1919 U.S. Open (golf)

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1919 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 9–12, 1919
Location West Newton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Brae Burn Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,435 yards (5,884 m)[1]
Field 131, 66 after cut
Cut 170 (+28)
Prize fund $1,300[2]
Winner's share $475
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
301 (+17)
Brae Burn CC is located in the US
Brae Burn CC
Brae Burn CC
Location in the United States
Brae Burn CC  is located in Massachusetts
Brae Burn CC 
Brae Burn CC 
Location in Massachusetts

The 1919 U.S. Open was the 23rd U.S. Open, held June 9–12 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb west of Boston. In the first U.S. Open since 1916, Walter Hagen defeated Mike Brady by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final U.S. Open.[3][4][5] It was the second of Hagen's eleven major titles. The championship was not held in 1917 and 1918 due to the First World War.

Charles Hoffner, age 22, opened the tournament with a 72 to take the first round lead,[6] but he fell off the pace with a 78 in the second round. Mike Brady carded consecutive rounds of 74 to take the 36-hole lead by two over Hoffner, with Walter Hagen in a group three back.[7] Brady shot 73 in the third round and opened up a commanding five-shot lead over Hagen. In the final round, he stumbled to an 80 for 301 total, allowing Hagen back into the championship. Hagen had a 10-footer (3 m) to win at the 18th, but his putt lipped out.[8]

In the playoff the next day, Hagen carried a two-stroke lead to the 17th but then bogeyed to see his lead cut to one. But both players made par on the 18th, giving Hagen the title. Hagen's victory in the playoff came after he partied with entertainer Al Jolson all night before showing up to play.

This was the first U.S. Open to be played over three days, with the first and second rounds played on the first two days and the third and final rounds played on the last day (Wednesday). It reverted to the two-day schedule the following year; the three-day schedule returned in 1926 and the four-day schedule began in 1965.

Willie Chisholm set an unfortunate tournament record in the first round at the par-3 8th hole. His approach shot landed in a rocky ravine and he took several shots to get out. He eventually settled for an 18 on the hole, a dubious record that would stand until a 19 was recorded in 1938.

Defending champion Chick Evans finished twelve strokes back in tenth place and was the low amateur.[8]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Walter Hagen  United States 1914 78 73 75 75 301 +17 1
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 78 77 79 78 312 +28 T8
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 77 76 82 78 313 +29 10
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 77 78 77 86 318 +34 17
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 1913 76 79 79 85 319 +35 T18
George Sargent  England 1909 84 79 82 78 323 +39 T29

Source:[8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Monday, June 9, 1919

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Charles Hoffner  United States 72 +1
T2 George Bowden  United States 73 +2
Louis Tellier  France
4 Mike Brady  United States 74 +3
5 Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 76 +5
T6 Jim Barnes  England 77 +6
Chick Evans (a)  United States
Otto Hackbarth  United States
Tom Mulgrew  United States
Alec Ross  Scotland

Source:[6]

Second round[edit]

Tuesday, June 10, 1919

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Brady  United States 74-74=148 +6
2 Charles Hoffner  United States 72-78=150 +8
T3 George Bowden  United States 73-78=151 +9
Walter Hagen  United States 78-73=151
Louis Tellier  France 73-78=151
T6 John Cowan  Scotland 79-74=153 +11
Chick Evans (a)  United States 77-76=153
Tom McNamara  United States 80-73=153
9 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 78-76=154 +12
T10 Jim Barnes  England 77-78=155 +13
Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-77=155
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 76-79=155
Alec Ross  Scotland 77-78=155

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Wednesday, June 11, 1919   (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Mike Brady  United States 74-74-73=221 +8
2 Walter Hagen  United States 78-73-75=226 +13
3 George Bowden  United States 73-78-76=227 +14
4 John Cowan  Scotland 79-74-75=228 +15
5 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 78-76-76=230 +17
T6 George McLean  United States 81-75-76=232 +19
Tom McNamara  United States 80-73-79=232
8 Louis Tellier  France 73-78-82=233 +20
T9 Jim Barnes  England 77-78-79=234 +21
Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-77-79=234

Source:[8]

Final round[edit]

Wednesday, June 11, 1919   (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Walter Hagen  United States 78-73-75-75=301 +17 Playoff
Mike Brady  United States 74-74-73-80=301
T3 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 78-76-76-76=306 +22 118
Tom McNamara  United States 80-73-79-74=306
T5 George McLean  United States 81-75-76-76=308 +24 66
Louis Tellier  France 73-78-82-75=308
7 John Cowan  Scotland 79-74-75-81=309 +25 52
8 Fred McLeod  Scotland 78-77-79-78=312 +28 42
T9 George Bowden  United States 73-78-76-86=313 +29 33
Chick Evans (a)  United States 77-76-82-78=313 0

Source:[8][9]

(a) denotes amateur

Playoff[edit]

Thursday, June 12, 1919

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Walter Hagen  United States 77 +6 475
2 Mike Brady  United States 78 +7 237

Source:[4][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Evans opposes best golf pros for Open title". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 9, 1919. p. 23. 
  2. ^ "Hagen wins $475 by golf tourney". Milwaukee Journal. June 13, 1919. p. 8-part 2. 
  3. ^ Fowler, A. Lynde (June 13, 1919). "Hagen defeats Brady in playoff for national title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  4. ^ a b "Hagen national golf champ for second time". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 13, 1919. p. 14. 
  5. ^ Rice, Grantland (June 13, 1919). "Hagen wins the national golf title". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8-part 2. 
  6. ^ a b Fowler, Lynde (June 10, 1919). "Evans' 77 score 5 below leader in Open tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  7. ^ a b Fowler, A. Lynde (June 11, 1919). "Brady leads in 'Open' with 148; Chick tie at 6th". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Fowler, A. Lynde (June 12, 1919). "Mike Brady and Hagen tie for Open golf championship". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 16. 
  9. ^ a b "Hagen wins $475 by golf victory". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 13, 1919. p. 17. 

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Coordinates: 42°20′17″N 71°13′59″W / 42.338°N 71.233°W / 42.338; -71.233