The 1865 British Open was the sixth one played. Andrew Strath became the first golfer other than Tom Morris Sr. and Willie Park Sr. to win the Open.
Winner: Andrew Strath, 162
Where it was played: Prestwick Golf Club, Ayrshire, Scotland
Tournament dates: Sept. 14, 1865
Leader after first round: Andrew Strath, 55
Leader after second round: Willie Park Sr., 108
Notable Notes: The first five British Opens were split between Old Tom Morris (three wins) and Willie Park Sr. (two wins). Finally, someone else won an Open - Andrew Strath, who shot 53 in the final round to overtake Park.
The tournament was played over the 12-hole links at Prestwick, three rounds in one day.
This was the first year that Tom Morris Jr. - better-known today as Young Tom Morris - played the Open. He withdrew following the second round. Twelve playered entered, but only eight finished the tournament.
|Andrew Strath ||55-54-53=162 |
|Willie Park Sr. ||56-52-56=164|
|William Dow ||56-61-54=171 |
|Bob Kirk ||64-54-54=172|
|Tom Morris Sr. ||57-61-58=176 |
|a-William Doleman || 62-57-60=179|
|a-James Miller ||63-58-66=187 |
|Tom Hood ||66-66-66=198|
Other accounts of the 1865 British Open:
British Open winners