1947 U.S. Open (golf)

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1947 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 12–15, 1947
Location Ladue, Missouri
Course(s) St. Louis Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,532 yards (5,973 m)[1]
Field 146 players, 75 after cut
Cut 151 (+9)
Prize fund $10,000[2]
Winner's share $2,500
Champion
United States Lew Worsham
282 (−2), playoff
St. Louis CC is located in the US
St. Louis CC
St. Louis CC
Location in the United States
St. Louis CC  is located in Missouri
St. Louis CC 
St. Louis CC 
Location in Missouri

The 1947 U.S. Open was the 47th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at St. Louis Country Club in Ladue, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis. Lew Worsham denied Sam Snead his elusive U.S. Open title by prevailing in an 18-hole playoff. For Snead, it was his second of four career runner-up finishes at the Open.

In the third round, amateur James McHale tied the tournament record with a 65, and he established a new nine-hole record with a 30 on the front nine.[3] That mark was equaled fifteen times before it was broken in 1995 by Neal Lancaster, who carded a 29 on the back nine in the final round.[4]

The purse was $10,000 with a winner's share of $2,000 and $1,500 for the runner-up.[2] In addition, both playoff participants received a $500 bonus.[5]

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 395 233 187 421 545 325 150 347 537 3,140 349 399 180 576 416 500 188 365 419 3,392 6,532
Par 4 3 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 35 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 71

Source:[1]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 77 72 69 75 293 +9 T23
Billy Burke  United States 1931 74 75 71 74 294 +10 T27
Lawson Little  United States 1940 72 69 76 71 296 +12 T23
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1932 72 75 74 79 300 +16 T39
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1937, 1938 74 77 76 77 304 +20 T55
Tony Manero  United States 1936 74 75 WD

Source:[3]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 78 78 156 +14
Sam Parks, Jr.  United States 1935 78 83 161 +19

Source:[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 12, 1947

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Chick Harbert  United States 67 −4
Henry Ransom  United States
Harry Todd  United States
4 Bobby Locke  South Africa 68 −3
T5 Leland Gibson  United States 69 −2
Otto Greiner  United States
Dick Metz  United States
Bud Ward (a)  United States
T9 Ed Furgol  United States 70 −1
Ben Hogan  United States
Al Smith  United States
Horton Smith  United States
Lew Worsham  United States

Source:[7]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 13, 1947

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Chick Harbert  United States 67-72=139 −3
Dick Metz  United States 69-70=139
3 Lew Worsham  United States 70-70=140 −2
T4 Jim Ferrier  Australia
 United States
71-70=141 −1
Henry Ransom  United States 67-74=141
Bud Ward (a)  United States 69-72=141
T7 Bobby Locke  South Africa 68-74=142 E
Johnny Palmer  United States 72-70=142
Sam Snead  United States 72-70=142
Harry Todd  United States 67-75=142

Source:[6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1947 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lew Worsham  United States 70-70-71=211 −2
T2 Bobby Locke  South Africa 68-74-70=212 −1
Sam Snead  United States 72-70-70=212
T4 Ed Oliver  United States 73-70-71=214 +1
Bud Ward (a)  United States 69-72-73=214
T6 Jim Ferrier  Australia
 United States
71-70-74=215 +2
Ben Hogan  United States 70-75-70=215
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.  Australia 72-73-70=215
9 Sammy Byrd  United States 72-74-70=216 +3
T10 Ed Furgol  United States 70-75-72=217 +4
Dick Metz  United States 69-70-78=217
Johnny Palmer  United States 72-70-75=217
Paul Runyan  United States 71-74-72=217

Source:[3]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1947

Worsham began the final round with a stroke lead over Snead and Bobby Locke. A front-nine 33 kept him in the lead, but after three bogeys on the back he had to settle for a 71 and a 282 total. Snead overcame two early bogeys with birdies at 5, 6, and 15. After a bogey at 17, Snead needed a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Worsham and force a playoff the next day. His approach shot left him 18 feet (5.5 m) away, which he rolled in for final-round 70. Locke shot 73 to finish three strokes back, in a tie for third place.[8]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Lew Worsham  United States 70-70-71-71=282 −2 Playoff
Sam Snead  United States 72-70-70-70=282
T3 Bobby Locke  South Africa 68-74-70-73=285 +1 900
Ed Oliver  United States 73-70-71-71=285
5 Bud Ward (a)  United States 69-72-73-73=287 +3 0
T6 Jim Ferrier  Australia
 United States
71-70-74-74=289 +5 400
Vic Ghezzi  United States 74-73-73-69=289
Leland Gibson  United States 69-76-73-71=289
Ben Hogan  United States 70-75-70-74=289
Johnny Palmer  United States 72-70-75-72=289
Paul Runyan  United States 71-74-72-72=289

Source:[3]

(a) denotes amateur

Playoff[edit]

Sunday, June 15, 1947

In the 18-hole playoff on Sunday morning, Snead led Worsham by two strokes with just three holes remaining. Worsham birdied the par-3 16th with a 28-foot (8.5 m) putt and Snead bogeyed 17 after he missed the fairway and overshot the green from the rough. The match was all-even at the tee of the 90th hole, a par-4 of 419 yards (383 m). Both put lengthy drives in the fairway, and Snead's approach shot stopped pin-high and 15 feet (5 m) left of the hole. Worsham was long and lay 40 feet (12 m) feet past the cup on the apron of the green. His downhill chip hit the hole without dropping, and ended up 29 inches (74 cm) away, leaving Snead his birdie putt for the win. Snead left it well short and as he prepared to hole out in continuation, Worsham called for an official to determine who was further away. With a tape measure, it was determined that it remained Snead's turn, who was visibly flustered with the unnecessary interruption and delay. Snead missed the 30.5-inch (77 cm) putt. Worsham then rolled in his par-saving putt for a 69 and the title, which averted an additional 18-hole playoff in the afternoon.[5][9][10]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Lew Worsham  United States 69 −2 2,500
2 Sam Snead  United States 70 −1 2,000
  • Prize money includes $500 playoff bonus for each.[5]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4
United States Worsham E E E E E E E +1 E −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −2 −2 −2
United States Snead −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1

Source:[5][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Liska, Jerry (June 16, 1947). "Worsham captures national open title". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. p. 7. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Open history: 1947". USGA. Retrieved June 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bartlett, Charles (June 15, 1947). "Worsham, Snead play-off open tie today". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Jim (June 19, 1995). "Lancaster grabs record". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Associated Press. p. D4. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Lew Worsham wins U.S. Open golf: beats Snead by one shot in playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 16, 1947. p. 14. 
  6. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (June 14, 1947). "Harbert ties Metz for lead in National Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "National Open golf results". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 13, 1947. p. 18. 
  8. ^ Mockler, Stan (June 15, 1947). "Sammy Snead, Lew Worsham end in dead heat for golfdom's top prize". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. United Press. p. 22. 
  9. ^ McGeorge, Dick (June 16, 1947). "Worsham outsmarts Snead and wins national open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 34. 
  10. ^ a b "Worsham wins U.S. Open as Sam Snead misses short putt on last hole". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 16, 1947. p. 8. 

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Coordinates: 38°39′N 90°23′W / 38.65°N 90.38°W / 38.65; -90.38