Jack Burns (golfer)

Jack Burns
Personal information
Full name John Burns
Nickname Jack
Born (1859-01-07)7 January 1859
St Andrews, Scotland
Died 18 December 1927(1927-12-18) (aged 68)
St Andrews, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1888
PGA Championship DNP

John "Jack" Burns (7 January 1859[1] – 18 December 1927[2]), a native of St Andrews, was a Scottish professional golfer for part of his life. He was the son of an Irish labourer, and started earning his living as a plasterer. However, there is reference to him being a professional golfer in the minutes of the St Andrews Golf Club in October 1885.[3]

Burns moved to Warwick, England in 1887 to become the golf professional and greenskeeper at the newly formed Warwickshire Golf Club (now known as Warwick Golf Centre), the first golf club in Warwickshire. Burns returned to Scotland in October 1888 to become the winner of the Open Championship, which was held at the Old Course at St Andrews.[4] The £8 prize of his major championship title accomplishment did not make him a fortune. He returned to his job in Warwick and was involved in the creation of the neighbouring golf course in Kenilworth in 1890.[5]

He moved back to St Andrews in 1891 to work on the railways, but he carried on caddying. When he died in 1927, his profession was listed as a plasterer again.[2]

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1888 The Open Championship 86-85=171 1 stroke Scotland David Anderson, Jr., Scotland Ben Sayers

Results timeline

Tournament 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship T23 DNP DNP 7 DNP DNP 1 14
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899
The Open Championship DNP WD DNP DNP 45 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"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 0003. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  2. 1 2 "Deaths in the Parish of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Deaths 453/00 0012. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015. (subscription required (help)).
  3. "The 150 Years – A History of the St. Andrews Golf Club – 1843 to 1993: Chapter 3 - Just a Minute". The St. Andrews Golf Club. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. "St Andrews — 1888". opengolf.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
  5. "Club History". Kenilworth Golf Club. Retrieved 27 September 2013.

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