1899 British Open Winner and Scores

Harry Vardon won again at the 1899 British Open, which was the 39th time this major was played. It was Vardon's second-consecutive Open Championship victory.

Winner: Harry Vardon, 310

Where it was played: Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England

Tournament dates: June 7-8, 1899

Leader after first round: James Kinnell, Harry Vardon and Tom Williamson, 76

Leader after second round: Harry Vardon, 152

Leader after third round: Harry Vardon, 233

What Happened in the 1899 Open Championship

The final British Open of the 1800s took place at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, England, and Harry Vardon claimed his third Open Championship in a four-year period. He was the defending champ, and he also won in 1896 (his first of an eventual six wins in this tournament).

Vardon led by one over J.H. Taylor after the first day (the tournament was two days, 36 holes per day). He opened with back-to-back 76s, in each round tying for low round.

Vardon expanded his lead over the first 18 of the second day. Despite shooting 81 in that third round, Vardon led by three strokes after its conclusion, a sign of just how tough the scoring was. He eventually won by five over runner-up Jack White.

Five years later, when the Open Championship returned to Royal St. George's, White improved his standing by one place: He won the 1904 British Open.

The low amateur was Freddie Tait, who finished seventh and was one of only two golfers who broke 80 in the third round. It was the last appearance in the Open for Tait, who was a 2-time British Amateur Championship winner: He was killed the following year fighting in the Boer War.

1899 British Open Final Scores

Harry Vardon 76-76-81-77—310
Jack White 79-79-82-75—315
Andrew Kirkaldy 81-79-82-77—319
J.H. Taylor 77-76-83-84—320
James Braid 78-78-85-81—322
Willie Fernie 79-83-82-78—322
James Kinnell 76-84-80-84—324
a-Freddie Tait 81-82-79-82—324
Albert Tingey 81-81-79-85—326
Tom Williamson 76-84-80-86—326
Ben Sayers 81-79-82-86—328
a-Harold Hilton 86-80-80-83—329
Thomas Renouf 79-82-84-84—329
Willie Park Jr. 77-79-85-89—330
Willie Aveston 77-86-82-86—331
Sandy Herd 82-81-80-89—332
Percy Rainford 79-83-83-87—332
Ted Ray 84-80-84-84—332
Archie Simpson 84-84-81-83—332
Walter Toogood 82-86-81-84—333
a-C.E. Hambro 78-86-88-82—334
Tom Hutchison 82-87-82-85—336
Alfred Toogood 83-85-85-84—337
William McEwan 84-86-83-85—338
a-John Ball 81-82-90-86—339
Andrew Scott 86-85-87-81—339
John W. Taylor 82-85-86-86—339
David Herd 80-88-83-89—340
James Kay 85-81-86-89—341
Joseph Dalgeish 87-87-81-87—342
Jack Rowe 87-80-89-87—343
a-John E. Laidlay 83-88-91-82—344
Alfred Vardon 87-88-88-85—348
Henry Harris 86-88-82-94—350
C. Ralph Smith 84-91-85-90—350

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