1928 Open Championship

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1928 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 9–11 May 1928
Location Sandwich, England
Course(s) Royal St George's Golf Club
Field 113 players, 52 after cut[1]
Cut 159
Prize fund £250
Winner's share £75
United States Walter Hagen
Sandwich is located in England
Location in England

The 1928 Open Championship was the 63rd Open Championship, held 9–11 May at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Walter Hagen won the third of his four Open Championship titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Gene Sarazen. Hagen again prevailed at Royal St George's, site of his first Open win in 1922.[2] It was the tenth of his eleven major titles. His second Open victory came in 1924 at Royal Liverpool.

Qualifying took place on 7–8 May. Entries played 18 holes at St. George's and 18 holes at Prince's. The top 100 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 162 and 113 players qualified. José Jurado led the qualifiers on 144.[3] To make the cut players would need to be within 14 strokes of the leader after 36 holes.

Two-time defending champion Bobby Jones decided not to make the trip across the Atlantic this year, meaning all eyes were on the other American stars, Hagen and Sarazen. Two weeks prior, Hagen played a match against Archie Compston and lost badly, 18 & 17.[2] Realizing he needed practice, Hagen resolved to skip the parties for which he had become famous and concentrate on his game. His work paid off, as he carried a one-stroke lead over Sarazen into the final round, with Compston two back. A final round 72 left Hagen at 292 total, two better than Sarazen and three ahead of Compston.

Hagen, 35, successfully defended the Open title the following year for his fourth and final championship. Six-time champion Harry Vardon, age 58, made his last cut in the Open Championship and finished in 47th. He played the Open just once more, the following year.

For this year and again in 1929, the Open was played earlier than usual, in early May: Hagen won both.

Final leaderboard[edit]


Friday, 11 May 1928

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Walter Hagen  United States 75-73-72-72=292 £75
2 Gene Sarazen  United States 72-76-73-73=294 £50
3 Archie Compston  England 75-74-73-73=295 £25
T4 Percy Alliss  England 75-76-75-72=298 £15
Fred Robson  England 79-73-73-73=298
T6 Jim Barnes  England 81-73-76-71=301 £10
Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 79-73-77-72=301
José Jurado  Argentina 74-71-76-80=301
9 Bill Mehlhorn  United States 71-78-76-77=302 £10
10 Bill Davies  England 78-74-79-73=304 £10


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 109. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Hagen recaptures British Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 12 May 1928. p. 1-part 2. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Qualifying Scores". The Times. 9 May 1928. p. 7. 
  4. ^ Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of the Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5. 

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