1869 Open Championship

The 1869 Open Championship was the tenth Open Championship and was held on 16 September at Prestwick Golf Club. Tom Morris, Jr. won the championship for the second successive time, by 11 strokes from Bob Kirk. Just 14 players entered the Championship.[1]

1869 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 September 1869
LocationPrestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s)Prestwick Golf Club
Field14 players
Prize fund£12
Winner's share£6
Scotland Tom Morris, Jr.
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Tom Morris, Jr. dominated the championship, leading by three strokes after the first round, four after second and eventually winning by 11 strokes. After the first round Davie Strath and Bob Kirk were both three shots behind Morris. Strath was in second place after two rounds but finished with a 60 to finish third behind Kirk who scored 57.[1]

Morris's first round included a hole-in-one at the 8th hole and his total of 50 (6-4-4-6-5-5-3-1-6-3-3-4) was only one behind his record of the previous year. In the second round Kirk took four strokes in one bunker (the "Alps"), scoring 10, while in the last round he took three shots in another (the "Cardinal's Nob"). He had four twos over the three rounds.[1]

Final leaderboardEdit


Thursday, 16 September 1869

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Tom Morris, Jr.   Scotland 50-55-52=157 £6
2 Bob Kirk   Scotland 53-58-57=168 £4
3 Davie Strath   Scotland 53-56-60=169 £2
4 Jamie Anderson   Scotland 60-56-57=173
5 William Doleman (a)   Scotland 60-56-59=175
6 Tom Morris, Sr.   Scotland 56-62-58=176
7 Gilbert Mitchell-Innes (a)   Scotland 64-58-58=180
8 Tom Dunn   Scotland 62-61-59=182
9 Charlie Hunter   Scotland 62-61-64=187

The remaining five players withdrew and did not complete the 36 holes.


  1. ^ a b c d "Autumn Meeting of the Prestwick Golf Club - The match for the Championship". Fife Herald. 23 September 1869. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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