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1939 British Open
Recap and Scores for the 1939 British Open Golf Tournament

The 1939 British Open was the last one played until 1946, as World War II put most of the golf world on hold. Not long after this Open concluded, the Royal Air Force began using the Old Course's fairways as runways.

It was because of World War II that the winner of the 1939 British Open is the answer to a trick question: Who held the British Open title the longest? The answer is Englishman Dick Burton who, after winning here, held the title for the next seven years, until the tournament resumed in 1946. Burton himself entered service with the RAF shortly after winning the Open.

Burton had two other Top 10 finishes in the Open Championship, but played only one other major, the 1946 U.S. Open (missing the cut). He won the 1939 British Open with a birdie on the final hole, beating American Johnny Bulla by two strokes.

1939 British Open Scores
Results from the 1939 British Open golf tournament played on The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland (a-amateur):

Dick Burton 70-72-77-71--290
Johnny Bulla 77-71-71-73--292
John Fallon 71-73-71-79--294
Sam King 74-72-75-73--294
Alf Perry 71-74-73-76--294
Bill Shankland 72-73-72-77--294
Reg Whitcombe 71-75-74-74--294
Martin Pose 71-72-76-76--295
Percy Alliss 75-73-74-74--296
Ernest Kenyon 73-75-74-74--296
Bobby Locke 70-75-76-75--296
Dai Rees 71-74-75-77--297
Jimmy Adams 73-74-75-76--298
Enrique Bertolino 73-75-75-75--298
a-Jimmy Bruen Jr. 72-75-75-76--298
Henry Cotton 74-72-76-76--298
William Anderson 73-74-77-75--299
Emilio Serra 77-72-73-77--299
W.H. Green 75-75-72-78--300
William H. Davies 71-79-74-77--301
Syd Easterbrook 74-71-80-76--301
a-Alex Kyle 74-76-75-76--301
a-Leonard Crawley 72-76-80-74--302
Max Faulkner 70-76-76-80--302
James Busson Jr. 70-75-81-77--303
Laurie Ayton Jr. 72-77-78-77--304
William Collins 75-74-79-76--304
Fred Taggart 73-77-76-78--304
Aurelio Castanon 77-73-80-75--305
Laurie Ayton Sr. 76-72-82-76--306
Charlie Ward 71-74-78-83--306
John Busson 79-70-81-77--307
a-Andrew Dowie 76-74-81-77--308
a-Bob Sweeny Jr. 74-75-80-79--308

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