1932 Open Championship

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1932 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 8–10 June 1932
Location Sandwich, Kent, England
Course(s) Prince's Golf Club
Par 74[1]
Field 110 players, 64 after cut[2]
Cut 154 (+6)
Prize fund £500
Winner's share £100
United States Gene Sarazen
283 (–13)
Sandwich is located in England
Location in England

The 1932 Open Championship was the 67th Open Championship, held 8–10 June at Prince's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. Gene Sarazen won his only Open title, five strokes ahead of runner-up Macdonald Smith.[1][3] Sarazen led wire-to-wire to secure the fifth of his seven major championships.

Sarazen opened the tournament with a 70 (–4) and took a one stroke lead over four players. He followed with a 69 for 139 (–9) and had a three-stroke lead over Percy Alliss after 36 holes. Sarazen increased his lead to four after a third round 70, this time over Arthur Havers, who shot a course-record 68 (–6). An even-par 74 in the final round saw Sarazen post a tournament record 283 total. Havers, playing well behind Sarazen, needed a 69 to win, but made the turn in 37 and could not close the gap. He could only manage a 76 for a total of 289. Smith finished with scores of 71-70 to finish in solo 2nd place at 288 (–8).

Two weeks later in New York, Sarazen won the U.S. Open and joined Bobby Jones (1926, 1930) as the only two to win both the British Open and U.S. Open in the same year. Subsequent winners of both were Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Trevino (1971), Tom Watson (1982), and Tiger Woods (2000).

This was the only Open Championship held at Prince's, just north of Royal St George's, which has since been the only venue in southeastern England to host.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, 10 June 1932

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gene Sarazen  United States 70-69-70-74=283 –13
2 Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
71-76-71-70=288 –8
3 Arthur Havers  England 74-71-68-76=289 –7
T4 Percy Alliss  England 71-71-78-72=292 –4
Alf Padgham  England 76-72-74-70=292
Charles Whitcombe  England 71-73-73-75=292
T7 William H. Davies  United Kingdom 71-73-74-75=293 –3
Arthur Lacey  England 73-73-71-76=293
9 Fred Robson  England 74-71-78-71=294 –2
T10 Archie Compston  England 74-70-75-76=295 –1
Henry Cotton  England 74-72-77-72=295
Abe Mitchell  England 77-71-75-72=295


  1. ^ a b "Sarazen wins British Open golf title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Universal Service. 11 June 1932. p. 15. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 103. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sarazen wins British Open on new mark". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 11 June 1932. p. 19. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°17′46″N 1°22′12″E / 51.296°N 1.37°E / 51.296; 1.37