Who's who in golf - J.H. Taylor


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Name: - John Henry "J.H." Taylor
Country: - England
Lived : - [1871-1963]. Born on March 19, 1871 in Northam, Devon. Died 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 (age 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

1929Men EuropeDutch OpenHilversum153fl.400
Played as the Dutch Open (Sept 27). Second-placed Bert Hodson (Wales) finished 1 shot behind John James "Jack" Taylor (Eng; not a direct relation of the legendary JH Taylor, but came from the same small town of Northam, Devon). [Hilversumsche GC, Hilversum, nr Amsterdam].
1913Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Liverpool304£50
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].
1912Men EuropeGerman OpenBaden-Baden277x
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].
1909Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie293x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed James Braid (Scot) finished 1 shot behind defending champion John Henry "J.H." Taylor (Eng). [La Vallée course, La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1909Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Cinque Ports295£30
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].
1908Men EuropeBritish Match PlayRoyal Mid-Surrey2 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].
1908Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie300x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed and defending champion Arnaud Massy (Fra) finished 4 shots behind John Henry "J.H." Taylor (Eng). [La Vallée course, La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1904Men EuropeBritish Match PlayRoyal Mid-Surrey5 & 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].
1900Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews309£30
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].
1895Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews322£30
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].
1894Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's326£30
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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