1930 U.S. Open (golf)

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1930 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates July 10–12, 1930
Location Edina, Minnesota
Course(s) Interlachen Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,672 yards (6,101 m)[1]
Field 142 players,[2] 69 after cut
Cut 156 (+12)
Prize fund $5,000
Winner's share ($1,000)
Champion
United States Bobby Jones (a)
287 (–1)
InterlachenCountry Club is located in the US
InterlachenCountry Club
Interlachen
Country Club
Location in the United States
Interlachen Country Club is located in Minnesota
Interlachen Country Club
Interlachen 
Country Club
Location in Minnesota

The 1930 U.S. Open was the 34th U.S. Open, held July 10–12 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Bobby Jones won his second consecutive and record-tying fourth U.S. Open title.[3][4] Having already won the British Amateur and the British Open in June, Jones secured his third consecutive major title of the single-season at the U.S. Open.[5] He completed the grand slam with a victory in September at the fourth and final leg, the U.S. Amateur.

The 1930 U.S. Open was played in oppressive heat, and the first round on Thursday saw Macdonald Smith and 1927 champion Tommy Armour share the lead, with Jones a stroke behind.[6] Jones was one-under through eight holes in his second round when he hit one of his most famous shots: the "lily pad shot." Jones was attempting to reach the par-5 9th in two shots when two spectators ran onto the fairway during his swing. He mishit the ball toward the lake where it fell about twenty yards short of dry ground. Incredibly, the ball skipped off a lily pad and onto the far bank, just thirty yards short of the green. Jones would get up-and-down for an unlikely birdie, one that only added to his growing legend. Jones finished the round with a 73, putting him at 144 in a tie for second, two strokes behind leader Horton Smith.[7][8]

Jones took command over the final two rounds on Saturday. He shot 68 in the third round in the morning and started the final round with a front-nine 38. However, he ran into trouble with a bogey at 12 and a double bogey at 13. Now leading Smith by only one shot, Jones birdied 14 and 16. After finding the water on 17 and settling for a bogey, he needed to two-putt from 40 feet (12 m) on the 18th for the championship. Instead, he holed out for birdie and a two-stroke victory over Smith, who claimed the $1,000 winner's share of the $5,000 purse as the top professional.[5] In third place was 36-hole leader Horton Smith, who won the first edition of Jones' "Augusta National Invitation Tournament" in 1934, later known as the Masters Tournament, and again in 1936.

Jones became the first to successfully defend his Open title since John McDermott in 1911–12. He was now tied with Willie Anderson with four Open titles, but he would not attempt to win a fifth. Only three have won consecutive U.S. Opens since: Ralph Guldahl (1937, 1938), Ben Hogan (1950, 1951) and Curtis Strange (1988, 1989). After completing the Grand Slam with his U.S. Amateur win, Jones retired from competitive golf at age 28.

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, 1926, 1929 71 73 68 75 287 –1 1
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 70 76 75 76 297 +9 6
Johnny Farrell  United States 1928 74 72 73 80 299 +11 8
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 72 75 76 80 303 +15 T17
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 76 78 77 75 306 +18 T28
Jim Barnes  England 1921 74 76 79 79 308 +20 T39
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 1925 74 77 82 76 309 +21 T43
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 81 75 81 78 315 +27 T54

Source:[8][4]

  • All former champions in the field made the cut

Final leaderboard[edit]

Saturday, July 12, 1930

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 71-73-68-75=287 –1 0
2 Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
70-75-74-70=289 +1 1,000
3 Horton Smith  United States 72-70-76-74=292 +4 750
4 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
72-72-73-76=293 +5 650
5 Johnny Golden  United States 74-73-71-76=294 +6 550
6 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
70-76-75-76=297 +9 450
7 Charles Lacey  United States 74-70-77-77=298 +10 350
8 Johnny Farrell  United States 74-72-73-80=299 +11 250
T9 Bill Mehlhorn  United States 76-74-75-75=300 +12 138
Craig Wood  United States 73-75-72-80=300

Source:[8][4]

(a) denotes amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mickelson, Paul (July 10, 1930). "Country's leading golfers primed for National Open at Interlachen today". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "141 out to get Bobby Jones in U.S. Open today". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. July 10, 1930. p. 19. 
  3. ^ Gould, Alan (July 13, 1930). "Jones wins fourth U.S. Open golf crown". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b c Barry, Howard (July 13, 1930). "Jones wins; his 12th crown". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 1. 
  5. ^ a b "Bobby Jones proves right to be called golf world monarch". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 14, 1930. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "Armour, Mac Smith share lead in National Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 11, 1930. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Horton Smith takes lead in Open with 142 total". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 12, 1930. p. 1. 
  8. ^ a b c Barry, Howard (July 12, 1930). "Horton Smith's 142 takes lead in Open golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 13. 

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Coordinates: 44°54′56″N 93°22′50″W / 44.9155°N 93.3805°W / 44.9155; -93.3805