1908 U.S. Open (golf)

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1908 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 27–29, 1908
Location South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Myopia Hunt Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Field 84, 48 after cut
Cut 183
Winner's share $300
Scotland Fred McLeod
Myopia   Hunt Club is located in the US
Myopia   Hunt Club
Hunt Club
Location in the United States

The 1908 U.S. Open was the 14th U.S. Open, held August 27–29 at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston. Fred McLeod defeated 1899 champion Willie Smith in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title.

High winds on Thursday caused scores in the first two rounds to soar, with only two players managing to break 80. Willie Smith carded rounds of 77-82 for a three-stroke lead over Myopia club pro John Jones, with brother Alec Smith four back and Fred McLeod five behind.

On Friday, Smith struggled to an 85 in the third round in the morning but still held the lead by one over McLeod and two over Alex. In the final round that afternoon, McLeod tied for lowest score of the tournament by carding a 77, while Smith managed a 78 to force a playoff.

In the playoff on Saturday, McLeod and Smith were even through 13 holes, but McLeod took the lead at the 14th after Smith missed a par putt. McLeod dominated the rest of the way, going 1-under on the last five holes to shoot a 77 to Smith's 83. McLeod only broke 80 in one round of the tournament, while Smith and Gilbert Nicholls were the only players to shoot in the 70s twice. The winning score of 322 was the third-highest in U.S. Open history.

Final leaderboard[edit]

Friday, August 28, 1908

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
T1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 82-82-81-77=322 Playoff
Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-85-78=322
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 80-83-83-81=327 100
4 Willie Anderson  Scotland 85-86-80-79=330 80
5 John Jones  England 81-81-87-82=331 70
T6 Jack Hobens  Scotland 86-81-85-81=333 45
Peter Robertson  Scotland 89-84-77-83=333
T8 Percy Barrett  England 94-80-86-78=338 28
Jock Hutchison  Scotland 82-84-87-85=338
T10 Richard Kimball  United States 84-86-83-86=339 0
Tom McNamara  United States 85-82-86-86=339


Saturday, August 29, 1908

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Fred McLeod  Scotland 77 300
2 Willie Smith  Scotland 83 150

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Coordinates: 42°36′32″N 70°51′32″W / 42.609°N 70.859°W / 42.609; -70.859