1926 U.S. Open (golf)

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1926 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates July 8–10, 1926
Location Columbus, Ohio
Course(s) Scioto Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72[1]
Length 6,736 yards (6,159 m)[2]
Field 148 players,[3] 63 after cut
Cut 159 (+15)
Prize fund $2,000
Winner's share ($500)
Champion
United States Bobby Jones (a)
293 (+5)
Scioto CC is located in the US
Scioto CC
Scioto CC
Location in the United States
Scioto CC is located in Ohio
Scioto CC
Scioto CC
Location in Ohio

The 1926 U.S. Open was the 30th U.S. Open, held July 8–10 at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Noted amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the British Open two weeks earlier, won the second of his four U.S. Opens, one stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa.[4][5]

After rounds of 70-79-71, Jones was three strokes behind third round leader Turnesa, who unraveled on the last nine on Saturday afternoon, with five bogeys in six holes. He managed to birdie the final hole for a 77 and 294 total. Jones got off to a slow start, with bogeys at three of his first five holes, then birdied the 7th and ran off a streak of nine consecutive fours. Needing a par on the par-5 18th to tie (and force a playoff round), Jones hit a 310-yard (283 m) tee shot, then followed with an approach to the green, leaving 15 feet (4.6 m) for eagle. Two-putting for birdie, Jones carded a one-over 73 to best Turnesa by a stroke.[5] Bill Mehlhorn led after both of the first two rounds,[6][7] but was ten over par on Saturday and finished four strokes back in a tie for third.[4]

Jones became the first player to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year, and he won both again four years later in 1930, during his grand slam year. While Turnesa never won a major, he did finish second twice and his brother Jim won the PGA Championship in 1952. Another brother, Willie, won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once. In total, eight Turnesa brothers played on the PGA Tour.

This was also the first year since 1919 that the tournament was extended to three days, because of the number of entries and the size of the gallery. The first two rounds were now played over two days, Thursday and Friday, with a 36-hole cut. The final two rounds continued to be played on one day, Saturday. This format continued through 1964, except for the following year in 1927, when it was held Tuesday through Thursday (with a Friday playoff).

Scioto was only ten years old at the time, and its club pro was George Sargent, the 1909 champion,[8] who did not compete. It later hosted the Ryder Cup in 1931 and the PGA Championship in 1950. Scioto is also noteworthy as the club where Jack Nicklaus learned to play as a youth in the 1950s, under the tutelage of Jack Grout.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 1923 70 79 71 73 293 +5 1
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 78 77 72 70 297 +9 T3
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 73 77 74 74 298 +10 7
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 75 75 73 79 302 +14 T13
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 1925 72 79 75 81 307 +19 T20
Alec Ross  Scotland 1907 81 75 79 78 313 +25 T34
Cyril Walker  England 1924 78 81 80 82 321 +33 T55

Source:[1][3][7]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Jim Barnes  England 1921 77 83 160 +16
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 74 86 160 +16

Source:[7]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 10, 1926

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 70-79-71-73=293 +5 0
2 Joe Turnesa  United States 71-74-72-77=294 +6 500
T3 Leo Diegel  United States 72-76-75-74=297 +9 188
Johnny Farrell  United States 76-79-69-73=297
Bill Mehlhorn  United States 68-75-76-78=297
Gene Sarazen  United States 78-77-72-70=297
7 Walter Hagen  United States 73-77-74-74=298 +10 90
8 Willie Hunter  Scotland
 United States
75-77-69-79=300 +12 80
T9 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
76-76-74-75=301 +13 68
Willie Klein  United States 76-74-75-76=301
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
82-76-68-75=301
Dan Williams  United States 72-74-80-75=301

Source:[1][3]

(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 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5
United States Jones +5 +5 +6 +6 +7 +7 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +5
United States Turnesa +2 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +5 +5 +6 +7 +6
United States Melhorn +3 +3 +4 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +7 +9 +8 +8 +8 +9 +9 +9

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bobby Jones wins National Open golf title". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. July 10, 1926. p. 1C. 
  2. ^ "National golf championships open in Columbus". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. July 8, 1926. p. 8, section 1. 
  3. ^ a b c d Krum, Morrow (July 8, 1926). "148 tee off for Open golf title today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  4. ^ a b Pegler, Westbrook (July 11, 1926). "Jones' victory comes after 18 hole duel". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  5. ^ a b Sixty, Billy (July 11, 1926). "Jones wins National Open title by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-sports. 
  6. ^ Krum, Morrow (July 9, 1926). "Melhorn's record 168 tops golf Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 23. 
  7. ^ a b c Krum, Morrow (July 10, 1926). "Mehlhorn holds golf lead with 143". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Scioto Golf Course". Eugene Guard. Oregon. (course drawing). July 7, 1926. p. 8. 

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