1935 Open Championship

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1935 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 26–28 June 1935
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Statistics
Par 72[1][2]
Length 6,806 yards (6,223 m)[3]
Field 109 players, 62 after cut[4]
Cut 153 (+9)
Prize fund £500
Winner's share £100
Champion
England Alf Perry
283 (–5)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland
Muirfield is located in East Lothian
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

The 1935 Open Championship was the 70th Open Championship, played 26–28 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Alf Perry won his only major title, four strokes ahead of runner-up Alf Padgham.[5][1]

Qualifying took place on 24–25 June, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Muirfield and 18 holes at the number 1 course Gullane, and the top 100 and ties qualified.[6][7] Defending champion Henry Cotton led the field on 141;[8] the qualifying score was 153 and 109 players advanced.[9]

Cotton opened with 68 to take the lead on Wednesday, with Perry a stroke behind.[10] Charles Whitcombe carded his own 68 in the second round and led by three over Cotton and Padgham after 36 holes, with Perry falling five back.[11] The top sixty and ties would make the cut for the final 36 holes; it was at 153 (+9) and 62 advanced.

In the third round on Friday morning, it was Perry who caught fire with 67 to move ahead of Cotton and Whitcombe, who shot 76 and 73, respectively. A 72 in the final round that afternoon put Perry at 283, four strokes ahead of runner-up Padgham.[5] Whitcombe finished one back in third, while Cotton had 75 and fell into a tie for seventh at 293. Amateur Lawson Little, the reigning British Amateur champion, shot 69 and climbed into a tie for fourth at 289. Perry's winning total equaled the tournament scoring record.[1] Padgham won the following year at Hoylake.

Perry's win was his first in an important professional tournament, and he won just three more times. He finished third in 1939, but otherwise had no other top-10 finishes in a major championship. Perry was a member of three Ryder Cup teams in 1933, 1935, and 1937.

Course[edit]

Hole Yards Par     Hole Yards Par
1 453 4 10 480 4
2 353 4 11 359 4
3 382 4 12 380 4
4 192 3 13 153 3
5 510 5 14 458 5
6 458 4 15 393 4
7 167 3 16 193 3
8 455 4 17 513 5
9 490 5 18 427 4
Out 3,450 36 In 3,356 36
Source:[1][3] Total 6,806 72

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Henry Cotton  England 1934 68 74 76 75 293 +5 T7
Arthur Havers  England 1923 79 74 76 76 305 +17 T41

Source:[1][4][5]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
George Duncan  Scotland 1920 80 80 160 +16

Source:[4][11]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 26 June 1935

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Henry Cotton  England 68 –4
T2 Alf Perry  England 69 –3
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
T4 Bob Kenyon  England 70 –2
Eric McRuvie (a)  Scotland
Alf Padgham  England
T7 Bill Branch  England 71 –1
Arthur Lacey  England
Paddy Mahon  Ireland
Charles Whitcombe  England

Source:[10]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 27 June 1935

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Charles Whitcombe  England 71-68=139 –5
2 Henry Cotton  England 68-74=142 –2
T3 Bill Branch  England 71-73=144 E
Bob Kenyon  England 70-74=144
Alf Perry  England 69-75=144
T6 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 76-69=145 +1
Bill Cox  England 76-69=145
Bill Laidlaw  Scotland 74-71=145
Henry Picard  United States 72-73=145
Robert Sweeny Jr. (a)  United States 72-73=145

Source:[11]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 28 June 1935 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Alf Perry  England 69-75-67=211 –5
2 Charles Whitcombe  England 71-68-73=212 –4
3 Alf Padgham  England 70-72-74=216 E
4 Henry Picard  United States 72-73-72=217 +1
T5 Henry Cotton  England 68-74-76=218 +2
Bert Gadd  England 72-75-71=218
Bob Kenyon  England 70-74-74=218
T8 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 76-69-75=220 +4
Bill Branch  England 71-73-76=220
Bill Laidlaw  Scotland 74-71-75=220
Lawson Little (a)  United States 75-71-74=220

Source:[1][4][5]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 28 June 1935 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Alf Perry  England 69-75-67-72=283 –5 100
2 Alf Padgham  England 70-72-74-71=287 –1 75
3 Charles Whitcombe  England 71-68-73-76=288 E 50
T4 Bert Gadd  England 72-75-71-71=289 +1 30
Lawson Little (a)  United States 75-71-74-69=289 0
6 Henry Picard  United States 72-73-72-75=292 +4 25
T7 Henry Cotton  England 68-74-76-75=293 +5 20
Syd Easterbrook  England 75-73-74-71=293
9 Bill Branch  England 71-73-76-74=294 +6 15
10 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74-73-77-71=295 +7

Source:[1][4][5]

Amateurs: Little (+1), Lucas (+12), Risdon (+13), Rutherford (+17), McLean (+19),
                 Sweeny (+19), McRuvie (+20), Thomson (+21), Francis (+22).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Perry wins British Open golf crown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 29 June 1935. p. 15. 
  2. ^ "Alfred Perry captures British Open golf crown". Miami Daily News. Associated Press. 28 June 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "The Muirfield course". Glasgow Herald. 24 June 1935. p. 14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 98. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Alfred Perry takes British Open golf title". Chicago Daily Tribune. (New York Times). 29 June 1935. p. 18. 
  6. ^ "Can Cotton win again?". Glasgow Herald. 24 June 1935. p. 13. 
  7. ^ "British Open golf". Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1935. p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Bad conditions". The Times. 26 June 1936. p. 7. 
  9. ^ a b c "Qualifiers for Championship proper". Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1935. p. 7. 
  10. ^ a b "Cotton's 68 paces British Open field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 27 June 1935. p. 16. 
  11. ^ a b c "Whitcombe takes lead in British Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 28 June 1935. p. 18. 

External links[edit]

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