1929 Open Championship

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1929 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 8–10 May 1929
Location Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland
Course(s) Muirfield
Statistics
Par 70 [1]
Length 6,693 yards (6,120 m)[2]
Field 109 players, 64 after cut [3]
Cut 157 (+17)
Prize fund £250
Winner's share £75
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
292 (+12)
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Muirfield is located in Scotland
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in Scotland
Muirfield is located in East Lothian
Muirfield
Muirfield
Location in East Lothian, Scotland

The 1929 Open Championship was the 64th Open Championship, held 8–10 May at Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. Walter Hagen successfully defended his 1928 title, six strokes ahead of runner-up Johnny Farrell. It was Hagen's fourth win at the Open and his eleventh and final major title.[4][5]

Qualifying was held 6–7 May, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Muirfield and 18 holes at the number 1 course Gullane,[6] and the top 100 and ties qualified. Leo Diegel led the field with 144; the qualifying score was 162 and 109 players advanced.[7][8]

Percy Alliss held the lead after the first round with a 69,[9][10] while Leo Diegel matched that score in the second round to take the 36-hole lead. After a first-round 75, defending champion Hagen recorded an Open Championship record 67 in the second round on Thursday and was two back of Diegel.[1][11] There was a change in the cut rule; players needed to be within fourteen strokes of the leader after 36 holes, but there was to be a minimum of sixty left in the field.[9] The cut was at 157 (+17) and 64 advanced.

Windy conditions on Friday caused scores to soar over the final two rounds. Diegel shot 82 in the morning, with Alliss and Abe Mitchell at 76 and 78, respectively. Hagen finished with two rounds of 75 for 292. Diegel was a shot behind runner-up Farrell in third place, while Alliss and Mitchell shared fourth at 300.[4][5]

Hagen, age 36, played the tournament just twice more, in 1933 and 1937, both following Ryder Cup matches in England. Six-time champion Harry Vardon, age 59, qualified for the Open for the final time and missed the cut by three strokes. Similar to 1928, this Open was played earlier than usual, in early May.

Course[edit]

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 450 4 10 459 4
2 353 4 11 359 4
3 380 4 12 380 4
4 180 3 13 128 3
5 510 5 14 450 4
6 450 4 15 393 4
7 153 3 16 193 3
8 455 4 17 507 5
9 483 4 18 410 4
Out 3,414 35 In 3,279 35
Source:[2] Total 6,693 70

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Walter Hagen  United States 1922, 1924, 1928 75 67 75 75 292 +12 1
Jim Barnes  England 1925 71 80 78 74 303 +23 7
Arthur Havers  England 1920 80 74 76 76 306 +26 11
George Duncan  Scotland 1920 78 76 81 76 311 +31 22
Ted Ray  Jersey 1912 80 76 81 79 316 +36 T39

Source:[3][5]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Arnaud Massy  France 1907 81 77 158 +18
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895,
1900, 1909, 1913
79 80 159 +19
Harry Vardon  Jersey 1896, 1898, 1899,
1903, 1911, 1914
82 78 160 +20
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 84 83 167 +27

Source:[3]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 8 May 1929

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Percy Alliss  England 69 −1
T2 Jim Barnes  England 71 +1
Leo Diegel  United States
T4 Ed Dudley  United States 72 +2
Johnny Farrell  United States
Herbert Jolly  Guernsey
Abe Mitchell  England
T8 Michael Bingham  Ireland 73 +3
Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland
 United States
Gene Sarazen  United States
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
Al Watrous  United States
Tom Williamson  England

Source:[9][10]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 9 May 1929

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Leo Diegel  United States 71-69=140 E
2 Walter Hagen  United States 75-67=142 +2
3 Abe Mitchell  England 72-72=144 +4
4 Percy Alliss  England 69-76=145 +5
T5 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland
 United States
73-74=147 +7
Johnny Farrell  United States 72-75=147
Johnny Golden  United States 74-73=147
Gene Sarazen  United States 73-74=147
T9 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
75-73=148 +8
Aubrey Boomer  England 74-74=148
Bill Mehlhorn  United States 74-74=148

Source:[11]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 10 May 1929 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 75-67-75=218 +8
2 Percy Alliss  England 69-76-76=221 +11
T3 Leo Diegel  United States 71-69-82=222 +12
Abe Mitchell  England 72-72-78=222
5 Johnny Farrell  United States 72-75-76=223 +13
6 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland
 United States
73-74-78=225 +15
7 Archie Compston  England 76-73-77=226 +16
T8 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
75-73-79=227 +17
Mark Seymour  England 75-74-78=227
Al Watrous  United States 73-79-75=227

Source:[3][4][5]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 10 May 1929 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Walter Hagen  United States 75-67-75-75=292 +12 75
2 Johnny Farrell  United States 72-75-76-75=298 +18 50
3 Leo Diegel  United States 71-69-82-77=299 +19 25
T4 Percy Alliss  England 69-76-76-79=300 +20 15
Abe Mitchell  England 72-72-78-78=300
6 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland
 United States
73-74-78-76=301 +21 10
7 Jim Barnes  England 71-80-78-74=303 +23
T8 Gene Sarazen  United States 73-74-81-76=304 +24
Al Watrous  United States 73-79-75-77=304
10 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
75-73-79-78=305 +25

Source:[3][4][5][12]

Amateurs: Perkins (+32), MacKenzie (+33), Tolley (+33), Von Elm (+38)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cavendish, Henry (10 May 1929). "Diegel, Hagen one, two in British Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 1-part 2. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Muirfield". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1929. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 106. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Hagen's triumph". Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1929. p. 11. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Hagen retains British title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. 11 May 1929. p. 18. 
  6. ^ "Golf in rainstorms". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1929. p. 12. 
  7. ^ a b c "109 qualifiers". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1929. p. 14. 
  8. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Qualified". The Times. 8 May 1929. p. 7. 
  9. ^ a b c "Wonderful golf". Glasgow Herald. 9 May 1929. p. 11. 
  10. ^ a b "British pro takes lead from Diegel". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. 8 May 1929. p. 20. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "'Open' record broken". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1929. p. 13. 
  12. ^ "Hagen's Triumph - Four Times 'Open' Golf Champion - The Leading Scores". The Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1929. p. 11. 

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