1906 Open Championship

1906 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 13–15 June 1906
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Field 181 players, 72 after cut[1]
Cut 163
Prize fund £115
Winner's share £50
Scotland James Braid
Location in Scotland

The 1906 Open Championship was the 46th Open Championship, held 13–15 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Defending champion James Braid won the Championship for the third time, four strokes ahead of runner-up J.H. Taylor.

There was no qualifying competition. All entries played 18 holes in pairs on the first two days with all those within 14 strokes of the leader making the cut and playing 36 holes on the final day.

The feature of the first day was the play of the amateurs. John Graham, Jr. led with a 71, while Robert Maxwell was amongst those tied for second on 73 with Robert Whitecross and Hugh Watt, both from Dirleton Castle Golf Club, a further shot behind.

Taylor and Harry Vardon came to fore on the second day. Taylor was out in 41 but came back in 31, despite three-putting the last. Vardon was only a shot worse with a 73. Taylor led on 149, with Vardon and Graham on 150. 72 players were within 14 shots of Taylor and made the cut.

Taylor's third round 75 was good enough for him to retain the lead by a stroke over Rowland Jones and three over Braid and Vardon. In the final round, Jones scored a disappointing 83 to drop out of contention. Taylor scored 80 while Vardon made 78. Only two players bettered 77, Walter Toogood with a 71 and Braid with a 73. Toogood was already out of the picture after an 83 in the morning. Needing a 76 for victory, Braid reached the turn in 38 and after more steady play he was left with two fives at the last two holes to win. A 45-foot putt for a three at the 17th hole, however, secured the victory.

First day leaderboard

Wednesday, 13 June 1906

1 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71
T2 George Duncan  Scotland 73
Percy Hills  England
Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland
T5 Rowland Jones  England 74
Robert Whitecross (a)  Scotland
Hugh Watt (a)  Scotland
8 Ben Sayers, Jr.  Scotland 75
T9 James Douglas Edgar  England 76
Arnaud Massy  France
Thomas Renouf  Jersey
Robert Thomson  Scotland
Tom Vardon  Jersey

Second day leaderboard

Thursday, 14 June 1906

1 J.H. Taylor  England 77-72=149
T2 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71-79=150
Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-73=150
T4 George Duncan  Scotland 73-78=151
Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 73-78=151
6 Rowland Jones  England 74-78=152
T7 James Braid  Scotland 77-76=153
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 76-77=153
T9 Phil Gaudin  Jersey 77-77=154
Ernest Gray  England 77-77=154
David Kinnell  Scotland 78-76=154
Robert Thomson  Scotland 76-78=154
Tom Williamson  England 77-77=154

Final leaderboard


Friday, 15 June 1906

1 James Braid  Scotland 77-76-74-73=300 £50
2 J.H. Taylor  England 77-72-75-80=304 £25
3 Harry Vardon  Jersey 77-73-77-78=305 £15
4 John Graham, Jr. (a)  Scotland 71-79-78-78=306
5 Rowland Jones  England 74-78-73-83=308 £10
6 Arnaud Massy  France 76-80-76-78=310 £7 10s
7 Robert Maxwell (a)  Scotland 73-78-77-83=311
T8 George Duncan  Scotland 73-78-83-78=312 £2 10s
Ted Ray  Jersey 80-75-79-78=312
Thomas Renouf  Jersey 76-77-76-83=312


  1. "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 130. Retrieved 14 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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