1899 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||September 14–15, 1899|
|Course(s)||Baltimore Country Club|
|Format||Stroke play − 72 holes|
The 1899 U.S. Open was the fifth U.S. Open, held September 14–15 at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland. Willie Smith won his only major title, a record eleven strokes ahead of three runners-up.
On Thursday, Smith and future four-time champion Willie Anderson co-led with 77 in the morning and Anderson took the lead in the afternoon at 158, with Smith a stroke back. In the third round on Friday morning, Anderson's 85 allowed Smith to take a four-stroke lead over Alex Campbell, and his 77 in the afternoon distanced him from the field; Campbell ballooned to 94 and fell to twelfth.
Playing out of Midlothian Country Club in Chicago, Smith was the only player to record three sub-80 rounds, and did not score higher than a seven on any hole in the championship. Val Fitzjohn, George Low, and Bert Way tied for second, eleven strokes behind. Smith's margin of victory was the largest in the U.S. Open for 101 years, until Tiger Woods won by fifteen shots in 2000. Smith's brother Alex, a future two-time champion, finished seventh.
Smith won a gold medal and was given custody of the Championship Cup for a year.
Past champions in the field
Thursday, September 14, 1899 (morning)
Thursday, September 14, 1899 (afternoon)
Friday, September 15, 1899 (morning)
Friday, September 15, 1899 (afternoon)
- "Open tourney on today". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 14, 1899. p. 7.
- Murphy, James Shields (September 16, 1899). "Smith is the champion". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 6.
- "New Golf Champion of the United States". The San Francisco Call. September 16, 1899. p. 9. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Murphy, James Shields (September 15, 1899). "Anderson in the lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 8.
- 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". p. 202. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
- "The Golf Championship". North Adams Transcript. Massachusetts. 16 September 1899.