1896 U.S. Open (golf)

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1896 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJuly 18, 1896
LocationSouthampton, New York
Course(s)Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play − 36 holes
Length4,423 yards (4,044 m)
Prize fund$330
Winner's share$150
Scotland James Foulis
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The 1896 U.S. Open was the second U.S. Open, held July 18 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. James Foulis won his only major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Horace Rawlins, the defending champion.[1][2] Like the first Open, it was a sideshow to the U.S. Amateur. However, there were 35 entrants and 28 finished the 36 holes.

Before play began, several players signed a petition stating that they would not play if John Shippen, an African-American, and Oscar Bunn, a Native American, were allowed to play. The petition was denied, however, and the players relented. Shippen, a caddie at Shinnecock Hills, shot an opening round of 78, which placed him just two back of leader Joe Lloyd. He was in a position to win the championship until an eleven on the 13th hole of the final round, and finished tied for sixth.

Foulis, the third-place finisher in the inaugural U.S. Open the year before, recorded rounds of 78-74 to prevail by three over Rawlins. Foulis' 74 set a record that was not broken until 1903, after the rubber-core ball had come into use.

At 4,423 yards (4,044 m), Shinnecock Hills played as the shortest course in U.S. Open history. Its next U.S. Open was 90 years later, in 1986. By then, the course had been lengthened to 6,912 yards (6,320 m).[3]

Past champion in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total Finish
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 79 76 155 2


First round[edit]

Saturday, July 18, 1896 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
T1 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 78
James Foulis  Scotland
Joe Lloyd  England
John Shippen  United States
Andrew Smith (a)  Canada
Willie Tucker  England
T7 George Douglas  Scotland 79
Horace Rawlins  England
9 Alfred Ricketts  England 80
T10 Tom Gourlay  Scotland 82
Buff Wilson  Scotland


Final round[edit]

Saturday, July 18, 1896 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 James Foulis  Scotland 78-74=152 150
2 Horace Rawlins  England 79-76=155 100
T3 George Douglas  Scotland 79-79=158 50
Andrew Smith (a)  Canada 78-80=158 0
T5 John Shippen  United States 78-81=159 25
H. J. Whigham (a)  Scotland 82-77=159 0
T7 Joe Lloyd  England 78-82=160 5
Willie Tucker  England 78-82=160 5
9 Buff Wilson  Scotland 82-80=162 0
10 Alfred Ricketts  England 80-83=163


Amateurs: Smith (158), Whigham (159), Macdonald (83, WD).


  1. ^ a b c d "In a double victory". Chicago Sunday Tribune. July 19, 1896. p. 9.
  2. ^ a b c d 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". pp. 200–1. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "U.S. Open: the record rounds". Palm Beach Post. June 16, 1986. p. 4C.

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