The Open

Prince's has a proud and long standing association with the oldest and most international championship in professional golf.

The Open Championship 1932

Qualifying was held on Monday and Tuesday, 13th and 14th June with competitors playing one round each at both Prince’s and Royal St George’s. Early starters on the Monday had to contend with a strong, bitingly cold wind, which abated in the afternoon. Conditions for the Tuesday and for the Championship proper on the following three days were ideal for low scoring. Probably the most notable player who failed to qualify was James Braid, by then 62 years old, and the winner of five Opens between 1901 and 1910.

Gene Sarazen led the Championship after every round to finish in a record low score of 283, five shots ahead of Macdonald Smith and six ahead of Arthur Havers. Two rounds were played on the Friday and with a course record 68 in the third round, Arthur Havers moved to within four shots of Sarazen, but he was unable to repeat the performance in the afternoon when he carded a 76. Percy Alliss was one of three players tied for fourth place, following his third place the year before at Carnoustie. On nine occasions he finished in the top ten in the Open.

Despite a high fever, Henry Cotton fortified by champagne, made a good start to his first round only to slip down the field with a third round 77 to a total of 295. He had to wait two more years to record his first Open victory across the fence at George’s.

Scores

Pos Player 1 2 3 4 Total
1 Gene Sarazen 70 69 70 74 283
2 Macdonald Smith 71 76 71 70 288
3 Arthur Havers 74 71 68 76 289
4 Percy Alliss 71 71 78 72 292
= Alf Padgham 76 72 74 70 292
= Charles Whitcombe 71 73 73 75 292
Open qualifying
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