Bob Martin (golfer)

Robert Martin (c. 1853 – 9 March 1917) was a Scottish golfer from St Andrews. He was runner-up in The Open Championship at Prestwick in 1875 and he won the Open at St Andrews in 1876 and 1885.

Bob Martin
Personal information
Full nameRobert Martin
Bornc. 1853
Cupar, Scotland
Died9 March 1917 (aged 64)
Strathkinness, Scotland
Nationality Scotland
Career
StatusProfessional
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentNYF
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1876, 1885
PGA ChampionshipDNP

Early life

Martin was born at Cupar, Scotland, circa 1853.

Golf career

Martin was a frequent competitor in The Open Championship in the late 19th century. In total, he had ten top-10 finishes including wins in the 1876 and 1885 Open Championship tournaments.

Death

He died on 9 March 1917 at Strathkinness, Scotland, of pulmonary tuberculosis.[1][2][3][4]

Major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1876 The Open Championship Tied for lead 86-90=176 Playoff 1 Scotland Davie Strath
1885 The Open Championship (2) 1 shot deficit 84-87=171 1 stroke Scotland Archie Simpson

1 Strath failed to participate in the playoff, so Martin won by default.[5]

Results timeline

Tournament 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879
The Open Championship T9 4 2 1 T8 T4 17
Tournament 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
The Open Championship DNP 4 T3 DNP DNP 1 DNP 2 T15 DNP
Tournament 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895
The Open Championship DNP T32 DNP DNP DNP WD

Note: Martin played only in The Open Championship.

DNP = Did not play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins
Yellow background for top-10

References

  1. ^ "Deaths in the Parishes of St Andrews and St Leonards in the County of Fife". Statutory Deaths 453/00 0032. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  2. ^ "Golf - Death of ex-champion at St Andrews". The Glasgow Herald. 12 March 1917. p. 11.
  3. ^ "Death of old golf champion". The Times. 12 March 1917. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Foreign Notes - by our British correspondent: London, April 10, 1917" (PDF). The American Golfer. LA84 Foundation. May 1917. p. 615. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  5. ^ "St Andrews — 1876". opengolf.com. Retrieved 17 July 2010.

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