Date of Birth - 21 October 1910
Died - 1986
Place of Birth - Troon, Ayrshire
Turned Pro - 1924
James Adams was chosen for five Ryder Cup sides and achieved high
finishes in The Open Championship on several occasions (five top-10s
including two seconds).
Adams turned professional when 14, and won the Irish PGA
Championship, in 1933. In 1936, he won the Penfold Tournament on the
British Tour, and came very close to winning The Open Championship at
Hoylake. Adams shared the third-round lead with Henry Cotton, but
despite beating Cotton (and Gene Sarazen, also in the field that year) in
the final round, Adams finished a single shot behind Alf Padgham. Two
years later, at Royal St George's, Adams' final two rounds of 78-78 put him
in second place, this time behind Reg Whitcombe. When the
Championship resumed after World War II, he was fourth in 1951, and in
1954, Adams was the only player to break 70 in both the final two rounds
at Royal Birkdale with a pair of 69s, but his effort was not quite enough to
catch Peter Thomson, and Adams finished fifth, three shots behind.
In 1937 Adams was runner-up in the British PGA Matchplay championship,
the first of three occasions he would reach the final of that event without
winning it. He won the British Masters in 1946 (tie with Bobby Locke), the
Silver King tournament in 1948 (tie with Charlie Ward), the Dutch Open
and Belgian Open in 1949, the Italian Open in 1951 and the Lakes Open,
an event on the Australian Tour, in 1952.
Adams was selected for the 1939 Ryder Cup team, although the
matches did not take place, then again in 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953. He
won both his matches in 1949. In 1951, the British team all played in the
North and South Open in America in preparation for the Ryder Cup
matches, and Adams finished fourth in a field that contained the entire
U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Adams was the head pro at the Wentworth Club from 1949 to 1952.
Ryder Cup 1939. 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1953
1933 Irish PGA Championship
1936 Penfold Tournament
1946 British Masters (tie with Bobby Locke)
1948 Silver King (tie with Charlie Ward)
1949 Dutch Open, Belgian Open
1951 Italian Open
1952 Lakes Open (Australia)