Bob Ferguson (golfer)

Bob Ferguson (golfer)

Bob Ferguson
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert Ferguson
Born c.1846
Musselburgh, Scotland
Died 19 May 1915 (aged 69)
Musselburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scotland
Career
Status Professional
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 3)
The Open Championship Won: 1880, 1881, 1882

Robert Ferguson (c.1846 – 19 May 1915),[1][2] was a Scottish golfer who won a hat-trick of titles at The Open Championship in 1880, 1881 and 1882.[3] He was especially noted for his putting. He is one of only four men who have won The Open three years in a row. The prize for his first win was £7.

Ferguson was a native of Musselburgh, East Lothian, which was then one of the three venues in the Open Championship rotation. He started caddying at the age of eight and played his first competition at Leith when he was eighteen. His playing career was cut short by a bout of typhoid and he became the Custodian of the Links at Musselburgh.

Major championships

Wins (3)

Year Championship 18/24 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1880 The Open Championship 1 shot lead 40-41-42-39=162 5 strokes Peter Paxton
1881 The Open Championship (2) 3 shot lead 53-60-57=170 3 strokes Jamie Anderson
1882 The Open Championship (3) 3 shot lead 83-88=171 3 strokes Willie Fernie

Results timeline

Tournament 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
The Open Championship 5 DNP DNP NT DNP DNP T8 4 DNP T3 DNP 6
Tournament 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship 1 1 1 2 DNP DNP T4 DNP DNP T15

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

References

  1. ^ "General Scottish news – Former golf champion dies". The Glasgow Herald. 20 May 1915. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Racing at Bath". The Times. 20 May 1915. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Three in a row for the Musselburgh champion". The Open. Retrieved 16 October 2013.