Thomas John Ball (27 June 1882 – 18 February 1919) was an English professional golfer. Ball placed second in the 1908 Open Championship and tied for second place in the 1909 Open Championship. He won the Belgian Open twice, in 1913 and again in 1914. He won the 1909 News of the World Match Play tournament.
|Full name||Thomas John Ball|
|Born||27 June 1882|
|Died||18 February 1919 (aged 36)|
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||2nd/T2: 1908, 1909|
1908 Open ChampionshipEdit
The 1908 Open Championship was held 18–19 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish professional James Braid won the Championship for the fourth time, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Ball. Ball's round-by-round scores were 76-73-76-74=299. The primary difference between Ball's score and Braid's was the first round scoring when Braid's superb 70 put him in excellent position to win—which he eventually did. Ball took home £25 for his fine performance.
1909 Open ChampionshipEdit
The 1909 Open Championship was held 10–11 June at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal, Kent, England. English star J.H. Taylor won the Championship for the fourth time, six strokes ahead of runners-up Ball and James Braid. Ball carded rounds of 74-75-76-76=301—winning £20 in the process—and finished six shots behind the winning score of 295 posted by J.H. Taylor.
Death and legacyEdit
Tournament wins (7)Edit
Note: This list may be incomplete.
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T24||10||2||T2||T12||15||26||T30||WD|
Note: Ball only played in The Open Championship.
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- "The professional golf tournament – Victory of Tom Ball". The Glasgow Herald. 8 Oct 1909. p. 9.
- 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.
- "Death of William Ball". The Times. 24 February 1926. p. 6.