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Jack Simpson
Personal information
Full nameJohn Simpson
Born(1859-12-29)29 December 1859
Earlsferry, Scotland
Died9 July 1895(1895-07-09) (aged 35)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scotland
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1884

John "Jack" Simpson (29 December 1859[1] – 9 July 1895[2]) was a Scottish professional golfer of the late 19th century.

Simpson was born Earlsferry, Fife, and was one of six golfing brothers. He played his golf out of Carnoustie. He was a powerful but erratic player. He won the 1884 Open Championship at Prestwick with a score of 160 for 36 holes,[3] despite taking a nine at his second hole. He did not have any other high finishes at the Open and concentrated mainly on clubmaking. He was the first professional at Buxton and High Peak Golf Club.[4] He died unmarried of typhoid fever in Edinburgh in 1895.[2]

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 18 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1884 The Open Championship 2 shot lead 78-82=160 4 strokes Scotland Willie Fernie, Scotland Douglas Rolland

Results timeline

Tournament 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894
The Open Championship T17 1 T13 T12 T12 T39 T28 T34 T38
  • Note: Simpson played only in The Open Championship.
  Did not play

"T" indicates a tie for a place


  1. ^ "Births in the District of Kilconquhar in the County of Fife". Statutory Births 436/00 0074. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Deaths in the District of Canongate in the Burgh of Edinburgh". Statutory Deaths 685/03 0611. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ "1884 Jack Simpson". The Open. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  4. ^ "The Club History". Buxton and High Peak Golf Club. Retrieved 7 July 2020.

Further reading

  • Hobbs, Michael (1992). British Open Champions. Chapman's Library of Golf. Tuttle Pub. ISBN 978-1855925564.

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