James BRAID



Date of Birth -  6 February 1870

Died - 27 November 1950

Place of Birth - Earlsferry, Fife,

Turned Pro - 1896

The James Braid Society


James Braid was a member of the Great Triumvirate alongside Harry

 Vardon and John Henry Taylor. He won The Open Championship five

 times. He also was a renowned golf course architect.

Braid played golf from an early age, working as a clubmaker before

 turning professional in 1896. Initially his game was hindered by problems

 with his putting, but he overcame this after switching to an aluminium

 putter in 1900. He won The Open Championship in 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908

 and 1910. In addition, Braid won four British PGA Matchplay

 Championships (1903, 1905, 1907 and 1911), as well as the 1910 French

 Open title. He was also runner-up in The Open Championship in 1897 and

 1909. His 1906 victory in The Open Championship was the last successful

 defence of the title by a European until Pádraig Harrington replicated the

 feat in 2008.

In 1912, Braid scaled back his tournament golf, and became a club

 professional at Walton Heath. He developed a very successful career in

 golf course design, and is sometimes regarded as the "inventor" of the

 dogleg, although holes of similar design had been known for centuries

 (for example, the Road Hole at the Old Course at St Andrews). Among his

 designs are the "King's Course" and the "Queen's Course" at Gleneagles,

 and the 1926 remodelling of The Open Championship venue Carnoustie

 Golf Links.















ACHIEVEMENTS

     

1901 The Open Championship

    1902 Tooting Bec Cup

    1903 News of the World Match Play

1903 Tooting Bec Cup

    1904 Tooting Bec Cup

    1905 The Open Championship

1905 News of the World Match Play

    1906 The Open Championship

    1907 News of the World Match Play

1907 Tooting Bec Cup

    1908 The Open Championship

    1910 The Open Championship

1910 French Open

    1911 News of the World Match Play


Official  scorecard issued to spectators for an Exhibition Match at the

 Redhill & Reigate Golf Club on 30 May 1943.

Signed by  Bryan Michie, who was a famous Radio personality who acted

 as compere for the event, the four golfers who took part in the Exhibition

 Match, Gregor McIntosh, Richard Burton (1939 British Open Champion)

 who replaced Abe Mitchell, Sam King and Alf Padgham (1936 British

 Open Champion) and James Braid who refereed the match