1898 U.S. Open (golf)

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1898 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 17–18, 1898
Location South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Myopia Hunt Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Field 45
Cut none
Prize fund $335
Winner's share $150
Champion
Scotland Fred Herd
328
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Myopia   Hunt Club is located in the US
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Myopia   Hunt Club is located in Massachusetts
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The 1898 U.S. Open was the fourth U.S. Open, held June 17–18 at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.[1] Fred Herd captured his only major title, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Alex Smith.[2][3]

For the first time the U.S. Open was expanded to 72 holes, meaning the players had to complete eight loops around Myopia's 9-hole course.[1] Herd trailed leader Willie Anderson by six shots after 36 holes on Friday,[2][4] but his 75 in the third round on Saturday morning was the low round of the championship and gave him a six-shot advantage after 54 holes.[3] Despite an 84 in the afternoon for 328, Herd prevailed over Alex Smith by seven, with Anderson finishing in third. Only Herd and Smith managed to break 80 in any round of the championship.[2]

Herd's fondness for liquor was well-known; after his win, tournament officials required him to leave a deposit to prevent him from selling the trophy for drinking money. His brother Sandy won The Open Championship in 1902.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Joe Lloyd  England 1897 87 80 86 86 339 4
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 91 90 92 88 361 T19
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 89 87 WD

Source:[2]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1898 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 78
T2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 81
Herbert Leeds (a)  United States
4 Willie Smith  Scotland 82
5 John Jones  England 83
T6 John Harland  England 84
Fred Herd  Scotland
Willie Hoare  England
T9 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 85
Robert McAndrews  Scotland
J.H. Mercer
Harry Turpie  Scotland

Source:[2][4]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1898 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 81-82=163
2 Alex Smith  Scotland 78-86=164
3 Herbert Leeds (a)  United States 81-84=165
T4 John Jones  England 83-84=167
Joe Lloyd  England 87-80=167
6 Willie Hoare  England 84-84=168
7 Fred Herd  Scotland 84-85=169
T8 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 85-87=172
Harry Turpie  Scotland 85-87=172
T10 Bernard Nicholls  Scotland 86-87=173
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-91=173

Source:[2][4]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1898 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Fred Herd  Scotland 84-85-75=244
T2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 81-82-87=250
Alex Smith  Scotland 78-86-86=250
4 Joe Lloyd  England 87-80-86=253
5 Willie Hoare  England 84-84-87=255
6 John Jones  England 83-84-90=257
T7 Herbert Leeds (a)  United States 81-84-93=258
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-91-85=258
Harry Turpie  Scotland 85-87-86=258
10 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 85-87-87=259

Source:[2]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1898 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Fred Herd  Scotland 84-85-75-84=328 150
2 Alex Smith  Scotland 78-86-86-85=335 100
3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 81-82-87-86=336 50
4 Joe Lloyd  England 87-80-86-86=339 25
5 Willie Smith  Scotland 82-91-85-82=340 10
6 Willie Hoare  England 84-84-87-87=342 0
7 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 85-87-87-85=344
T8 John Jones  England 83-84-90-90=347
Herbert Leeds (a)  United States 81-84-93-89=347
Robert McAndrews  Scotland 85-90-86-86=347
Bernard Nicholls  England 86-87-88-86=347

Source:[2]

Amateurs: Leeds (347), Curtis (356), Tyng (361), Shaw (364), Sweny (384), Rutherford (388).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Golf Experts to Meet". The Sun. June 17, 1898. Retrieved May 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). "The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of The Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008". p. 201. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Victory for Chicago golfers". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 19, 1898. p. 6. 
  4. ^ a b c "Chicago golfers play well". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 18, 1898. p. 4. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°36′32″N 70°51′32″W / 42.609°N 70.859°W / 42.609; -70.859