1900 U.S. Open (golf)

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1900 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates October 4–5, 1900
Location Wheaton, Illinois
Course(s) Chicago Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Field 62[1]
Cut none
Prize fund $800
Winner's share $200
Champion
Jersey Harry Vardon
313
Chicago Golf Club is located in the US
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Location in the United States
Chicago Golf Club is located in Illinois
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Location in Illinois

The 1900 U.S. Open was the sixth U.S. Open, held October 4–5 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago.[2] On a tour of the United States from Britain, Harry Vardon won his only U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of his great rival, J.H. Taylor.[3][4][5]

In the U.S. to promote the Vardon Flyer Ball, Vardon made his first appearance at the U.S. Open. Taylor was also in America on business and decided to enter, creating a highly anticipated matchup between the two great British rivals. Together they formed two-thirds of the Great Triumvirate that dominated British golf at the turn of the century (the third, James Braid, never played in the U.S. Open).

On Thursday morning, Taylor opened with 76 for a two-shot lead, but an 82 in the afternoon put him one back of Vardon after 36 holes.[1] On Friday morning, Vardon's 76 opened up a four-stroke lead over Taylor, who was seven clear of the field. Despite an 80 in the afternoon for 313, Vardon prevailed by two, as Taylor shot 78 for 315. Local Chicago pro David Bell was a distant third at 322.[4][5]

Neither Vardon nor Taylor won another major outside The Open Championship, which they won a combined eleven times. Vardon did not play in the U.S. Open again until 1913, when he and Ted Ray lost a playoff to amateur Francis Ouimet. He was also runner-up in his third and final Open appearance, in 1920. Taylor played the U.S. Open only once more, also in 1913, and was thirtieth.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Willie Smith  Scotland 1899 82 83 79 83 327 T4
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 86 88 87 82 343 T14
Fred Herd  Scotland 1898 82 87 86 89 344 T16
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 86 84 90 85 345 T19

Source:[4][5]

Did not play: Joe Lloyd (1897)

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, October 4, 1900 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 J.H. Taylor  England 76
2 David Bell  Scotland 78
3 Harry Vardon  Jersey 79
4 Tom Hutchinson  Scotland 81
5 Willie Smith  Scotland 82
6 Willie Anderson  Scotland 83
T7 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 84
Val Fitzjohn  Scotland
George Low  Scotland
Robert Simpson  Scotland
Harry Turpie  Scotland

Source:[1][5]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, October 4, 1900 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 79-78=157
2 J.H. Taylor  England 76-82=158
3 David Bell  Scotland 78-83=161
T4 Alex Campbell  Scotland 86-77=163
Stewart Gardner  Scotland 85-78=163
6 George Low  Scotland 84-80=164
7 Willie Smith  Scotland 82-83=165
8 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 84-82=166
9 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 84-83=167
T10 Tom Hutchinson  Scotland 81-87=168
Robert Simpson  Scotland 84-84=168

Source:[1][5]

Third round[edit]

Friday, October 5, 1900 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 79-78-76=233
2 J.H. Taylor  England 76-82-79=237
T3 David Bell  Scotland 78-83-83=244
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-83-79=244
5 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 84-82-80=246
6 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 85-78-84=247
7 Tom Hutchinson  Scotland 81-87-81=249
T8 Willie Anderson  Scotland 83-88-79=250
George Low  Scotland 84-80-85=250
Harry Turpie  Scotland 84-87-79=250

Source:[4][5]

Final round[edit]

Friday, October 5, 1900 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Harry Vardon  Jersey 79-78-76-80=313 200
2 J.H. Taylor  England 76-82-79-78=315 150
3 David Bell  Scotland 78-83-83-78=322 125
T4 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 84-82-80-81=327 90
Willie Smith  Scotland 82-83-79-83=327
6 George Low  Scotland 84-80-85-82=331 70
7 Tom Hutchinson  Scotland 81-87-81-84=333 50
8 Harry Turpie  Scotland 84-87-79-84=334 25
9 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 85-78-84-89=336 0
10 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 84-83-89-82=338

Source:[4][5]

Amateurs: Macdonald (355), Johnstone (356), Holabird (361), Stuart (362), Egan (379).

Winner's scorecards[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  In  Total
Round 1 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 40 4 4 4 6 5 4 4 4 4 39 79
Round 2 4 5 4 5 4 5 4 4 3 38 3 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 40 78
Round 3 5 3 5 5 4 6 4 4 3 39 3 3 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 37 76
Round 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 3 4 40 3 4 5 5 4 5 4 5 5 40 80

Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Englishmen lead at golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 5, 1900. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Win medals on Wheaton links". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 4, 1900. p. 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Vardon golf champion". New York Times. October 6, 1900. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Harry Vardon golf champion". Chicago Daily Tribune. October 6, 1900. p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g 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. 203. Retrieved June 25, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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