1909 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 24–25, 1909|
|Location||Englewood, New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Englewood Golf Club|
|Field||79, 66 after cut|
The 1909 U.S. Open was the 15th U.S. Open. The golf tournament was held June 24–25, 1909, at Englewood Golf Club in Englewood, New Jersey. George Sargent established a new tournament scoring record to prevail by four strokes over Tom McNamara and win his first U.S. Open title.
David Hunter made U.S. Open history in the first round by becoming the first player to break 70, but he followed that up with an 84 in the second round and finished in 30th place. Tom McNamara also broke 70, shooting a 69 in the second round, and he carried a two-stroke lead over George Sargent into the final round. Sargent birdied the 18th in the final round on his way to a 71 and his third consecutive round of 72 or better. McNamara struggled over the final 18-holes, carding a 77 and finishing four back of Sargent. Sargent's winning total of 290 broke the old tournament scoring record by five shots.
John McDermott, aged 17, made his U.S. Open debut this year and finished in 49th. He would place in the top-10 in each of the next five U.S. Opens and won consecutive titles in 1911 and 1912, becoming the first American-born champion. Four-time champion Willie Anderson tied for 4th, his final top-10 finish at his next to last U.S. Open appearance. Horace Rawlins, the inaugural U.S. Open champion back in 1895, made his last cut in the tournament and finished in 60th.
|#||Player||Country||Score||To par||Winnings ($)|
|2||Tom McNamara||United States||73-69-75-77=294||+6||150|
|T7||Tom Anderson, Jr.||Scotland||78-74-75-73=300||+12||35|
|Walter Travis (a)||United States||72-78-77-73=300||0|
- (a) denotes amateur