Hugh Kirkaldy

Hugh Kirkaldy

Kirkaldy, c.1895
Personal information
Born (1868-06-05)5 June 1868
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 4 April 1897(1897-04-04) (aged 28)
St Andrews, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Turned professional c.1885
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
The Open Championship Won: 1891

Hugh Kirkaldy (5 June 1868 – 4 April 1897) was a Scottish professional golfer who played in the late 19th century. He won the 1891 Open Championship.

Early life

Kirkaldy was born on 5 June 1868 at St Andrews, Scotland.[1] His brothers, Andrew and Jack, were also professional golfers.

Golf career

1891 Open Championship

He won the 1891 Open Championship,[2] which was played over the Old Course at St Andrews. The tournament was played in October, in rough weather, and his winning score was 166 for 36 holes. He beat his brother Andrew and Willie Fernie of Troon by two shots. It was the last Open Championship contested over 36 holes.

Death and legacy

On 4 April 1897, just six years after winning the 1891 Open Championship, he died of phthisis pulmonalis at the age of 28.[3][4][5]

Results in major championships

An 1887 watercolor illustration depicting the golf swing of Kirkaldy by Thomas Hodge

Wins (1)

YearChampionship18 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1891 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 83-83=166 2 strokes Scotland Willie Fernie, Scotland Andrew Kirkaldy

Results timeline

Tournament 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895
The Open Championship 37 DNP 19 T11 T10 T7 1 T2 T4 T13 T15

DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


  1. "Births in the United District of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Births 453/00 0097. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  2. "St Andrews — 1891". Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  3. "Deaths in the Parish of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Deaths 453/00 0034. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 16 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  5. "Deaths – Kirkaldy". The Glasgow Herald. 6 April 1897. p. 1.
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