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1870 Harry Vardon is born in Grouville, Jersey. Starting out in golf as a caddie in Jersey and later, after moving to England, as a greenkeeper, he would go on to become one of the greatest golfers of his day, winning the Open Championship six times (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 & 1914), which remains the record to this day, and also winning the 1900 US Open. Vardon was one third of the 'Great Triumvirate', with J.H Taylor and James Braid, the dominant force in golf in the period 1894 to 1914, between them winning 16 of the 21 Open Championships played in those years. One of the first professionals to dedicate himself to a regular practice routine, Vardon was famous for his accuracy, usually playing with a slight fade.
His name is also associated with the 'Vardon' or overlapping grip (the little finger of the lower hand overlapping the forefinger of the upper hand), which - although he did not invent it - he helped by his fame and brilliant game to popularise. Vardon died in 1937.

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