1908 U.S. Open (golf)

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1908 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 27–29, 1908
Location South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Myopia Hunt Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Field 84, 48 after cut
Cut 183
Winner's share $300
Champion
Scotland Fred McLeod
322
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The 1908 U.S. Open was the fourteenth U.S. Open, held August 27–29 at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston. Fred McLeod defeated 1899 champion Willie Smith in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title.[1][2]

High winds on Thursday caused scores in the first two rounds to soar, with only two players managing to break 80. Willie Smith carded rounds of 77-82 for a three-stroke lead over Myopia club pro John Jones, with brother Alec Smith four back and Fred McLeod five behind.[3]

On Friday, Smith struggled to an 85 in the third round in the morning but still held the lead by one over McLeod and two over Alex; in the final round that afternoon, McLeod tied for lowest score of the tournament by carding a 77, while Smith managed a 78 to force a playoff.[4]

In the playoff on Saturday, McLeod and Smith were even through 13 holes, but McLeod took the lead at the 14th after Smith missed a par putt. McLeod dominated the rest of the way, going 1-under on the last five holes to shoot a 77 to Smith's 83.[1] McLeod only broke 80 in one round of the tournament, while Smith and Gilbert Nicholls were the only players to shoot in the 70s twice, the winning score of 322 was the third-highest in U.S. Open history.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Willie Smith  Scotland 1899 77 82 85 78 322 2
Alex Smith  Scotland 1906 80 83 83 81 327 3
Willie Anderson  Scotland 1901, 1903,
1904, 1905
85 86 80 79 330 4
Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 1902 85 83 83 95 346 T21
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 85 89 88 84 346 T21
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 89 85 91 82 347 T23
Joe Lloyd  England 1897 90 90 WD

Source:[3][2][4]

Did not play: Harry Vardon (1900), Fred Herd (1898), James Foulis (1896).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 27, 1908 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77
2 Alex Smith  Scotland 80
3 John Jones  England 81
T4 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 82
Fred McLeod  Scotland
T6 Herbert Barker  England 84
Richard Kimball  United States
T8 Willie Anderson  Scotland 85
Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland
Alex Campbell  United States
Tom McNamara  United States

Source:[2][3]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, August 27, 1908 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82=159
2 John Jones  England 81-81=162
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 80-83=163
4 Fred McLeod  Scotland 82-82=164
T5 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 82-84=166
Gilbert Nicholls  England 89-77=166
T7 Jack Hobens  Scotland 86-81=167
Tom McNamara  United States 85-82=167
T9 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 85-83=168
Alex Campbell  United States 85-83=168

Source:[2][3]

Third round[edit]

Friday, August 28, 1908 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-85=244
2 Fred McLeod  Scotland 82-82-81=245
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 80-83-83=246
4 John Jones  England 81-81-87=249
5 Peter Robertson  Scotland 89-84-77=250
T6 Willie Anderson  Scotland 85-86-80=251
Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 85-83-83=251
8 Jack Hobens  Scotland 86-81-85=252
T9 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 82-84-87=253
Richard Kimball  United States 84-86-83=253
Tom McNamara  United States 85-82-86=253

Source:[2][4]

Final round[edit]

Friday, August 28, 1908 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
T1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 82-82-81-77=322 Playoff
Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-85-78=322
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 80-83-83-81=327 100
4 Willie Anderson  Scotland 85-86-80-79=330 80
5 John Jones  England 81-81-87-82=331 70
T6 Jack Hobens  Scotland 86-81-85-81=333 45
Peter Robertson  Scotland 89-84-77-83=333
T8 Percy Barrett  England 94-80-86-78=338 28
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 82-84-87-85=338
T10 Richard Kimball  United States 84-86-83-86=339 0
Tom McNamara  United States 85-82-86-86=339

Source:[2][4]

Amateurs: Travis (347), Hylan (356), J. Anderson (357).

Playoff[edit]

Saturday, August 29, 1908

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 39-38=77 300
2 Willie Smith  Scotland 38-45=83 150

Source:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "M'Leod takes golf title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. August 30, 1908. p. 3, sec. 3. 
  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". pp. 210–11. Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Smith of Mexico leads golfers". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 28, 1908. p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Smith and M'Leod tied at Myopia". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 29, 1908. p. 7. 

External links[edit]

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