1874 Open Championship

The 1874 Open Championship was the 14th Open Championship, held 10 April at Musselburgh Links, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland. Mungo Park won the Championship, by two strokes from runner-up Tom Morris, Jr. This was the first Open Championship played at Musselburgh.

1874 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates10 April 1874
LocationMusselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s)Musselburgh Links
Field32 players[1]
Prize fund£20
Winner's share£8
Scotland Mungo Park
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Play started at about 12 noon in dull and showery weather but later in the day the weather improved. The course, especially the greens, "were rather heavy".[2]

Many of the spectators followed Tom Morris, Jr. and Willie Park, Sr. who were paired together. Morris started badly and came to grief in several bunkers. Park scored 40 in the first round to Morris's 42. However, as the day progressed, Morris improved while Park fell away. The best player in the first two rounds was Mungo Park with scores of 37 and 38. At this stage he led by 4 from G. McCachnie, 5 from George Paxton with Tom Morris, Jr. and Willie Park a full 8 shots behind.

Mungo Park had a third round 43 with G. McCachnie, George Paxton, Jamie Anderson and Tom Morris, Jr. each four behind at that stage. Bob Martin was a further shot behind after a third round 38. Mungo Park scored 41 in his final round and although Morris again played a useful round he still finished two behind. McCachnie fell away with a closing 47. "During the last round the utmost excitement prevailed, and as each couple came in a knot of spectators gathered round them to ascertain what luck had attended them."[2]

Final leaderboardEdit


Friday, 10 April 1874

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Mungo Park   Scotland 37-38-43-41=159 £8
2 Tom Morris, Jr.   Scotland 42-41-39-39=161 £6
3 George Paxton   Scotland 40-40-42-40=162 £3
4 Bob Martin   Scotland 42-43-38-41=164 £1
5 Jamie Anderson   Scotland 44-38-40-43=165 £1
T6 Davie Park   Scotland 38-45-41-42=166 10s
Willie Thomson   Scotland 43-41-41-41=166
T8 Bob Ferguson   Scotland 42-41-42-42=167
Tom Kidd   Scotland 43-41-43-40=167
T10 Jack Ferguson   Scotland 41-46-41-41=169
G. McCachnie   Scotland 40-39-43-47=169
James Morris   Scotland 44-44-41-40=169


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 155. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Golf - Competition for the Golf Championship". The Glasgow Herald. 11 April 1874. p. 5.
  3. ^ Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.
  4. ^ "Golf - Match for the Championship". Fife Herald. 16 April 1874. Retrieved 21 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.

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