1911 U.S. Open (golf)

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1911 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 23–26, 1911
Location Wheaton, Illinois
Course(s) Chicago Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 76
Length 6,606 yards (6,041 m)[1][2]
Field 72, 60 after cut
Cut 168 (+16)
Winner's share $300
Champion
United States John McDermott
307 (+3), playoff
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The 1911 U.S. Open was the 17th U.S. Open, held June 23–26 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. Nineteen-year-old John McDermott became the first American-born champion by defeating Mike Brady and George Simpson in an 18-hole playoff.[1]

Two past champions, Alec Ross and Fred McLeod, shared the 36-hole lead on Friday evening at 149 (−3), with McDermott, Brady, and Simpson four shots back at 153, in a five-way tie for fourth.[2]

Ross struggled on a rainy Saturday with 81-82 for 312 (+8) and fell into a tie for ninth. McLeod had a three-stroke lead after 54 holes, but finished with 83 for 308. Simpson posted 79-75 for 307, while Brady tied Simpson with a final round 75. McDermott made a birdie on the final hole for 79 to join Simpson and Brady, forcing a three-way playoff.[3] Sunday was an idle day.[4]

In the playoff on Monday afternoon,[4] McDermott led Brady by four after the turn, with Simpson one more back.[1] Brady then played the next four holes in one-under par while McDermott made three consecutive bogeys, evening up the contest with four holes remaining. McDermott took the lead at the 15th after Brady missed a four-footer (1.2 m) for par, then sealed the championship with an approach to the par-5 18th that settled ten feet (3 m) from the hole. He two-putted for birdie and 80, two strokes ahead of Brady and five clear of Simpson at 85.[1]

At 19, McDermott became the youngest U.S. Open champion, a mark that still stands, and was also its first American-born champion, he successfully defended his title the following year, but by 1914 he began suffering from mental illness and his career was essentially over at age 23.

The Open Championship in England was held June 26−30 at Sandwich.

This was the first U.S. Open since the death of four-time champion Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905); he had played in the previous fourteen editions and died the previous October at age 31.

Course[edit]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 468 5 10 241 4
2 358 4 11 510 5
3 337 4 12 330 4
4 418 4 13 519 5
5 334 4 14 300 4
6 568 5 15 364 4
7 310 4 16 318 4
8 315 4 17 348 4
9 141 3 18 427 5
Out 3,249 37 In 3,357 39
Source:[1] Total 6,606 76

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 77 72 76 83 308 +4 4
George Sargent  England 1909 76 77 84 84 311 +7 T7
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 74 75 81 82 312 +8 T9
Alex Smith  Scotland 1906, 1910 76 78 82 85 321 +17 T23

Source:[3]

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

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, June 23, 1911 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Herbert Barker  England 75 −1
Alec Ross  Scotland
T3 Mike Brady  United States 76 E
George Sargent  England
George Simpson  Scotland
T6 Fred McLeod  Scotland 77 +1
Tom McNamara  United States
Harry Turple  United States
T9 James Donaldson  Scotland 78 +2
Otto Hackbarth  United States
Albert Seckel (a)  United States
Alex Smith  Scotland

Source:[2]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 23, 1911 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 77-72=149 −3
Alec Ross  Scotland 74-75=149
3 Otto Hackbarth  United States 78-74=152 E
T4 Mike Brady  United States 76-77=153 +1
John McDermott  United States 81-72=153
George Sargent  England 76-77=153
George Simpson  Scotland 76-77=153
Harry Turpie  United States 77-76=153
T9 Gilbert Nicholls  England 76-78=154 +2
Alex Smith  Scotland 78-76=154

Source:[2]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 24, 1911 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 77-72-76=225 −3
T2 John McDermott  United States 81-72-75=228 E
Gilbert Nicholls  England 76-78-74=228
T4 Alex Campbell  Scotland 81-77-72=230 +2
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 80-77-73=230
Alec Ross  Scotland 74-75-81=230
T7 Mike Brady  United States 76-77-79=232 +4
George Simpson  Scotland 76-77-79=232
T9 Herbert Barker  England 75-81-77=233 +5
Peter Robertson  Scotland 79-76-78=233

Source:[3]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 24, 1911 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 John McDermott  United States 81-72-75-79=307 +3 Playoff
Mike Brady  United States 76-77-79-75=307
George Simpson  Scotland 76-77-79-75=307
4 Fred McLeod  Scotland 77-72-76-83=308 +4 80
T5 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 80-77-73-79=309 +5 65
Gilbert Nicholls  England 76-78-74-81=309
T7 Herbert Barker  England 75-81-77-78=311 +7 45
George Sargent  England 76-77-84-74=311
T9 Peter Robertson  Scotland 79-76-78-79=312 +8 25
Alec Ross  Scotland 74-75-81-82=312

Source:[3]

Amateurs: Seckel (+9), Sawyer (+15), Phelps (+16), Gardner (+17), Egan (+17), Watson (+17),
                 Ames (+22), Sellers (+31), Devol (+37).

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 26, 1911

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 John McDermott  United States 39-41=80 +4 300
2 Mike Brady  United States 43-39=82 +6 150
3 George Simpson  Scotland 44-41=85 +9 100

Source:[1]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10   11   12   13   14   15  16 17 18
Par 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 4 5
United States McDermott +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +4 +5 +5 +5 +5 +4
United States Brady −1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +4 +5 +5 +6 +5 +5 +4 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6
Scotland Simpson E +1 +3 +4 +5 +6 +6 +6 +7 +8 +7 +7 +8 +8 +9 +10 +10 +10

Source:[1]

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Davis, J.G. (June 27, 1911). "M'Dermott wins Open golf title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. 
  2. ^ a b c d Davis, J.G. (June 24, 1911). "Ross and M'Leod lead for honors". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Davis, J.G. (June 25, 1911). "Triple tie for Open golf title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3. 
  4. ^ a b Davis, J.G. (June 26, 1911). "Play for title on links today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. 

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Coordinates: 41°50′56″N 88°06′54″W / 41.849°N 88.115°W / 41.849; -88.115