1947 U.S. Open (golf)

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1947 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 12–15
Location Ladue, Missouri
Course(s) St. Louis Country Club
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,532 yards (5,973 m)[1]
Field 146 players, 75 after cut
Cut 151 (+9)
Prize fund $10,000[2]
Winner's share $2,500
Champion
United States Lew Worsham
282 (–2), playoff

The 1947 U.S. Open was the 47th U.S. Open. The golf tournament was held June 12–15, 1947, at St. Louis Country Club in Ladue, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis. Lew Worsham denied Sam Snead his elusive U.S. Open title by prevailing in an 18-hole playoff. For Snead, it was his second of four career runner-up finishes at the Open.

Final round[edit]

Worsham began the final round with a stroke lead over Snead and Bobby Locke. A front-nine 33 kept him in the lead, but after three bogeys on the back he had to settle for a 71 and a 282 total. Snead overcame two early bogeys with birdies at 5, 6, and 15. After a bogey at 17, Snead needed a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Worsham and force a playoff the next day. His approach shot left him 18 feet (5.5 m) away, which he rolled in for final-round 70. Locke shot 73 to finish three strokes bsck, in a tie for third place.[3]

Playoff[edit]

In the 18-hole playoff on Sunday morning, Snead led Worsham by two strokes with just three holes remaining. Worsham birdied the par-3 16th with a 28-foot (8.5 m) putt and Snead bogeyed 17 after he missed the fairway and overshot the green from the rough. The match was all-even at the tee of the 90th hole, a par-4 of 419 yards (383 m). Both put lengthy drives in the fairway, and Snead's approach shot stopped pin-high and 15 feet (5 m) left of the hole. Worsham was long and lay 40 feet (12 m) feet past the cup on the apron of the green. His chip rolled into and bounced out of the cup, ending up 29 inches (74 cm) from the hole, which left Snead his birdie putt for the win. He left it well short and as he prepared to hole out in continuation, Worsham called for an official to determine who was further away. With a tape measure, it was determined that it remained Snead's turn, who was visibly flustered with the unnecessary interruption and delay. He missed the 30.5-inch (77 cm) putt, as it hit the side of the cup and stopped an inch away. Worsham then rolled in his par-saving putt for a 69 and the title, which averted an additional 18-hole playoff in the afternoon.[4][5][6]

In the second round, amateur James McHale tied the tournament record with a 65, and he established a new record with a 30 over nine holes. That mark would not be broken until 1995.

The total purse was $10,000 with a winner's share of $2,000 and $1,500 for the runner-up.[2] Both playoff participants received a $500 bonus.[6]

Course layout[edit]

St. Louis Country Club[1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 395 233 187 421 545 325 150 347 537 3,140 349 399 180 576 416 500 188 365 419 3,392 6,532
Par 4 3 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 35 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 71

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1947

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Lew Worsham  United States 70-70-71-71=282 –2 Playoff
Sam Snead  United States 72-70-70-70=282
T3 Bobby Locke  South Africa 68-74-70-73=285 +1 900
Ed Oliver  United States 73-70-71-71=285
5 Bud Ward (a)  United States 69-72-73-73=287 +3 0
T6 Jim Ferrier  Australia
 United States
71-70-74-74=289 +5 400
Vic Ghezzi  United States 74-73-73-69=289
Leland Gibson  United States 69-76-73-71=289
Ben Hogan  United States 70-75-70-74=289
Johnny Palmer  United States 72-70-75-72=289
Paul Runyan  United States 71-74-72-72=289
(a) denotes amateur

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 15, 1947

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Lew Worsham  United States 35-34=69 –2 2,500
2 Sam Snead  United States 34-36=70 –1 2,000
  • Prize money includes $500 playoff bonus for each.[6]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
United States Worsham E E E E E E E +1 E –1 –1 –2 –2 –2 –1 –2 –2 –2
United States Snead –1 –1 –1 –1 –2 E E –1 –1 –2 –2 –2 –3 –3 –3 –3 –2 –1

Source:[6][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liska, Jerry (June 16, 1947). "Worsham captures national open title". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Open history: 1947". USGA. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mockler, Stan (June 15, 1947). "Sammy Snead, Lew Worsham end in dead heat for golfdom's top prize". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. p. 22. 
  4. ^ McGeorge, Dick (June 16, 1947). "Worsham outsmarts Snead and wins national open". Toledo Blade. p. 34. 
  5. ^ a b "Worsham wins U.S. Open as Sam Snead misses short putt on last hole". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 16, 1947. p. 8. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Lew Worsham wins U.S. Open golf: beats Snead by one shot in playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 16, 1947. p. 14. 

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Coordinates: 38°39′N 90°23′W / 38.65°N 90.38°W / 38.65; -90.38