1922 Open Championship

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1922 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 22–23 June 1922
Location Sandwich, England
Course(s) Royal St George's Golf Club
Field 80 players[1]
Cut none
Prize fund £200
Winner's share £75
United States Walter Hagen
Sandwich is located in England
Location in England

The 1922 Open Championship was the 57th Open Championship, played 22–23 June at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Walter Hagen became the first American-born winner of the Open Championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Jim Barnes and George Duncan.[2] It was the first of Hagen's four Open Championships and the fourth of his eleven major titles.

Qualifying took place on 19–20 June. Entries played 18 holes at St. George's and 18 holes at Prince's. The top 80 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 161 and exactly 80 players qualified. Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood led the qualifiers on 147.[3]

Hagen, the winner over Barnes in the PGA Championship finals in 1921, was the 36-hole leader at 149, two strokes ahead of Duncan, Barnes, and five-time champion J.H. Taylor. In the third round, defending champion Jock Hutchison shot 73 and moved to the lead, one shot ahead of Taylor and Jean Gassiat, and two shots over Hagen and Barnes.[4] Despite a seven on the fourth hole, Hutchison carded a 36 on the front nine of the final round,[5] but a 40 on the final nine led to a 76 and a fourth-place finish. Hagen and Barnes battled for the championship, but Barnes' 73 was one off Hagen's 72, his lowest round of the championship. Duncan, the 1920 champion, shot an 81 in the third round and fell six strokes back into a tie for tenth, then rebounded with a 69 in the afternoon to climb the leaderboard and tie Barnes for second. Taylor and Gassiat shot high scores in the final round and dropped to sixth and seventh, respectively.

For the final time, two members of the Great Triumvirate finished in the top-10 at the Open Championship; Taylor, age 51, finished sixth and six-time champion Harry Vardon, age 52, tied for eighth.

First day leaderboard[edit]

Thursday, 22 June 1922

Place Player Country Score
1 Walter Hagen  United States 76-73=149
T2 Jim Barnes  United States 75-76=151
George Duncan  Scotland 76-75=151
J.H. Taylor  England 73-78=151
T5 Percy Alliss  England 75-78=153
Jean Gassiat  France 75-78=153
Jock Hutchison  United States 79-74=153
Tom Walton  England 75-78=153
T9 Charles Johns  England 78-76=154
Roger Wethered (a)  England 76-78=154

Final leaderboard[edit]


Friday, 23 June 1922

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Walter Hagen  United States 76-73-79-72=300 £75
T2 Jim Barnes  United States 75-76-77-73=301 £32 10s
George Duncan  Scotland 76-75-81-69=301
4 Jock Hutchison  United States 79-74-73-76=302 £15
5 Charles Whitcombe  England 77-79-72-75=303 £10
6 J.H. Taylor  England 73-78-76-77=304 £10
7 Jean Gassiat  France 75-78-74-79=306 £7 10s
T8 Harry Vardon  Jersey 79-79-74-75=307 £6 5s
Tom Walton  England 75-78-77-77=307
10 Percy Alliss  England 75-78-78-77=308 £5


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 117. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "British golf title won by Walter Hagen". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 24 June 1922. p. 6. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Open Golf Championship - Qualifying Scores". The Times. 21 June 1922. p. 7. 
  4. ^ "Walter Hagen captures British golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 24 June 1922. p. 8. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hagen is sure winner, belief". Milwaukee Sentinel. United Press. 23 June 1922. p. 9. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5. 

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Coordinates: 51°16′26″N 1°22′01″E / 51.274°N 1.367°E / 51.274; 1.367