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Continued: A capsule look at the British Open golf championships at Muirfield

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , AP Golf Writer
  • Last update: July 12, 2013 - 11:05 PM

NOTEWORTHY: During this era, Americans won the British Open nine times in a 12-year stretch.

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YEAR: 1912

WINNER: Ted Ray

SCORE: 295.

RUNNER-UP: Harry Vardon.

MARGIN: 4 shots.

EARNINGS: 50 pounds.

RECAP: Even though Muirfield had been lengthened to 6,425 yards, it was no match for the big-hitting Ted Ray, who was able to drive the green on the 13th and 15th holes, both more than 300 yards. Ray went wire-to-wire, opening with a 71. He had a five-shot lead over James Braid going into the final 18 holes, and won by four shots despite a 75 in the last round and Harry Vardon's 71.

NOTEWORTHY: At age 35, Ray was the oldest player to capture his first British Open since Mungo Park (39) in 1874.

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YEAR: 1906

WINNER: James Braid

SCORE: 300.

RUNNER-UP: J.H. Taylor.

MARGIN: 4 shots.

EARNINGS: 50 pounds.

RECAP: This was the third and final time that James Braid, Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor finished 1-2-3 (not always in that order). Braid repeated as Open champion, and he won for the second straight time at Muirfield with his score getting progressively better each round. He was four shots behind going into the final day, and still trailed Taylor by three shots going into the final 18. Braid closed with a 73 as Taylor shot 80.

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