The 6th Open | 1865 Prestwick

Strath interrupts Park and Morris' dominance

Only one of the first 12 editions of The Open was won by a man not named Willie Park or Tom Morris.

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On the sole occasion when another player triumphed in golf's original Championship, there was still a clear link to one of The Open's early greats.

Andrew Strath, the Champion Golfer of 1865, had recently been appointed as the greenkeeper at Prestwick, a role formerly held by Old Tom Morris before the Grand Old Man of Golf returned to St Andrews.

And Strath took full advantage of his familiarity with The Open's host venue, edging out Willie Park Snr to win the sixth staging of the Championship.

One of three talented golfing brothers, Strath had finished as the runner-up to Morris in the previous year's Open.

However, on this occasion it was Park who was his chief rival for the title, as Morris finished outside of the top two for the first time, eventually placing a distant fifth.

When Park returned the best score of the day in round two, shooting 52 over the 12-hole course, the two-time Champion Golfer led Strath by one and looked set to match Morris' haul of three Open wins.

Yet Strath responded superbly, carding a 53 in the third and final round that bettered Park's 56 by three and secured a maiden victory.

Strath's brother Davie was a three-time Open runner-up who famously declined to participate in a play-off for the title in 1876, while a third sibling, George Strath, was the first club professional at Troon.