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
Statistics
Length 6,750 yards (6,172 m)[1]
Field 86 players[2]
Cut none
Prize fund £200
Winner's share £75
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
301
Hoylake is located in England
Hoylake
Hoylake
Location in England
Hoylake is located in Merseyside
Hoylake
Hoylake
Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, Merseyside, west of Liverpool, England

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.[3][4][5][6] 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, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at Royal Liverpool and 18 holes at Formby,[7][8] and the top 80 and ties qualified. J.H. Taylor led the field on 142; Hagen took 83 on the first day at Hoylake and was in some danger of not qualifying,[9][10] but after a 73 at Formby for 156 he made it safely through. The qualifying score was 158 and 86 players advanced.[11][12][13] Six-time champion Harry Vardon had 159 and missed by one stroke.[11][12] Wednesday was an idle day.[14][15]

In the opening round on Thursday morning, Cyril Tolley, the 1920 British Amateur champion, took the lead with 73, but his 82 in the second round dropped him out of contention. After opening with 77, Whitcombe carded a 70 for 147 for a two-stroke lead over five-time champion J.H. Taylor; Hagen and Macdonald Smith were a stroke back in third place.[16][17][18] In the two-day format, there was not a cut after 36 holes.

In the third round on Friday morning, Hagen had 74 and Whitcombe 77, and they shared the 54-hole lead at 224. Three strokes back in a tie for third were George Duncan, Frank Ball, and Smith.[19] In the afternoon, Duncan had 81 for 308 while Ball and Smith both finished on 304, which left Hagen and Whitcombe to battle for the title.[5] 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 his approach shot found a bunker on the 13th, but both times recovered with a pitch and a putt. Hagen sank a downhill 6-footer (1.8 m) on the final hole to win on 301, a one-stroke victory margin. Had the putt not dropped, a 36-hole playoff was in order for Saturday.[6]

Smith was three strokes back in a tie for third place, one of twelve times he finished in the top-five 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 was 41st. He won the championship in 1932 and played in the Open as late as 1976.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Walter Hagen  United States 1922 77 73 74 77 301 1
J.H. Taylor  England 1894, 1895
1900, 1909, 1913
75 74 79 79 307 5
George Duncan  Scotland 1920 74 79 74 81 308 T6
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 76 79 76 79 310 T13
James Braid  Scotland 1901, 1905,
1906, 1908, 1910
80 80 78 76 314 T18
Arthur Havers  England 1923 79 77 86 75 317 T29
Ted Ray  Jersey 1912 80 80 79 80 319 T32
Arnaud Massy  France 1907 78 87 WD

Source:[2][3][4]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, 26 June 1924 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Cyril Tolley (a)  England 73
T2 George Duncan  Scotland 74
Len Holland  England
Mark Seymour  England
T5 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 75
J.H. Taylor  England
Gilbert Nicholls  England
 United States
T8 Albert Hallam  England 76
Sandy Herd  Scotland
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
Bert Weastell  England
Frank Weston  England

Source:[2][16]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 26 June 1924 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Ernest Whitcombe  England 77-70=147
2 J.H. Taylor  England 75-74=149
T3 Walter Hagen  United States 77-73=150
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
76-74=150
5 James Sherlock  England 76-75=151
T6 Len Holland  England 74-78=152
Fred Leach  England 78-74=152
T8 Frank Ball  England 78-75=153
Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 75-78=153
George Duncan  Scotland 74-79=153
Rowland Jones  England 80-73=153
Gilbert Nicholls  England
 United States
75-78=153
Frank Weston  England 76-77=153

Source:[2][16][17]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 27 June 1924 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
T1 Walter Hagen  United States 77-73-74=224
Ernest Whitcombe  England 77-70-77=224
T3 Frank Ball  England 78-75-74=227
George Duncan  Scotland 74-79-74=227
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
76-74-77=227
6 J.H. Taylor  England 75-74-79=228
T7 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 75-78-76=229
James Sherlock  England 76-75-78=229
T9 Len Holland  England 74-78-78=230
Frank Weston  England 76-77-77=230

Source:[2]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 27 June 1924 (afternoon)

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
76-74-77-77=304
5 J.H. 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
Frank Weston  England 76-77-77-79=309

Source:[2][20]

Amateurs: Tolley (314), Sutton (323), Hassall (328), Hope (328), Robinson (329), Walker (332)

References[edit]

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  12. ^ a b c Ray, Ted (25 June 1924). "Quintet of Yank golfers qualify in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
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  14. ^ "Hoylake battle begins". Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1924. p. 11. 
  15. ^ "Four Britons, 4 Yanks favorites in British golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 26 June 1924. p. 17. 
  16. ^ a b c "Hoylake fight". Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1924. p. 9. 
  17. ^ a b "British fear and Yanks hope for Hagen victory". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. 27 June 1924. p. 17. 
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  20. ^ 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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