1921 Open Championship
|Dates||23–25 June 1921|
|Location||St Andrews, Scotland|
|Course(s)||Old Course at St Andrews|
|Length||6,487 yards (5,932 m)|
The 1921 Open Championship was the 56th Open Championship, held 23–25 June at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland. Former local Jock Hutchison won his only Open Championship, in a 36-hole playoff over amateur Roger Wethered. It was Hutchison's second and final major title.
Qualifying took place on 20–21 June. Entries played 18 holes on the Eden Course and 18 holes on the Old Course. The top 80 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 161 and 85 players qualified. Jock Hutchison led the qualifiers on 146.
Card of the course
During the first round, Hutchison made a hole-in-one at the 8th and then drove the green at the par-4 9th, his ball settling inches from the hole. He finished with a round of 72 and a two-shot lead. By the end of the third round, however, he trailed Jim Barnes by four shots. Wethered, a student at Oxford, carded a 71 in the final round to finish at 296, while Hutchison shot 70 to tie and force a Saturday playoff.
Wethered almost did not make it to the playoff, as he was scheduled to play for his cricket team that day and had to be persuaded to stay and play golf. In the playoff, the first two holes were halved before Hutchison gained two shots at the 3rd. However he played a poor 4th hole and took six to make the match all square again. Hutchison took a grip on the match by scoring four threes from the 7th to the 10th while Wethered took four fours. At lunch, Hutchison held a three shot lead.
In the afternoon, Hutchison struggled at the first three holes but managed to halve the holes with Wethered. The match then turned decisively with Wethered taking six at the 4th and Hutchison taking threes at the 5th and 6th. Wethered dropped another shot at the 7th and now Hutchison was nine strokes ahead. Hutchison was in trouble at the 11th and took five but Wethered three-putted and only gained one stroke. Thereafter, Hutchison's lead increased to twelve before his cautious play at the final holes reduced the lead to nine.
Although a native of St Andrews, Hutchison had become a United States citizen and was credited as being the Open's first American champion. The Times reported under the headline "Cup Goes to U.S.A." that "our Open Championship goes for the first time in its history to America." The following year, Walter Hagen became the first U.S.-born winner. Bobby Jones, 19, played at St Andrews and the Open for the first time, and was the low amateur after 36 holes. He withdrew in the third round after taking four shots to get out of a bunker at the 11th.
Friday, 24 June 1921
|T1||Jock Hutchison||United States||72-75-79-70=296||Playoff|
|Roger Wethered (a)||England||78-75-72-71=296|
|3||Tom Kerrigan||United States||74-80-72-72=298||£40|
|T6||Jim Barnes||England||74-74-74-80=302||£6 8s 7d|
|Walter Hagen||United States||74-79-72-77=302|
|Joe Kirkwood, Sr.||Australia||76-74-73-79=302|
- (a) denotes amateur
Saturday, 25 June 1921
|1||Jock Hutchison||United States||74-76=150||£75|
|2||Roger Wethered (a)||England||77-82=159||−|
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