1941 U.S. Open (golf)

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1941 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 5–7, 1941
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Course(s) Colonial Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Par 70[1][2]
Length 7,005 yards (6,405 m)[3]
Field 163 players, 67 after cut
Cut 156 (+16)
Winner's share $1,000
United States Craig Wood
284 (+4)
Colonial CC is located in United States
Colonial CC
Colonial CC
Location in the United States

The 1941 U.S. Open was the 45th U.S. Open, held June 5–7 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Craig Wood, who had lost in a playoff at the U.S. Open two years earlier, finally broke through and claimed his first U.S. Open title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Denny Shute in sweltering heat.[2] Eight years earlier, Shute had defeated him in a playoff at the 1933 British Open.

Wood opened the tournament with a 73 in the first round and followed that up with a 71 in the rain-delayed second. Part of a four-way tie for the lead after 36 holes, Wood shot a pair of 70s in the final two rounds, capped by a birdie on the 72nd, to post a 284 total. Only Fort Worth's Ben Hogan managed better than Wood in the final two rounds, but he finished five behind in a tie for third. Denny Shute shot a 287 total to finish three strokes behind Wood in second.

Wood was almost forced to miss the tournament due to a nagging back injury he aggravated two weeks earlier. After recording a 7 on his first hole of the championship, Wood considered withdrawing but was convinced to continue by playing partner Tommy Armour. With his win here, Wood became the first to win the first two majors in a season; he won the Masters two months earlier.

Tyrell Garth, a month shy of his 16th birthday, established a new tournament record for youngest competitor. He shot an 80 in the first round and withdrew during the second. His record would stand until 2006.

This was the last U.S. Open played for five years, until 1946, due to World War II.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, June 7, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Craig Wood  United States 73-71-70-70=284 +4 1,000
2 Denny Shute  United States 69-75-72-71=287 +7 800
T3 Johnny Bulla  United States 75-71-72-71=289 +9 650
Ben Hogan  United States 74-77-68-70=289
T5 Herman Barron  United States 75-71-74-71=291 +11 413
Paul Runyan  United States 73-72-71-75=291
T7 Dutch Harrison  United States 70-82-71-71=294 +14 216
Harold McSpaden  United States 71-75-74-74=294
Gene Sarazen  United States 74-73-72-75=294
T10 Ed Dudley  United States 74-74-74-73=295 +15 125
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 73-74-72-76=295
Dick Metz  United States 71-74-76-74=295


  1. ^ "Four players deadlock for Open golf lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 7, 1941. p. 12. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Craig Wood cards 284 to triumph in National Open tournament at Fort Worth". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. June 8, 1941. p. D-2. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Denny Shute's 69 paces Open field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1941. p. 18. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 

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