1907 Open Championship

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1907 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates20–21 June 1907
LocationHoylake, England
Course(s)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Field67 players[1]
Prize fund£115
Winner's share£50
France Arnaud Massy
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Hoylake is located in England
Location in England
Hoylake is located in Merseyside
Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Merseyside, west of Liverpool, England

The 1907 Open Championship was the 47th Open Championship, held 20–21 June at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Arnaud Massy won his only major title, two strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor. From France, Massy was the first non-Briton to win the Open Championship.[2]

Qualifying was introduced for the first time, replacing the 36-hole cut. It took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18–19 June, and the 193 entries were divided into two "sections," with each playing 36 holes on one day; the leading thirty players and ties from each section qualified.[3] On Tuesday, 34 players scoring 165 or better qualified, led by Massy on 147.[4] In windier conditions on Wednesday, 33 players at 170 or better qualified, led by Taylor on 154.[5] There was some feeling that those in the first section would benefit from the day's rest.

In a strong wind on Thursday morning, Massy and Walter Toogood were the co-leaders after the first round at 76, with the next closest score at 79. After the second round that afternoon, Massy led at 157, one stroke over Taylor and Tom Ball, with Tom Williamson and George Pulford a further shot behind.[6]

The strong wind persisted into Friday. In the morning, Massy scored 78 while Taylor's 76 gave him a one shot lead. Harry Vardon's 74 was the best round of the championship and moved him into a tie for third place with Pulford and Ball, five strokes behind Taylor.

In the afternoon, Massy's 77 earned him the title at 312, two strokes ahead of Taylor, who scored 80 for 314. Taylor had some difficulties on the third hole where he sliced his drive into some long grass and took a seven, going out in 41.[2][7] He came home in 39, but it wasn't enough to make up for his miscues on the front nine. Massy became the first overseas player to win the Open, while Taylor finished runner-up for the fourth successive time. Vardon's brother, Tom, made a powerful move up the leaderboard with a 75 in the final round to secure a tie for third.[2]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895, 1900 79 79 76 80 314 2
James Braid  Scotland 1901, 1905, 1906 82 85 75 76 318 T5
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898,
1899, 1903
84 81 74 80 319 T7
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 83 81 83 77 324 12
John Ball (a)  England 1890 88 83 79 77 327 T15
Willie Park Jr.  Scotland 1887, 1889 WD


Failed to qualify: Jack White (1904), William Auchterlonie (1893).[3]
Did not enter: Harold Hilton (1892, 1897).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 20 June 1907 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
T1 Arnaud Massy  France 76
Walter Toogood  England
T3 Willie McEwan  Scotland 79
J.H. Taylor  England
T5 Tom Ball  England 80
James Hepburn  Scotland
T7 George Pulford  England 81
Tom Vardon  Jersey
T9 James Braid  Scotland 82
Alfred Matthews  England
Tom Williamson  England


Second round[edit]

Thursday, 20 June 1907 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Arnaud Massy  France 76-81=157
T2 Tom Ball  England 80-78=158
J.H. Taylor  England 79-79=158
T4 George Pulford  England 81-78=159
Tom Williamson  England 82-77=159
6 George Duncan  Scotland 83-78=161
T7 Alfred Matthews  England 82-80=162
Walter Toogood  England 76-86=162
Tom Vardon  Jersey 81-81=162
T10 Ted Ray  Jersey 83-80=163
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 83-80=163


Third round[edit]

Friday, 21 June 1907 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 J.H. Taylor  England 79-79-76=234
2 Arnaud Massy  France 76-81-78=235
T3 Tom Ball  England 80-78-81=239
George Pulford  England 81-78-80=239
Harry Vardon  Jersey 84-81-74=239
6 Tom Williamson  England 82-77-82=241
T7 James Braid  Scotland 82-85-75=242
George Duncan  Scotland 83-78-81=242
Ted Ray  Jersey 83-80-79=242
Tom Vardon  Jersey 81-81-80=242


Final round[edit]

Friday, 21 June 1907 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Arnaud Massy  France 76-81-78-77=312 50
2 J.H. Taylor  England 79-79-76-80=314 25
T3 George Pulford  England 81-78-80-78=317 12
Tom Vardon  Jersey 81-81-80-75=317
T5 James Braid  Scotland 82-85-75-76=318 7
Ted Ray  Jersey 83-80-79-76=318
T7 George Duncan  Scotland 83-78-81-77=319 0
Harry Vardon  Jersey 84-81-74-80=319
Tom Williamson  England 82-77-82-78=319
10 Tom Ball  England 80-78-81-81=320



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 129. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Open Championship - A French winner". Glasgow Herald. 22 June 1907. p. 12.
  3. ^ a b "The Open Championship". The Glasgow Herald. 17 June 1907. p. 12.
  4. ^ "The Open Championship - First day's qualifying play". Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1907. p. 12.
  5. ^ "The Open Championship - Conclusion of qualifying stages". Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1907. p. 14.
  6. ^ a b c "Open Championship - First and second rounds". Glasgow Herald. 21 June 1907. p. 11.
  7. ^ "1907: The First Overseas Winner of The Open Championship". StAndrewsGolfCo.com. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  8. ^ 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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