British Match Play


 

British Match Play

 
British Match Play tournament results, listed below, are sorted by year and feature the title sponsor, name of winner, golf tournament venue, score and prize money.  

Founded in 1903 by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) and Sir Emsley Carr (editor of the News of the World newspaper), the "News of the World" tournament quickly came to be regarded as the "unofficial" British Match Play Championship. It was finally recognised by the PGA as their official Match Play Championship in 1946. § Considered one of the most prestigious events of its day, the tournament was initially open to British and Irish professionals, but later overseas players were invited to join the field of 64 (sometimes 128) players. With the growth in the popularity of stroke-play events, this match play tournament became less interesting to sponsors, eventually being discontinued in 1979. § Over the years it was known as the: News of the World Match Play (1903-69); Long John Scotch Whisky Match Play (1970); Benson & Hedges Match Play (1972-74); Sun Alliance Match Play (1975-1978); Sun Alliance European Match Play (1979).

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1979
Sun Alliance
1 hole
£6,600
Played as the Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship (Aug 2-5). Smyth (Ire) beat Nick Price (Zim) by 1 hole in the 18-hole final. Smyth knocked in a 10ft putt for a winning eagle three on the final green to clinch his first European Tour win. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1978
Sun Alliance
3 & 2
£8,000
Played as the Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship (Jun 28-Jul 1). James (Eng) beat Neil Coles (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final to record his first European Tour win. [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, nr Edinburgh].
1977
Sun Alliance
6 & 5
£4,000
Played as the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship (May 18-21). Baiocchi (RSA) beat Brian Huggett (Wales) 6 and 5 in the 18-hole final. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1976
Sun Alliance
Kings Norton GC
3 & 2
£3,500
Played as the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship (Sept 2-5). Barnes (Scot) beat Craig DeFoy (Wales) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Kings Norton GC, Alvechurch, nr Birmingham].
1975
Sun Alliance
Polland, Eddie
23rd hole
£3,500
Played as the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship (Sept 3-6). Polland (N.Ire) beat Peter Butler (Eng) at the 23rd hole in the final, to record his second European Tour win. [Lindrick GC, Worksop, Nottinghamshire].
1974
Benson & Hedges
Newton, Jack
2 & 1
£3,500
Played as the Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship (Sept 12-15). Newton (Aus) beat Cesar Sanudo (USA) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final, to record the last of his three European Tour wins. [Downfield GC, Dundee, Angus].
1973
Benson & Hedges
2 holes
£3,500
Played as the Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship (May 23-26). Coles (Eng) beat Doug McClelland (Eng) by 2 holes in the 18-hole final, to record his third win in this prestigious event. [Hillside GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1972
Benson & Hedges
Garner, John
7 & 6
£3,500
Played as the Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship (Sept 11-16). Garner (Eng) beat Neil Coles (Eng) 7 and 6 in the 18-hole final, to record his first and only European Tour win. [Combination of holes from High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1971
x
(not played)
x
x
British Match Play Championship not played in 1971.
1970
Long John Whisky
3 & 2
£2,000
Played as the Long John Scotch Whisky Match Play Championship (Aug 26-29). Horton (Eng) beat Ronnie Shade (Scot) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Combination of holes from High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1969
News of the World
Bembridge, Maurice
6 & 5
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Matchplay (Sept 4-7). Bembridge (Eng) beat Dai Rees (Wales) 6 & 5 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1968
News of the World
1 hole
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 5-8). Huggett (Wales) beat John Panton (Scot) by 1 hole in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1967
News of the World
4 & 3
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 7-10). Defending champion Thomson (Aus) beat Dai Rees (Wales) 4 and 3 in the 18-hole final, to record his fourth win in this event. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1966
News of the World
2 & 1
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 7-10). Peter Thomson (Aus) beat Neil Coles (Eng) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1965
News of the World
19th hole
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 2-5). Defending champion Coles (Eng) beat Lionel Platts (Eng) at the 19th hole in the final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1964
News of the World
3 & 2
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 2-5). Coles (Eng) beat Peter Butler (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1963
News of the World
Thomas, Dave
3 & 2
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 4-7). Thomas (Wales) beat John Macdonald (Scot) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1962
News of the World
Brown, Eric
19th hole
£1,250
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 5-8). Brown (Scot) beat Ross Whitehead (Eng) at the 19th hole in the final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1961
News of the World
3 & 1
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 6-9). Thomson (Aus) beat Ralph Moffitt (Eng) 3 and 1 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1960
News of the World
Brown, Eric
20th hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 7-10). Brown (Scot) beat Harry Weetman (Eng) at the 20th hole in the final. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1959
News of the World
Snell, David
3 & 2
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 9-12). Snell (Eng) beat defending champion Harry Weetman (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1958
News of the World
Weetman, Harry
1 hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 10-13). Weetman (Eng) beat Bernard Hunt (Eng) by 1 hole in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1957
News of the World
5 & 4
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 11-14). O'Connor (Ire) beat Tom Haliburton (Scot) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1956
News of the World
Panton, John
1 hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 12-15). Panton (Scot) beat Harry Weetman (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1955
News of the World
Bousfield, Ken
4 & 3
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 14-17). Bousfield (Eng) beat Eric Brown (Scot) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1954
News of the World
38th hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 30-Oct 2). Thomson (Aus) beat Johnny Fallon (Eng) at the 38th hole in the final. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1953
News of the World
1 hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 16-19). Faulkner (Eng) beat Dai Rees (Wales) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Ganton GC, nr Scarborough, North Yorkshire].
1952
News of the World
4 & 3
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 17-20). Daly (N.Ire) beat Flory van Donck (Belg) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. This was Daly's third win in this event in six years, and, as in 1947, another win against van Donck in the final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1951
News of the World
Weetman, Harry
5 & 4
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 19-22). Weetman (Eng) beat Jimmy Adams (Scot) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1950
News of the World
7 & 6
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 20-23). Defending champion Rees (Wales) beat Frank Jowle (Eng) 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final, to record his fourth win in the British Match Play Championship. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
1949
News of the World
1 hole
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 21-24). Rees (Wales) beat Henry Cotton (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1948
News of the World
4 & 3
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 22-25). Defending champion Daly (N.Ire) beat Laurie Ayton Jr (Scot) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1947
News of the World
3 & 2
£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 24-27). Daly (N.Ire) beat Flory Van Donck (Belg) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, to become the first man since James Braid in 1905 to jointly hold the Open Championship and Professional match Play Championship titles. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
1946
News of the World
8 & 7
£550
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 25-28; for the first time the winner was officially recognised as the PGA's official Match Play Champion). Cotton (Eng) beat Jimmy Adams (Scot) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1945
News of the World
Horne, Reg
4 & 3
£600
Played as the News of the World Match Play (July 24-27). Horne (Eng) beat Percy Alliss (Eng) 4 and 3 in the 18-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1944
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War II.
1943
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War II.
1942
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War II.
1941
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War II.
1940
News of the World
37th hole
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Jun 30-May 3). Cotton (Eng) beat Alf Padgham (Eng) at the 37th hole in the final. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1939
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War II.
1938
News of the World
4 & 3
£500
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 13-16). Rees (Wales) beat Eddie Whitcombe (Eng) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final, to win this title for the second time in three years. Ernest Whitcombe (Eddie's father) was runner-up in this event in 1936, and the winner in 1924. Charles Whitcombe (Eddie's uncle) was the winner in 1928 and 1930. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1937
News of the World
3 & 2
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 14-18). Percy Alliss (Eng) beat Jimmy Adams (Scot) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final, which was completed a day late after torrential rain halted proceedings on the Friday, the intended final day. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1936
News of the World
Oxhey Park
1 hole
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 15-18). Rees (Wales) beat Ernest Whitcombe (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Oxhey Park GC, Watford, Herts. 18-hole course at the time; now 9-holes].
1935
News of the World
3 & 2
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 11-14). Padgham (Eng) beat Percy Alliss (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1934
News of the World
Busson, Jack
2 holes
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 18-21). 23-year-old Busson (Eng) beat Charles Whitcombe (Eng) by 2 holes in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1933
News of the World
Purley Downs
5 & 4
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 19-22). Alliss (Eng) beat Mark Seymour (Eng) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Purley Downs GC, South Croydon, Surrey].
1932
News of the World
10 & 8
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 20-23). 25-year-old Cotton (Eng) beat Alf Perry (Eng) by a tournament record score of 10 and 8 in the 36-hole final. [Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1931
News of the World
5 & 4
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 22-25). Padgham (Eng) beat Mark Seymour (Eng) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1930
News of the World
Whitcombe, Charles
Oxhey Park
4 & 2
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 23-26). Whitcombe (Eng) beat Henry Cotton (Eng) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final - as he did two years earlier in 1928. [Oxhey Park GC, Watford, Herts. 18-hole course at the time; now 9-holes].
1929
News of the World
Mitchell, Abe
8 & 7
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 17-20). Mitchell (Eng) beat Philip Rodgers (Eng) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1928
News of the World
Whitcombe, Charles
4 & 2
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 18-21). Whitcombe (Eng) beat Henry Cotton (Eng) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. Both players were hailed as "amongst the world's greatest" for the quality of their play. Whitworth took control in the middle of the second round, with scores of 2, 3, 3, 3 from the 7th to the 10th hole. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1927
News of the World
Compston, Archie
8 & 7
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 20-23). 34-year-old Compston (Eng) beat James Braid (Scot) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final, denying 57-year-old Braid his fifth News of the World Matchplay title. Compston won for the second time in three years. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1926
News of the World
38th hole
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 21-24). Alexander 'Sandy' Herd (Scot) beat Jack Bloxham (Eng) at the 38th hole in the final. Herd recorded his second win in this event, coming 20 years after his first. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1925
News of the World
Compston, Archie
3 & 1
£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 22-25). Compston (Eng) beat George Gadd (Eng) 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1924
News of the World
Whitcombe, Ernest
3 & 2
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 7-10). Whitcombe (Eng) beat George Gadd (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [St George's Hill GC, Weybridge, Surrey].
1923
News of the World
Wilson, Reg
4 & 2
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 2-5). Wilson (Eng) beat Tom Renouf (Jersey) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1922
News of the World
Gadd, George
5 & 4
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 3-6). Gadd (Eng, ex-officer in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers) beat Fred Leach (Eng) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1921
News of the World
Seymour, Bert
Oxhey Park
40th hole
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 4-7). Seymour (Eng) beat J.W. "Jack" Gaudin (Jersey) at the 40th hole in the final. [Oxhey Park GC, Watford, Herts. 18-hole course at the time; now 9-holes].
1920
News of the World
Mitchell, Abe
3 & 2
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 5-8). Defending champion Mitchell (Eng) beat Josh Taylor (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1919
News of the World
Mitchell, Abe
1 hole
£200
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 29-Oct 2). Mitchell (Eng) beat defending champion George Duncan (Scot) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1918
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War One.
1917
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War One.
1916
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War One.
1915
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War One.
1914
x
(not played)
x
x
News of the World Match Play not played due to World War One.
1913
News of the World
3 & 2
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 6-9). Duncan (Scot) beat James Braid (Scot) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1912
News of the World
1 hole
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 1-4). Vardon (Jersey) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1911
News of the World
1 hole
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 2-5). Braid (Scot) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. Braid was the club professional at Walton Heath at the time. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1910
News of the World
Sherlock, James
8 & 6
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 3-6). Sherlock (Eng) beat George Duncan (Scot) 8 and 6 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1909
News of the World
Ball, Tom
7 & 5
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 5-7). Ball (Eng) beat Alexander "Sandy" Herd (Scot) 7 and 5 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1908
News of the World
2 holes
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 6-8). Taylor (Eng) beat Fred Robson (Eng) by 2 holes in the 36-hole final. Taylor was the club professional at Royal Mid-Surrey at the time. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1907
News of the World
4 & 2
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 15-17). Braid (Scot) beat J.H. Taylor (Eng) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1906
News of the World
8 & 7
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 2-4). Herd (Scot) beat Charles Mayo (Eng) 8 and 7 in the 36-hole final. [Notts GC, Hollinwell, nr Mansfield, England].
1905
News of the World
4 & 3
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 3-5). Braid (Scot) beat Tom Vardon (Jersey) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Braid was the club professional at Walton Heath at the time. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1904
News of the World
5 & 3
£100
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 4-6). Taylor (Eng) beat Alfred Toogood (Eng) 5 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Taylor was the club professional at Royal Mid-Surrey at the time. [Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey].
1903
News of the World
4 & 3
£100
The inaugural Professional Golfers' Association "News of the World" Golf Tournament (Oct 13-15). Braid (Scot) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
 

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