1901 Open Championship

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1901 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates5–6 June 1901
LocationGullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Field100 players, 38 after cut[1]
Prize fund£115
Winner's share£50
Scotland James Braid
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The 1901 Open Championship was the 41st Open Championship, held 5–6 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. James Braid won the Championship, three strokes ahead of runner-up Harry Vardon. The Championship was a close contest between Braid, Vardon and J.H. Taylor with the leading amateur 11 strokes behind Braid and the next professional 16 strokes behind.

All entries played 36 holes on the first day with all those within 19 strokes of the leader making the cut and playing 36 holes on the final day, with the additional provision that the final day's field had to contain at least 32 professionals.

In a strong wind, Vardon led after the first round with a 77 and followed this with a 78. At the end of the first day, he was joined on 155 by Braid. Taylor was next, seven shots behind with James Kinnell and Jack White a further two strokes back. Such was the dominance of Braid and Vardon that only 36 players (31 professionals and five amateurs) scored 174 or better and the cut was made at 175 to include 33 professionals.

After the third round, Braid was five shots clear of Vardon, with Taylor two further shots behind and the rest of the field a further eight strokes behind. With a clear lead, he played a cautious final round of 80. With Braid having finished his round, Vardon had a chance to tie if he could play the last three holes in level fours. However at the 16th he topped his second shot, put his third into a bunker and took six, ending his chances. Taylor finished third with amateur Harold Hilton a further seven strokes behind. If not for a brutal 89 in the first round, Hilton would have fared much better on the final leaderboard.

First day leaderboard[edit]

Wednesday, 5 June 1901

Place Player Country Score
T1 James Braid  Scotland 79-76=155
Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-78=155
3 J.H. Taylor  England 79-83=162
T4 James Kinnell  Scotland 79-85=164
Jack White  Scotland 82-82=164
T6 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 82-83=165
Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 78-87=165
T8 Charles Dalziel (a)  Scotland 82-84=166
Johnny Laidlay (a)  Scotland 84-82=166
T10 Jack Gaudin  Jersey 86-81=167
Jim Hutchison  Scotland 84-83=167
Rowland Jones  England 85-82=167
Alfred Lewis  England 85-82=167

Final leaderboard[edit]


Thursday, 6 June 1901

Place Player Country Score Money
1 James Braid  Scotland 79-76-74-80=309 £50
2 Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-78-79-78=312 £25
3 J.H. Taylor  England 79-83-74-77=313 £15
4 Harold Hilton (a)  England 89-80-75-76=320
5 Sandy Herd  Scotland 87-81-81-76=325 £10
6 Jack White  Scotland 82-82-80-82=326 £7 10s
T7 James Kinnell  Scotland 79-85-86-78=328 £7 10s
Johnny Laidlay (a)  Scotland 84-82-82-80=328
T9 Phil Gaudin  Jersey 86-81-86-76=329 0
John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 82-83-81-83=329


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 136. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 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.

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