| 13–15 October 1903|
| Sunningdale Golf Club|
| Sunningdale, Berkshire, England|
Match play – 18 holes
(Final 36 holes)
The 1903 News of the World Match Play was the first News of the World Match Play tournament. It was played from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 October at Sunningdale Golf Club. 32 players competed in a straight knock-out competition, with each match contested over 18 holes, except for the final which was over 36 holes. The winner received £100 out of a total prize fund of £200. James Braid defeated Ted Ray 4 & 3 in the final to win the tournament.
1903 News of the World Match Play Wikipedia
Entry was restricted to members of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). 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. In the event of a tie for places there was a playoff.
The qualifiers were:Northern section: Sandy Herd, Ted Ray, Tom Simpson, Alfred Toogood, Walter Toogood
Scottish section: Willie Fernie, James Forrester, Andrew Scott, Robert Thomson
Irish section: George Coburn, Willie MacNamara
Southern section: James Braid, George Carter, Harry Cawsey, Arthur Gray, James Hepburn, David Herd, Rowland Jones, John Milne, Arthur Mitchell, Jack Ross, Jack Rowe, Ralph Smith, J.H. Taylor, Tom Vardon, Jack White, Philip Wynne
Midland section: John Clucas, William Jeffries, James Sherlock, John Whiting, Tom Williamson
The matches were over 18 holes except for the final which was over 36 holes. Extra holes were played in the event of a tied match. Two rounds were played on the first day, two more on the second day with the final on the third day.
The winner received £100 and a gold medal, the runner-up £30 and a silver medal, the losing semi-finalists £15 and a bronze medal, while the third round losers received £10, making a total prize fund of £200.