1935 Open Championship

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1935 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 26–28 June 1935
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Par 72[1]
Field 109 players, 62 after cut[2]
Cut 153 (+9)
Prize fund £500
Winner's share £100
England Alf Perry
283 (–5)
Muirfield is located in Scotland
Location in Scotland

The 1935 Open Championship was the 70th Open Championship, played 26–28 June at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Alf Perry won his only major title, four strokes ahead of runner-up Alf Padgham.[1]

Qualifying took place on 24–25 June. Entries played 18 holes at Muirfield and 18 holes at the number 1 course Gullane. The top 100 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 153 and 109 players qualified. Henry Cotton led the qualifiers on 141.[3] The top 60 and ties would make the cut and qualify for the final 36 holes.

Defending champion Henry Cotton took the first round lead after an opening 68, with Alf Perry a stroke behind. Charles Whitcombe carded his own round of 68 in the second round and took the lead by three over Cotton and Alf Padgham after 36 holes, with Perry falling five back. In the third round it was Perry who caught fire, shooting a 67 and moving ahead of Cotton and Whitcombe, who shot 76 and 73, respectively. A 72 in the final round was enough for Perry to prevail by four over Padgham. Whitcombe finished in third place, while Cotton fell to seventh with a final round 75. Amateur Lawson Little, the reigning British Amateur champion, finished in a tie for 4th. Perry's winning total of 283 equaled the tournament scoring record.

Perry's win was the first of any kind for him as a professional golfer, and he only won three more times. He finished in third place in the 1939 Open, but otherwise had no other top-10 finishes in a major championship. He was a member of three Ryder Cup teams.

Final leaderboard

Friday, 28 June 1935

Place Player Country Score To par Money
1 Alf Perry  England 69-75-67-72=283 –5 £100
2 Alf Padgham  England 70-72-74-71=287 –1 £75
3 Charles Whitcombe  England 71-68-73-76=288 E £50
T4 Bert Gadd  England 72-75-71-71=289 +1 £30
Lawson Little (a)  United States 75-71-74-69=289
6 Henry Picard  United States 72-73-72-75=292 +4 £25
T7 Henry Cotton  England 68-74-76-75=293 +5 £20
Syd Easterbrook  England 75-73-74-71=293
9 Bill Branch  England 71-73-76-74=294 +6 £15
10 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 74-73-77-71=295 +7 £15
(a) denotes amateur


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alfred Perry captures British Open golf crown". Miami Daily News. Associated Press. 28 June 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 4 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Media Guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 98. Retrieved 4 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Golf - Open Championship - Bad conditions". The Times. 26 June 1936. p. 7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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