Sandy Herd

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Sandy Herd
Sandy Herd c1920.jpg
Herd c. 1920
Personal information
Full nameAlexander Herd
Born(1868-04-24)24 April 1868
St Andrews, Scotland
Died18 February 1944(1944-02-18) (aged 75)
London, England
NationalityFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Children2 sons, 4 daughters [1]
Professional wins11
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship Won: 1902

Alexander "Sandy" Herd (24 April 1868 – 18 February 1944) was a Scottish professional golfer from St Andrews. He won The Open Championship in 1902 at Hoylake. [1]


Early life

Born in St Andrews, Scotland, on 24 April 1868, [2] to a golfing family, Herd had brothers who were also golf professionals.

Golf career

Herd was the club professional at Huddersfield Golf Club from 1892 to 1911. He won The Open Championship in 1902 at Hoylake. [1] [3] Herd had a three-shot lead after 54 holes, but nearly let the title slip out of his hands by scoring an 81 in the final round. Harry Vardon and James Braid both had medium length putts at the final hole to force a playoff, but they missed and Herd took the Championship.

Herd was the first Open Champion to use the Haskell rubber-cored ball. In 1920, he became the oldest runner-up in The Open at age 52, which stood for 89 years, until Tom Watson (age 59) in 2009. Herd's appearances in the championship spanned fifty years, the last at age 71 at St Andrews in 1939, but failed to advance from qualifying. He last played in The Open six years earlier in 1933, but twisted an ankle during the first round and had to withdraw; [4] he last made the cut in 1927 and tied for tenth.

Herd's brother Fred won the U.S. Open in 1898.

Herd also got involved in golf course architect and worked with Alister MacKenzie to create Wakefield Golf Clubs 18-hole course.[ citation needed ]


Following an operation, Herd died of pneumonia at age 75 in London in 1944. [1]

Tournament wins

Note: This list may be incomplete

Major championships are shown in bold.

Major championships

Sandy Herd c. 1900 Sandy Herd.jpg
Sandy Herd c. 1900

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
1902 The Open Championship 3 shot lead77-76-73-81=3071 stroke Flag of Scotland.svg James Braid, Flag of Jersey.svg Harry Vardon

Results timeline

The Open Championship WD8T15
The Open Championship 13T238255T17T16
The Open Championship T10514915T19124T8
The Open Championship 2T36T11T29NTNTNTNTNT
The Open Championship 2T6T32T22T13T14T21T10CUTCUT
The Open Championship WD

Note: Herd only played in The Open Championship

  Top 10
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

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  1. 1 2 3 4 "Obituary – Sandy Herd – Noted Scottish Golfer". Glasgow Herald. 19 February 1944. p. 5.
  2. "Births in the United District of St Andrews and St Leonards in the City of Fife" . Statutory Births 453/00 0068. ScotlandsPeople . Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  3. "1902 Sandy Herd". The Open. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. "Hagen sets the pace". Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1933. p. 11.