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1937 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1937 British Open Golf Tournament

The Ryder Cup was played in England in 1937, just prior to the Open Championship, which meant that the 1937 British Open is one of the rare ones from this era with a strong American presence. The U.S. Ryder Cup players made the trek north to Scotland to play the Open.

They had won the Ryder Cup by a score of 8-4. But Englishman Henry Cotton inflicted two of those four losses on the Americans. At the 1937 British Open, he inflicted another loss to the strong American contingent.

Cotton opened with a 74, his worst round of the tournament - which is significant because the weather at Carnoustie was terrible afterward, including torrential rains on the final day when Cotton closed with a 71.

It was the second of Cotton's three British Open wins. He finished two strokes in front of Reg Whitcombe, who a year later won the 1938 British Open.

The highest finisher among the U.S. Ryder Cup team members was Byron Nelson in fifth, followed by Ed Dudley in sixth. Nelson and Dudley had teamed in foursomes at the Ryder Cup, and lost to Alf Padgham and ... Henry Cotton.

It was one of just two appearances in the Open by Nelson, who didn't return until 1955. Sam Snead made his Open Championship debut here, tying for 11th. He played this tournament only five times, but won the 1946 British Open.

Another American, the Ryder Cup captain, was at Carnoustie. That was Walter Hagen, the 4-time Open champion. He finished tied for 26th in his final British Open appearance.

1937 British Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1937 British Open golf tournament played at Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland (a-amateur):

Henry Cotton 74-72-73-71--290
Reg Whitcombe 72-70-74-76--292
Charles Lacey 76-75-70-72--293
Charles Whitcombe 73-71-74-76--294
Byron Nelson 75-76-71-74--296
Ed Dudley 70-74-78-75--297
Arthur Lacey 75-73-75-75--298
William Laidlaw 77-72-73-76--298
Alf Padgham 72-74-76-76--298
Horton Smith 77-71-79-72--299
Ralph Guldahl 77-72-74-77--300
Sam Snead 75-74-75-76--300
William Branch 72-75-73-81--301
Denny Shute 73-73-76-80--302
Percy Alliss 75-76-75-77--303
Henry Picard 76-77-70-80--303
Jimmy Adams 74-78-76-76--304
Arthur Havers 77-75-76-76--304
a-Bobby Locke 74-74-77-79--304
Fred Robertson 73-75-78-78--304
Bill Cox 74-77-81-73--305
Dai Rees 75-73-78-79--305
John J. Busson 74-77-79-76--306
Tom Collinge 75-75-83-74--307
Douglas Cairncross 73-76-77-82--308
Marcel Dallemagne 78-75-79-77--309
Walter Hagen 76-72-80-81--309
Jack McLean 78-74-81-76--309
John Burton 76-75-82-77--310
Sam King 79-74-75-82--310
Eddie Whitcombe 76-76-81-77--310
Hamish Ballingall 77-75-79-80--311
Aubrey Boomer 79-72-77-83--311
Allan Dailey 76-77-79-79--311
John Fallon 76-77-78-80--311
Johnny Revolta 76-76-83-76--311
Laurie Ayton Jr. 75-78-80-79--312
George Knight 76-75-78-83--312
Gregor McIntosh 79-74-81-78--312
William Nolan 77-76-78-81--312
J.J. Taylor 73-80-83-76--312
Bobby Cruickshank 78-74-77-85--314
Tom Dobson 79-74-79-82--314
William McMinn 72-81-80-81--314
Bill Shankland 74-77-82-81--314
Sydney Fairweather 77-75-82-81--315
Jack Seager 78-75-83-81--317

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