British PGA Matchplay Championship

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British PGA Matchplay Championship
Tournament information
Location Great Britain
Established 1903
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Match play
Final year 1979
Final champion
Republic of Ireland Des Smyth

The British PGA Matchplay Championship was a match play golf tournament that began in 1903 and ran until 1979. Between 1903 and 1969, the event was sponsored by the now defunct British newspaper the News of the World, and was commonly known by the paper's name. Initially organised as the championship of British professionals, the event came to include invited players from other countries - in particular from around the Commonwealth (it was won on four occasions by Australia's Peter Thomson, a record number of victories shared with Dai Rees and James Braid). On occasion, American professionals also took part, notably in 1949 when eight members of the victorious U.S. Ryder Cup side accepted invites to the event, Lloyd Mangrum reaching the semi-finals.

For many years, the event boasted the richest prize fund in British golf, and certainly in the pre-First World War era, can be considered to have been a "major" championship of its day, as at the time, the British professionals were considered the best players in the world – in 1907 the four semi-finalists were The Great Triumvirate of Harry Vardon, J.H. Taylor and James Braid, along with Ted Ray, who would go on to win both the British and U.S. Opens.

After World War II, the event provided several notable British and Irish players, like Christy O'Connor Snr, Eric Brown and Dave Thomas, with their greatest triumphs, and also became a showcase for the matchplay strength of Neil Coles, who was at least a semi-finalist eleven times in eighteen years, a remarkable achievement considering the field normally comprised 64 and on occasion 128 players.

The tournament was also often notable for remarkable runs to the later stages by veteran players - Max Faulkner was a semi-finalist in 1967 aged 51 and reached the quarter-finals three years later, and in 1969 Dai Rees reached the final aged 56. However, following the establishment of the British PGA Championship (at stroke play) in 1955, the matchplay version lost some of its importance, and the matchplay format fell out of favour with sponsors, who could not guarantee that the final day would feature any "big-name" players to attract a television audience, nor either that the matches would finish at times to coincide with limited scheduled slots for live transmission. The tournament remained an official money event on the European Tour from its first season in 1972, but after 1979 it was discontinued. The last champion was Irishman Des Smyth, who beat a youthful Nick Price in the final.

History[edit]

1903[edit]

The tournament was announced in August. £200 had been given by the News of the World to the PGA for the competition. The final stage would be at Sunningdale Golf Club from 13 to 15 October and would be a knock-out match-play contest by 32 professionals. Qualification was by a series of 36-hole stroke-play competitions; one for each of the five PGA sections. The number of qualifiers from each section was based on the membership of that section. The Southern section had 16 qualifiers, the Midland and Northern sections had 5 each, the Scottish section 4 and the Irish section 2. The matches in the final stage were over 18 holes except for the final which was over 36 holes. Extra holes were played in the event of a tied match. The winner received £100, the runner-up £30, losing semi-finalists £15 and losing quarter-finalists £10.[1] The semi-finalists also received medals: the winner gold, the runner-up silver and the losing semi-finalists bronze.

The Northern section held their qualification at Huddersfield on 22 September with Ted Ray winning with a score of 148.[2] The Scottish section qualification was the following day at Earlsferry with Robert Thomson winning with a score of 153. Arnaud Massy failed to qualify,[3] The Irish section played on 24 September at Lahinch with George Coburn winning with a score of 157.[4] The Southern section played on 29 September at Acton with J.H. Taylor winning with a score of 140. There was a tie for the final two places and there was a 36-hole play-off the following day.[5] The Midland section played on 7 October at Hollinwell with Tom Williamson winning with a score of 151.[6] Harry Vardon was ill and didn't enter.

In the first round Jack White, third in the 1903 Open Championship lost to Tom Williamson. Later in the day Tom Vardon who had been second in the Open lost to Ted Ray.[7] In the quarter-finals James Braid beat Alfred Toogood at the 19th hole. In the semi-finals Braid won the first two holes against J.H. Taylor and won 4&2. Ray beat George Coburn 4&3 in the other match. They had been level after 7 holes but Ray won the next 4 to take a convincing lead.[8] In the final Braid led by 1 hole after the first round. In the afternoon Braid won 3 of the first 5 holes to go 4 up and, although Ray won the next two, Braid eventually won 4&3.[9]

1914[edit]

The final stages were planned for Oxhey Golf Club on 6, 7 and 8 October with the same format and prize money as previously. In mid-August the PGA cancelled the tournament. The Western section had played their qualification tournament on 9 July at which Charles and Ernest Whitcombe qualified.

1919[edit]

The arrangements for the 1919 tournament were sorted out at a late stage. In mid-July it was decided that the number of qualifiers for the final stage would be increased from 32 to 64 and the "News of the World" agreed to increase the prize money. The West of England section had already played their qualifying competition under the impression there were 2 places available. They were allocated 4 in the new system. Other sections were allocated the following places: Southern 26, Northern 12, Midland 10, Scotland 5, Welsh 4, Eastern 2 and Irish 1. The tournament was extended to a fourth day with the 32 18-hole first round matches played on the first day. The losing quarter-finalists received £12 10s, third round losers £10, second round losers £7 10s and first round losers £5. Prize money totalled £590.

1921[edit]

Prize money was increased to £750 with the winner receiving £200, the runner-up £50, the losing semi-finalists £30, the losing quarter-finalists £15 and third round losers £12 10s.

1925[edit]

Prize money was increased to £1,040 with the winner receiving £300, the runner-up £100, the losing semi-finalists £50, the losing quarter-finalists £25 and prizes of £15, £10 and £5 for losers in the first three rounds.

1935[edit]

Prize money was increased to £1,250 with the losing quarter-finalists receiving £27 10s and prizes of £20, £15 and £7 10s for losers in the first three rounds.

1939[edit]

The final stages were planned for St George's Hill Golf Club from 12 to 15 September with the same format and prize money as previously. Qualifying events had been completed when the PGA cancelled the tournament in early September on the outbreak of World War II.

1940[edit]

The cancelled 1939 event was re-arranged for Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club from 30 April to 3 May. The 64 qualifiers for the 1939 tournament were invited although a number were unable to play.

1945[edit]

The 1945 event was arranged at short notice and there were no qualifying events. There were 149 entries and the tournament was played at Walton Heath Golf Club from 23 to 27 July. 21 matches were played on the first day to reduce the field to 128. There were 64 matches on the second day and then two rounds were played each day. The final was played over 18 holes for the first time. Both New and Old courses were used for the last-128 and last-64 rounds. Total prize money was £2,000 with the winner receiving £600, the runner-up £200, semi-finalists £100, quarter-finalists £50 and prizes of £30, £15 and £10 for those reaching the last-64 stage.

1946[edit]

The 1946 tournament reverted to the earlier format with 64 players qualifying for the knock-out stage played from 25 to 28 September. The final was over 36 holes. Prize money remained at £2,000 with £550 for the winner, £250 for the losing finalist and £120 for the losing semi-finalists.

1947[edit]

Prize money was increased to £2,500 with £750 for the winner and £250 for the losing finalist.

1949[edit]

Eight American golfers who had played in the 1949 Ryder Cup were added to the 64 qualifiers. The 8 were: Skip Alexander, Jimmy Demaret, Bob Hamilton, E. J. Harrison, Clayton Heafner, Lloyd Mangrum, Johnny Palmer and Sam Snead. The additional players meant that 8 preliminary match had to be played to reduce the field to 64. These matches were played on 20 September, extending the event to a fifth day. Total prize money was £2,620.

1950[edit]

The 1949 winner (Dai Rees) and the 1950 Open Champion (Bobby Locke) were exempted from qualifying. Locke did not play but with 64 players reaching the final stage through the sectional qualifying events there were 65 qualifiers. This meant that one preliminary match was needed; the match being played the day before the main event started. Total prize money was £2,530.

1951[edit]

The 1950 winner (Dai Rees) and the 1951 Open Champion (Max Faulkner) were exempted from qualifying. With a total of 66 players reaching the final stage, two preliminary matches were played the day before the main event started.

1953[edit]

The leaders in the Order of Merit were exempted, increasing the number of qualifiers to 76. 12 first-round matches were played to reduce the field to 64. Total prize money was £2,650.

1955[edit]

The leader 10 in the Order of Merit were exempted. 10 first-round matches were played to reduce the field to 64. Total prize money was increased to £3,000, although the first prize remained unchanged at £750.

1956[edit]

The number of qualifiers from the sectional events was reduced so that there were just 64 contestants in the final stage. The quarter-finals and semi-finals were extended to 36 holes, the event being played over 5 days from 11 to 15 September.

1957[edit]

The format was changed, with the first round matches being over 36 holes, spread over two days. The quarter-finals and semi-finals were reduced again to 18 holes, although the final was still over 36 holes.

1958[edit]

The format was changed again. All matches were reduced to 18 holes and the event reduced from 5 days to 4. One round was played on the first two days, the third round and quarter-finals were played on the third day with the semi-finals and final on the final day. This was only the second final, after 1945, to be contested over 18 holes.

1962[edit]

Sectional qualifying was dropped and replaced by local qualifying on the two days prior to the knock-out stage. Two courses were used. There was a sudden-death playoff to get exactly 64 qualifiers.

1964[edit]

12 players who had competed in the Carling World Open the previous week were exempted from qualifying so that only 52 qualified through local qualifying.

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Country Venue Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref Semi-finalists
Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship
1979 Des Smyth  Ireland Fulford Golf Club Zimbabwe Nick Price Antonio Garrido (3rd), Carl Mason (4th)
1978 Mark James  England Dalmahoy Country Club 3 & 2 England Neil Coles 8,000 [10] Sam Torrance (3rd), Manuel Piñero (4th)
Sun Alliance Match Play Championship
1977 Hugh Baiocchi  South Africa Stoke Poges Golf Club 6 & 5 Wales Brian Huggett 4,000 [11] Neil Coles (3rd), Christy O'Connor Jnr (4th)
1976 Brian Barnes  Scotland Kings Norton Golf Club 4 & 3 Wales Craig Defoy 3,500 [12] John O'Leary (3rd), Simon Hobday (4th)
1975 Eddie Polland  Northern Ireland Lindrick Golf Club 23 holes England Peter Butler 3,500 [13] Dale Hayes (3rd), Ronnie Shade (4th)
Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship
1974 Jack Newton  Australia Downfield Golf Club 2 & 1 United States Cesar Sanudo 3,500 [14] Neil Coles (3rd), David Jagger (4th)
1973 Neil Coles (3)  England Hillside Golf Club 2 holes England Doug McClelland 3,500 [15] Hedley Muscroft (3rd), Peter Wilcock (4th)
1972 John Garner  England Moor Park Golf Club 7 & 6 England Neil Coles 3,500 Ronnie Shade (3rd), Dave Stockton (4th)
1971 No tournament
Long John Scotch Whisky Match Play Championship
1970 Tommy Horton  England Moor Park Golf Club 3 & 2 Scotland Ronnie Shade 2,000 [16] Bobby Walker, Roberto Bernardini
News of the World Match Play Championship
1969 Maurice Bembridge  England Walton Heath Golf Club 6 & 5 Wales Dai Rees 1,250 [17] Brian Huggett, David Talbot
1968 Brian Huggett  Wales Walton Heath Golf Club 1 up Scotland John Panton 1,250 [18] Neil Coles, Jimmy Martin
1967 Peter Thomson (4)  Australia Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 Wales Dai Rees 1,250 [19] Max Faulkner, Neil Coles
1966 Peter Thomson (3)  Australia Walton Heath Golf Club 2 & 1 England Neil Coles 1,250 [20] Alex King, Peter Alliss
1965 Neil Coles (2)  England Walton Heath Golf Club 19 holes England Lionel Platts 1,250 [21] Christy Greene, Tony Jacklin
1964 Neil Coles  England Walton Heath Golf Club 3 & 2 England Peter Butler 1,250 Max Faulkner, Hedley Muscroft
1963 Dave Thomas  Wales Turnberry 3 & 2 Scotland John MacDonald 1,250 [22] George Will, Innes Wright
1962 Eric Brown (2)  Scotland Walton Heath Golf Club 19 holes England Ross Whitehead [23] Dave Thomas, Tony Fisher
1961 Peter Thomson (2)  Australia Walton Heath Golf Club 3 & 1 England Ralph Moffitt Neil Coles, Bernard Hunt
1960 Eric Brown  Scotland Turnberry 20 holes England Harry Weetman 750 [24] Tom Haliburton, Dave Thomas
1959 David Snell  England Royal Birkdale Golf Club 3 & 2 England Harry Weetman 750 [25] Norman Sutton, Dave Thomas
1958 Harry Weetman (2)  England Walton Heath Golf Club 1 up England Bernard Hunt 750 [26] Christy O'Connor Snr, Alex Fox
1957 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Turnberry 5 & 4 Scotland Tom Haliburton 750 [27] Harry Bradshaw, Eric Brown
1956 John Panton  Scotland Royal Liverpool Golf Club 1 up England Harry Weetman 750 [28] Ken Bousfield, Peter Mills
1955 Ken Bousfield  England Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 Scotland Eric Brown 750 [29] Arthur Lees, Frank Jowle
1954 Peter Thomson  Australia St Andrews Links 38 holes Scotland John Fallon 750 [30] Frank Jowle, Norman Sutton
1953 Max Faulkner  England Ganton Golf Club 1 up Wales Dai Rees 750 [31] John Jacobs, Fred Daly
1952 Fred Daly (3)  Northern Ireland Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 Belgium Flory Van Donck 750 [32] John Panton, George Johnson
1951 Harry Weetman  England Royal Liverpool Golf Club 5 & 4 Scotland Jimmy Adams 750 Alan Waters, Sam King
1950 Dai Rees (4)  Wales Carnoustie Golf Links 7 & 6 England Frank Jowle 750 [33] Ken Bousfield, Henry Cotton
1949 Dai Rees (3)  Wales Walton Heath Golf Club 1 up England Henry Cotton 750 [34] Sam King, Lloyd Mangrum
1948 Fred Daly (2)  Northern Ireland Royal Birkdale Golf Club 4 & 3 Scotland Laurie Ayton, Jnr 750 Sam King, Charlie Ward
1947 Fred Daly  Northern Ireland Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club 3 & 2 Belgium Flory Van Donck 750 [35] Charlie Ward, Henry Cotton
1946 Henry Cotton (3)  England Royal Liverpool Golf Club 8 & 7 Scotland Jimmy Adams 550 [36] Bobby Locke, Dick Burton
News of the World Match Play
1945 Reg Horne  England Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 England Percy Alliss 600 [37] Reg Knight, Tom Odams
1941–44: No tournament due to World War II
1940 Henry Cotton (2)  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 37 holes England Alf Padgham 300 [38] Bob French, Arthur Lacey
1939 No tournament
1938 Dai Rees (2)  Wales Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 England Eddie Whitcombe 300 [39] Arthur Havers, Laurie Ayton, Jnr
1937 Percy Alliss (2)  England Stoke Poges Golf Club 3 & 2 Scotland Jimmy Adams 300 [40] Don Curtis, Charles Whitcombe
1936 Dai Rees  Wales Oxhey Golf Club 1 up England Ernest Whitcombe 300 [41] Percy Alliss, Jack Taylor
1935 Alf Padgham (2)  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 3 & 2 England Percy Alliss 300 [42] Dick Burton, Reg Whitcombe
1934 Jack Busson  England Walton Heath Golf Club 2 up England Charles Whitcombe 300 [43] Albert Chevalier, Reg Whitcombe
1933 Percy Alliss  England Purley Downs Golf Club 5 & 4 England Mark Seymour 300 [44] Ernest Whitcombe, Archie Compston
1932 Henry Cotton  England Moor Park Golf Club 10 & 8 England Alf Perry 300 [45] Arthur Lacey, Jack Jolly
1931 Alf Padgham  England Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 5 & 4 England Mark Seymour 300 [46] Charlie Ward, Cyril Thomson
1930 Charles Whitcombe (2)  England Oxhey Golf Club 4 & 2 England Henry Cotton 300 [47] Abe Mitchell, Syd Easterbrook
1929 Abe Mitchell (3)  England Wentworth Club 8 & 7 England Philip Rodgers 300 [48] Archie Compston, Freddie Beck
1928 Charles Whitcombe  England Stoke Poges Golf Club 4 & 2 England Henry Cotton 300 [49] Jack Taylor, Herbert Jolly
1927 Archie Compston (2)  England Walton Heath Golf Club 8 & 7 Scotland James Braid 300 [50] Tom Williamson, Ernest Whitcombe
1926 Sandy Herd (2)  Scotland Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 38 holes England Jack Bloxham 300 [51] Reg Wilson, Harry Ball
1925 Archie Compston  England Moor Park Golf Club 3 & 1 England George Gadd 300 [52] George Duncan, Len Holland
1924 Ernest Whitcombe  England St George's Hill Golf Club 3 & 2 England George Gadd 200 [53] Sandy Herd, Tom Barber
1923 Reg Wilson  England Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 2 Jersey Thomas Renouf 200 [54] Abe Mitchell, Tom Williamson
1922 George Gadd  England Sunningdale Golf Club 5 & 4 England Fred Leach 200 [55] Ernest Whitcombe, Charles Johns
1921 Bert Seymour  England Oxhey Golf Club 40 holes Jersey Jack Gaudin 200 [56] Ted Ray, Syd Wingate
1920 Abe Mitchell (2)  England Mid-Surrey Golf Club 3 & 2 England Josh Taylor 100 [57] Bert Seymour, Len Holland
1919 Abe Mitchell  England Walton Heath Golf Club 1 up Scotland George Duncan 100 [58] Peter Rainford, Fred Robson
1914–18: No tournament due to World War I
1913 George Duncan  Scotland Walton Heath Golf Club 3 & 2 Scotland James Braid 100 [59] Reg Wilson, Willie Watt
1912 Harry Vardon  Jersey Sunningdale Golf Club 1 up Jersey Ted Ray 100 [60] Reg Wilson, Harry Cawsey
1911 James Braid (4)  Scotland Walton Heath Golf Club 1 up Jersey Ted Ray 100 [61] Tom Williamson, Harry Vardon
1910 James Sherlock  England Sunningdale Golf Club 8 & 6 Scotland George Duncan 100 [62] Eric Bannister, Cyril Hughes
1909 Tom Ball  England Walton Heath Golf Club 7 & 5 Scotland Sandy Herd 100 [63] Harry Vardon, James Hepburn
1908 J.H. Taylor (2)  England Mid-Surrey Golf Club 2 up England Fred Robson 100 [64] Charles Mayo, James Sherlock
1907 James Braid (3)  Scotland Sunningdale Golf Club 4 & 2 England J.H. Taylor 100 [65] Ted Ray, Harry Vardon
1906 Sandy Herd  Scotland Notts Golf Club 8 & 7 England Charles Mayo 100 [66] George Duncan, Rowland Jones
1905 James Braid (2)  Scotland Walton Heath Golf Club 4 & 3 Jersey Tom Vardon 100 [67] Rowland Jones, Arthur Mitchell
1904 J.H. Taylor  England Mid-Surrey Golf Club 5 & 3 England Alfred Toogood 100 [68] James Hepburn, Sandy Herd
1903 James Braid  Scotland Sunningdale Golf Club 4 & 3 Jersey Ted Ray 100 [9] J.H. Taylor, George Coburn

See also[edit]

  • HSBC World Match Play Championship - another matchplay championship played in the United Kingdom, which has been an official money event on the European Tour since 2004.

References[edit]

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