"In the second match Vardon annihilated Park, who went on to become an architect because he knew he wasn't going to win anything with Vardon around.
"Vardon was extremely accurate, a straight driver with an immaculate short game. It has been said his putting stroke wasn't that great but I don't believe you could win all those tournaments with a weak putting stroke.
"He had the complete all round game at the height of his powers."
Vardon went on to claim three more Open titles before he was struck down by tuberculosis, spending long spells in sanatoriums until 1910.
Yet despite his faltering health, and general lack of fitness, he still came back to win the Open twice more -- in 1911 and 1914.
According to another graduate of the Jersey links, former Ryder Cup star Tommy Horton, Vardon's success is made all the more remarkable given his physical frailties.
"He was never very fit, and when you think about 1914 when he won his last Open, they took him out of hospital two or three weeks before the Championship, because he had tuberculosis," he said.
"Vardon was never a very fit man and he had only a few weeks practice, fresh out of hospital and went out and won the Open Championship. That to me is incredible."
Vardon eventually died in 1937 at the age of 66.
While illness hampered his career in large parts, it may have also helped prolong it.
"It's not very common knowledge, but Harry Vardon was planning to go to promote the equipment he sponsored, or the sponsors promoted for him, in America," Horton added.
"He was going for two or three months as he'd done before -- they liked him in America -- but he fell sick, and because of that he didn't travel on the Titanic."
Vardon's haul of six Open titles is unlikely to be matched any time soon, but had it not been for The Great War, it could have been more.
"He lost six years out of his professional life," Crawford added. "Goodness knows how many Opens Vardon could have won."