10 Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SD, East Lothian, Scotland

29th and last Open at Musselburgh

 29th Open

Musselburgh Links 1889

Play off decides 1889 Open

Willie Park Jnr won for the second time in three years and brought the family tally of Open victories to seven, one short of the eight achieved by Old and Young Tom Morris. While four-time Champion Willie Park Snr never won on home soil at Musselburgh Links, his brother Mungo did in 1874 and now Willie’s son did likewise.

Kirkaldy went ahead by one with a 38 in the second round but Park caught up with his own 38 the fourth. Both men were on 155, the lowest total recorded at Musselburgh Links.

Park was two strokes behind with three holes to play yet his strong finish almost brought victory but for his putt for a 2 at the last stopping on the lip. Ben Sayers was third, four strokes behind.

Park took control of the play-off with rounds of 39 and 43, to lead Kirkaldy by 3 strokes. A 37 in the third round followed by a 39 gave him a total of 158 and a five-shot victory. It was the 2nd of three Open runner-up finishes for Kirkaldy.

This was the last Open held at Musselburgh Links, with the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers moving to Muirfield for the 1892 Open. The November date had meant the stragglers after three rounds were paid five shillings to withdraw though the late finishers still had to play by street light.