1910 U.S. Open (golf)

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1910 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 17–20, 1910
Location Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Philadelphia Cricket Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 73
Field 73, 52 after cut
Cut 167 (+21)
Winner's share $300
Champion
Scotland Alex Smith
298 (+6)
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The 1910 U.S. Open was the sixteenth U.S. Open, held June 17–20 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, a neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia. Alex Smith, the champion four years earlier, prevailed in an 18-hole playoff over his younger brother Macdonald Smith and 18-year-old John McDermott to win his second U.S. Open.[1][2]

On Friday, Alex Smith opened with a pair of 73's to take the 36-hole lead by two shots ahead of McDermott, Gilbert Nicholls, Fred McLeod, and Tom Anderson.[3]

Smith carded a 79 in the third round on Saturday morning that left him two behind McDermott, who shot a 75 for 223. In the final round that afternoon, McDermott was the first to finish and posted another 75 and a 298 total. Macdonald Smith shot 71 that also placed him at 298. McLeod had a chance to also post 298 after driving the final hole, but his putt for a two stayed out and he finished a shot back. Alex Smith also drove the green at the last needing only a two-putt to win, but he missed from 18 inches (45 cm) and tied with McDermott and his brother.[4] Alex was not fazed by the near-miss; in the Monday playoff, his 71 beat McDermott by four and Macdonald by six.

McDermott won the next two U.S. Opens; he was the first American-born winner and remains the youngest champion (19) through 2016. Four-time champion Willie Anderson played in his final U.S. Open and finished eleventh; he died four months later of epilepsy at age 31.

The course also hosted in 1907 and is the present-day St. Martin's course, now nine holes.[5]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Alex Smith  Scotland 1906 73 73 79 73 298 +6 1
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 78 70 78 73 299 +7 4
Willie Anderson  Scotland 1901, 1903,
1904, 1905
74 78 76 75 303 +11 11
George Sargent  England 1909 77 81 74 77 309 +17 T16
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 78 84 73 79 314 +22 22

Source:[6]

Did not play: Laurie Auchterlonie (1902), Harry Vardon (1900), Willie Smith (1899).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1910 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Anderson  Scotland 72 −1
T2 Tom McNamara  United States 73 E
Gilbert Nicholls  England
Alex Smith  Scotland
T5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 74 +1
John McDermott  United States
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
James R. Thomson  Scotland
T9 Herbert Barker  England 75 +2
George Low  Scotland

Source:[3]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1910 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 73-73=146 E
T2 Tom Anderson  Scotland 72-76=148 +2
John McDermott  United States 74-74=148
Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-70=148
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-75=148
T6 Jack Hobens  Scotland 74-77=151 +5
Tom McNamara  United States 73-78=151
T8 Willie Anderson  Scotland 74-78=152 +9
George Low  Scotland 75-77=152
Macdonald Smith  Scotland 74-78=152
Chay Thom  Scotland 80-72=152

Source:[3]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1910 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John McDermott  United States 74-74-75=223 +4
2 Tom McNamara  United States 73-78-73=224 +5
T3 Jack Hobens  Scotland 74-77-74=225 +6
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-75-77=225
Alex Smith  Scotland 73-73-79=225
6 Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-70-78=226 +7
T7 Tom Bonnar 74-78-75=227 +8
Macdonald Smith  Scotland 74-78-75=227
T9 Willie Anderson  Scotland 74-78-76=228 +9
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 77-76-75=228

Source:[4][6]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1910 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Alex Smith  Scotland 73-73-79-73=298 +6 Playoff
John McDermott  United States 74-74-75-75=298
Macdonald Smith  Scotland 74-78-75-71=298
4 Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-70-78-73=299 +7 80
T5 Tom McNamara  United States 73-78-73-76=300 +8 65
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-75-77-75=300
7 Jack Hobens  Scotland 74-77-74-76=301 +9 50
T8 Tom Anderson  Scotland 72-76-81-73=302 +10 30
Herbert Barker  England 75-78-77-72=302
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 77-76-75-74=302

Source:[4][6]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 20, 1910

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Alex Smith  Scotland 71 –2 300
2 John McDermott  United States 75 +2 150
3 Macdonald Smith  Scotland 77 +4 100

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex Smith Champion: Wykagyl Professional Wins Triple Tie Play-Off in Open Golf Tournament". The New York Times. June 21, 1910. 
  2. ^ a b "Alec Smith wins Open golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 21, 1910. p. 10. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alec Smith leads golfers". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 18, 1910. p. 13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Triple tie in golf tourney". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 19, 1910. p. 3, sec. 3. 
  5. ^ "Golf". Philadelphia Cricket Club. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c 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. 213. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 40°03′54″N 75°12′32″W / 40.065°N 75.209°W / 40.065; -75.209