Great Triumvirate (golf)

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A backswing study of Braid, Taylor and Vardon

The Great Triumvirate, in a golfing context, refers to the three leading British golfers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harry Vardon, John Henry Taylor, and James Braid. The trio combined to win The Open Championship 16 times in the 21 tournaments held between 1894 and 1914; Vardon won six times with Braid and Taylor winning five apiece.[1][2][3] In the five tournaments in this span the triumvirate did not win, one or more of them finished runner-up.

Open Championship – other winners 1894–1914[edit]

Year Winner Margin Runner(s)-up
1897 England Harold Hilton (a) 1 stroke Scotland James Braid
1902 Scotland Sandy Herd 1 stroke Scotland James Braid, Jersey Harry Vardon
1904 Scotland Jack White 1 stroke Scotland James Braid, England John Henry Taylor
1907 France Arnaud Massy 2 strokes England John Henry Taylor
1912 Jersey Ted Ray 4 strokes Jersey Harry Vardon


  1. ^ "The Great Triumvirate and the Bobby Jones Years". PGA of America. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ "The Great Triumvirate and inter-war years". BBC Sport. 4 July 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ "The Great Triumvirate". Hugh Scott. Retrieved 2009-08-02.