1924 Open Championship

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1924 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 26–27 June 1924
Location Hoylake, England
Course(s) Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Field 86 players[1]
Cut none
Prize fund £200
Winner's share £75
United States Walter Hagen

The 1924 Open Championship was the 59th Open Championship, held 26–27 June at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Walter Hagen won the second of his four Open Championships, one stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe.[2][3] It was the fifth of Hagen's eleven major championships. Two years earlier in 1922, he became the Open's first winner born in the United States.

Qualifying took place on 23–24 June. Entries played 18 holes at Royal Liverpool and 18 holes at Formby. The top 80 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 158 and 86 players qualified. J.H. Taylor led the qualifiers on 142. Walter Hagen Took 83 on the first day at Hoylake and was in some danger of not qualifying but after a 73 at Formby he made it safely through.[4]

Cyril Tolley, the 1920 British Amateur champion, took the first round lead with a 73, but his 82 in the second round dropped him out of contention. Meanwhile, Whitcombe carded a 70 after a first round 77 to take a two-stroke lead over five-time champion John Henry Taylor. Hagen and Macdonald Smith were in third place, three behind.[5] Hagen closed the deficit in the third round with a 74 to Whitcombe's 77, while George Duncan, Frank Ball, and Smith were three back.[6] In the final round, Duncan finished at 308 while Ball and Smith both finished on 304, which left Hagen and Whitcombe to battle for the title.[2] Whitcombe shot 43 on the front-nine but responded with a 35 on the back to post 302. Hagen also shot 43 on the front but played his trademark brand of golf on the back. He sliced his second shot on the 12th and found a bunker on the 13th, but both times recovered with a pitch and a putt. Hagen needed a 6-footer on the final hole to win and sank the downhill putt to post 301 for a one stroke victory. (Had the putt not dropped, a 36-hole playoff was in order for Saturday.)[3]

Smith was three strokes back in a tie for third place, one of twelve times he finished in the top-5 of a major championship without a victory. Taylor finished in fifth at the age of 53, thirty years after his first Open title. Gene Sarazen, age 22, played in his first British Open this year and placed 41st. He won the championship in 1932 and played in the Open until 1976.

Final leaderboard[edit]


Friday, 27 June 1924

Place Player Country Score Money
1 Walter Hagen  United States 77-73-74-77=301 £75
2 Ernest Whitcombe  England 77-70-77-78=302 £40
T3 Frank Ball  England 78-75-74-77=304 £20
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
5 John Henry Taylor  England 75-74-79-79=307 £10
T6 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 75-78-76-79=308 £8 6s 8d
George Duncan  Scotland 74-79-74-81=308
Len Holland  England 74-78-78-78=308
T9 Jim Barnes  England 78-77-79-75=309 £2 10s
George Gadd  England 79-75-78-77=309
James Sherlock  England 76-75-78-80=309
Percy Weston  United Kingdom 76-77-77-79=309


  1. ^ "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 113. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Prew, Robert J. (28 June 1924). "Hagen scores 301 to win British Open golf title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 9. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Hagen wins British title by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 28 June 1924. p. 6. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Open Golf Championship - Qualifying Scores". The Times. 25 June 1924. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Whitcombe leads in British Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 27 June 1924. p. 11. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Walter Hagen ties for lead". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. 27 June 1924. p. 40. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  7. ^ 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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