Fred Herd

Fred Herd

Fred Herd
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1874-11-26)26 November 1874
Died 14 March 1954(1954-03-14) (aged 79)
Nationality  Scotland
Status Professional
Professional wins 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open Won: 1898
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship DNP

Fred Herd (26 November 1874 – 14 March 1954) was a Scottish professional golfer from St Andrews. In 1898 he won the fourth U.S. Open at Myopia Hunt Club, in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. This was the first U.S. Open to be played over 72 holes, requiring the competitors to play eight rounds of Myopia's nine hole course. Herd was a professional at the Washington Park course in Chicago at this time. He won $150, but such was his reputation as a drinker that he was not allowed to take the U.S. Open trophy away until he had paid a deposit, as the USGA was worried that he might pawn it to buy drink.

Herd played in the U.S. Open on three other occasions, but did not have any other top ten finishes. His brother Sandy Herd, won The Open Championship in 1902.

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1898 U.S. Open 6 shot lead 84-85-75-84=328 7 strokes Alex Smith

Results timeline

Herd played only in the U.S. Open.
Tournament 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902
U.S. Open 1 T25 T16 DNP 24

DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10