1914 U.S. Open (golf)

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1914 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 20–21, 1914
Location Midlothian, Illinois
Course(s) Midlothian Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,421 yards (5,871 m)[1]
Field 66 players
Winner's share $300
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
290 (+2)
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The 1914 U.S. Open was the 20th U.S. Open, held August 20–21 at Midlothian Country Club in Midlothian, Illinois, a suburb southwest of Chicago. 21-year-old Walter Hagen held off amateur Chick Evans by a single stroke to win the first of his two U.S. Open titles,[1][2] it was the first of Hagen's eleven major championships.

Hagen opened with a U.S. Open record 68, a stroke ahead of defending champion Francis Ouimet, he led Tom McNamara by a shot after 36 holes,[3][4] then took a two-stroke lead over McNamara into the final round, with Ouimet three back. McNamara and Ouimet, however, fell back with rounds of 83 and 78, respectively, that left the hard-charging Evans as the last player capable of catching Hagen. Evans needed a two on the 18th to tie, but his chip from the edge of the green came up just short. Hagen birdied the 18th for the fourth consecutive round, a feat unmatched by any U.S. Open champion before or since, and prevailed by one over Evans. Evans' 141 over the final 36 holes set a new U.S. Open record, but it was broken just two years later.

Two-time champion John McDermott, age 22, tied for ninth in his sixth and final U.S. Open appearance.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 78 73 75 71 297 +9 T3
George Sargent  England 1909 74 77 74 72 297 +9 T3
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 1913 69 76 75 78 298 +10 T5
John McDermott  United States 1911, 1912 77 74 74 75 300 +12 T9
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 72 75 82 76 305 +17 T22

Source:[2][3]

Did not play: Alex Smith (1906, 1910), Laurie Auchterlonie (1902), Harry Vardon (1900), Willie Smith (1899).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 20, 1914 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68 −4
2 Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 69 −3
T3 James Donaldson  Scotland 72 E
Tom McNamara  United States
Louis Tellier  France
T6 Jim Barnes  England 73 +1
George Simpson  Scotland
 United States
T8 J.J. O'Brien 74 +2
George Sargent  England
T10 Jack Burke Sr.  United States 75 +3

Source:[3]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, August 20, 1914 (afternnon)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68-74=142 −2
2 Tom McNamara  United States 72-71=143 −1
3 Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 69-76=145 +1
T4 Joe Mitchell  United States 77-69=146 +2
J.J. O'Brien 74-72=146
T6 Alec Ross  United States 72-75=147 +3
James Simpson  United States 76-71=147
Louis Tellier  France 72-75=147
T9 Jim Barnes  England 73-76=149 +5
George Simpson  Scotland
 United States
73-76=149
Tom Kerrigan  United States 76-73=149

Source:[3]

Third round[edit]

Friday, August 21, 1914 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68-74-75=217 +1
2 Tom McNamara  United States 72-71-76=219 +3
3 Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 69-76-75=220 +4
T4 Chick Evans (a)  United States 76-74-71=221 +5
Louis Tellier  France 72-75-74=221
6 J.J. O'Brien 74-72-77=223 +7
T7 Mike Brady  United States 78-72-74=224 +8
George Simpson  Scotland
 United States
76-71-77=224
T9 James Donaldson  Scotland 72-79-74=225 +9
John McDermott  United States 77-74-74=225
George Sargent  England 74-77-74=225

Source:[2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, August 21, 1914 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68-74-75-73=290 +2 300
2 Chick Evans (a)  United States 76-74-71-70=291 +3 0
T3 Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-73-75-71=297 +9 125
George Sargent  England 74-77-74-72=297
T5 Mike Brady  United States 78-72-74-74=298 +10 75
James Donaldson  Scotland 72-79-74-73=298
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 69-76-75-78=298 0
8 Louis Tellier  France 72-75-74-78=299 +11 60
T9 John McDermott  United States 77-74-74-75=300 +12 45
Arthur Smith 79-73-76-72=300

Source:[2]

(a) denotes amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hagen captures Open golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 22, 1914. p. 8. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Davis, J.G. (August 22, 1914). "Hagen triumphs, beating C. Evans by only 1 stroke". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 13. 
  3. ^ a b c d Davis, J.G. (August 21, 1914). "Course record broken by Hagen in Open tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 10. 
  4. ^ "Hagen leads field in national meet". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 21, 1914. p. 5. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 

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