In an early May staging of The Open Championship, Walter Hagen successfully defends his title
On this day, In 1929 Walter Hagen won the 64th Open Championship at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. He successfully defended his title as he also won the year before in 1928 when the Open was held at Royal St George’s Golf Club. He cruised to victory this time by six strokes ahead of runner-up Johnny Farrell. It was Hagen’s fourth win at the Open and his eleventh and final major title. Hagen gave his entire £75 winner’s check to his 16 year old caddie.
Fact: Bobby Jones wouldn’t make the trip across the Atlantic in either 1928 or 1929 to play after winning in 1927. He would come in 1930 to successfully pull off his famous “Grand Slam”.
Hagen, age 36, played the tournament just twice more, in 1933 and 1937. Six-time champion Harry Vardon, age 59, played the Open for the final time and missed the cut.