1901 U.S. Open (golf)

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1901 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 14–17, 1901
Location South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Myopia Hunt Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Length 6,130 yards (5,605 m)
Field 54
Cut none
Winner's share $200
Champion
Scotland Willie Anderson
331, playoff
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The 1901 U.S. Open was the seventh U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.[1] Willie Anderson won the first of his four U.S. Open titles in a playoff over Alex Smith.[2][3]

Smith led after the first two rounds on Friday at 164, with Anderson three strokes back in third place,[4] after the third round on Saturday morning, Stewart Gardner led at 249, with Anderson a stroke behind and Smith one back in third at 251. Garder had an 85 in the afternoon and fell to fourth. Both Anderson and Smith posted total scores of 331, the highest winning score in U.S. Open history, with Smith narrowly missing a putt at the 18th to win the championship in regulation.[5][6]

The playoff, the first in U.S. Open history, was pushed back to Monday because Sunday was reserved for member play. Smith jumped out to a three-stroke lead at the turn and led by five shots with fives holes to play, he went 5-7-5-4 over the next four holes, while Anderson recorded all fours to even up the match.[2] At the 18th, Anderson found the green in two while Smith's approach landed in the rough. Anderson two-putted for his four, while Smith chipped to four feet (1.2 m) with a chance to tie, but his putt went astray and failed to find the cup. Anderson finished with an 85, a stroke better than Smith.[2][7]

Smith's brother Willie, the 1899 champion, finished in third place, two shots out of the playoff. Myopia club pro John Jones was twelfth, then caddied for Anderson during the playoff, for the only time in U.S. Open history, no player managed to break 80 in any round.[8]

Anderson would go on to win a record four U.S. Open titles in five years, including three consecutive (19031905), yet to be repeated. His four titles have been matched by three others: Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Willie Smith  Scotland 1899 84 86 82 81 333 3
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 88 85 85 89 347 11
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 90 84 88 89 351 T17
Joe Lloyd  England 1897 82 87 86 89 352 20

Source:[5][6]

Did not play: Harry Vardon (1900), Fred Herd (1898).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, June 15, 1901 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 81
T2 Arthur Lockwood (a)  Scotland 82
George Low  Scotland
Alex Smith  Scotland
T5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 84
Alex Campbell  Scotland
Bernard Nicholls  England
T8 David Brown  Scotland 86
Val Fitzjohn  Scotland
Stewart Gardner  Scotland

Source:[4][6]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 15, 1901 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 82-82=164
2 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 81-85=166
3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 84-83=167
4 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 86-82=168
T5 David Brown  Scotland 86-83=169
Bernard Nicholls  England 84-85=169
7 Willie Smith  Scotland 84-86=170
T8 John Jones  England 87-84=171
George Low  Scotland 82-89=171
Jack Park  Scotland 87-84=171

Source:[4][6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 15, 1901 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 86-82-81=249
2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 84-83-83=250
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 82-82-87=251
T4 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 81-85-86=252
David Brown  Scotland 86-83-83=252
Bernard Nicholls  England 84-85-83=252
Willie Smith  Scotland 84-86-82=252
T8 George Low  Scotland 82-89-85=256
Jack Park  Scotland 87-84-85=256
10 Alex Campbell  Scotland 84-91-82=257

Source:[5][6]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 15, 1901 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
T1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 84-83-83-81=331 Playoff
Alex Smith  Scotland 82-82-87-80=331
3 Willie Smith  Scotland 84-86-82-81=333 125
4 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 86-82-81-85=334 100
T5 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 81-85-86-83=335 75
Bernard Nicholls  England 84-85-83-83=335
7 David Brown  Scotland 86-83-83-84=336 50
8 Alex Campbell  Scotland 84-91-82-82=339 25
T9 George Low  Scotland 82-89-85-85=341 0
Jack Park  Scotland 87-84-85-85=341

Source:[5][6]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 17, 1901

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 43-42=85 200
2 Alex Smith  Scotland 40-46=86 150

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golfers gather at Myopia Club". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 14, 1901. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Willie Anderson golf champion". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 18, 1901. p. 7. 
  3. ^ "Alec Smith Beaten in Open Championship Match". New York Daily Tribune. June 18, 1901. p. 9. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Poor scores in golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 15, 1901. p. 6. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Tie in golf tournament". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 16, 1901. p. 19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f 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". pp. 203–4. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Alexander Smith and Willie Anderson Tied for the Open Championship at 331". New York Tribune. June 16, 1901. p. 9. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Labbance, Bob. "Myopia Hunt Club". Links. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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