1909 U.S. Open (golf)

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1909 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 24–25, 1909
Location Englewood, New Jersey
Course(s) Englewood Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Field 79, 66 after cut
Cut 165 (+21)
Winner's share $300
Champion
England George Sargent
290 (+2)
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The 1909 U.S. Open was the fifteenth U.S. Open, held June 24–25 at Englewood Golf Club in Englewood, New Jersey, north of downtown New York City (Manhattan). George Sargent established a new U.S. Open scoring record to win his only major title, four strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara.[1][2]

In the opening round on Thursday morning, David Hunter made U.S. Open history as the first player to break 70, but he had some problems in the second round when he hit his ball into a brook and subsequently used four niblick shots in getting out,[3] after reaching the turn in 47 he made a nice recovery on the back nine and came home in 37 for 84 (he had another 84 in the third round and finished thirtieth). McNamara also had a sub-70 score with 69 in the second round and led by four strokes midway at 142.[4]

McNamara carried a two-stroke lead over Sargent into the final round on Friday afternoon. Sargent birdied the final hole for 71 and his third consecutive round of 72 or better. McNamara struggled over the final 18 holes with 77 and finished four back of Sargent.[1] Sargent's winning total of 290 broke the U.S. Open scoring record by five shots. Bob Peebles was well positioned after three rounds on 222 but struggled and fell back into the pack with a final round 78.

John McDermott made his U.S. Open debut at age 17 and was 49th, he placed in the top-ten in each of the next five, with consecutive wins in 1911 and 1912, the first American-born champion. Four-time champion Willie Anderson tied for fourth in his penultimate U.S. Open. Horace Rawlins, the inaugural champion fourteen years earlier in 1895, made his last cut in the championship and finished sixtieth.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Alex Smith  Scotland 1906 76 73 74 72 295 +7 3
Willie Anderson  Scotland 1901, 1903,
1904, 1905
79 74 76 70 299 +11 T4
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 78 76 74 75 303 +15 T13
Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 1902 78 75 77 81 311 +23 T23
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 76 79 78 84 317 +29 36
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 82 83 81 83 329 +41 60

Source:[1][2]

Did not play: Harry Vardon (1900), Willie Smith (1899), Fred Herd (1898),
                     Joe Lloyd (1897), James Foulis (1896).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 24, 1909 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 David Hunter 68 −4
2 Andrew Campbell  Scotland 71 +1
T3 Walter Travis (a)  United States 72 E
F.R. Upton (a)
T5 Tom McNamara  United States 73 +1
Gilbert Nicholls  England
T7 John Campbell 74 +2
Charles Rowe
T7 Herbert Barker  England 75 +3
Jack Burke Sr.  United States
Alex Campbell  Scotland
George Sargent  England
Herbert Strong  England

Source:[2][4]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, June 24, 1909 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom McNamara  United States 73-69=142 −2
2 Andrew Campbell  Scotland 71-75=146 +2
3 George Sargent  England 75-72=147 +3
T4 Alex Campbell  Scotland 75-73=148 +4
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-75=148
T6 Bob Peebles  Scotland 76-73=149 +5
Alex Smith  Scotland 76-73=149
8 Walter Travis (a)  United States 72-78=150 +6
T9 Peter Robertson  Scotland 79-72=151 +7
Charles Rowe 74-77=151
F.R. Upton (a) 72-79=151

Source:[2][4]

Third round[edit]

Friday, June 25, 1909 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom McNamara  United States 73-69-75=217 +1
2 George Sargent  England 75-72-72=219 +3
3 Bob Peebles  Scotland 76-73-73=222 +6
T4 Andrew Campbell  Scotland 71-75-77=223 +7
Alex Smith  Scotland 76-73-74=223
6 Jack Hobens  Scotland 75-78-72=225 +9
7 Isaac Mackie  Scotland 77-75-74=226 +10
T8 Tom Anderson, Jr.  Scotland 78-74-75=227 +11
Herbert Barker  England 75-79-73=227
Mike Brady  United States 76-77-74=227
George Low  Scotland 78-75-74=227
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-75-79=227
Charles Rowe 74-77-76=227

Source:[1][2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, June 25, 1909 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 George Sargent  England 75-72-72-71=290 +2 300
2 Tom McNamara  United States 73-69-75-77=294 +6 150
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 76-73-74-72=295 +7 100
T4 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79-74-76-70=299 +11 70
Jack Hobens  Scotland 75-78-72-74=299
Isaac Mackie  Scotland 77-75-74-73=299
T7 Tom Anderson, Jr.  Scotland 78-74-75-73=300 +12 35
Herbert Barker  England 75-79-73-73=300
Andrew Campbell  Scotland 71-75-77-77=300
Bob Peebles  Scotland 76-73-73-78=300
Walter Travis (a)  United States 72-78-77-73=300 0

Source:[1][2]

Amateurs: Travis (+12), Upton (+16), Douglas (+23), Tiffany (+30),
                 Morgan (+36), Behr (+37), Kirkby (+40), Watson (+40)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "George Sargent is golf champion". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 26, 1909. p. 12. 
  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. 212. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Fast Golf in Open". New York Tribune. June 25, 1909. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Boston golfer gets low score". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 25, 1909. p. 13. 

External links[edit]

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