1929 U.S. Open (golf)

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1929 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 27–30, 1929
Location Mamaroneck, New York
Course(s) Winged Foot Golf Club,
West Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,786 yards (6,205 m)[1]
Field 142 players, 67 after cut
Cut 159 (+15)
Prize fund $5,000
Winner's share ($1,000)
Champion
United States Bobby Jones (a)
294 (+6), playoff
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Winged Foot Golf Club is located in the US
Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot Golf Club
Location in the United States
Winged Foot Golf Club is located in New York
Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot Golf Club
Location in New York

The 1929 U.S. Open was the 33rd U.S. Open, held June 27–30 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City. Bobby Jones won his third U.S. Open title in a 36-hole playoff, besting Al Espinosa by 23 strokes on the West Course.[2]

Jones opened with a 69 in the first round to grab the lead,[3] then followed with a 75.[1][4]

After a third round 71, he had a three-stroke lead over Gene Sarazen and was four clear of Espinosa after 54 holes. Sarazen fell out of contention in the final round with a 78 and fell to a tie for third place. Espinosa shot a 75 and a 294 total, but it appeared like it would not be enough to overtake Jones. Beginning with the 15th, Jones needed only three bogeys and a par to win the championship. However, he triple-bogeyed the 15th and then made another bogey on 16 and his lead was gone. He made par at the 17th, but his approach on the 18th found a greenside bunker. Needing to get up-and-down to save par and force a playoff, Jones rolled in a 12-foot (3.7 m) putt for the tie.[5][6]

Jones dominated the 36-hole playoff on Sunday, with a 72 in the morning round to grab a 12-shot lead. Espinosa struggled again on the second 18, shooting an 80 to Jones' 69, and Jones won the playoff by 23 shots.[2][7] He won his fourth U.S. Open in 1930 and the grand slam.

This was the first of five U.S. Opens at Winged Foot's West Course; it later hosted in 1959, 1974, 1984, and 2006, as well as the PGA Championship in 1997.

Course layout[edit]

West Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Genesis 445 4 10 Pulpit 190 3
2 Elm 376 4 11 Billows 378 4
3 Pinnacle 217 3 12 Cape 497 5
4 Sound View 406 4 13 White Mule 213 3
5 Long Lane 517 5 14 Shamrock 376 4
6 El 323 4 15 Pyramid 397 4
7 Babe-in-the-Woods 170 3 16 Hells Bells 456 5
8 Arena 439 4 17 Well-Well 450 4
9 Meadow 517 5 18 Revelations 419 4
Out 3,410 36 In 3,376 36
Source:[3] Total 6,786 72

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  United States 1923, 1926 69 75 71 79 294 +6 1
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 71 71 76 78 296 +8 T3
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 74 71 76 76 297 +9 T5
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 76 81 74 78 309 +21 T19
Jim Barnes  England 1921 78 78 81 73 310 +22 T21
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 1925 79 78 76 79 312 +24 T27

Source:[5][6][4]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Fred McLeod  Scotland 1908 82 84 166 +22
Johnny Farrell  United States 1928 84 83 167 +23

Source:[4]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 27, 1929

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 69 −3
2 Al Espinosa  United States 70 −2
3 Gene Sarazen  United States 71 −1
T4 Chris Hilgendorf  United States 72 E
Jack White  Scotland
T6 Leonard Schnutte  United States 73 +1
Denny Shute  United States
T8 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
74 +2
Wiffy Cox  United States
Jack Cummins (a)  United States
Leo Diegel  United States
Ted Longworth  United States
Larry Nabholtz  United States

Source:[3]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 28, 1929

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Gene Sarazen  United States 71-71=142 −2
Al Espinosa  United States 70-72=142
T3 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 69-75=144 E
Denny Shute  United States 73-71=144
5 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
74-71=145 +1
T6 Leo Diegel  United States 74-74=148 +4
Leonard Schnutte  United States 73-75=148
T8 George Von Elm (a)  United States 79-70=149 +5
T9 Wiffy Cox  United States 74-76=150 +6
Peter O'Hara  United States 74-76=150
Craig Wood  United States 79-71=150

Source:[4]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 29, 1929 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 69-75-71=215 −1
2 Gene Sarazen  United States 71-71-76=218 +2
3 Al Espinosa  United States 70-72-77=219 +3
4 Denny Shute  United States 73-71-76=220 +4
5 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
74-71-76=221 +5
T6 George Von Elm (a)  United States 79-70-74=223 +7
Peter O'Hara  United States 74-76-73=223
T8 Henry Ciuci  United States 78-74-72=224 +8
Leo Diegel  United States 74-74-76=224
10 Horton Smith  United States 76-77-74=227 +11

Source:[5][6]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 29, 1929 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 69-75-71-79=294 +6 Playoff
Al Espinosa  United States 70-72-77-75=294
T3 Gene Sarazen  United States 71-71-76-78=296 +8 700
Denny Shute  United States 73-71-76-76=296
T5 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
74-71-76-76=297 +9 550
George Von Elm (a)  United States 79-70-74-74=297 0
7 Henry Ciuci  United States 78-74-72-75=299 +11 450
T8 Leo Diegel  United States 74-74-76-77=301 +13 300
Peter O'Hara  United States 74-76-73-78=301
10 Horton Smith  United States 76-77-74-75=302 +14 150

Source:[5][6][4]

(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 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4
United States Jones −1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +6 +6 +6 +6
United States Espinosa +4 +4 +3 +4 +3 +3 +4 +4 +3 +4 +5 +8 +8 +8 +8 +7 +6 +6
United States Sarazen +3 +3 +3 +3 +4 +5 +5 +7 +7 +7 +7 +7 +7 +7 +8 +7 +8 +8
United States Shute +6 +7 +7 +7 +8 +7 +7 +7 +6 +7 +6 +6 +6 +6 +7 +7 +7 +8

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[6]

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 30, 1929

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 72-69=141 −3 0
2 Al Espinosa  United States 84-80=164 +20 1,000

Source:[2]

Scorecards[edit]

Morning round

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

Afternoon round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 4
United States Jones E +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 E E E E E −1 −1 −1 −2 −3 −3 −3
United States Espinosa +13 +13 +14 +14 +16 +17 +17 +17 +16 +18 +18 +18 +18 +18 +18 +17 +18 +20

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sarazen and Espinosa tie with 142 in golf meet". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 28, 1929. p. 8. 
  2. ^ a b c d Trumball, Walter (July 1, 1929). "Jones wins U.S. Open title; overwhelms Espinosa". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jones' 69 leads U.S. Open; Al Espinosa 2d". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 28, 1929. p. 21. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Pegler, Westbrook (June 29, 1929). "Sarazen and Espinosa tie for Open golf lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17. 
  5. ^ a b c d Gould, Alan J. (June 30, 1929). "Jones, Espinosa tie for Open title with 294 score". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-sports. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Pegler, Westbrook (June 30, 1929). "Jones, Espinosa tie; title playoff today". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  7. ^ Pegler, Westbrook (July 1, 1929). "Jones' 141 wins playoff for Open title". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 29. 

External links[edit]

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