1923: Arthur Havers holes out from a bunker on the 72nd hole to win the Open Championship at Troon

Arthur Havers
Arthur Havers with the Claret Jug

Englishman Arthur Havers wins The Open

On this day, In 1923 Arthur Havers shocked spectators at Royal Troon by holing out from a bunker to win the 58th Open Championship on the 72nd hole.  It came down to an American, Walter Hagen and the Englishman, Havers in the final round.  As Hagen threatened the lead many times it looked like he finally had his chance at the 18th hole when Havers flew his approach into a bunker.  To much amazement, he holed out from that spot to post a final round of 76 and 295 total.  Hagen, who found the same bunker, essentially had to hole out and match Havers to force a playoff.  Hagen narrowly missed and the title bid was blown for the American. After his win, Havers made a tour of the United States and defeated both Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen in match play contests.

Under the rotation system then in place, the Open should have been held at Muirfield. However some doubt existed “as to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers being desirous of their course being used for the event”  and the Championship was moved to Troon, the first Open Championship to be played there.

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