1941 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 5–7, 1941|
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Course(s)||Colonial Country Club|
|Length||7,035 yards (6,433 m)|
|Field||163 players, 67 after cut|
The 1941 U.S. Open was the 45th U.S. Open, held June 5–7 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Craig Wood, who had lost in a playoff at the U.S. Open two years earlier, finally broke through and claimed his first U.S. Open title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Denny Shute in sweltering heat. Eight years earlier, Shute had defeated him in a playoff at the 1933 British Open.
Wood opened the tournament with a 73 in the first round and followed that up with a 71 in the rain-delayed second. Part of a four-way tie for the lead after 36 holes, Wood shot a pair of 70s in the final two rounds, capped by a birdie on the 72nd, to post a 284 total. Only Fort Worth's Ben Hogan managed better than Wood in the final two rounds, but he finished five behind in a tie for third. Denny Shute shot a 287 total to finish three strokes behind Wood in second.
Wood, age 39, was almost forced to miss the tournament due to a nagging back injury he aggravated two weeks earlier. After recording a double-bogey 7 on his first hole of the championship, he considered withdrawing but was convinced to continue by playing partner Tommy Armour. With his win here, Wood became the first to win the first two majors in a season; he won the Masters two months earlier. Prior to 1941, he had several near misses, and had lost all four majors in extra holes.
Tyrrell Garth, a month shy of his 16th birthday, established a new tournament record for youngest competitor. He shot an 80 in the first round and withdrew during the second; his record stood for 65 years, until 2006 (Tadd Fujikawa).
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1932||74||73||72||75||294||+14||T7|
|Lawson Little||United States||1940||71||73||79||74||297||+17||T17|
|Byron Nelson||United States||1939||73||73||74||77||297||+17||T17|
|Ralph Guldahl||United States||1937, 1938||79||76||72||73||300||+20||T21|
|Sam Parks, Jr.||United States||1935||73||82||74||76||305||+25||T33|
|Billy Burke||United States||1931||76||77||78||WD|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Johnny Goodman (a)||United States||1933||76||81||157||+17|
|Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|Tony Manero||United States||1936||82||79||161||+21|
|Johnny Farrell||United States||1928||81||81||162||+22|
|Chick Evans (a)||United States||1916||84||84||168||+28|
|Olin Dutra||United States||1934||77||WD|
Thursday, June 5, 1941
|1||Denny Shute||United States||69||–1|
|T2||Vic Ghezzi||United States||70||E|
|Dutch Harrison||United States|
|T4||Gene Kunes||United States||71||+1|
|Lawson Little||United States|
|Jug McSpaden||United States|
|Dick Metz||United States|
|Jack Ryan||United States|
|T9||Clayton Heafner||United States||72||+2|
|Bill Kaiser||United States|
|Ted Kroll||United States|
|Johnny Morris||United States|
|Henry Ransom||United States|
|Harry Todd (a)||United States|
|Bunny Torpey||United States|
Friday, June 6, 1941
|T1||Clayton Heafner||United States||72-72=144||+4|
|Lawson Little||United States||71-73=144|
|Denny Shute||United States||69-75=144|
|Craig Wood||United States||73-71=144|
|T5||Dick Metz||United States||71-74=145||+5|
|Paul Runyan||United States||73-72=145|
|T7||Herman Barron||United States||75-71=146||+6|
|Johnny Bulla||United States||75-71=146|
|Harold McSpaden||United States||71-75=146|
|Byron Nelson||United States||73-73=146|
|Henry Ransom||United States||72-74=146|
|Sam Snead||United States||76-70=146|
Saturday, June 7, 1941 (morning)
|1||Craig Wood||United States||73-71-70=214||+4|
|T2||Paul Runyan||United States||73-72-71=216||+6|
|Denny Shute||United States||69-75-72=216|
|4||Johnny Bulla||United States||75-71-72=218||+8|
|T5||Ben Hogan||United States||74-77-68=219||+9|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||73-74-72=219|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||74-73-72=219|
|T8||Herman Barron||United States||75-71-74=220||+10|
|Jug McSpaden||United States||71-75-74=220|
|Byron Nelson||United States||73-73-74=220|
Saturday, June 7, 1941 (afternoon)
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Craig Wood||United States||73-71-70-70=284||+4||1,000|
|2||Denny Shute||United States||69-75-72-71=287||+7||800|
|T3||Johnny Bulla||United States||75-71-72-71=289||+9||650|
|Ben Hogan||United States||74-77-68-70=289|
|T5||Herman Barron||United States||75-71-74-71=291||+11||413|
|Paul Runyan||United States||73-72-71-75=291|
|T7||Dutch Harrison||United States||70-82-71-71=294||+14||216|
|Jug McSpaden||United States||71-75-74-74=294|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||74-73-72-75=294|
|T10||Ed Dudley||United States||74-74-74-73=295||+15||125|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||73-74-72-76=295|
|Dick Metz||United States||71-74-76-74=295|
- "Four players deadlock for Open golf lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 7, 1941. p. 12.
- "Craig Wood cards 284 to triumph in National Open tournament at Fort Worth". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. June 8, 1941. p. D2.
- "See Texas golf test of nerves". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. April 6, 1941. p. 5, sports.
- Considine, Bob (June 6, 1941). "Shute tops Open field with 69". Milwaukee Sentinel. INS. p. B3.
- "Denny Shute's 69 paces Open field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1941. p. 18. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 8, 1941). "Woods' 284 captures Open title; Shute 2d". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 7, 1941). "Three tie Shute for Open lead with 144". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15.
- Bartlett, Charles (June 6, 1941). "Shute's 69 leads Open; Little 4th with 71". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 29.
- About.com – 1941 U.S. Open
- USGA Championship Database
- USOpen.com - 1941
- 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Media Guide (page 77)