1920 U.S. Open (golf)

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1920 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 12–13, 1920
Location Toledo, Ohio
Course(s) Inverness Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 71 [1]
Length 6,569 yards (6,007 m)[2][3]
Field 70
Cut none
Winner's share $500
Champion
Jersey Ted Ray
295 (+11)
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The 1920 U.S. Open was the 24th U.S. Open, held August 12–13 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Isle of Jersey natives Harry Vardon and Ted Ray played in their first U.S. Open since their playoff loss to Francis Ouimet in 1913, the 50-year-old Vardon, the champion twenty years earlier in 1900, held a five-stroke lead with just five holes to play. He then proceeded to three-putt three holes in a row, then double-bogeyed the 17th after finding the water, he shot 42 (+6) on the second nine, giving him a 78 (+7) for the round and 296 total (+12), and finished in a tie for second, one stroke back. Ray also struggled in the final round, with four bogeys on the back nine, but he parred the 18th, giving him 295 total and a one-stroke victory over runners-up Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel, and Jack Burke Sr.[1][4]

This Open marked the first appearance by Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, and Johnny Farrell. Between them, they won eight of the next twelve U.S. Opens, this Open returned to the two-day format, with the first two rounds played on the same day; the three-day schedule was permanently adopted for 1926 and the present four-day schedule was first used in 1965.

At the age of 43 years and 138 days, Ray became the oldest U.S. Open champion, a record he held for 66 years, until Raymond Floyd, a few months older, won in 1986. Julius Boros was also 43 when he won in 1963. Hale Irwin set the current record in 1990 at age 45.

This was the first of six major championships at Inverness, which later hosted the U.S. Open in 1931, 1957, and 1979, the PGA Championship was played at the course in 1986 and 1993.

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 385 392 135 430 438 360 320 208 492 3,160 346 359 522 150 417 446 410 430 332 3,409 6,569
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 35 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[1][2][3]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1900 74 73 71 78 296 +12 T2
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 74 76 73 75 298 +14 T6
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 74 73 77 77 301 +17 11
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 75 77 73 79 304 +20 13
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 80 76 77 77 310 +26 T27
George Sargent  England 1909 76 81 78 78 313 +29 T38

Source:[4]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 12, 1920 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jock Hutchison  Scotland
 United States[5]
69 −2
2 Leo Diegel  United States 72 +1
T3 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 73 +2
J. Douglas Edgar  England
T5 G.L. Bowden 74 +3
Chick Evans (a)  United States
Walter Hagen  United States
Ted Ray  Jersey
Harry Vardon  Jersey
T10 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 75 +4
Jack Burke Sr.  United States
Eddie Loos  United States
Fred McLeod  Scotland

Source:[2]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, August 12, 1920 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jock Hutchison  Scotland
 United States
69-76=145 +3
T2 Jim Barnes  England 76-70=146 +4
Leo Diegel  United States 72-74=146
T4 Walter Hagen  United States 74-73=147 +5
Ted Ray  Jersey 74-73=147
Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-73=147
7 Eddie Loos  United States 75-74=149 +7
8 Chick Evans (a)  United States 74-76=150 +8
T9 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 73-78=151 +9
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 76-75=151

Source:[2]

Third round[edit]

Friday, August 13, 1920 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-73-71=218 +5
T2 Leo Diegel  United States 72-74-73=219 +6
Jock Hutchison  Scotland
 United States
69-76-74=219
4 Ted Ray  Jersey 74-73-73=220 +7
T5 Jim Barnes  England 76-70-76=222 +9
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 78-74-70=222
Bob MacDonald  Scotland 73-78-71=222
8 Chick Evans (a)  United States 74-76-73=223 +10
9 Jack Burke Sr.  United States 75-77-72=224 +11
10 Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 76-75-74=225 +12

Source:[4]

Final round[edit]

Friday, August 13, 1920 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 74-73-73-75=295 +11 500
T2 Jack Burke Sr.  United States 75-77-72-72=296 +12 188
Leo Diegel  United States 72-74-73-77=296
Jock Hutchison  Scotland
 United States[6]
69-76-74-77=296
Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-73-71-78=296
T6 Jim Barnes  England 76-70-76-76=298 +14 90
Chick Evans (a)  United States 74-76-73-75=298 0
T8 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 78-74-70-77=299 +15 0
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 76-75-74-74=299 80
10 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 73-78-71-78=300 +16 75

Source:[4]

(a) denotes amateur

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4
Jersey Ray +7 +7 +7 +6 +6 +7 +6 +7 +7 +7 +8 +9 +9 +9 +10 +10 +11 +11
United States Burke +11 +11 +10 +11 +11 +12 +14 +13 +13 +12 +12 +11 +11 +12 +12 +12 +12 +12
United States Diegel +6 +6 +6 +7 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +10 +11 +12 +12 +12
ScotlandUnited States Hutchison +8 +8 +8 +8 +9 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +11 +11 +11 +12 +12 +12 +12
Jersey Vardon +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +12 +12

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Vardon, Harry (August 14, 1920). "Ray wins National Open". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Leading scores in golf tournament". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 12, 1920. p. 10. 
  3. ^ a b "Leading scores in golf tournament". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 13, 1920. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Davis, Joe (August 14, 1920). "Ray of England is golf champ in great finish". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 6. 
  5. ^ According to his naturalization certificate (available at Ancestry.com) Hutchinson became a U.S. citizen on April 1, 1920
  6. ^ According to his naturalization certificate (available at Ancestry.com) Hutchinson became a U.S. citizen on April 1, 1920

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°39′07″N 83°39′04″W / 41.652°N 83.651°W / 41.652; -83.651