1912 Open Championship

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1912 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 24–25 June 1912
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Statistics
Length 6,448 yards (5,896 m)[1][2]
Field 62 players[3]
Cut none
Prize fund £125
Winner's share £50
Champion
Jersey Ted Ray
295
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland
Muirfield is located in East Lothian
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

The 1912 Open Championship was the 52nd Open Championship, held 24–25 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Ted Ray led wire-to-wire and won the championship, four strokes ahead of runner-up Harry Vardon, the defending champion.[4][5]

Following the problems caused by the large number of entries in 1911, qualification was re-introduced and took place on 20, 21, and 22 June. The top twenty and ties qualified on each of the three days; George Duncan led the twenty qualifiers on Thursday by seven strokes with a score of 149, and 168 was the qualifying score.[2][6] There 21 qualifiers on the second day at 162 or better, led by Ted Ray on 153.[7][8] There were 21 qualifiers on the third day; Tom Ball scored 144 on Saturday, six strokes ahead of the rest, and the qualifying mark was 160.[1][9]

After the first two rounds on Monday, Ray led on 144, with Vardon at 147, James Braid on 148, and George Duncan in fourth at 149.[10]

On Tuesday, Ray extended his lead to five strokes after the third round, and he was not seriously challenged in the final round in the afternoon, despite a 71 from Vardon.[4] Despite his weight and with his nearest rivals still to complete their rounds, Ray was carried off the final green in triumph by some of his friends.

Runner-up Vardon won a record sixth title two years later.

Course[edit]

Hole Yards    Hole Yards
1 204 10 390
2 365 11 407
3 338 12 390
4 347 13 293
5 470 14 138
6 383 15 295
7 390 16 464
8 497 17 330
9 365 18 382
Out 3,359 In 3,089
Source:[1][2][4] Total 6,448

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898,
1899, 1903, 1911
75 72 81 71 299 2
James Braid  Scotland 1901, 1905,
1906, 1908, 1910
77 71 77 78 303 3
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 76 81 76 76 309 6
Arnaud Massy  France 1907 74 77 82 78 311 10
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895
1900, 1909
75 76 77 84 312 T11
Jack White  Scotland 1904 82 81 83 78 324 T35

Source:[3][4]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Monday, 24 June 1912 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 71
2 George Duncan  Scotland 72
T3 William Horne  England 73
Robert Thomson  Scotland
T5 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74
Arnaud Massy  France
T7 Tom Ball  England 75
George Fotheringham  Scotland
Fred Leach  England
J.H. Taylor  England
Harry Vardon  Jersey

Source:[3][10]

Second round[edit]

Monday, 24 June 1912 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 71-73=144
2 Harry Vardon  Jersey 75-72=147
3 James Braid  Scotland 77-71=148
4 George Duncan  Scotland 72-77=149
5 Robert Thomson  Scotland 73-77=150
T6 Arnaud Massy  France 74-77=151
J.H. Taylor  England 75-76=151
T8 George Fotheringham  Scotland 75-78=153
Charles Mayo  England 76-77=153
T10 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74-80=154
Hugh McNeill Ireland Ireland 76-78=154

Source:[3][10]

Third round[edit]

Tuesday, 25 June 1912 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 71-73-76=220
2 James Braid  Scotland 77-71-77=225
3 George Duncan  Scotland 72-77-78=227
T4 J.H. Taylor  England 75-76-77=228
Harry Vardon  Jersey 75-72-81=228
6 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74-80-75=229
7 Robert Thomson  Scotland 73-77-80=230
8 Charles Mayo  England 76-77-78=231
T9 George Fotheringham  Scotland 75-78-79=232
Reg Wilson  England 82-75-75=232

Source:[3][4]

Final round[edit]

Tuesday, 25 June 1912 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 71-73-76-75=295 50
2 Harry Vardon  Jersey 75-72-81-71=299 25
3 James Braid  Scotland 77-71-77-78=303 15
4 George Duncan  Scotland 72-77-78-78=305 10
5 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74-80-75-79=308 7
10s
6 Sandy Herd  Scotland 76-81-76-76=309
T7 Fred Collins  England 76-79-81-74=310 3
6s 8d
Jean Gassiat  France 76-80-78-76=310
Reg Wilson  England 82-75-75-78=310
10 Arnaud Massy  France 74-77-82-78=311 0

Source:[3][4][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Open Championship - remarkable play by Tom Ball". Glasgow Herald. 24 June 1912. pp. 9, 10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Open Championship - first section of qualifying stage". Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1912. p. 14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 122. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Open Championship - new winner at last". Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1912. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "English golf title to Ray". Chicago Daily Tribune. 26 June 1912. p. 14. 
  6. ^ "The Open Championship - Section A". The Times. 21 June 1912. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Open Championship - second section of qualifying stage". Glasgow Herald. 22 June 1912. p. 14. 
  8. ^ "The Open Championship - Section B". The Times. 22 June 1912. p. 12. 
  9. ^ "The Open Championship - Section C". The Times. 24 June 1912. p. 12. 
  10. ^ a b c "Open Championship - first and second rounds". Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1912. pp. 9, 10. 
  11. ^ 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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