Paxton had three top-10 finishes in the Open Championship. Paxton was an expert club and ball maker. 1880 Open Championship
The 1880 Open Championship was held 9 April at Musselburgh Links, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland.
1883 Open Championship
In the 1883 Open Championship, again held at Musselburgh Links, he was tied for tenth place.
Bob Ferguson dominated play from 1880-1882 by winning three Open Championships in a row. Paxton shots rounds of 46-39-39-43=167.
1885 Open Championship
The 1885 Open Championship was the 25th Open Championship, held 3 October at the Old Course at Street Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Match versus Albert Tingey, Senior
Paxton met Albert Tingey, Senior in a memorable match on 27 October 1900 on a windy and wet day at Tooting Bec Golf Club in south London.
Heavy rain the day before had soaked the course making approach shots and putting difficult.
Playing in stiff winds, the first 27 holes were stubbornly contested to a draw, but Tingey pulled away in the end winning 4 and 3. Club maker
Paxton was an expert club and ball maker, his clubs being highly desirable in his day and beyond. Not unlike other golfers of his era, he began as a caddie at Musselburgh.
He apprenticed as a club maker under David Park, the brother of Willie Park, Senior
In addition to the tutelage he received under David Park, he also picked up a few useful skills when he later apprenticed under Tom Hood. Paxton exhibited considerable inventiveness when in 1892 he created a machine that would produce several thousand gutta-percha golf balls weekly.
He received patents on a type of grip and also for square socketed clubs. Some of his clubs were made from an unusual type of hardwood that he called “sylviac”, but it could possibly have been itauba.
He left Royal Eastbourne in 1893—with several skilled club makers joining him—and took up a new post at Tooting Bec.
By this time, he had gained the royal patronage of the Duke and Duchess of York and therefore placed a crown mark on the clubs he made. Balls, clubs and other items made by Paxton were displayed on the golf stall at the Sports and Pastimes Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1893. The date on which Paxton died is unknown, although it was after 1903.