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1914 Open Championship

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Dates  18–19 June 1914
Length  6,526 yards (5,967 m)
Cut  none
Course(s)  Prestwick Golf Club
Field  100 players
1914 Open Championship
Location  Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland

The 1914 Open Championship was the 54th Open Championship, held 18–19 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Harry Vardon won a record sixth Open Championship title, three strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor, the defending champion. Due to World War I, it was the last Open for six years; the next was played in 1920.

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Qualification took place on 11 and 12 June at Troon with 18 holes on Troon Old Course and 18 holes on Troon municipal number 2. Exactly 100 player qualified. The 96 players scoring 163 or better qualified while the 13 players who scored 164 played a further 18 holes at Prestwick on 13 June to determine the final four places. Scores of 79 and better qualified. Ted Ray and J.H. Taylor led the qualifiers on 150.

Vardon led after the first day by one shot from a relatively unknown James Ockenden from West Drayton Golf Club. Taylor was a shot further behind.

Vardon and Taylor were drawn together on the final day and, after Ockenden had a disappointing third round 83, they were clear leaders after the third round. Taylor led on 226 with Vardon on 228 and amateur James Jenkins third on 232.

With the two leaders playing together, huge crowds followed this group. Taylor extended his lead to three at the first hole of the final round. However at the 3rd hole, he was distracted by a photographer and dropped a stroke to Vardon. The Championship was largely decided at the 4th hole where Taylor found the water and took 7 to Vardon's 4 to give Vardon the lead. Taylor dropped more strokes to Vardon at the 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th holes to give Vardon a five stroke lead. Taylor recovered somewhat but Vardon still won comfortably by three shots. Phil Gaudin had the best final round, carding a 74.

First day leaderboard

Thursday, 18 June 1914

Final leaderboard

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Friday, 19 June 1914

References

1914 Open Championship Wikipedia


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