1899 U.S. Open (golf)

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1899 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates September 14–15, 1899
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Course(s) Baltimore Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Field 72
Prize fund $800
Winner's share $150
Scotland Willie Smith
Baltimore CC is located in the US
Baltimore CC
Baltimore CC
Location in the United States

The 1899 U.S. Open was the fifth U.S. Open. The golf tournament was held September 14–15, 1899, at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland. Willie Smith of the Midlothian Country Club, Chicago, recorded a record 11 stroke victory for his first U.S. Open title.[1]

Willie Smith dominated the championship, shooting rounds of 77-82-79-77, the only player to record three sub-80 rounds. He did not score worse than a 7 on any hole in the championship. Val Fitzjohn, George Low, and Bert Way finished tied for second, 11 strokes behind.[1] Smith's margin of victory was the largest in the U.S. Open until Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 shots. Smith's brother Alex, a future two-time U.S. Open champion, finished in 7th place.

Smith won a gold medal and was given custody of the Championship Cup for a year.[2]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, September 15, 1899

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-79-77=315 150
T2 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 85-80-79-82=326 125
George Low  Scotland 82-79-89-76=326
Bert Way  England 80-85-80-81=326
5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 77-81-85-84=327 80
6 Jack Park  Scotland 88-80-75-85=328 70
7 Alex Smith  Scotland 82-81-82-85=330 50
8 Henry Gullane  Scotland 81-86-80-84=331 25
T9 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 86-87-82-78=333 0
Peter Walker  Scotland 84-86-77-86=333


  1. ^ a b "New Golf Champion of the United States". The San Francisco Call. September 16, 1899. p. 9. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Golf Championship". North Adams Transcript. Massachusetts. 16 September 1899. 

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Coordinates: 39°26′28″N 76°39′50″W / 39.441°N 76.664°W / 39.441; -76.664