1903 U.S. Open (golf)

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1903 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 26–29, 1903
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Old Course (no longer exists)
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Length 6,003 yards (5,489 m)
Field 85
Cut none
Winner's share $200
Scotland Willie Anderson
Baltusrol GC is located in the US
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States

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 his second U.S. Open title 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 and Brown both posted a 307 total, eight-strokes clear of the field. The playoff, moved to Monday because Sunday was reserved for member play, was played in a heavy rainstorm. Anderson took a two-stroke lead at the turn, but Brown managed to tie after 14. Brown made a 7 on the 15th after his tee shot went out of bounds, but Anderson was only able to gain a single stroke after three-putting for a 6. At 16 Brown made a 6 to Anderson's 5, and Anderson finished with 4s on the last two holes for an 82, two-shots ahead of Brown.

Anderson became the first golfer to win the U.S. Open twice. This win was the first in a run of three consecutive Open titles, a feat unmatched before or since in tournament history. Anderson's four U.S. Open titles remains tied for the tournament record.

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.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, June 27, 1903

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
T1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 73-76-76-82=307 Playoff
David Brown  Scotland 79-77-75-76=307
3 Stewart Gardner  Scotland 77-77-82-79=315 125
4 Alex Smith  Scotland 77-77-81-81=316 100
5 Donald Ross  Scotland 79-79-78-82=318 80
6 Jack Campbell  Scotland 76-83-83-77=319 70
7 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 75-79-84-83=321 50
8 Findlay Douglas (a)  Scotland 77-79-82-84=322 0
T9 Jack Hobens  Scotland 76-81-82-84=323 33
Alex Ross  Scotland 83-82-78-80=323
Willie Smith  Scotland 80-81-83-79=323
(a) denotes amateur


Monday, June 29, 1903

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 82 200
2 David Brown  Scotland 84 150

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Coordinates: 40°42′18″N 74°19′41″W / 40.705°N 74.328°W / 40.705; -74.328