1914 British Open Winner and Scores

The 1914 British Open was the 54th time this major was played. But it was also the last one played until 1920 due to World War I.

Winner: Harry Vardon, 306

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

Tournament dates: June 18-19, 1914

Leader after first round: Harry Vardon, 73

Leader after second round: Harry Vardon, 150

Leader after third round: J.H. Taylor, 226

What Happened in the 1914 Open Championship

One year after Harry Vardon lost in a playoff at the 1913 U.S. Open to amateur Francis Ouimet, Vardon won the 1914 British Open for what turned out to be his final major championship victory.

At the 1913 U.S. Open, Ouimet, a young, unknown American, knocked off two titans of British golf, Vardon and Ted Ray, in a playoff. But at this Open, Vardon won by three strokes over fellow "Great Triumvirate" member J.H. Taylor, while Ray finished tied for 10th and Ouimet was in 56th place.

This was the only year that Ouimet played the British Open, although he did make several more attempts at the British Amateur Championship in ensuing years.

For Vardon, it was his sixth victory in the Open Championship, a record for most wins in the tournament that still stands today. Only Jack Nicklaus has won another major as many times (Nicklaus won The Masters six times).

Vardon and Taylor battled throughout the tournament, with Vardon holding a 1-stroke edge at the halfway mark. Playing together over the final 36-hole day, Taylor took a 2-stroke lead into the final round.

But Taylor struggled to an 83 in that last 18, while Vardon managed a 78 to secure the victory. Vardon, Taylor and James Braid constituted the "Great Triumvirate" and won 16 Opens between them. But this was the last.

Vardon was over 44 years old at the time of the win. He remained the oldest Open winner in the 20th century until the victory by Roberto de Vicenzo at the 1967 British Open.

The 1914 British Open was the last Open played until 1920, as World War I interrupted life in Europe.

1914 British Open Final Scores

Harry Vardon 73-77-78-78—306
J.H. Taylor 74-78-74-83—309
Harry Simpson 77-80-78-75—310
Abe Mitchell 76-78-79-79—312
Tom Williamson 75-79-79-79—312
Reginald Wilson 76-77-80-80—313
James Ockenden 75-76-83-80—314
Phillip Gaudin 78-83-80-74—315
a-James Jenkins 79-80-73-83—315
James Braid 74-82-78-82—316
George Duncan 77-79-80-80—316
Arnaud Massy 77-82-75-82—316
Ted Ray 77-82-76-81—316
James Bradbeer 77-80-80-80—317
John D. Edgar 79-75-84-79—317
Jean Gassiat 76-81-80-80—317
William Hunter 82-77-77-83—319
a-E.A. Lassen 85-78-79-77—319
Ernest Foord 82-81-82-76—321
Cyril Hughes 80-81-80-80—321
James Batley 78-83-81-80—322
Ernest C. Jones 87-81-80-74—322
Fred Leach 76-86-78-82—322
C. Ralph Smith 81-79-80-82—322
Walter Hambleton 79-75-86-83—323
Michael Moran 82-83-82-76—323
Joshua Taylor 82-79-84-78—323
David Watt 84-80-78-81—323
Sandy Herd 79-87-79-79—324
a-Cecil Hutchison 81-75-82-86—324
John Lonie 77-84-82-81—324
Ernest Whitcombe 74-83-84-83—324
William Watt 77-81-84-83—325
Len Holland 78-78-87-83—326
a-Gordon Lockhart 83-78-85-80—326
James Sherlock 84-78-85-79—326
Claude Gray 84-81-81-81—327
Patrick O'Hare 81-84-84-78—327
Albert Seymour 84-85-81-78—328
G.M. Turner 81-77-86-84—328
a-James R.H. Anderson 81-91-78-79—329
James Horn 80-80-80-89—329
Wilfred Reid 83-80-86-80—329
Ernest Risebro 86-83-81-79—329
Fred Robson 78-82-85-84—329
James Adwick 80-83-81-86—330
Anthony Kettley 83-84-80-83—330
a-R.W. Orr 79-80-87-84—330
A. Simpson 81-87-82-80—330
Eric Bannister 81-85-80-85—331
Fred Collins 81-86-88-76—331
Frank Frostick 84-86-83-78—331
Charles Roberts 79-86-81-85—331
Jack B. Ross 79-85-84-83—331
Ben Sayers 89-79-79-84—331
Tom Fernie 78-85-87-82—332
James Hepburn 83-80-85-84—332
Charles Johns 84-79-88-81—332
a-Francis Ouimet 86-79-85-82—332
William Ritchie 81-87-85-80—333
Herbert Gaudin 85-85-85-79—334
H. Cheal 81-88-83-83—335
a-Charles Hope 84-85-80-86—335
Robert McInnes 84-91-78-82—335
Arthur Butchart 89-88-76-83—336
George Cawkwell 82-85-80-89—336
Peter Robertson 82-83-85-86—336
Jack Sidey 85-82-84-85—336
James Soutar 85-81-85-86—337
Arthur Havers 83-80-84-90—337
Horace Fulford 87-84-79-88—338
a-Sydney O. Shephert 82-85-83-88—338
Harry Cawsey 87-83-84-85—339
Archie Compston 84-85-86-84—339
Alfred Miles 82-84-87-86—339
John Park 86-84-85-84—339
George Oke 89-83-80-88-340
Rowley Banks 89-89-81-82—341
Harry Fernie 80-84-86-92—342
John Henry Turner 85-86-89-86—346
W.E. Brown 86-89-84-88—347
John McAndrew 87-90-86-85—348

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