1928 U.S. Open (golf)

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1928 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 21–24, 1928
Location Olympia Fields, Illinois
Course(s) Olympia Fields Country Club
Course No. 4[1][2]
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 71[3]
Length 6,726 yards (6,150 m)[3]
Field 144 players,[4] 65 after cut
Cut 158 (+16)
Prize fund $2,000[4]
Winner's share $500
Champion
United States Johnny Farrell
294 (+10), playoff
Olympia Fields  is located in the US
Olympia Fields 
Olympia 
Fields 
Location in the United States
Olympia Fields  is located in Illinois
Olympia Fields 
Olympia 
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Location in Illinois

The 1928 U.S. Open was the 32nd U.S. Open, held June 21–24 at Course No. 4 of Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois, a suburb south of Chicago. Johnny Farrell defeated noted amateur Bobby Jones in a 36-hole playoff to win his only major title.[5] For Jones, a two-time champion in 1923 and 1926, it was his second playoff loss at the U.S. Open in four years and his fourth finish as a runner-up. He won the next two in 1929 and 1930.

Jones jumped out to the 36-hole lead with rounds of 73-71, two shots ahead of George Von Elm and Bill Leach.[6] After a 73 in the third round, Jones took a two-stroke lead over Leach and Henry Ciuci into the final round. Five strokes behind Jones was Farrell, who had recorded rounds of 77-74-71. Farrell teed off well before Jones and shot 72 and a 294 total. With Jones still on the course with the lead, Farrell did not believe he had a chance of winning. In his final round, Jones was uncharacteristically erratic on holes six through ten, at seven-over-par for those five holes. He regrouped on the last eight holes and carded a 77 (+6) for 294 (+10).[7][8] Gene Sarazen informed Farrell in the clubhouse that he and Jones were tied. Roland Hancock, age 21, would have won the championship by two strokes had he parred the final two holes, but he double-bogeyed 17 and bogeyed 18 to fall a shot out of the playoff.

This was the first year that the USGA implemented a 36-hole playoff. On the first 18, Farrell shot a 70 to Jones' 73. Beginning the second 18, however, Jones quickly got back to all square after two holes. Jones double-bogeyed the 4th to give Farrell a two-stroke lead once again, but three consecutive bogeys beginning at the 10th knocked Farrell out of the lead. Now trailing by one with six holes to play, Farrell nearly aced the par-3 13th, recording a birdie to tie up the match. At the 16th, Jones missed a short putt to give Farrell the lead. At 17, Farrell hit a superb approach to 3 feet (0.9 m), while Jones was 20 feet (6 m) away. Jones made his birdie putt to put pressure on Farrell, who responded by holing out. At the par-5 18th, both Jones and Farrell recorded birdies, clinching a one-stroke victory for Farrell in the rain.[9]

The next playoff at the U.S. Open was the following year, won by Jones by 23 strokes. The playoff in 1931 was tied after 36 holes, resulting in a second 36-hole playoff, which caused the USGA to return to the 18-hole format. The next playoff in 1939 was reduced back to 18 holes, but the top two competitors were tied and it went another 18 holes. Sudden-death following the round was not introduced until the 1950s, and not needed until 1990; it was used again in 1994 and 2008.

The four 18-hole courses at Olympia Fields were reduced to two in the late 1940s when the club sold half of its property. Course No. 4 became the North course, and the South course is a composite of holes from the other three.[10]

Course layout[edit]

Course No. 4

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 530 455 420 368 353 163 415 220 458 3,382 433 387 380 130 433 555 153 383 490 3,344 6,726
Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 35 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 36 71

Source:[2][3][4]

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, 1926 73 71 73 77 294 +10 2
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 75 72 73 76 296 +12 T4
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 78 76 73 72 299 +15 T6
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 1925 73 74 73 80 300 +16 T14
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 76 75 77 73 301 +17 16
Jim Barnes  England 1921 73 80 78 79 310 +26 T36
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 73 76 84 78 311 +27 T41

Source:[7][11][12]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 77 80 157 +15

Source:[11]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 21, 1928

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Frank Ball  England 70 –1
Henry Ciuci  United States
3 Leonard Schmutte  United States 71 E
T4 Leo Diegel  United States 72 +1
Johnny Golden  United States
Bill Leach  United States
Horton Smith  United States
T8 Jim Barnes  England 73 +2
Bobby Jones (a)  United States
Johnny Jones  United States
Willie Hunter  Scotland
 United States
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland
Fred McLeod  Scotland
Fred Morrison  United States

Source:[13]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 22, 1928

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 73-71=144 +2
T2 Bill Leach  United States 72-74=146 +4
George Von Elm (a)  United States 74-72=146
T4 Henry Ciuci  United States 70-77=147 +5
Walter Hagen  United States 75-72=147
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 73-74=147
T7 Waldo Crowder  United States 74-74=148 +6
Al Espinosa  United States 74-74=148
Denny Shute  United States 75-73=148
Frank Walsh  United States 74-74=148

Source:[11]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 23, 1928 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 73-71-73=217 +4
T2 Henry Ciuci  United States 70-77-72=219 +6
Bill Leach  United States 72-74-73=219
T4 Walter Hagen  United States 75-72-73=220 +7
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 73-74-73=220
T6 Johnny Farrell  United States 77-74-71=222 +9
George Von Elm (a)  United States 74-72-76=222
8 Roland Hancock  United States 74-77-72=223 +10
T9 Waldo Crowder  United States 74-74-76=224 +11
Ed Dudley  United States 77-79-68=224

Source:[7][12]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 23, 1928 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Johnny Farrell  United States 77-74-71-72=294 +10 Playoff
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 73-71-73-77=294
3 Roland Hancock  United States 74-77-72-72=295 +11 300
T4 Walter Hagen  United States 75-72-73-76=296 +12 200
George Von Elm (a)  United States 74-72-76-74=296 0
T6 Henry Ciuci  United States 70-77-72-80=299 +15 74
Waldo Crowder  United States 74-74-76-75=299
Ed Dudley  United States 77-79-68-75=299
Bill Leach  United States 72-74-73-80=299
Gene Sarazen  United States 78-76-73-72=299
Denny Shute  United States 75-73-79-72=299
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
75-77-75-72=299
Joe Turnesa  United States 74-77-74-74=299

Source:[7][12]

(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 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 5
United States Farrell  +9   +9   +9   +9  +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +11 +10 +10 +10 +10 +11 +11 +11 +10
United States Jones +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +5 +7 +8 +9 +9 +10 +10 +10 +10 +9 +10 +10 +10

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[7]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 24, 1928   (36 holes)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Johnny Farrell  United States 70-73=143 +1 500
2 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 73-71=144 +2 0

Scorecards[edit]

Morning round

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

Afternoon round

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

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bobby Jones turns in 70 card at Olympia Fields". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 20, 1928. p. 4-sec 2. 
  2. ^ a b "National Open tourney starts today at Olympia". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 21, 1928. p. 14. 
  3. ^ a b c "Favorites lag behind two 'dark horses'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 22, 1928. p. 14. 
  4. ^ a b c Rohm, Harold (June 21, 1928). "144 start play today for U.S. Open golf title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  5. ^ a b Sixty, Billy (June 25, 1928). "Farrell wins playoff from Jones by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. p. 4-part 2. 
  6. ^ Rohm, Harland (June 23, 1928). "Jones' 144 leads Open by 2 strokes". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Maxwell, Don (June 24, 1928). "Bobby Jones shows 5,000 how to do the impossible". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  8. ^ "Jones and Farrell in tie at finish of National Open golf championship". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. June 24, 1928. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "Farrell wins over Jones in golf playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 25, 1928. p. 1. 
  10. ^ Chase, Al (June 23, 1946). "Olympia Fields acres expected to be homesites". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. B, part 3. 
  11. ^ a b c "What they shot". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 23, 1928. p. 17. 
  12. ^ a b c "Final scores in National Open meet". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 24, 1928. p. 2, sec. 2. 
  13. ^ Rohm, Harland (June 22, 1928). "Ball and Ciuci, with 70, tie for lead in Open golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 

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Coordinates: 41°31′16″N 87°41′13″W / 41.521°N 87.687°W / 41.521; -87.687