Dick Burton (golfer)
|Full name||Richard Burton|
|Born||11 October 1907|
|Died||30 January 1974 (aged 66)|
Kingston upon Thames, England
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||CUT: 1946|
|The Open Championship||Won: 1939|
Burton is mainly remembered for winning The Open Championship (British Open) in 1939, when it was played on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. His win was achieved in some style, with a birdie down the 18th to win by two shots from Johnny Bulla. He played for Great Britain in the Ryder Cup in 1935, 1937, and 1949, and won two of his five matches.
Burton, a former four-loom weaver at Cobden Mill, was born in Darwen, Lancashire. He is remembered for holding the Open title for the longest time – from 1939 till after World War II. In the spring of 1946, he wrote to the Royal and Ancient, "Dear Sirs, Please find enclosed my fee of five guineas for this year's Open. I will bring the trophy back when I come."
Burton was based at Sale Golf Club, on the Manchester Cheshire border, and is still celebrated at the club. Every year the club holds the Richard Burton Trophy on the weekend of the Open Championship, and have a display including the putter he used to win the Open. In later life, he was the club professional at Coombe Hill Golf Club in Kingston, Surrey. He once bet a rival that he could beat him using only a putter. He lost his bet, but only on the 18th hole.
Also, Burton reputedly hit the 120-yard 17th hole with every club in his bag, including the putter.
Burton died in hospital on 30 January 1974 after a long illness.
Tournament wins (9)
- This list may be incomplete
- 1934 Northern Professional Championship
- 1935 Dunlop-Northern Tournament
- 1936 Yorkshire Evening News Tournament
- 1937 Dunlop-Southport Tournament
- 1939 Open Championship, True Temper Foursomes Tournament (with Fred Robson)
- 1940 Daily Mail Tournament
- 1949 Silver King Tournament, News Chronicle Tournament
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1939||The Open Championship||4 shot deficit||70-72-77-71=290||2 strokes||Johnny Bulla|
|The Open Championship||T48||CUT||T39||CUT||T12||CUT||T4||1|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||12||5||T18||T14|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T12||T47||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT|
NT = no tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1935, 1937, 1949
- England–Scotland Professional Match (representing England): 1935 (winners), 1936 (winners), 1937 (winners), 1938 (winners)
- Coronation Match (representing the Ladies and Professionals): 1937
- Llandudno International Golf Trophy (representing England): 1938 (winners)
- "Deaths - Richard Burton". The Times. 2 February 1974. p. 24.
- Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 219. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
- "Dick Burton". Darwen Golf Club. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "1939 Dick Burton". The Open. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- "Richard "Dick" Burton". cottontown.org. Retrieved 9 June 2016.