1888 Open Championship

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1888 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates6, 8 October 1888
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Field52 players[1]
Prize fund£20
Winner's share£8
Scotland Jack Burns
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The 1888 Open Championship was the 28th Open Championship, held 6 October at the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Jack Burns won the Championship by a stroke from David Anderson, Jr. and Ben Sayers.

Willie Campbell led after 18 holes for the third successive year and was the leader on 84 with Sayers on 85 and a group of four players on 86.

In the afternoon Sayers, in the first group, scored 87 and took an early lead on 172. Campbell made a number of mistakes and scored 90 for a total of 174. Sayers was then joined on 172 by David Anderson. Playing a few groups behind, Burns scored an 85 and took the lead on 171, a score none of the later players could match.

Burns's score for his first round had originally been added up to 87 but an R&A member noticed that it was added up incorrectly and the total was adjusted to 86, making Burns the champion.[2]

Final leaderboard[edit]


Saturday, 6 October 1888

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Jack Burns  Scotland 86-85=171 £8
T2 David Anderson, Jr.  Scotland 86-86=172 Playoff
Ben Sayers  Scotland 85-87=172
4 Willie Campbell  Scotland 84-90=174 £2
5 Leslie Balfour (a)  Scotland 86-89=175
T6 Davie Grant  Scotland 88-88=176 10s
Andrew Kirkaldy  Scotland 87-89=176
8 Sandy Herd  Scotland 93-84=177
9 David Ayton, Sr.  Scotland 87-91=178
10 Johnny Laidlay (a)  Scotland 93-87=180


Monday, 8 October 1888

Anderson and Sayers played an 18-hole play-off two days later. Sayers won and took the second prize of £6, Anderson taking the third prize of £3.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 148. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Jack Burns of St. Andrews by Dudley Woods" (PDF). British Golf Collectors’ Society. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Golf - The Championship". The Glasgow Herald. 9 October 1888. p. 3.

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