1923 U.S. Open (golf)

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1923 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates July 13–15, 1923
Location Inwood, New York
Course(s) Inwood Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,632 yards (6,064 m)[1]
Field 77[1]
Cut none
Winner's share ($500)
Champion
United States Bobby Jones (a)
296 (+8)
Inwood CC is located in the US
Inwood CC
Inwood CC
Location in the United States
Inwood CC is located in New York
Inwood CC
Inwood CC
Location in New York

The 1923 U.S. Open was the 27th U.S. Open, held July 13–15 at Inwood Country Club in Inwood, New York, a suburb east of New York City on Long Island. Amateur golf legend Bobby Jones, age 21, captured his first career major championship, defeating Bobby Cruickshank by two strokes in an 18-hole Sunday playoff.

Qualifying directly preceded the tournament proper,[2] which was held on Friday and Saturday, 36 holes per day, with no cut.

Jones held a three-stroke lead through 54 holes, but struggled throughout the final round on Saturday afternoon. He bogeyed the first, hit his tee shot out of bounds at the par-3 seventh for a double bogey, hit his second shot on 16 into the parking lot, and then added another bogey at 17. Still with the lead heading to the 18th, Jones made a double-bogey 6 for a round of 76 (+4) and 296 (+8) total. Cruickshank, playing behind Jones, made double bogey at 16 and had to birdie the last to tie Jones; he hit his approach shot to 5 feet (1.5 m) to and made the putt.[3][4]

During the 18-hole playoff on Sunday, Jones and Cruickshank only halved three of the first 17 holes, but they were all square heading to the 18th. After both players drove into the rough, Cruickshank elected to lay up short of the green, but Jones went for it and hit a 2-iron to 8 feet (2.4 m). After Cruickshank put his third shot into a bunker and fourth to 15 feet (4.6 m), Jones two-putted for the championship.[5][6]

This was the first of Jones' four U.S. Open titles, a record shared with three others: Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus. It was also the first of four playoffs Jones was involved in, winning twice.

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Inwood Country Club
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 343 371 522 530 519 177 223 418 360 3,463 295 421 103 420 497 173 425 405 425 3,169 6,632
Par 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 4 4 37 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 35 72

Source:[1][4]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jim Barnes  England 1921 78 81 74 75 308 +20 T12
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 79 80 76 74 309 +21 T14
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 79 78 73 80 310 +22 T16
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 77 75 73 80 311 +23 T18
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 1913 82 75 78 82 317 +29 T29
George Sargent  England 1909 77 77 81 82 317 +29 T29

Source:[4]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 14, 1923

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 71-73-76-76=296 +8 0
Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 73-72-78-73=296 500
3 Jock Hutchison  United States 70-72-82-78=302 +14 300
4 Jack Forrester  Scotland 75-73-77-78=303 +15 200
T5 Johnny Farrell  United States 76-77-75-76=304 +16 125
Francis Gallett  Scotland 76-72-77-79=304
William Reekie (a)  United States 80-74-75-75=304 0
T8 Leo Diegel  United States 77-77-76-76=306 +18 82
Bill Mehlhorn  United States 73-79-75-79=306
Al Watrous  United States 74-75-76-81=306

Source:[4]

(a) denotes amateur

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4
United States Jones +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +6 +6 +6 +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +5 +6 +8
Scotland Cruickshank +8 +8 +8 +8 +8 +7 +7 +6 +6 +5 +5 +5 +6 +6 +7 +9 +9 +8

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, July 15, 1923

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 76 +4 0
2 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 78 +6 500

Source:[5]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole 1  2  3 4 5 6 7 8  9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 4
United States Jones E E E –1 –1 E E E E +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 +3 +3 +4 +4
Scotland Cruickshank +1 E –1 –1 –2 –2 –1 –1 E +2 +3 +3 +3 +2 +3 +4 +4 +6

Source:[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jock Hutchinson's 142 sets record to top Inwood field". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. July 14, 1923. p. 8. 
  2. ^ "Guilford falls, star pros waver in National Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. July 13, 1923. p. 13. 
  3. ^ "Cruickshank ties Jones at Inwood". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 15, 1923. p. 4-part 2. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Fullerton, Hugh (July 15, 1923). "Cruickshank and Jones tie for golf title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b "Robert Jones won title in play-off". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. July 16, 1923. p. 13. 
  6. ^ a b Fullerton, Hugh (July 16, 1923). "Bobby Jones wins golf title on last hole". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Details of the play". Chicago Daily Tribune. July 16, 1923. p. 13. 

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Coordinates: 40°37′19″N 73°45′22″W / 40.622°N 73.756°W / 40.622; -73.756