scotland 57-54-54=165
6 Tom Dunn  Scotland 59-54-54=167
7 Bob Kirk  Scotland 56-59-56=171
T8 John Allan  Scotland 54-55-63=172
Charlie Hunter  Scotland 60-54-58=172
10 Willie Dow  Scotland 61-58-60=179

Other sources give Tom Morris, Sr. a total of 155 and Willie Dow a score of 180.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Tommy Morris Wins His First Open". Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  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.
  3. ^ "Ayr - Prestwick Golf Club". Glasgow Herald. 28 September 1868. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Prestwick Golf Club". Fife Herald. 1 October 1868. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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