The 1868 British Open was the ninth one played, and it was the site of the first "passing of the torch": Tom Morris Jr. won for the first time, supplanting his father.
Winner: Tom Morris Jr., 154
Where it was played: Prestwick Golf Club, Ayrshire, Scotland
Tournament dates: Sept. 23, 1868
Leader after first round: Tom Morris Jr., 51
Leader after second round: Tom Morris Sr., 104
Notable Notes: Young Tom Morris won his first Open Championship, beating his father, Old Tom Morris, by three strokes (the father was called Tom and the son Tommy in real time - Old Tom and Young Tom is how we know them today).
Old Tom didn't win again, meaning he was a 4-time champion. Young Tom eventually matched that. For the win, Tommy earned the Challenge Belt.
The tournament consisted of three rounds at the 12-hole Prestwick Links. Twelve golfers completed play.
|Tom Morris Jr. ||51-54-49=154 |
|Tom Morris Sr. ||54-50-53=157|
|Robert Andrew ||53-54-52=159 |
|Willie Park Sr. ||58-50-54=162|
|Bob Ferguson ||57-54-54=165 |
|Tom Dunn ||59-54-54=167|
|Bob Kirk ||56-59-56=171 |
|John Allan ||54-55-63=172|
|Charlie Hunter ||60-54-58=172 |
|William Dow ||61-58-60=179|
|a-William Doleman ||63-61-57=181 |
|Willie Dunn Sr. ||60-63-60=183|
Other accounts of the 1868 British Open:
British Open winners