1927 Open Championship

1927 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 13–15 July 1927
Location St Andrews, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Par 73[1]
Field 108 players, 54 after cut[2]
Cut 154 (+8)
Prize fund £250
Winner's share (£75)
United States Bobby Jones (a)
285 (−7)
St Andrews
Location in Scotland

The 1927 Open Championship was the 62nd Open Championship, held 13–15 July at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Amateur Bobby Jones successfully defended the title with a dominating six-stroke victory,[1] the second of his three victories at the Open Championship.

The regional qualification that had been used in 1926 was abandoned and the previous system of local qualifying just before the Open was reintroduced. Qualifying took place on 11–12 July. Entries played 18 holes on the Old Course and 18 holes on the New Course. The top 100 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 160 and 108 players qualified. The amateur Cyril Tolley led the qualifiers on 144.[3] To make the cut players would need to be within 14 strokes of the leader after 36 holes. Prize money was increased by £50 although the first prize remained unchanged at £75.

Jones, age 25, returned to St Andrews to make amends for his first experience on the course; six years earlier he walked off the course in the third round of the 1921 Open. He shot 68 (−5) in the first round on Wednesday,[4] three clear of the rest of the field, and after a second round 72 was at 140 (−6), two shots ahead of Bert Hodson and four clear of Joe Kirkwood, Sr.[5] Hodson ballooned to 81 (+8) in the third round on Friday morning, and Jones closed with rounds of 73 and 72 to post a total of 285, a new tournament record.[1] Aubrey Boomer and Fred Robson tied for second place, six shots back.

Future three-time champion Henry Cotton, age 20, made his Open debut and finished in ninth place. Five-time champion John Henry Taylor made his last cut in the Open at the age of 56.

In this era there were no exemptions, not even for the defending champion, and Jones had to qualify with the rest of the field. The 36-hole qualifier was held on Monday and Tuesday on the Old and New courses, and reduced the field for the tournament proper to the top hundred, plus ties. In heavy rain early that flooded the bunkers, Jones shot 76 on Monday at the Old Course[6] and 71 on Tuesday at the New Course for 147, three strokes behind the low qualifier, Cyril Tolley, the 1920 (and 1929) British Amateur champion.[7][8]

Second day leaderboard

Thursday, 14 July 1927

1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 68-72=140
2 Bert Hodson  Wales 72-70=142
3 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 72-72=144
4 Henry Cotton  England 73-72=145
T5 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 76-70=146
George Buckle  England 77-69=146
T7 Percy Alliss  England 73-74=147
Tom Dobson  Scotland 72-75=147
Tom King, Jr.  England 73-74=147
Ernest Whitcombe  England 74-73=147

Final leaderboard

Source: [9]

Friday, 15 July 1927

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 68-72-73-72=285 −7
T2 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 76-70-73-72=291 −1 £62 10s
Fred Robson  England 76-72-69-74=291
T4 Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 72-72-75-74=293 +1 £20
Ernest Whitcombe  England 74-73-73-73=293
6 Charles Whitcombe  England 74-76-71-75=296 +4 £15
T7 Arthur Havers  England 80-74-73-70=297 +5 £10
Bert Hodson  Wales 72-70-81-74=297
9 Henry Cotton  England 73-72-77-76=298 +6 £10
T10 Percy Alliss  England 73-74-73-80=300 +8 £8
Sandy Herd  Scotland 76-75-78-71=300
Philip Perkins (a)  England 76-78-70-76=300
Philip Rodgers  England 76-73-74-77=300 £8
William Breck Torrance (a)  Scotland 72-80-74-74=300
Roland Vickers  England 75-75-77-73=300 £8
Tom Williamson  England 75-76-78-71=300
(a) denotes amateur


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  2. "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 110. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. "Golf - The Open Championship - Good Play by C. Tolley". The Times. 13 July 1927. p. 6.
  4. "Jones leads Open field with record 68". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 14 July 1927. p. 11. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. "Jones registers 72 to keep advantage in British Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 15 July 1927. p. 11. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  6. "Jones trails Mehlhorn in Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 12 July 1927. p. 9. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  7. "Cyril Tolley leads British Open golf tourney". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 12 July 1927. p. 16. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  8. "Mehlhorn with 146 leads Yank qualifier in Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 13 July 1927. p. 9. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  9. "World's Greatest Golfer - Jones Retains Open Championship Title - The Prize-winners". The Glasgow Herald. 16 July 1927. p. 10.

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