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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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J D Edgar
Newcastle/Atlanta
J D Edgar John Douglas Edgar, born Newcastle 1884, was apprenticed to J S Caird at the City of Newcastle club between 1899-1902. He became pro at the Northumberland club in 1902 and remained there until 1915 when he went to fight in the First World War.

A successful clubmaker and player, he won the French Open in 1914. In 1919 he emigrated to the United States to become professional at the Druid Hills club in Arlanta. He won the Canadian Open that year by a margin of 16 shots, still the highest winning margin in a top-class event. The following year he was runner-up in the 1920 USPGA Championship.

He played 36 holes every Monday with Bobby Jones at East Lake and Jones acknowledged him as ‘a marvellous teacher’.

He was killed, supposedly by a hit-and-run driver in Atlanta in 1921. The case is officially still open with the suggestion he was murdered on the instructions of an Asian gangster with whose wife Edgar was having an affair.

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