Lot # 33: 1921 Open Championship Autograph Book with 148 Signatures-Jones, Vardon, Braid, Taylor

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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Item was in Auction "2018 Winter Auction",
which ran from 11/20/2018 5:00 PM to
12/8/2018 7:00 PM

1921 Open Championship autograph book. Autographed by every participant in the June 20-21 qualifying for the 1921 Open Championship at St Andrews. Includes an autograph by the 1921 Open Champion Jock Hutchison, a 19 year old Bobby Jones, as well as Walter Hagen, James Braid, Harry Vardon, JH Taylor, Jack White, Arnaud Massey, Willie Auchterlonie, Laurie Auchterlonie, Jim Barnes, Arthur Havers, Wild Bill Melhorn, Roger Wethered, Ted Ray, Sandy Herd George Duncan, Andra Kirkaldy, and more!

The 1921 Open Championship is quite possibly best-known for someone who withdrew from the tournament. This is the tournament where a 19 year old Bobby Jones got frustrated after taking 4 shots to get out of a bunker on the Old Course's 11th hole, and walked off the course. It was Jones' first time seeing St Andrews and his first trip overseas. It would take years for Bobby Jones to repair his reputation, especially to those in the town of St Andrews. 

The 1921 Open Championship featured the largest group of Americans to ever compete in the event. This was because of sponsorship by Golf Illustrated magazine, which wanted to see an American take the Open title for the first time. This is exactly what happened when American citizen (though originally from Scotland) Jock Hutchinson was victorious. 

Just look at that list of rare Major Championship winner autographs, as well as what is surely one of the only known autographs of Bobby Jones that we can specifically place at that infamous 1921 Open Championship. This autograph book contains almost every participant of the first America vs Britain Match at Gleneagles that took place after the Open. Also includes an incredibly autograph of J. Douglas Edgar (of The Gate to Golf fame), who died just 2 months after the 1921 Open.

Autograph book is 4 1/2" x 5 7/8". 3 autographs per page back to back.