Who's who: J.H. Taylor

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Who's who: J.H. Taylor

  • Name:

    John Henry "J.H." Taylor
  • Country:

    England
  • Lived:

    [1871-1963]. Born on March 19, 1871 in Northam, Devon. Died on Feb 10, 1963 in Northam, Devon, aged 91.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Royal North Devon GC (Westward Ho!)
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, club-maker, course designer and golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1890 (aged 19)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (5): The Open (1894, '95, 1900, '09, '13). Ryder Cup captain (1933). Multiple professional tournament wins. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1975).

Golf course design

Taylor became involved in golf course design as the popularity of golf took off in the early 1900s. His designs, predominantly found in England & Wales, include but are not limited to: Aldeburgh (1907, bunkering); Ashburnham (1910); Frilford Heath, Red course (1908); Ganton (1905, improvements); Hayling (1905); Hindhead (1904); Pinner Hill (1927); Nefyn & District (1907, with James Braid); Royal Birkdale (1922, major redesign with Fred Hawtree); Royal Cromer (1913, redesign); Royal Mid-Surrey (1900); Seaford (1907); Woodhall Spa, Hotchkin course (1905, original bunkering).

Did you know?

John Henry, or J.H. Taylor as he was known, was a five-time winner of the Open Championship (1894, '95, 1900, '09, 13). He was part of what became known as the "Great Triumverate," along with James Braid and Harry Vardon. Together, these three legends of the game laid claim to 16 out of the 21 Open Championships played between 1894 and 1914. In the years when they did not win, at least one of them was runner-up. Taylor was the resident professional of Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, nr London from 1899 until 1946. He was a co-founder of the Professional Golfers' Association, which was established in 1901 as the world's first association for professional golfers.

Top tournaments won by J.H. Taylor

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

304

Prize money

£50

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (53rd) (June 23/24). Second-placed Ted Ray (Jersey) finished 8 shots behind Taylor (Eng). This was the last of Taylor's five Open Championship wins. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

277

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the German Open (for the last time until 1926 due to the Great War and its aftermath). J.H. Taylor (Eng) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) in a 9-hole playoff (Taylor 28; Ray 34). [Baden-Baden GC, nr Karlsruhe, Germany].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

293

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. Second-placed James Braid (Scot) finished 1 shot behind defending champion John Henry "J.H." Taylor (Eng). [Vallée course, Racing Club de France (RCF), La Boulie GC, Versailles, nr Paris].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

295

Prize money

£30

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (49th) (June 10/11). Second-placed James Braid (Scot) and Tom Ball (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Taylor (Eng). This was the fourth of Taylor's five Open Championship wins. [Royal Cinque Ports GC, Deal, Kent].

1908
Europe
2 holes
£100
News of the World

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

2 holes

Prize money

£100

Title sponsor

News of the World

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].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

300

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Open de France. Second-placed and defending champion Arnaud Massy (Fra) finished 4 shots behind John Henry "J.H." Taylor (Eng). [Vallée course, Racing Club de France (RCF), La Boulie GC, Versailles, nr Paris].

1904
Europe
5 & 3
£100
News of the World

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

5 & 3

Prize money

£100

Title sponsor

News of the World

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].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

309

Prize money

£30

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (40th) (June 6/7). Second-placed Harry Vardon (Jersey) finished 8 shots behind J.H. Taylor (Eng). This was the third of Taylor's five Open Championship wins. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

322

Prize money

£30

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (35th) (June 12/13). Second-placed Alex Herd (Scot) finished 4 shots behind defending champion John H. Taylor (Eng). This was the second of Taylor's five Open Championship wins. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Taylor, J.H.

Score

326

Prize money

£30

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (34th) (June 11/12). Second-placed Douglas Rolland (Scot) finished 5 shots behind John H. Taylor (Eng). This was the first of Taylor's five Open Championship wins. The first Open Championship played outside Scotland. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

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