1897 U.S. Open (golf)

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1897 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates September 17, 1897
Location Wheaton, Illinois
Course(s) Chicago Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 36 holes
Field 35
Prize fund $335
Winner's share $150
England Joe Lloyd
Chicago Golf Club is located in the US
Chicago Golf Club
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Chicago Golf Club is located in Illinois
Chicago Golf Club
Golf Club
Location in Illinois

The 1897 U.S. Open was the third U.S. Open, held September 17 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago.[1] Joe Lloyd won his only major title by one stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson.[2][3]

Following the first round on Friday morning, Anderson began the final round in the afternoon four clear of Lloyd, who shot a 79 over the last 18 holes to Anderson's 84 to finish a stroke ahead. Lloyd's win was capped by a three at the 461-yard (422 m) finishing hole. Anderson needed a four at the last to tie Lloyd; he reached the green in three, but his putt came up 6 feet (1.8 m) short.[2] Anderson waited four more years for first of his record four U.S. Open titles in five years.

This was the last year that the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur championships were played simultaneously on the same course. It was the last time the U.S. Open was only 36 holes total, doubling to 72 holes in 1898.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total Finish
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 80 88 166 T3
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 91 82 173 T8


Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Friday, September 17, 1897 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79
2 James Foulis  Scotland 80
3 Willie Hoare  England 82
T4 Joe Lloyd  England 83
Buff Wilson  Scotland
6 Harry Turpie  Scotland 85
T7 David Foulis  Scotland 86
Jim Tyng (a)  United States
T9 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 87
William Marshall
Bernard Nicholls  England
Samuel Tucker  England
H. J. Whigham (a)  Scotland


(a) denotes amateur

Final round[edit]

Friday, September 17, 1897 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Joe Lloyd  England 83-79=162 150
2 Willie Anderson  Scotland 79-84=163 100
T3 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 87-81=168 38
James Foulis  Scotland 80-88=168
5 Willie Hoare  England 82-87=169 10
T6 Bernard Nicholls  England 87-85=172 0
Alfred Ricketts  England 91-81=172
T8 David Foulis  Scotland 86-87=173
Horace Rawlins  England 91-82=173
H. J. Whigham (a)  Scotland 87-86=173


Amateurs: Whigham (173), Macdonald (174), Tyng (177), Douglas (180),
                 Stewart (181), Emmet (188), Smith (189), Keene (192),
                 Reid (194), Sweny (194), Bowers (199).


  1. ^ "Betts and Whigham". September 17, 1897. p. 5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Foulis is beaten". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 18, 1897. p. 4. 
  3. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°50′56″N 88°06′54″W / 41.849°N 88.115°W / 41.849; -88.115