Reg Whitcombe

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Reg Whitcombe
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Reginald Arthur Whitcombe
Born (1898-04-10)10 April 1898
Burnham, England
Died 11 January 1957(1957-01-11) (aged 58)
Hambledon, Surrey
Nationality  England
Status Professional
Professional wins 10
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1938
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Harry Vardon Trophy 1939

Reginald Arthur Whitcombe (10 April 1898 – 11 January 1957[1]) was an English professional golfer.[2]

Whitcombe began his career at Came Down Golf Club in Dorset and served in the British armed forces during World War I. He was the professional at Parkstone Golf Club from 1 January 1928 until his death in 1957. He finished runner up to Henry Cotton in the 1937 Open Championship at Carnoustie, and in 1938 he won the windswept Open at Royal St George's, where his two final rounds of 75–78 were still enough to beat the halfway leaders by ten strokes.[3] His two older brothers Ernest and Charles were also professional golfers and all three played together for Great Britain in the 1935 Ryder Cup.

Tournament wins

Note: This list is probably incomplete

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1938 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 71-71-75-78=295 2 strokes Scotland Jimmy Adams

Results timeline

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Whitcombe played in.
Tournament 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
The Open Championship T20 T14 CUT T23 T45 T13 T17 T17 T7 T16 T34 T8 2 1 T3
Tournament 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
The Open Championship NT NT NT NT NT NT T14 T13 T18 CUT CUT CUT

NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10


  1. "Mr R.A. Whitcombe" The Times, 14 January 1957; pg. 10; Issue 53738.
  2. Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 311. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "1938 Reg Whitcombe". The Open. Retrieved 17 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Fry, Peter (15 January 1994). The Whitcombes: A Golfing Legend. Grant Books. ISBN 978-0907186403.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links