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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: The field started with a record 181 players.


YEAR: 1901

WINNER: James Braid

SCORE: 309.

RUNNER-UP: Harry Vardon.

MARGIN: 3 shots.

EARNINGS: 50 pounds.

RECAP: Harry Vardon and J.H. Taylor had won six of the previous seven championships when it returned to Muirfield. Braid won the first of his five Open Championships. Tied with Vardon after the opening day, Braid pulled away with a 74 to build a five-shot lead over Vardon, and closed with an 80 for a three-shot win over Vardon. Taylor was alone in third. No one else was within seven shots.

NOTEWORTHY: This was the second straight year the Great Triumvirate — Harry Vardon, J.H. Taylor and James Braid — occupied the first three spots.


YEAR: 1896

WINNER: Harry Vardon

SCORE: 316.

RUNNER-UP: J.H. Taylor

MARGIN: Playoff.

EARNINGS: 30 pounds.

RECAP: Harry Vardon won the first of his record six British Open titles after outlasting J.H. Taylor in a 36-hole playoff. Vardon was 11 shots behind Sandy Herd after opening with an 83, and he was still six shots behind J.H. Taylor going into the last day. Herd shot 85 in the final round. Vardon closed with a 77 and forced a playoff with Taylor, who had an 80. In the playoff, Vardon shot 157 to beat Taylor by four shots.

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