The 30th Open | 1890 Prestwick

Ball breaks new ground in historic triumph

John Ball Jnr made history on two counts at Prestwick in 1890, as he became the first amateur player to win The Open and also the first Englishman.

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The Championship had been won exclusively by Scotsmen in its first 29 editions, but Ball's success would soon be followed by a flurry of further triumphs for English golfers.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest amateur players in history, Ball also completed a notable double in 1890.

By securing the second of his record-setting eight wins in The Amateur Championship, he became the first person to win that event and The Open in the same year, a feat that has since been repeated only once.

His Open victory at Prestwick was secured by three strokes from Willie Fernie and Archie Simpson, with a total of 164. In each of his two rounds, he recorded matching halves of 41 to shoot 82.