1933 Open Championship

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1933 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates 5–8 July 1933
Location St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Course(s) Old Course at St Andrews
Statistics
Par 73[1][2]
Length 6,572 yards (6,009 m)[3]
Field 117 players, 61 after cut[4]
Cut 152 (+6)
Prize fund £500
Winner's share £100
Champion
United States Denny Shute
292 (E), playoff
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The 1933 Open Championship was the 68th Open Championship, held 5–8 July at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Denny Shute defeated fellow American Craig Wood by five strokes in a 36-hole Saturday playoff to win his only Open title,[5][6] the first of his three major championships. The Ryder Cup was held in late June at Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club in North West England, and the members of the American team played in the championship, similar to four years later in 1937.

Qualifying took place on 3–4 July, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes on the Old Course and 18 holes on the New Course, and the top 100 and ties qualified. Willie Nolan led the qualifiers with 138; the qualifying score was 158 and 117 players qualified.[7][8] The leading 60 players and ties after 36 holes made the cut to play on the final day.[9] Walter Hagen led after each of the first two rounds and scores of 152 (+6) and better made the cut.[10][11][12]

In pursuit of his twelfth major title, Hagen opened with 68 to take the lead on Wednesday.[13][14] He held on to it after 36 holes at 140 on Thursday,[11][12] but then carded 161 (+15) in the final two rounds and fell out of the top twenty.[15][16]

A group of four players shared the 54-hole lead at 216 (–3) at midday on Friday: Henry Cotton, Abe Mitchell, Syd Easterbrook, and Leo Diegel. Wood began the final round a stroke behind, while Shute was three back at even par. The final round was a disaster for the leaders as Easterbrook shot 77 (+4), while Cotton and Mitchell both carded 79 (+6). Shute and Wood tied for the clubhouse lead with rounds of 73 and 75, respectively.[15] Diegel found the 18th green in two and needed only a two-putt to join the playoff. He left his first putt short, then completely missed the ball on his second attempt. The untimely mistake caused him to miss out on the playoff by a single stroke, as did American Gene Sarazen. In the final round Wood managed to hit a 440-yard (400 m) drive at the 5th, but he found a bunker and lost a stroke on the hole.

During the playoff, Wood opened with a pair of sixes and was four strokes down after two holes.[6] Shute prevailed over Wood in the 36-hole playoff by five shots. Wood lost playoffs at all four major championships before finally winning one, this loss was the first. He won two majors in 1941 at The Masters and U.S. Open.

This was the first playoff at the Open in a dozen years, since 1921, also won by an American at St Andrews; Jock Hutchison (1884–1977) was born in Scotland but became a U.S. citizen the previous year.

The Old Course was par 73 in 1933;[1][2] the #17 Road Hole was a par-5 through the 1946 Open.[17]

Card of the course[edit]

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Burn 368 4 10 Tenth ^ 312 4
2 Dyke 401 4 11 High (In) 164 3
3 Cartgate (Out) 386 4 12 Heathery (In) 314 4
4 Ginger Beer 427 4 13 Hole O'Cross (In) 410 4
5 Hole O'Cross (Out) 530 5 14 Long 527 5
6 Heathery (Out) 367 4 15 Cartgate (In) 409 4
7 High (Out) 352 4 16 Corner of the Dyke 348 4
8 Short 150 3 17 Road 467 5
9 End 306 4 18 Tom Morris 364 4
Out 3,257 36 In 3,315 37
Source:[3] Total 6,572 73

^ The 10th hole was posthumously named for Bobby Jones in 1972

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gene Sarazen  United States 1932 72 73 73 75 293 +1 T3
Arthur Havers  England 1923 80 72 71 74 297 +5 T14
Walter Hagen  United States 1922, 1924,
1928, 1929
68 72 79 82 301 +9 T22

Source:[4][15][16]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
George Duncan  Scotland 1920 76 78 154 +8
Sandy Herd  Scotland 1902 83 WD

Source:[4][11]

Herd, age 65, fell during the first round and twisted an ankle.[13]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Wednesday, 5 July 1933

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68 −5
T2 Ed Dudley  United States 70 −3
Tom Fernie  Scotland
Cyril Tolley (a)  England
T5 Herbert Jolly  Guernsey 71 −2
Willie Nolan  Ireland
Fred Robertson  Scotland
T8 Archie Compston  England 72 −1
George Dunlap (a)  United States
Gene Sarazen  United States
Bert Weastell  England

Source:[4][13]

Second round[edit]

Thursday, 6 July 1933

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Walter Hagen  United States 68-72=140 −6
2 Ed Dudley  United States 70-71=141 −5
T3 Abe Mitchell  England 74-68=142 −4
Fred Robertson  Scotland 71-71=142
5 Cyril Tolley (a)  England 70-73=143 −3
T6 Aubrey Boomer  Jersey 74-70=144 −2
Henry Cotton  England 73-71=144
T8 Leo Diegel  United States 75-70=145 −1
Syd Easterbrook  England 73-72=145
Joe Kirkwood Sr.  Australia 72-73=145
Gene Sarazen  United States 72-73=145
Willie Spark  Scotland 73-72=145

Source:[4][11]

Third round[edit]

Friday, 7 July 1933 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Henry Cotton  England 73-71-72=216 −3
Leo Diegel  United States 75-70-71=216
Syd Easterbrook  England 73-72-71=216
Joe Kirkwood Sr.  Australia 72-73-71=216
Abe Mitchell  England 74-68-74=216
T6 Ed Dudley  United States 70-71-76=217 −2
Craig Wood  United States 77-72-68=217
T8 Auguste Boyer  France 76-72-70=218 −1
Gene Sarazen  United States 72-73-73=218
T10 Walter Hagen  United States 68-72-79=219 E
Fred Robertson  Scotland 71-71-77=219
Denny Shute  United States 73-73-73=219
Cyril Tolley (a)  England 70-73-76=219

Source:[4][15][16]

Final round[edit]

Friday, 7 July 1933 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
T1 Denny Shute  United States 73-73-73-73=292 E Playoff
Craig Wood  United States 77-72-68-75=292
T3 Leo Diegel  United States 75-70-71-77=293 +1 35
Syd Easterbrook  England 73-72-71-77=293
Gene Sarazen  United States 72-73-73-75=293
6 Olin Dutra  United States 76-76-70-72=294 +2 20
T7 Henry Cotton  England 73-71-72-79=295 +3 14
Ed Dudley  United States 70-71-76-78=295
Abe Mitchell  England 74-68-74-79=295
Alf Padgham  England 74-73-74-74=295
Reg Whitcombe  England 76-75-72-72=295

Source:[4][15][16]
Amateurs: McLean (+6), Tolley (+6), Somerville (+12), Dunlap (+14), Jamieson (+18)

Playoff[edit]

Saturday, 8 July 1933

Place Player Country Score To par Money (£)
1 Denny Shute  United States 75-74=149 +3 100
2 Craig Wood  United States 78-76=154 +8 75

Scorecards[edit]

Morning round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Back Total
United States Shute 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 36 4 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 39 75
United States Wood 6 6 4 5 4 3 5 3 3 39 4 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4 39 78

Afternoon round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Back Total
United States Shute 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 36 3 3 5 4 5 5 4 5 4 38 74
United States Wood 4 5 4 4 4 4 6 4 4 39 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 37 76

Source:[5]

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Shute and Wood play off today in British Open". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. 8 July 1933. p. 12. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
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  5. ^ a b "Shute defeats Wood to take British crown". Chicago Sunday Tribune. 9 July 1933. p. 1, sec. 2. 
  6. ^ a b King, Frank H. (9 July 1933). "Denny Shute awes British with victory". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. C-3. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c ""Open" golf scores". Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1933. p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - The qualifiers". The Times. 5 July 1933. p. 4. 
  9. ^ "Golf - The Open Championship". The Times. 13 June 1933. p. 7. 
  10. ^ "Golf - The Championship - Hagen still leads". The Times. 7 July 1933. p. 6. 
  11. ^ a b c d "British golfers bid for Open title". Glasgow Herald. 7 July 1933. p. 11. 
  12. ^ a b "Hagen gets 140; tops survivors in British Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. 7 July 1933. p. 26. 
  13. ^ a b c "Hagen sets the pace". Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1933. p. 11. 
  14. ^ "Hagen shoots 68 to lead British Open tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. 6 July 1933. p. 21. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Shute, Wood tie in British Open tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. 8 July 1933. p. 15. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Blow to British golf". Glasgow Herald. 8 July 1933. p. 9. 
  17. ^ Harig, Bob (13 July 2010). "Road Hole now an even stronger test". ESPN. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 

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