TALLAHASSEE, Florida, June 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – One hundred years ago, the Claret Jug, symbol of the best golfer in the world, was presented to John Fowler “Jock” Hutchison, member of the American Golf Triumvirate, according to David fountain, author of “Grooves”, the only book on the life and achievements of Hutchison.
“The Open took place the week of June 20-25, 1921 on the Old Course at Saint Andrews, Scotland. The event was truly an international competition with golfers from France, Spain, Australia, Scotland, England and Italy,” he said.
United States, for the first time, sent a contingent of nearly 40 golfers to try to qualify for the Open. Among those in the group, there was “Long” Jim barnes, Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., Walter Charles “Sir Walter” Hagen, Robert Tire “Bobby” Jones, Jr., George mclean, Wilfrid reid, Fred mcleod, Clarence hackney, Tom kerrigan, Guillaume Mehlhorn, French Emmett, Charles Hoffner, and John Fowler “Jock” Hutchison. Many of their names have been lost in the history of golf.
While Scotland had its Triumvirate: Vardon, Baird and TaylorAmerica had its own triumvirate: Barnes, Hutchison and Hagen. The 1921 Open was a test of every man’s ability. The ’21 event is the first of many Open for Bobby jones and the last for the incomparable Harry vardon.
However, the 1921 Open was owned by Jock Hutchison. Jock tied the 72-hole open record with 290 English amateurs tied Roger wethered after two days of regulation play.
At the traditional R&A Champions Dinner on Friday night, Hutchison won 1st place in silver and Wethered received a medal. The pair then faced a 36-hole playoff on Saturday to determine who would win golf’s most iconic and prestigious trophy, the Claret Jug. Hutchison won the competition with flying colors and the Claret Jug was on its way to America for the first time. A minor kerfuffle occurred on the informal way of presenting the trophy. Some have claimed he was thrown at Jock, others have disputed this claim.
Jock was involved in many events, including raising funds to support Allied efforts during World War II. However, he had the ribbed club he was using so masterfully stolen from himself, and caused the first major controversy over grooves in golf, when the R&A and USGA banned the design it did not have the same success it enjoyed in the 1910s and early 20s, ”said Fountain .
Jock retired as the Head Professional of the Glen View Golf Club, Golf, Illinois, in 1953 at the age of 70, ending his 38-year career at Glen View. He told a reporter that his biggest thrill of his professional career was in the first round of the 1921 British Open, with Bobby jones as a playing partner, he scored a hole-in-one on the only par three on the course, followed by an eagle 2 on the next par four hole. Jones confirms the event in his book “Down the Fairway”. I cannot find this feat replicated by another pro in a pro tournament.
Hutchison, winner of more than 34 tournaments, including the 1920 PGA, has died Tuesday, September 27, 1977, at the age of 93. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on March 9, 2011.
THE SOURCE David fountain