1879 Open Championship

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1879 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates27, 29 September 1879
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Field47 players[1]
Prize fund£45
Winner's share£10
Scotland Jamie Anderson
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The 1879 Open Championship was the 19th Open Championship, held 27 September at the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Jamie Anderson won the Championship for the third successive time, by three strokes from Jamie Allan and Andrew Kirkaldy.

Play started at 10:00 am in fine conditions. In the first round Anderson reach the turn in 41 and his round of 84 gave him a two shot lead over Andrew Kirkaldy. In the afternoon he again reached the turn in 41. Andrew Kirkaldy and Jamie Allen were amongst the early starters and with four holes left to play it was known that Anderson needed four fives to win the Championship. He holed a long putt at the 15th and with steady play at the 16th and 17th and a four at the last he won comfortably.[2] Allan and Kirkaldy had an 18-hole play-off two days later to decide who took the second and third place prize money.[3]

Final leaderboard[edit]


Saturday, 27 September 1879

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Jamie Anderson  Scotland 84-85=169 £10
T2 Jamie Allan  Scotland 88-84=172 Playoff
Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 86-86=172
4 George Paxton  Scotland 89-85=174
5 Tom Kidd  Scotland 87-88=175
6 Bob Ferguson  Scotland 89-87=176
7 James Morris  Scotland 92-87=179
T8 Willie Fernie  Scotland 92-89=181
Jack Kirkaldy  Scotland 92-89=181
James Rennie  Scotland 93-88=181

There were 15 cash prizes.


Monday, 29 September 1879

Allan and Kirkaldy played an 18-hole play-off two days later. Kirkaldy scored 91 to Allan's 92 and took the second prize of £6, Allan taking the third prize of £5.[4][2][3] Playoffs for other positions are mentioned but details are not known.


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 152. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "The "Champion Cup" Golf Match at St Andrews". The Glasgow Herald. 29 September 1879. p. 5.
  3. ^ a b "Golf at St Andrews". The Glasgow Herald. 30 September 1879. p. 7.
  4. ^ 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.

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