1906 U.S. Open (golf)

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1906 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 28–29, 1906
Location Lake Forest, Illinois
Course(s) Onwentsia Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Length 6,107 yards (5,584 m)
Field 66, 55 after cut
Cut 171
Winner's share $300
Champion
Scotland Alex Smith
295
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Lake Forest  is located in the US
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Lake Forest  is located in Illinois
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Location in Illinois

The 1906 U.S. Open was the twelfth U.S. Open, held June 28–29 at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago. Alex Smith won the first of his two U.S. Open titles, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Willie Smith, his younger brother and the 1899 champion.[1][2]

Willie Anderson, three-time defending champion and club pro at Onwentsia, was the heavy favorite.[3] He trailed Alex Smith by two strokes after the first 36 holes on Thursday,[4] and by three after the third round on Friday morning, but an 84 that afternoon dropped him to a distant fifth. Smith posted rounds of 73-74-73-75 for 295, a U.S. Open record and the first sub-300 winning score. Not only did his brother Willie finish in second, his brother-in-law James Maiden tied for third.[1]

For the first time, no player from the inaugural U.S. Open in 1895 participated. Horace Rawlins, the first champion, had played in every edition until this year.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Willie Smith  Scotland 1899 73 81 74 74 302 2
Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 1902 76 78 75 76 305 T3
Willie Anderson  Scotland 1901, 1903,
1904, 1905
73 76 74 84 307 5
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 83 86 79 76 324 T22

Source:[2]

Did not play: Harry Vardon (1900), Fred Herd (1898), Joe Lloyd (1897), Horace Rawlins (1895).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 28, 1906 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
T1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 73
Alex Smith  Scotland
Willie Smith  Scotland
4 Jack Hobens  Scotland 75
T5 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 76
Alex Campbell  Scotland
Gilbert Nicholls  England
Alex Ross  Scotland
James Watson
T10 Walter Fovargue  United States 77
Bim Lovekin

Source:[2][4]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, June 28, 1906 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 73-74=147
2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 73-76=149
3 James Maiden  Scotland 80-73=153
T4 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 76-78=154
Willie Smith  Scotland 73-81=154
T6 George Cumming  Scotland 79-76=155
Alex Ross  Scotland 76-79=155
George Smith 79-76=155
T9 Fred Brand 78-78=156
Stewart Gardner  Scotland 80-76=156
Bernard Nicholls  England 79-77=156

Source:[2][4]

Third round[edit]

Friday, June 29, 1906 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 73-74-73=220
2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 73-76-74=223
3 Willie Smith  Scotland 73-81-74=228
4 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 76-78-75=229
T5 James Maiden  Scotland 80-73-77=230
Alex Ross  Scotland 76-79-75=230
T7 Chandler Egan (a)  United States 79-78-76=233
Stewart Gardner  Scotland 80-76-77=233
9 Gilbert Nicholls  England 76-81-77=234
10 Jack Hobens  Scotland 75-84-76=235

Source:[1][2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, June 29, 1906 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 73-74-73-75=295 300
2 Willie Smith  Scotland 73-81-74-74=302 150
T3 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 76-78-75-76=305 90
James Maiden  Scotland 80-73-77-75=305
5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 73-76-74-84=307 70
6 Alex Ross  Scotland 76-79-75-80=310 60
7 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 80-76-77-78=311 50
T8 Chandler Egan (a)  United States 79-78-76-80=313 0
Gilbert Nicholls  England 76-81-77-79=313 40
10 Jack Hobens  Scotland 75-84-76-79=314 30

Source:[1][2]

Amateurs: Egan (313), Wood (327), Hunter (332), Sellers (337), Potter (342).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "A. Smith gains national honor". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 30, 1906. p. 10. 
  2. ^ 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". p. 209. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "America's best golfers to play". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 28, 1906. p. 6. 
  4. ^ a b c "Smith leader in Open golf event". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 29, 1906. p. 6. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°14′35″N 87°50′38″W / 42.243°N 87.844°W / 42.243; -87.844