Jack White (golfer)

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Jack White
Golfer Jack White with dog 1904.jpg
Jack White in 1904
Personal information
Full nameJohn White
Born(1873-08-15)15 August 1873
Pefferside, Whitekirk. Scotland
Died24 March 1949(1949-03-24) (aged 75)
Musselburgh, Scotland
Sporting nationalityFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Professional wins1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open WD: 1929
The Open Championship Won: 1904

John White (15 August 1873 – 24 March 1949) was a Scottish professional golfer. He posted six top-10 finishes in the Open Championship, including a victory in 1904.


Early life

White was born at Pefferside, Whitekirk, four miles east of North Berwick. [1] He was the son of James White, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Emily Thomson White. Jack worked as a caddie from the age of ten. Like many early professionals he trained as a clubmaker. From his late teens he worked as a golf professional at the North Berwick Golf Club in the summer and at York Golf Club in England in the winter.

Golf career

White first played in The Open Championship in 1891 and in 1904, when it was played at Royal St George's, where he won his only major championship. [2] He was the professional at the prestigious Sunningdale Golf Club outside London for over twenty five years from 1902.

Death and legacy

White died in 1949 in Musselburgh. [3] He is best remembered as the winner of the 1904 Open Championship.

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1904 The Open Championship 1 shot deficit80-75-72-69=2961 stroke Flag of Scotland.svg James Braid, Flag of England.svg J.H. Taylor

Results timeline

The Open Championship ?11T10WDT21WDWDT132
U.S. Open
The Open Championship 461831T18WD
U.S. Open NTNT
The Open Championship ?T35NTNTNTNTNT
U.S. Open WD
The Open Championship T57WD

Note: White only played in The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.

  Top 10
  Did not play

NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
WD = Withdrew
? = unknown
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

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