1912 U.S. Open (golf)

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1912 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 1–2, 1912
Location Amherst, New York
Course(s) Country Club of Buffalo
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 74
Length 6,326 yards (5,784 m)[1]
Field 120, 78 after cut
Cut 166 (+18)
Winner's share $300
Champion
United States John McDermott
294 (−2)
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The 1912 U.S. Open was the 18th U.S. Open, held August 1–2 at the Country Club of Buffalo in Amherst, New York, a suburb east of Buffalo. (The course is now Grover Cleveland Golf Course, owned by Erie County. The Country Club of Buffalo relocated several miles east in 1926 to Williamsville (42°58′19″N 78°43′37″W / 42.972°N 78.727°W / 42.972; -78.727).) Twenty-year-old John McDermott successfully defended his U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara.[2]

At the end of the second round on Thursday, Mike Brady, Percy Barrett, and Alex Smith were tied for the lead, with defending champion McDermott two back.[3]

In the third round on Friday morning, played in rainy conditions with thunderstorms threatening to disrupt play, McDermott managed to card a 74 despite hitting two drives out of bounds. He still trailed Brady by three going into the final round in the afternoon, but Brady struggled on his way to a 79 and 299 total. McNamara, seven back at the start of the round, fired a course-record 69 to post 296; his 142 over the last two rounds was a new tournament record, but not enough to catch McDermott. Despite a bogey on the last hole, McDermott carded a 71 for a 294 total, two shots ahead of McNamara.[2]

McDermott, age 20, was already a two-time U.S. Open champion, but by 1914 his golf career was over. After a series of personal setbacks, he began suffering from mental illness and spent most of the rest of his life in a mental institution.

Jim Barnes, a future champion in 1921, tied for 18th in his first U.S. Open. Horace Rawlins, the winner of the inaugural Open in 1895, made his final appearance and missed the cut.

The par-6 tenth hole measured 606 yards (554 m), the longest hole in U.S. Open history up to that point and the only time a hole was given a par more than five.

Course[edit]

(present-day Grover Cleveland Golf Course)

Hole Yards Par    Hole Yards Par
1 345 4 10 606 6
2 315 4 11 400 4
3 406 4 12 340 4
4 380 4 13 210 3
5 455 5 14 170 3
6 300 4 15 516 5
7 125 3 16 155 3
8 430 5 17 540 5
9 300 4 18 333 4
Out 3,056 37 In 3,270 37
Source:[1] Total 6,326 74

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
John McDermott  United States 1911 74 75 74 71 294 −2 1
Alex Smith  Scotland 1906, 1910 77 70 77 75 299 +3 T3
George Sargent  England 1909 72 78 76 77 303 +7 6
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 79 77 75 77 308 +12 T13
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 82 85 CUT
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 88 85 CUT

Source:[3][4]

Did not play: Laurie Auchterlonie (1902), Harry Vardon (1900), Willie Smith (1899).

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 1, 1912 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Mike Brady  United States 72 −2
Dan Kenny  Canada
George Sargent  England
T4 Frank Peebles  Scotland 73 −1
Walter Travis (a)  United States
T6 Grange Alves  Scotland 74 E
Percy Barrett  England
 Canada
Alex Campbell  Scotland
Jack Campbell  Scotland
Jack Croke  United States
John McDermott  United States
Tom McNamara  United States
David Ogilvie  Scotland

Source:[3]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, August 1, 1912 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Percy Barrett  England
 Canada
74-73=147 −1
Mike Brady  United States 72-75=147
Alex Smith  Scotland 77-70=147
T4 Jack Campbell  Scotland 74-75=149 +1
John McDermott  United States 74-75=149
Frank Peebles  Scotland 73-76=149
T7 Jim Barnes  England 77-73=150 +2
George Sargent  England 72-78=150
T10 Tom Anderson, Jr.  Scotland 75-76=151 +3
Alex Campbell  Scotland 74-77=151

Source:[3]

Third round[edit]

Friday, August 2, 1912 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Brady  United States 72-75-73=220 −2
2 John McDermott  United States 74-75-74=223 +1
3 Alex Smith  Scotland 77-70-77=224 +2
4 George Sargent  England 72-78-76=226 +4
5 Tom McNamara  United States 74-80-73=227 +5
6 Otto Hackbarth  United States 77-77-75=229 +7
T7 Charlie Murray  Canada 75-78-77=230 +8
Walter Travis (a)  United States 73-79-78=230
T9 Alex Campbell  Scotland 74-77-80=231 +9
Jack Dowling  United States 76-79-76=231

Source:[2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, August 2, 1912 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 John McDermott  United States 74-75-74-71=294 −2 300
2 Tom McNamara  United States 74-80-73-69=296 E 150
T3 Mike Brady  United States 72-75-73-79=299 +3 90
Alex Smith  Scotland 77-70-77-75=299
5 Alex Campbell  Scotland 74-77-80-71=302 +6 70
6 George Sargent  England 72-78-76-77=303 +7 60
T7 Jack Dowling  United States 76-79-76-74=305 +9 45
Otto Hackbarth  United States 77-77-75-76=305
9 Charlie Murray  Canada 75-78-77-76=306 +10 40
T10 Tom Anderson, Jr.  Scotland 75-76-81-75=307 +11 25
Frank Peebles  Scotland 73-76-83-75=307
Walter Travis (a)  United States 73-79-78-77=307 0

Source:[2]

Amateurs: Travis (+11), J. Anderson (+14), Gardner (+23), Lee (+29).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Start Open golf play today". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 1, 1912. p. 14. 
  2. ^ a b c d "M'Dermott tops Open golf field". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 3, 1912. p. 10. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Three tie in golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 2, 1912. p. 12. 
  4. ^ 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". pp. 215–6. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°57′29″N 78°48′40″W / 42.958°N 78.811°W / 42.958; -78.811