1941 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 5–7, 1941|
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Course(s)||Colonial Country Club|
|Length||7,005 yards (6,405 m)|
|Field||163 players, 67 after cut|
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. 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.
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|
- "Four players deadlock for Open golf lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 7, 1941. p. 12. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- "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.
- "Denny Shute's 69 paces Open field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1941. p. 18. Retrieved April 5, 2013.