Vardon's peak years were 1896 to 1900 when few could cope with his mastery of the gutty in either matchplay or strokeplay events. People flocked to see him in tournaments and exhibition matches up and down the country and he made an equal impression in the United States when he undertook a strenuous tour there in 1900. He returned as US Open champion.
Shortly after winning his fourth Open, Vardon developed tuberculosis and his results declined. Eventually, however, he recovered his form and won two more Opens including a record sixth in 1914. Only a strong wind and fatigue prevented him from winning the 1920 US Open.
Open Champions at Prestwick
Extract taken from "British Open Champions" by Michael Hobbs 1991.