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1886 Open Championship

The 1886 Open Championship was the 26th Open Championship, held 5 November at the Musselburgh Links, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland. David Brown won by two strokes from Willie Campbell.

1886 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates5 November 1886
LocationMusselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s)Musselburgh Links
Field42 players[1]
Prize fund£20
Winner's share£8
Scotland David Brown
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Musselburgh is located in Scotland
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The contest consisted of four rounds of the nine-hole course. There were 42 entries, including seven amateurs. Horace Hutchinson and Johnny Laidlay were the two leading amateurs playing. Local Musselburgh professionals dominated the field, providing 19 of the professional entries.

Brown and John Lambert led after the first round, both scoring 38. Lambert and Willie Campbell led after two rounds on 78, with Brown on 79 with Willie Fernie and Ben Campbell. Brown had an excellent 37 in the third round and took a one-stroke lead over Willie Campbell. They both fared badly at the 3rd hole, where Brown took 7 and Campbell took 8. Campbell was ahead in the final round until he took seven at the 5th, having been bunkered twice on the hole. Eventually Brown finished two ahead of Campbell, finishing with two threes to Campbell's two fours. Willie Park Jr. finished strongly, but his chances were ruined by taking 34 on the first six holes of his first round.

Final leaderboardEdit


Friday, 5 November 1886

Place Player Country Score Money
1 David Brown   Scotland 38-41-37-41=157 £8
2 Willie Campbell   Scotland 39-39-39-42=159 £5
3 Ben Campbell   Scotland 40-39-40-41=160 £3
T4 Bob Ferguson   Scotland 41-41-39-40=161 £1
Thomas Grossett   Scotland 43-37-39-42=161
Willie Park Jr.   Scotland 44-40-41-36=161
Archie Simpson   Scotland 39-40-41-41=161
T8 Willie Fernie   Scotland 79-83=162
Davie Grant   Scotland 86-76=162
Johnny Laidlay (a)   Scotland 80-82=162

Individual round scores are only known for the leading seven players.


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 149. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  2. ^ "The Golf Championship". The Glasgow Herald. 6 November 1886. p. 6.

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