Jamie Anderson (golfer)

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Jamie Anderson
— Golfer —
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Anderson in formal attire, c. 1877
Personal information
Full name James Anderson
Nickname Jamie
Born (1842-06-27)27 June 1842
St. Andrews, Scotland
Died 16 August 1905(1905-08-16) (aged 63)
Thornton, Fife, Scotland
Nationality  Scotland
Spouse Janet Clements Armit
Children Jane, David, Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth, James, William, David, Janet, Helen, John
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
(wins: 3)
The Open Championship Won: 1877, 1878, 1879

James "Jamie" Anderson (27 June 1842 – 16 August 1905) was a nineteenth-century professional golfer who won The Open Championship three times.[1][2]

Early life

Anderson was born in St Andrews, Scotland, the son of David "Da" Anderson, greenskeeper at the Old Course.

Golf career

Anderson's Open Championships victories were at Musselburgh in 1877; Prestwick Golf Club in 1878; and St Andrews in 1879. He is one of only four golfers who have won three consecutive Opens, alongside Young Tom Morris (1868–1870), Bob Ferguson (1880–82) and Peter Thomson (1954–56). Anderson did not compete in 1880 because the date of the tournament was set so late that he missed entry. He was runner-up the next year 1881. His nephew David was runner-up in 1888 and all of his sons were golf professionals.[3]

Death and legacy

Anderson died in a poorhouse in Thornton, Fife, Scotland. He won the Open Championship three consecutive times: 1877, 1878, and 1879.[2]

Major championships

Wins (3)

Year Championship 18/24 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1877 The Open Championship 2 shot deficit 40-42-37-41=160 2 strokes Scotland Bob Pringle
1878 The Open Championship (2) Tied for lead 53-53-51=157 2 strokes Scotland Bob Kirk
1879 The Open Championship (3) 2 shot lead 84-85=169 3 strokes Scotland Jamie Allan, Scotland Andrew Kirkaldy

Results timeline

Anderson (4th from left) at the Leith Links Tournament in 1867
Tournament 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
The Open Championship 4 7 NT DNP 2 5 DNP T12 1 1 1
Tournament 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888
The Open Championship DNP 2 T3 DNP 15 DNP DNP T28 T32

NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins, yellow for top-10

See also


  1. "1877 Jamie Anderson". The Open. Retrieved 16 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Mallon, Bill; Jerris, Randon (2011). Historical Dictionary of Golf. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7197-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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