Ernest Robert Whitcombe (17 October 1890 – 14 July 1971) was an English professional golfer. Over the course of his career he had nine wins in professional tournaments and was runner-up in the 1924 Open Championship.
|Full name||Ernest Robert Whitcombe|
|Born||17 October 1890|
Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England
|Died||14 July 1971 (aged 80)|
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||WD: 1931|
|The Open Championship||2nd: 1924|
|Achievements and awards|
|Tooting Bec Cup||1924|
He was runner-up in the 1924 Open Championship, carding rounds of 77-70-77-78=302, and finished just one shot behind Walter Hagen. The excellent 70 in round two was the best score in a single round by any competitor in the top 10. He won the Irish and Dutch Opens in 1928, the French Open in 1930 and the Irish Open again in 1935. He also won the 1924 News of the World Match Play.
His two younger brothers Charles and Reg were also professional golfers. Ernest played with his brother Charles in the 1929 and 1931 Ryder Cups and all three played together in the 1935 Ryder Cup. His son, Eddie Whitcombe, was also a professional golfer.
World War IEdit
During World War I he joined the Royal Field Artillery as a gunner attached to the 16th Division of Kitchener's Army. Whitcombe saw combat at Hulluch, Guillemont, Messines and Ypres and suffered slight wounds from a machine-gun burst. He was hit by a small piece of shrapnel which became lodged in his left eye—an injury which may have adversely affected his putting in later years. For his war service, he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Death and legacyEdit
- Note: This list may be incomplete
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||T33||T29||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship||T12||T38||2||T26||T4||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T17||T23||CUT||T12||T9||T18||WD||19||CUT|
Note: Whitcombe only played in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship.
NT = No tournament
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- "History of Came Down Golf Club". camedowngolfclub.co.uk. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- "Mr E. Whitcombe" The Times, 15 July 1971; pg. 18; Issue 58225.