The 48th Open | 1908 Prestwick

Braid hits new heights with eight-shot win

James Braid's most emphatic victory at The Open came at Prestwick in 1908, when he triumphed by eight strokes.

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A fabulous souvenir from his fourth Open triumph can be found at The R&A World Golf Museum, in the form of a beautiful timepiece that was presented to Braid in recognition of his record score.

Ernest Gray initially set the pace in 1908 with a course-record 68 in round one, but Braid dominated thereafter and his total of 291 was comfortably the best 72-hole aggregate in the history of The Open, beating Jack White's mark of 296 by five.

With four wins to his name, Braid had joined Willie Park Snr, Old and Young Tom Morris and Harry Vardon as the most prolific Champion Golfers.