Who's who: Dick Burton

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Who's who: Dick Burton

  • Name:

    Richard "Dick" Burton
  • Country:

    Scotland
  • Lived:

    [1907-1974]. Born on Oct 11, 1907 in Darwen, nr Blackburn, Lancs. Died on Jan 30, 1974 Kingston upon Thames, Greater London (aged 66).
  • Original/Home Club:

    Darwen GC
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; golf instructor and writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1929

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (1939). Several wins on the British professional circuit.

Did you know?

Burton won the 1939 edition of The Open Championship, which, due to the Second World War, was not played again until 1946. This allowed Burton to set an unlikely record, holding the Championship title for the longest period of time ... six years. In 1946, as defending champion, he finished 12th, 12 shots behind winner Sam Snead.

Top tournaments won by Dick Burton

1949
Europe
281
£300
Silvertown Co.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Burton, Dick

Score

281

Prize money

£300

Title sponsor

Silvertown Co.

Played as the Silver King Tournament. Second-placed and defending champion Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Burton (Eng). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].

1940
Europe
Sundridge Park
280
£100
Daily Mail

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Burton, Dick

Venue

Sundridge Park

Score

280

Prize money

£100

Title sponsor

Daily Mail

Played as the Daily Mail £500 Tournament (for the last time until 1945, due to WW2). Second-placed and defending champion Henry Cotton (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Burton (Eng). [East course, Sundridge Park GC, nr Bromley, Kent].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Burton, Dick

Score

290 (+2)

Prize money

£100

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (74th) (July 5-7). Second-placed Johnny Bulla (USA) finished 2 shots behind Burton (Eng), who became the player to hold the famous Claret Jug for the longest period of time - seven years. Due to World War II, The Open was not played again until 1946. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Burton, Dick

Venue

Hesketh

Score

280

Prize money

£315

Title sponsor

Dunlop

Played as the Dunlop-Southport £1600 Tournament. Second-placed Charles Whitcomb (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Burton (Eng). [Hesketh GC, Southport, Merseyside].

1936
Europe
Temple Newsam
3 & 2
£150
Yorkshire Eve. News

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Burton, Dick

Venue

Temple Newsam

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

£150

Title sponsor

Yorkshire Eve. News

Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £750 Tournament (June 11-13). Dick Burton (Eng) beat A.G. Matthews (Eng) 3 and 2 in the final. Burton recovered from being four down after the first 18 holes in the 36-hole final. [Temple Newsam GC, Leeds, West Yorkshire].

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