1916 U.S. Open (golf)

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1916 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 29–30, 1916
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Course(s) Minikahda Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72 [1][2]
Length 6,150 yards (5,624 m)[1][2]
Field 62 players
Cut None
Winner's share ($300)
Champion
United States Chick Evans (a)
286 (−2)
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The 1916 U.S. Open was the 22nd U.S. Open, held June 29–30 at Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Amateur Chick Evans led wire-to-wire and set a new U.S. Open scoring record to win his only U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jock Hutchison.[3]

There were 94 entries and on-site qualifying was held and only the defending champion was exempt. Qualifying was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, and each day half the field played 36 holes for 32 places in the starting field of 64.[4][5]

Evans opened the championship on Thursday with rounds of 70-69, the first in history to break 140 in the first two rounds of a U.S. Open.[6][7] He led by three over Wilfrid Reid, who went out of contention after a 79 (+7) in the third round. Evans carded a 74 to maintain his three-shot advantage after 54 holes, with Jim Barnes as the nearest pursuer. After a double-bogey at the fourth hole, Evans recovered with a birdie at the next and matched Barnes through the front nine. At the par-5 12th, Evans found the green in two shots and two-putted for a birdie. He finished with a round of 73 to Barnes' 74. Hutchison, nine back after two rounds, moved up to second place with a 68 (−4), the lowest score to date in the final round of a U.S. Open.[2] As the top professional, he took home the winner's share of the purse.

Evans' total of 286 established a new U.S. Open scoring record that stood for two decades, until 1936. Three months later, he won the U.S. Amateur championship at Merion near Philadelphia and became the first to win both titles in the same year. Evans won the U.S. Amateur again in 1920.

Like previous editions, this U.S. Open was scheduled for just two days, at 36 holes each. Not held in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I, it resumed in 1919 and was stretched to three days, with 18 holes on each of the first two days and 36 holes on the third. It reverted to the two-day format in 1920, then went to the three-day schedule in 1926.

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 310 460 130 530 265 300 220 410 400 3,025 160 385 535 475 365 335 355 160 355 3,125 6,150
Par 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 36 3 4 5 5 4 4 4 3 4 36 72

Source:[8]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
George Sargent  England 1909 75 71 72 75 293 +5 T4
Walter Hagen  United States 1914 73 76 75 71 295 +7 7
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 73 76 76 75 300 +12 T15
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 74 75 77 77 303 +15 T25

Source:[2][3][7][8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 29, 1916  (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Chick Evans (a)  United States 70 −2
Wilfrid Reid  England
T3 Jim Barnes  England 71 −1
Jack Dowling  United States
T5 Alex Campbell  Scotland 73 +1
W. Clark
Walter Hagen  United States
Jock Hutchison  Scotland
Gilbert Nicholls  England
Bob Peebles
Alec Ross  Scotland

Source:[7]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, June 29, 1916  (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Chick Evans (a)  United States 70-69=139 −5
2 Wilfrid Reid  England 70-72=142 −2
T3 Jim Barnes  England 71-74=145 +1
Bob Peebles 73-72=145
T5 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 74-72=146 +2
George Sargent  England 75-71=146
7 Jack Dowling  United States 71-76=147 +3
T8 Mike Brady  United States 75-73=148 +4
J. Ferguson 75-73=148
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 73-75=148
J. J. O'Brien 76-72=148
Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-72=148

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Friday, June 30, 1916  (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Chick Evans (a)  United States 70-69-74=213 −3
2 Jim Barnes  England 71-74-71=216 E
3 George Sargent  England 75-71-72=218 +2
T4 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 73-75-72=220 +4
Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-76-71=220
T6 J. J. O'Brien 76-72-73=221 +5
Bob Peebles 73-72-76=221
Wilfrid Reid  England 70-72-79=221
Louis Tellier  France 74-75-72=221
10 Jack Dowling  United States 71-76-75=222 +6

Source:[2][3][7][8]

Final round[edit]

Friday, June 30, 1916  (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Chick Evans (a)  United States 70-69-74-73=286 −2 0
2 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 73-75-72-68=288 E 300
3 Jim Barnes  England 71-74-71-74=290 +2 150
T4 Gilbert Nicholls  England 73-76-71-73=293 +5 83
Wilfrid Reid  England 70-72-79-72=293
George Sargent  England 75-71-72-75=293
7 Walter Hagen  United States 73-76-75-71=295 +7 60
8 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 74-72-77-73=296 +8 50
T9 Mike Brady  United States 75-73-75-74=297 +9 30
J. J. O'Brien 76-72-73-76=297
Tom Vardon  Jersey 76-72-75-74=297

Source:[2][3][7][8]

(a) denotes amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ""Chick" Evans wins title at Minneapolis". Youngstown Daily Vindicator. (Ohio). July 1, 1916. p. 9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Sixty, Billy (July 1, 1916). "Golf". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Evans wins National Open golf title". Chicago Daily Tribune. July 1, 1916. p. 10. 
  4. ^ Ritchie, J.H. (June 29, 1916). "Second flight honors captured by Simpson". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 12. 
  5. ^ Trenham, Peter C. "A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and its Members" (PDF). Philadelphia Section PGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Chick Evans Jr. is a Comeback". Grand Forks Daily Herald. North Dakota. June 30, 1916. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Ritchie, J.H. (June 30, 1916). "Evans leads in national golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 14. 
  8. ^ a b c d Evans, Chick (July 1916). "The Open Championship" (PDF). The American Golfer. pp. 169–174. 

External links[edit]

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