Alex Herd

Alex Herd (1 Open )

1868 - 1944

Alexander "Sandy" Herd (24 April 1868 – 18 February 1944) was a Scottish professional golfer from St Andrews. He won 1902 Open Championship at Hoylake.
Herd was born in St AndrewsScotland, on 24 April 1868,[1] to a golfing family; he had brothers who were also golf professionals.

Herd was the club professional at Huddersfield Golf Club from 1892 to 1911. In 1902, he won The Open Championship at Hoylake.[2] He 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 Braidboth had medium length putts at the final hole to force a play-off, but they missed and Herd took the Championship.

He was the first Open Champion to use the Haskell rubber-cored ball. In 1920 he became the oldest runner-up in The Open before Tom Watson in 2009. Herd's appearances in The Open Championship spanned fifty years, his last appearance being at St Andrews in 1939, when he was 71. On that occasion he failed to qualify for the tournament.

Herd's brother Fred won the 1898 U.S. Open.
Herd died in LondonEngland, of pneumonia on 18 February 1944.[3][4] He is best remembered as the winner of the 1902 Open Championship.