Barnes, playing three hours ahead of Smith, had set the target just as Smith started out. It stood up, Barnes winning by a stroke from Ted Ray and Archie Compston. Smith, after an 82 when he never saw the result of a single long shot, came in fourth, three strokes behind. The founder of the Open, Prestwick has never hosted another. As is the case with Hoylake, the final holes are too close together to accommodate large crowds.
Barnes might have been somewhat fortunate to win this title but no such luck was needed in his US Open victory in 1921. He led after each round and won by nine strokes, still the record. He also won the first two USPGA Championships, was twice losing finalist to Hagen.
Open Champions at Prestwick
Extract taken from "British Open Champions" by Michael Hobbs 1991.