1903 Open Championship

1903 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 10–11 June 1903
Location Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland
Course(s) Prestwick Golf Club
Field 124 players, 59 after cut[1]
Cut 169
Prize fund £115
Winner's share £50
Jersey Harry Vardon
Location in Scotland

The 1903 Open Championship was the 43rd Open Championship, held 10–11 June at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. Harry Vardon won the Championship for the fourth time, six strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Vardon, his younger brother.

All entries played 36 holes on the first day with all those within 19 strokes of the leader making the cut and playing 36 holes on the final day, with the additional provision that the final day's field had to contain at least 32 professionals.

Harry Vardon and Sandy Herd led after the first round both having scored 73, three strokes ahead of the rest of the field. In the afternoon, Herd had a poor 83 and Harry Vardon's 77 gave him a four shot lead on 150 ahead of Andrew Scott, despite a seven at the 17th hole. 59 players made the cut on 169. Rowland Jones was initially disqualified but later reinstated.

In the third round, Harry Vardon scored 72, having reached the turn in 34. This gave him a seven stroke lead over Jack White, with Herd and Tom Vardon ten shots behind. In the afternoon, White took a seven at the third hole which effectively gave Harry Vardon the title. Playing cautiously, he eventually finished with a 78. Tom Vardon had the best final round score of 74 and moved into second place ahead of White.

First day leaderboard

Wednesday, 10 June 1903

1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77=150
2 Andrew Scott  Scotland 77-77=154
T3 Willie Hunter, Sr.  Scotland 81-74=155
Jack White  Scotland 77-78=155
T5 James Braid  Scotland 77-79=156
Sandy Herd  Scotland 73-83=156
John Hunter  Scotland 77-79=156
Tom Williamson  England 76-80=156
9 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-81=157
T10 George Cawsey  England 80-78=158
Bill Leaver  England 79-79=158

Final leaderboard

Thursday, 11 June 1903

PlacePlayerCountryScoreMoney (£)
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 73-77-72-78=300 50
2 Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-81-75-74=306 25
3 Jack White  Scotland 77-78-74-79=308 15
4 Sandy Herd  Scotland 73-83-76-77=309 10
5 James Braid  Scotland 77-79-79-75=310 7 & 10s
T6 Andrew Scott  Scotland 77-77-83-77=314 3 & 15s
Robert Thomson  Scotland 83-78-77-76=314
8 Bill Leaver  England 79-79-77-80=315 0
T9 George Cawsey  England 80-78-76-82=316 0
J.H. Taylor  England 80-82-78-76=316



  1. "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 134. Retrieved 17 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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