Remembering Braid’s St Andrews success - 110 years on

James Braid
James Braid

The world’s golfing greats are currently battling it out for the Open title at St Andrews.

But back in 1905 it was a gentleman from just 12 miles down the road who was leading the pack home at the Old Course.

2015 marks 110 years since Elie great James Braid got his hands on the title in front of just 4000 people.

It was Braid’s second title, having finished second, fifth and second again following his first win at Muirfield in 1901.

St Andrews’ own Old Tom Morris was the official starter having retired from his job looking after the Old Course.

With strong winds on the first day nobody bettered 80 and, in fact, there were only 11 scores in the 70s the entire tournament and Braid had two of them.

A closing 81 gave him a five stroke win over Wimbledon’s Rowland Jones and JH Taylor, who had won the previous two Opens held at St Andrews.

The winner of this weekend’s tournament will have their bank balance furnished with a prize of £1.15m.

Braid? he picked up a first prize of £50.