1925 U.S. Open (golf)

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1925 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 3–5, 1925
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Course(s) Worcester Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 71[1]
Length 6,430 yards (5,880 m)
Field 94[2]
Cut none
Winner's share $500
Champion
Scotland Willie Macfarlane
291 (+7), playoff
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Worcester  is located in Massachusetts
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The 1925 U.S. Open was the 29th U.S. Open, held June 3–5 at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Scottish pro Willie Macfarlane won the 36-hole playoff by one stroke on the final hole to secure his only major championship and deny Bobby Jones his second Open,[1] which he won the following year.

This was the last year that the first two rounds of the U.S. Open were played on the same day. Francis Ouimet, the 1913 champion, held the lead after the first round on Wednesday morning. Macfarlane tied Leo Diegel for the second round lead after a 67 that established a new tournament record.[3] Macfarlane carded a 72 in the third round that gave him a one-stroke lead over Johnny Farrell. Macfarlane, however, struggled in the final round on Thursday afternoon on his way to a 78 and 291 total. That was still good enough to tie Jones, who shot 74 after a 70 in the morning. Farrell and Ouimet (who was playing in his final Open), shot 78 and 76, respectively, to finish a shot out of the playoff.[4][5]

The 18-hole playoff on Friday morning ended in a tie, with both Macfarlane and Jones at 75. In the era before sudden-death, another full round was required to break the tie, and it was held that afternoon. Jones took a four-stroke lead after nine, but Macfarlane managed to tie after recording birdies at 10 and 13, while Jones bogeyed 13. The match was still all square heading to the 18th tee. Macfarlane found the green on his approach while Jones hit into a bunker. After Jones failed to get up-and-down, Macfarlane two-putted for the title. Macfarlane was the first Scot to win the Open in fifteen years, since Alex Smith in 1910.[6]

During the first round, Jones was getting set to hit an iron shot out of the rough on the 11th hole when he felt his club move the ball ever so slightly.[7] No one else seemed to have seen this movement, but Jones called a penalty on himself. After officials were unable to confirm that the ball had actually moved, they allowed Jones to make his own ruling on whether or not he should be penalized. Jones said he was certain the ball had moved and penalized himself. The decision cost him the title, but forever added to Jones's legacy. Spectators praised him for his sportsmanship, but he would have none of it. He flatly replied, "You might as well praise me for not robbing a bank."[7] Because there were so many players with a chance on the final nine of regulation and both playoff rounds were drama-filled, William D. Richardson of The New York Times called it "easily the greatest Open Championship of them all."[8]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 1923 70 70 70 74 291 +7 2
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 1913 70 73 73 76 292 +8 T3
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 72 76 71 74 293 +9 T5
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 72 72 75 74 293 +9 T5
Jim Barnes  England 1921 74 77 71 75 307 +23 T29
Cyril Walker  England 1924 81 73 80 82 316 +32 T47

Source:[3][4]

  • Last year without a cut

Final leaderboard[edit]

Thursday, June 4, 1925

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 74-67-72-78=291 +7 Playoff
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 77-70-70-74=291
T3 Johnny Farrell  United States 71-74-69-78=292 +8 300
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 70-73-73-76=292 0
T5 Walter Hagen  United States 72-76-71-74=293 +9 175
Gene Sarazen  United States 72-72-75-74=293
7 Mike Brady  United States 74-72-74-74=294 +10 100
8 Leo Diegel  United States 73-68-77-78=296 +12 90
T9 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 75-71-73-78=297 +13 78
Al Espinosa  United States 72-71-74-80=297

Source:[3][4]

Playoff[edit]

Friday, June 5, 1925

Player Country Score To par
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 75 +4
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 75 +4
Hole  1  2  3   4  5 6  7  8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4
Scotland Macfarlane E +1 E E –1 –1 E +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4
United States Jones E E E E E E E +1 +3 +4 +4 +5 +5 +4 +4 +5 +4 +4

Source:[1][6]

2nd playoff – (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 72 +1 500
2 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 73 +2 0
Hole  1   2   3  4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 4
Scotland Macfarlane E E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +4 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1
United States Jones E E E E –1 E E E E E E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +1 +2

Source:[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Macfarlane beat Jones in 2nd playoff". Montreal Gazette. June 6, 1925. p. 18. 
  2. ^ Krum, Morrow (June 3, 1925). "America's golf classic awaits opening today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 29. 
  3. ^ a b c Krum, Morrow (June 4, 1925). "Golf favorites fall as Diegel, Mcfarlane lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 21. 
  4. ^ a b c Krum, Morrow (June 5, 1925). "MacFarlane and Jones tied with 291 in golf Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Macfarlane and Jones in tie for U.S. Open honors". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 5, 1925. p. 16. 
  6. ^ a b c Krum, Morrow (June 6, 1926). "M'Farlane new golf champ". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1. 
  7. ^ a b Trex, Ethan (June 12, 2008). "Fun and sick facts about U.S. Open". CNN. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ Barrett, David. Golf Courses of the U.S. Open. New York, New York: Abrams, 2007.

External links[edit]

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