1902 U.S. Open (golf)

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1902 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates October 10–11, 1902
Location Garden City, New York
Course(s) Garden City Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Field 83
Cut none
Winner's share $200
Champion
Scotland Laurie Auchterlonie
307
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Garden City Golf Club is located in the US
Garden City Golf Club
Garden City Golf Club
Location in the United States
Garden City Golf Club  is located in New York
Garden City Golf Club 
Garden City Golf Club 
Location in New York

The 1902 U.S. Open was the eighth U.S. Open, held October 10–11 at Garden City Golf Club in Garden City, New York, on Long Island, east of New York City.[1] Laurie Auchterlonie established a new 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record to win his only major title, six strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis.[2][3][4]

Auchterlonie posted rounds of 78-78-74-77 and became the first in U.S. Open history to card four sub-80 rounds. His 307 total was six shots better than the previous championship record, set by Harry Vardon in 1900.[4]

Clear skies greeted the field on Friday for the first two rounds.[5] The weather worsened on Saturday, with cloudy skies in the morning and a pouring rain in the afternoon. The adverse playing conditions didn't seen to affect the scoring; in fact many players played well in the final round in the rain. John Shippen, playing out of Marine Field Club in New York, became the first American-born player to finish in the money in a U.S. Open.[6]

The improvement in scores were in large part due to the introduction of the Haskell golf ball, which soon replaced the gutta-percha ball as the prominent golf ball in use.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Willie Smith  Scotland 1899 82 79 80 75 316 4
Willie Anderson  Scotland 1901 79 82 76 81 318 T5
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 89 83 79 79 330 T16
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 81 88 82 81 332 T20
Fred Herd  Scotland 1898 82 79 83 89 333 24

Source:[2][3]

Did not play: Harry Vardon (1900), Joe Lloyd (1897).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, October 10, 1902 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Jack Campbell  Scotland 77
2 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 78
T3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79
A.G. Griffiths
Jack Park  Scotland
Alex Smith  Scotland
Harry Turpie  Scotland
T8 David Brown  Scotland 80
Donald Ross  Scotland
Charles Thorn  Scotland

Source:[3][5]

Second round[edit]

Friday, October 10, 1902 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 78-78=156
2 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 82-76=158
3 Alex Ross  Scotland 80-83=160
T4 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79-82=161
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-79=161
6 Charles Thorn  Scotland 80-82=162
7 Donald Ross  Scotland 80-83=163
T8 David Hunter 83-81=164
John Shippen  United States 83-81=164
Walter Travis (a)  United States 82-82=164
Harry Turpie  Scotland 79-85=164

Source:[3][5]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, October 11, 1902 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 78-78-74=230
2 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 82-76-77=235
3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79-82-76=237
T4 John Shippen  United States 83-81-75=239
Walter Travis (a)  United States 82-82-75=239
T6 Donald Ross  Scotland 80-83-78=241
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-79-80=241
T8 Jack Campbell  Scotland 77-87-79=243
Charles Thorn  Scotland 80-82-80=242
Harry Turpie  Scotland 79-85-78=242

Source:[2][3]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, October 11, 1902 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 78-78-74-77=307 200
T2 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 82-76-77-78=313 150
Walter Travis (a)  United States 82-82-75-74=313 0
4 Willie Smith  Scotland 82-79-80-75=316 125
T5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79-82-76-81=318 90
John Shippen  United States 83-81-75-79=318
7 Charles Thorn  Scotland 80-82-80-77=319 70
8 Harry Turpie  Scotland 79-85-78-78=320 50
9 Donald Ross  Scotland 80-83-78-81=322 40
10 Alex Ross  Scotland 83-77-84-79=323 30

Source:[2][3]

Amateurs: Travis (313), Murphy (341), Watson (345), Livingston (348), Seeley (353),
                 Lockwood (356), Macdonald (357), Croker (360).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pros to tee off today". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 10, 1902. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Auchterlonie is Open champion". Chicago Sunday Tribune. October 12, 1902. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  3. ^ 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. 204–5. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Auchterlonie Wins Open Championship at Garden City – Travis Ties for Second Place". The Fitchburg Sentinel. Fitchburg, Massachusetts. October 13, 1902. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b c "Best score by Glen View pro". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 11, 1902. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "Open Golf Champion". The Saint Paul Globe. Minnesota. October 12, 1902. Retrieved August 26, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°43′34″N 73°38′35″W / 40.726°N 73.643°W / 40.726; -73.643