1936 Open Championship

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1936 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates25–27 June 1936
LocationHoylake, England
Course(s)Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Statistics
Par74 [1]
Length7,078 yards (6,472 m)[2]
Field107 players, 62 after cut[3]
Cut156 (+8)
Prize fund£500
Winner's share£100
Champion
England Alf Padgham
287 (−9)
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Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Merseyside, west of Liverpool, England

The 1936 Open Championship was the 71st Open Championship, held 25–27 June at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.[4] Alf Padgham won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Jimmy Adams.[5][6][7]

Qualifying was scheduled for 22–23 June, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Royal Liverpool and 18 holes at Wallasey,[8][9] and the top 100 and ties qualified.[10] Heavy rain caused the first day's play to be abandoned;[11] a lightning bolt stunned three spectators and a caddy, and the greens were under water, some up to six inches (15 cm).[8] All the scores were voided;[12] Henry Cotton had completed his round of 67 at Wallasey before play was abandoned.[11][13] Tuesday proceeded as scheduled and the Monday round was played on Wednesday. Cotton led the qualifiers on 139, having scored 68 at Wallasey on the rearranged day, with Wally Smithers two shots behind on 141;[9][14] the qualifying score was 155 and 107 players advanced.[15] With the weather delay, the championship began on Thursday and concluded with two rounds on Saturday.[3]

After the second round on Friday, Bill Cox and Adams were tied for the lead, with five players a shot back, including Padgham and Henry Cotton.[2][16] The 36-hole cut was the top sixty and ties; it was at 156 (+8) and 62 advanced.

After the third round on Saturday morning, Adams and Cotton shared the lead, with Padgham and Tom Green a stroke behind. In the final round that afternoon, Padgham tied Adams for the lead at the turn. He made a four on the 17th, then made a 15-footer (4.5 m) for a three at the 18th to post a 287 total. Adams stood on the 17th knowing that he needed to play the last two holes in eight strokes to tie Padgham. His approach shot found a greenside bunker, and after he failed to get up-and-down he now needed a three on the 18th. He found the green in two, but his twelve-foot (3.7 m) putt lipped out and he finished a stroke behind Padgham. Cotton and Green were still on the course, but neither could mount a charge, giving Padgham the championship.[5][7]

Future four-time Open champion Bobby Locke tied for eighth in his major championship debut. Jim Ferrier, the winner of the PGA Championship in 1947, also played in his first major and finished 44th. Both were among the eleven amateurs to make the cut, with Locke as low amateur.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Henry Cotton  England 1934 73 72 70 74 289 −7 T3
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 73 75 70 73 291 −5 T5
Alf Perry  England 1935 76 76 80 79 311 +15 T50
Arthur Havers  England 1923 78 78 80 79 315 +19 60

Source:[3][5]

All past champions in the field made the cut.

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

Did not enter:

Course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Course 435 4 10 Dee 455 5
2 Road 419 4 11 Alps 193 3
3 Long 480 5 12 Hilbre 464 5
4 New 158 3 13 Rushes 179 3
5 Telegraph 424 4 14 Field 511 5
6 Briars 438 4 15 Lake 443 4
7 Dowie 200 3 16 Dun 532 5
8 Far 527 5 17 Royal 419 4
9 Punch Bowl 393 4 18 Stand 408 4
Out 3,474 36 In 3,604 38
Source:[2][17] Total 7,078 74

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 25 June 1936

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Cox  England 70 −4
2 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 71 −3
T3 Bill Davies  England 72 −2
Jack McLean (a)  Scotland
Reg Whitcombe  England
T6 Henry Cotton  England 73 −1
Marcel Dallemagne  France
Francis Francis (a)  England
Alf Padgham  England
Gene Sarazen  United States
Charles Whitcombe  England

Source:[18]

Second round[edit]

Friday, 26 June 1936

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 71-73=144 −4
Bill Cox  England 70-74=144
T3 Dick Burton  England 74-71=145 −3
Henry Cotton  England 73-72=145
Marcel Dallemagne  France 73-72=145
Francis Francis (a)  England 73-72=145
Alf Padgham  England 73-72=145
T8 Percy Alliss  England 74-72=146 −2
Dick Burton  England 74-71=146
Tom Green  Wales 74-72=146

Source:[2][16]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, 27 June 1936 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 71-73-71=215 −7
Henry Cotton  England 73-72-70=215
T3 Tom Green  Wales 74-72-70=216 −6
Alf Padgham  England 73-72-71=216
5 Gene Sarazen  United States 73-75-70=218 −4
T6 Percy Alliss  England 74-72-74=220 −2
Dick Burton  England 74-71-75=220
Marcel Dallemagne  France 73-72-75=220
Dai Rees  Wales 77-71-72=220
10 Bill Davies  England 72-76-73=221 −1

Source:[3][5]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, 27 June 1936 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Alf Padgham  England 73-72-71-71=287 −9 100
2 Jimmy Adams  Scotland 71-73-71-73=288 −8 75
T3 Henry Cotton  England 73-72-70-74=289 −7 40
Marcel Dallemagne  France 73-72-75-69=289
T5 Percy Alliss  England 74-72-74-71=291 −5 21
13s 4d
Tom Green  Wales 74-72-70-75=291
Gene Sarazen  United States 73-75-70-73=291
T8 Arthur Lacey  England 76-74-72-72=294 −2 15
Bobby Locke (a)  South Africa 75-73-72-74=294 0
Reg Whitcombe  England 72-77-71-74=294 15

Source:[3][5]

Amateurs: Locke (−2), Thomson (+3), Francis (+6), McLean (+10), Ferrier (+14), Flaherty (+14),
                 Woollam (+14), Roberts (+15), Pennink (+16), Timmis (+17), Walker (+18)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cox sets sizzling pace to take lead in Open golf play". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. 26 June 1936. p. 15.
  2. ^ a b c d "Cox, Adams in lead in title golf play with totals of 144". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. 27 June 1936. p. 15.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 97. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Golf: Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 22 June 1936. p. 6.
  5. ^ a b c d e "How Padgham won". Glasgow Herald. 29 June 1936. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Alf Padgham's 287 wins British Open golf crown". Miami Daily News. United Press. 27 June 1936. p. 6. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b "9-under-par total scored by Padgham wins British Open". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. 29 June 1936. p. 18.
  8. ^ a b "British Open postponed by rainstorm". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 23 June 1936. p. 18.
  9. ^ a b c d "Open golf bid by Cotton". Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1936. p. 11.
  10. ^ "Golf - A wash-out - Qualifying rounds postponed". The Times. 23 June 1936. p. 8.
  11. ^ a b "Golf stopped by storm". Glasgow Herald. 23 June 1936. p. 11.
  12. ^ "Golf: Scores that were cancelled". Glasgow Herald. 23 June 1936. p. 3.
  13. ^ "Golf - The Championships". The Times. 28 February 1936. p. 6.
  14. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Some excellent performances". The Times. 25 June 1936. p. 7.
  15. ^ a b c "Qualifiers for Open golf championship". Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1936. p. 21.
  16. ^ a b "Keen finish in prospect at Hoylake". Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1936. p. 11.
  17. ^ "The course". Glasgow Herald. 22 June 1936. p. 6.
  18. ^ "Play in Open golf". Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1936. p. 13.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1936 U.S. Open
Major Championships Succeeded by
1936 PGA Championship

Coordinates: 53°23′06″N 3°11′24″W / 53.385°N 3.190°W / 53.385; -3.190