1895 Open Championship

The 1895 Open Championship was the 35th Open Championship, held 12–13 June at the Old Course at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Defending champion J.H. Taylor won the Championship for the second time, by four strokes from runner-up Sandy Herd.

1895 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates12–13 June 1895
LocationSt Andrews, Scotland
Course(s)Old Course at St Andrews
Field73 players[1]
Prize fund£90
Winner's share£30
England J.H. Taylor
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Harry Vardon, one of the early starters, led after the first round with an 80 but had an 85 in the afternoon to finish the day on 165. Herd had the best round of the afternoon with a 77 and led overnight on 159, five strokes clear of Taylor and Andrew Kirkaldy on 164.

Herd played steadily in the third round and finished with 82 to lead on 241. Taylor, playing in the last group, scored 80 to finish on 244. The Championship resolved into a battle between Herd and Taylor. Herd started well but took seven at the 5th. Playing in wind and rain, Herd eventually scored 85 to finish on 326. Taylor need an 81 to win and after 12 holes had only taken 49 strokes. Despite taking six at the next two holes he reached the 17th tee needing to take 12 or less to win. Playing carefully he scored five at the dangerous 17th and then four at the last to win by four strokes and retain the title. His 78 was the best round of the afternoon by four shots, the next best being an 82 by Ben Sayers.

First day leaderboardEdit

Wednesday, 12 June 1895

Place Player Country Score
1 Sandy Herd   Scotland 82-77=159
T2 Andrew Kirkaldy   Scotland 81-83=164
J.H. Taylor   England 86-78=164
T4 Willie Fernie   Scotland 86-79=165
George Pulford   England 84-81=165
Harry Vardon   Jersey 80-85=165
Tom Vardon   Jersey 82-83=165
8 James Kinnell   Scotland 84-83=167
9 Laurie Auchterlonie (a)   Scotland 84-84=168
T10 David Anderson Jr.   Scotland 86-83=169
Alfred Toogood   England 85-84=169
Laurie Waters   Scotland 86-83=169

Final leaderboardEdit


Thursday, 13 June 1895

Place Player Country Score Money
1 J.H. Taylor   England 86-78-80-78=322 £30
2 Sandy Herd   Scotland 82-77-82-85=326 £20
3 Andrew Kirkaldy   Scotland 81-83-84-84=332 £10
4 George Pulford   England 84-81-83-86=334 £7
5 Archie Simpson   Scotland 88-85-78-85=336 £5
T6 David Anderson Jr.   Scotland 86-83-84-84=337 £3 6s 8d
David Brown   Scotland 81-89-83-84=337
Willie Fernie   Scotland 86-79-86-86=337
T9 Ben Sayers   Scotland 84-87-85-82=338 £2
Alfred Toogood   England 85-84-83-86=338
Harry Vardon   Jersey 80-85-85-88=338
Tom Vardon   Jersey 82-83-84-89=338


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 142. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ 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.

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