Hugh Kirkaldy

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Hugh Kirkaldy
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Kirkaldy, c. 1895
Personal information
Born(1868-06-05)5 June 1868
St Andrews, Scotland
Died4 April 1897(1897-04-04) (aged 28)
St Andrews, Scotland
Nationality Scotland
Turned professionalc. 1885
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1891

Hugh Kirkaldy (5 June 1868 – 4 April 1897) was a Scottish professional golfer who played in the late 19th century. He won the 1891 Open Championship.

Early life[edit]

Kirkaldy was born on 5 June 1868 at St Andrews, Scotland.[1] His brothers, Andrew and Jack, were also professional golfers.

Golf career[edit]

1891 Open Championship[edit]

He won the 1891 Open Championship,[2] which was played over the Old Course at St Andrews. The tournament was played in October, in rough weather, and his winning score was 166 for 36 holes. He beat his brother Andrew and Willie Fernie of Troon by two shots. It was the last Open Championship contested over 36 holes.

Death and legacy[edit]

On 4 April 1897, just six years after winning the 1891 Open Championship, he died of phthisis pulmonalis at the age of 28.[3][4][5]

Results in major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1891 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 83-83=166 2 strokes Scotland Willie Fernie, Scotland Andrew Kirkaldy

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895
The Open Championship 37 19 T11 T10 T7 1 T2 T4 T13 T15

Note: Kirkaldy only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" indicates a tie for a place


  1. ^ "Births in the United District of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Births 453/00 0097. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  2. ^ "St Andrews — 1891". Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  3. ^ "Deaths in the Parish of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Deaths 453/00 0034. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
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  5. ^ "Deaths – Kirkaldy". The Glasgow Herald. 6 April 1897. p. 1.