1903 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 26–29, 1903|
|Location||Springfield, New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Baltusrol Golf Club|
Old Course (no longer exists)
|Format||Stroke play − 72 holes|
|Length||6,003 yards (5,489 m)|
The 1903 U.S. Open was the ninth U.S. Open, held June 26–29 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Willie Anderson won the second of his four U.S. Open titles in a playoff over David Brown. The championship was played on the original course at Baltusrol, now known as the Old Course, which no longer exists.
Anderson led after each of the first three rounds, with a six-shot lead after 54 holes, but carded 82 in the final round on Saturday afternoon. Brown's 76 equaled them at 307 total, eight strokes clear of the field. The playoff was moved to Monday because Sunday was reserved for member play, and was played in a heavy rainstorm. Anderson took a two-stroke lead at the turn, but Brown managed to tie after 14. At the next hole, Brown made a seven after his tee shot went out of bounds, but Anderson only gained a single stroke after three-putting for a six. At 16, Brown made a six to Anderson's five, and both made fours on the last two holes; Anderson ended at 82, two shots ahead.
Anderson had won in 1901 and was the first to win the U.S. Open twice; it was the first of three consecutive titles, a feat yet to be repeated. His four U.S. Open wins set a record which has been equaled by three others: Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.
Donald Ross, who would become known as one of the greatest golf course architects, designing several courses that hosted future U.S. Opens, had his best U.S. Open finish with a 5th place showing. Baseball Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward played in his first of two U.S. Opens here, finishing in 56th place.
The Old Course at Baltusrol hosted the U.S. Open again a dozen years later in 1915, then was plowed under three years later in 1918 by course architect A. W. Tillinghast to create the Upper and Lower Courses.
Past champions in the field
Friday, June 26, 1903 (morning)
|Jack Hobens||United States|
|T5||Findlay Douglas (a)||Scotland||77|
|T8||George Tuttle Brokaw (a)||United States||78|
Friday, June 26, 1903 (afternoon)
|Findlay Douglas (a)||Scotland||77-79=156|
|7||Jack Hobens||United States||76-81=157|
Saturday, June 27, 1903 (morning)
|Findlay Douglas (a)||Scotland||77-79-82=238|
|9||Jack Hobens||United States||76-81-82=239|
|10||Isaac Mackie||United States||83-80-78=241|
Saturday, June 27, 1903 (afternoon)
|8||Findlay Douglas (a)||Scotland||77-79-82-84=322||0|
|T9||Jack Hobens||United States||76-81-82-84=323||33|
Monday, June 29, 1903
- "Championship for Anderson". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 30, 1903. 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. 205-6. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
- "Ready for the championship". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 26, 1903. p. 8.
- "Play in golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 27, 1903. p. 6.
- "Two champions are tied". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 28, 1903. p. 12.