1933 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 8–10, 1933|
|Course(s)||North Shore Country Club|
|Format||Stroke play − 72 holes|
|Length||6,927 yards (6,334 m)|
|Field||148 players, 67 after cut|
|Johnny Goodman (a)|
The 1933 U.S. Open was the 37th U.S. Open, held June 8–10 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Amateur Johnny Goodman outlasted Ralph Guldahl by a single stroke to win his only major championship.
Goodman, an Omaha insurance salesman, opened with a 75 (+3), which put him seven strokes off the lead held by 1927 champion Tommy Armour. His second round was one for the record books, as he tied Gene Sarazen's tournament record with a 66 (−6). Following a third round 70 in which he needed just 28 putts, Goodman had a six-stroke lead over Guldahl.
After opening the final round with a par, eagle, and birdie, Goodman's play suddenly declined as he shot six over par for the next six holes; the lead was reduced to two strokes at the turn. Goodman bounced back and recorded four consecutive pars, then bogeyed 14, birdied 15, and bogeyed 17. A par at the last gave him a 76 and a 287 total. At the final hole, Guldahl found a greenside bunker and missed the four-foot (1.2 m) putt to save par that would have forced a Sunday playoff. Brothers Mortie and Olin Dutra of California placed in the top ten at sixth and seventh, respectively. Olin won the title the next year at Merion, near Philadelphia.
Through 2016, Goodman's victory is the last by an amateur in a major championship. The closest since was in 1960 at the U.S. Open, when 20-year-old Jack Nicklaus of Ohio State led midway through the final round and was the runner-up, two strokes back. Ken Venturi, age 24, led the Masters in 1956 for the first three rounds, but finished as the runner-up by a stroke. The most recent top ten finish at the U.S. Open by an amateur was in 1971, when 54-hole leader Jim Simons of Wake Forest placed fifth.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|Walter Hagen||United States||1914, 1919||73||76||77||66||292||+4||T4|
|Johnny Farrell||United States||1928||75||77||72||72||296||+8||T9|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1932||74||77||77||75||303||+15||T26|
|Billy Burke||United States||1931||79||73||76||77||305||+17||T33|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Cyril Walker||United States||1924||78||85||163||+19|
Thursday, June 8, 1933
|1||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|T2||Henry Ciuci||United States||73||+1|
|Walter Hagen||United States|
|Maurice McCarthy (a)||United States|
|Johnny Revolta||United States|
|Neil White (a)||United States|
|Craig Wood||United States|
|T8||Tom Creavy||United States||74||+2|
|Joe Kirkwood, Sr.||Australia|
|Carl Gustafson||United States|
|Ky Laffoon||United States|
|C.H. Mayo||United States|
|Gene Sarazen||United States|
|Al Watrous||United States|
|L.J. Wilcox||United States|
Friday, June 9, 1933
|1||Johnny Goodman (a)||United States||75-66=141||−3|
|2||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|3||Joe Kirkwood, Sr.||Australia||74-70=144||E|
|4||Olin Dutra||United States||75-71=146||+2|
|T5||Ralph Guldahl||United States||76-71=147||+3|
|Craig Wood||United States||73-74=147|
|T7||Mortie Dutra||United States||75-73=148||+4|
|Phil Perkins||United States||76-72=148|
|T9||Leo Diegel||United States||78-71=149||+5|
|Abe Espinosa||United States||76-73=149|
|Walter Hagen||United States||73-76=149|
|Maurice McCarthy (a)||United States||73-76=149|
|Johnny Revolta||United States||73-76=149|
|Paul Runyan||United States||75-74=149|
|Macdonald Smith|| Scotland
Saturday, June 10, 1933 (morning)
|1||Johnny Goodman (a)||United States||75-66-70=211||−5|
|2||Ralph Guldahl||United States||76-71-70=217||+1|
|3||Craig Wood||United States||73-74-71=218||+2|
|4||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|5||Mortie Dutra||United States||75-73-72=220||+4|
|6||Olin Dutra||United States||75-71-75=221||+5|
|T7||Lester Bolstad (a)||United States||76-74-73=223||+7|
|George Dawson (a)||United States||78-74-71=223|
|Joe Kirkwood, Sr.||Australia||74-70-79=223|
|Gus Moreland (a)||United States||76-76-71=223|
Saturday, June 10, 1933 (afternoon)
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Johnny Goodman (a)||United States||75-66-70-76=287||−1||0|
|2||Ralph Guldahl||United States||76-71-70-71=288||E||1,000|
|3||Craig Wood||United States||73-74-71-72=290||+2||750|
|T4||Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|Walter Hagen||United States||73-76-77-66=292|
|6||Mortie Dutra||United States||75-73-72-74=294||+6||450|
|T7||Olin Dutra||United States||75-71-75-74=295||+7||350|
|Gus Moreland (a)||United States||76-76-71-72=295||0|
|T9||Clarence Clark||United States||80-72-72-72=296||+8||156|
|Johnny Farrell||United States||75-77-72-72=296|
|Willie Goggin||United States||79-73-73-71=296|
|Joe Kirkwood, Sr.||Australia||74-70-79-73=296|
- (a) denotes amateur
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey+|
- "148 golfers start National Open meet today". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 8, 1933. p. 19.
- "Goodman leads in National Open". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). Associated Press. June 10, 1933. p. 6.
- "Goodman takes medal and cup, Guldahl $1,000". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 11, 1933. p. 4, part 2.
- Sixty, Billy (June 11, 1933). "Goodman wins golf title by one stroke with 287". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, sports.
- McIntyre, Ronald S. (June 11, 1933). "Johnny Goodman wins Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-B.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 11, 1933). "Goodman wins National Open golf with 287". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Rice, Grantland (June 10, 1933). "Johnny Goodman furnishes drama for U.S. Open with amazing round". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 12.
- "National Open scores". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 10, 1933. p. 25.
- "Johnny Goodman wins national amateur golf crown". Palm Beach Post. Florida. Associated Press. August 29, 1937. p. 6.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 9, 1933). "Tommy Armour leads Open golf with record 68". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 27.
- "Here's how". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 11, 1933. p. 1, sports.