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1863 British Open

 

Willie Park Sr. won the 1863 British Open, the fourth one played. Park thus split the first four Opens with Tom Morris Sr., two wins each.

Winner: Willie Park. Sr., 168

Where it was played: Prestwick Golf Club, Ayrshire, Scotland

Tournament dates: Sept. 18, 1863

Leader after first round: David Park, 55

Leader after second round: Willie Park Sr., 110

Notable Notes: Old Tom Morris was attempting to win the Open for a third consecutive time. Had he done so, he would have won permanent possession of the Championship Belt. But since he didn't, the Championship Belt remained in rotation.

It was Willie Park Sr.'s second victory. The sons of Park and Morris would soon be continuing the family's golf rivalry with victories of their own.

Fourteen golfers entered, playing 12-hole rounds on the Prestwick links.

Final Scores
Willie Park Sr. 56-54-58=168
Tom Morris Sr. 56-58-56=170
David Park 55-63-54=172
Andrew Strath 61-55-58=174
George Brown 58-61-57=176
Robert Andrew 62-57-59=178
Charlie Hunter 61-61-62=184
a-James Knight 66-65-59=190
a-James Miller 63-63-66=192
a-Peter Chalmers 65-67-65=197
a-J.F. Johnston 66-66-65=197
James Paxton 197
a-William Mitchell 70-70-66=206
a-William Moffat 75-78-80=233

Other accounts of the 1863 British Open:
On OpenGolf.com

Related pages:
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