1936 U.S. Open (golf)

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1936 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 4–6, 1936
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Upper Course[1]
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72[2]
Length 6,866 yards (6,278 m)[2]
Field 164 players, 76 after cut
Cut 151 (+7)
Prize fund $5,000[3]
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
United States Tony Manero
282 (−6)
Baltusrol GC  is located in the US
Baltusrol GC 
Baltusrol GC 
Location in the United States
Baltusrol GC  is located in New Jersey
Baltusrol GC 
Baltusrol GC 
Location in New Jersey
Baltusrol GC is located in Union County, New Jersey
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in Union County

The 1936 U.S. Open was the 40th U.S. Open, held June 4–6 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City.

Tony Manero, a relatively unknown pro from New York playing out of North Carolina, surpassed third round leader Harry Cooper in the final round to claim his only major title. The purse was $5,000 and the winner's share was $1,000.[3] The Upper Course was used for this championship;[1] the Lower Course has been used for all subsequent majors at Baltusrol.

Entering the final round, Cooper led Manero by four strokes. Manero's final round 67 (−5) was a course record and gave him a 72-hole total of 282 (−6), two strokes ahead of Cooper, who shot 73 (+1) for 284. Manero's total of 282 set a new U.S. Open tournament record by four shots; the previous record of 286 was set in 1916.[4]

Manero was fortunate to even be in the championship, because during sectional qualifying, he needed a chip-in on his final hole just to qualify. His victory was not without controversy. During the final round he was paired with Gene Sarazen, whose tournament scoring record he would break. Sarazen apparently requested the pairing as he believed he could help the notoriously high-strung Manero, a close friend, stay calm. Afterwards a complaint was filed with the USGA alleging that Sarazen was actually giving advice to Manero, a violation of the rules. After a meeting, the USGA ruled that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing, and Manero was allowed to keep the championship.

In contrast to the previous year, scoring conditions at the Open were ideal throughout the week. For the tournament, 38 players broke par and the scoring average was 76.04, both numbers setting U.S. Open records. Chuck Kocsis finished as low amateur in a tie for 14th place.

A record field of 1,278 entered the qualifying for this U.S. Open, up from 1,177 in 1935.[5]

Course[edit]

Upper Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 471 423 186 390 385 439 216 538 346 3,394 158 602 340 365 40 140 439 563 465 3,472 6,866
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72

Source:[1][2]

  • Note: The Lower Course has been used for all subsequent majors at Baltusrol.

Lengths of the courses for previous major championships at Baltusrol:

  • 6,212 yards (5,680 m), par 74 - 1915 U.S. Open (Old Course)   The Old Course was plowed under in 1918
  • 6,003 yards (5,489 m), par      - 1903 U.S. Open (Old Course)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Billy Burke  United States 1931 72 76 72 74 294 +6 T18
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 74 76 72 71 295 +7 T22
Johnny Farrell  United States 1928 75 75 70 75 295 +7 T22
Johnny Goodman (a)  United States 1933 75 73 73 74 295 +7 T22
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1932 75 72 75 74 296 +8 T28
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 74 72 73 78 297 +9 T33
Olin Dutra  United States 1934 74 77 75 74 300 +12 T45
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 77 74 77 74 302 +14 T50

Source:[6][7]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Sam Parks, Jr.  United States 1935 76 76 152 +8

Source:[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 4, 1936

Place Player Country Score To Par
T1 Clarence Clark  United States 69 −3
Ray Mangrum  United States
Paul Runyan  United States
T4 Vic Ghezzi  United States 70 −2
Tom Kerrigan  United States
Leslie Madison  United States
Frank Moore  United States
Henry Picard  United States
Johnny Revolta  United States
T10 Johnny Bulla  United States 71 −1
Harry Cooper  England
 United States
Ky Laffoon  United States
Ted Longworth  United States
Craig Wood  United States

Source:[8]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 5, 1936

Place Player Country Score To Par
T1 Vic Ghezzi  United States 70-70=140 −4
Ray Mangrum  United States 69-71=140
T3 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
71-70=141 −3
Henry Picard  United States 70-71=141
Johnny Revolta  United States 70-71=141
Denny Shute  United States 72-69=141
7 Tony Manero  United States 73-69=142 −2
T8 Ralph Guldahl  United States 73-70=143 −1
Chuck Kocsis (a)  United States 72-71=143
T10 Clarence Clark  United States 69-75=144 E
Frank Moore  United States 70-74=144
Jack Munger (a)  United States 74-70=144
Paul Runyan  United States 69-75=144

Source:[6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 6, 1936 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To Par
1 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
71-70-70=211 −5
2 Vic Ghezzi  United States 70-70-73=213 −3
3 Denny Shute  United States 72-69-73=214 −2
T4 Clarence Clark  United States 69-75-71=215 −1
Ky Laffoon  United States 71-74-70=215
Tony Manero  United States 73-69-73=215
Henry Picard  United States 70-71-74=215
T8 Herman Barron  United States 73-74-69=216 E
Ralph Guldahl  United States 73-70-73=216
Chuck Kocsis (a)  United States 72-71-73=216
Ray Mangrum  United States 69-71-76=216

Source:[3][7]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 6, 1936 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To Par Money ($)
1 Tony Manero  United States 73-69-73-67=282 −6 1,000
2 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
71-70-70-73=284 −4 750
3 Clarence Clark  United States 69-75-71-72=287 −1 650
4 Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
73-73-72-70=288 E 550
T5 Wiffy Cox  United States 74-74-69-72=289 +1 350
Ky Laffoon  United States 71-74-70-74=289
Henry Picard  United States 70-71-74-74=289
T8 Ralph Guldahl  United States 73-70-73-74=290 +2 137
Paul Runyan  United States 69-75-73-73=290
10 Denny Shute  United States 72-69-73-77=291 +3 100

Source:[3][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Parks eliminated in National Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1936. p. 16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Par and yardage for Baltusrol". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 4, 1936. p. 17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Here's how the $5,000 U.S. Open prize was distributed". Chicago Sunday Tribune. Associated Press. June 7, 1936. p. 6, part 2. 
  4. ^ Kirksey, George (June 7, 1936). "Manero's dizzy dash down the stretch unequaled". Miami News. United Press. p. 12. 
  5. ^ "Record field of 1,278 plays in U.S. 'Open'". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. May 7, 1936. p. 2-sports. 
  6. ^ a b c "National Open scores". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 6, 1936. p. 22. 
  7. ^ a b c "National Open scores". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 7, 1936. p. 6, part 2. 
  8. ^ "First round scores in National Open tourney". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 5, 1936. p. 19. 

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