1914 Open Championship

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1914 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18–19 June 1914
Location Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s) Prestwick Golf Club
Length 6,526 yards (5,967 m)
Field 100 players[1]
Cut none
Prize fund £125
Winner's share £50
Jersey Harry Vardon
Prestwick is located in Scotland
Location in Scotland

The 1914 Open Championship was the 54th Open Championship, held 18–19 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Harry Vardon won a record sixth Open Championship title, three strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor, the defending champion. Due to World War I, it was the last Open for six years, the next was played in 1920.

Qualification took place on 11 and 12 June, players playing 18 holes each day. 96 players scored 163 or better. The 13 players who scored 164 played a further 18 holes on 13 June to determine the final four places.

Vardon led after the first day by one shot from a relatively unknown James Ockenden from West Drayton Golf Club. Taylor was a shot further behind.

Vardon and Taylor were drawn together on the final day and, after Ockenden had a disappointing third round 83, they were clear leaders after the third round. Taylor led on 226 with Vardon on 228 and amateur James Jenkins third on 232.

With the two leaders playing together, huge crowds followed this group. Taylor extended his lead to three at the first hole of the final round. However at the 3rd hole, he was distracted by a photographer and dropped a stroke to Vardon. The Championship was largely decided at the 4th hole where Taylor found the water and took 7 to Vardon's 4 to give Vardon the lead. Taylor dropped more strokes to Vardon at the 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th holes to give Vardon a five stroke lead. Taylor recovered somewhat but Vardon still won comfortably by three shots.

Final leaderboard[edit]


Friday, 19 June 1914

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77-78-78=306 £50
2 J.H. Taylor  England 74-78-74-83=309 £25
3 Harry Simpson  England 77-80-78-75=310 £15
T4 Abe Mitchell  England 76-78-79-79=312 £8 15s
Tom Williamson  England 75-79-79-79=312
6 Reg Wilson  England 76-77-80-80=313 £7 10s
7 James Ockenden  England 75-76-83-80=314 £5
T8 Phil Gaudin  Jersey 78-83-80-74=315 £5
James Jenkins (a)  Scotland 79-80-73-83=315
T10 James Braid  Scotland 74-82-78-82=316 0
George Duncan  Scotland 77-79-80-80=316
Arnaud Massy  France 77-82-75-82=316
Ted Ray  Jersey 77-82-76-81=316


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 120. Retrieved 6 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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