1948 U.S. Open (golf)

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1948 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 10–12, 1948
Location Pacific Palisades, California
Course(s) Riviera Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,020 yards (6,419 m)[1][2]
Field 171 players,[3] 57 after cut
Cut 148 (+6)
Prize fund $10,000
Winner's share $2,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
276 (–8)
Riviera CC is located in the US
Riviera CC
Riviera CC
Location in the United States
Riviera C.C. is located in California
Riviera C.C.
Riviera C.C.
Location in California

The 1948 U.S. Open was the 48th U.S. Open, held June 10–12 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open titles at the course that became known as "Hogan's Alley," as it was his third win at Riviera in less than 18 months. He had won the Los Angeles Open at the course in early 1947 and 1948.[4][5][6] It was the third of Hogan's nine major titles; he had won his second PGA Championship a few weeks earlier. He was only the second to win both titles in the same year, joining Gene Sarazen in 1922.[2] Later winners of both were Jack Nicklaus in 1980 and Tiger Woods in 2000.

Although Sam Snead held the lead by a stroke after 36 holes with a record 138,[7][8] Hogan dominated the final two rounds, shooting 68-69 on Saturday for a total of 276 (–8), two shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret. Hogan decimated the U.S. Open scoring record (281 by Ralph Guldahl in 1937) by five strokes,[6] and his three rounds in the 1960s was a tournament first.[9] The scoring record stood for 19 years, until bested by a stroke by Jack Nicklaus in 1967. Hogan's 8-under-par set a U.S. Open record that stood until 2000, when it was broken by Tiger Woods (12-under, broken by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at 16-under).

Eight months later, Hogan and his wife were involved in a serious automobile accident, a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus in west Texas.[10] The injuries he sustained prevented a defense of his title in 1949 while he recovered. Hogan returned to competition and won the U.S. Open in 1950, 1951, and 1953. (He led after 36 holes in 1952, but finished third.)

Ted Rhodes became the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open since 1913. He opened with 70, made the cut, and finished in 51st place.

This was the first U.S. Open played on the West Coast; the first in the western U.S. was a decade earlier, in 1938 near Denver. The first major played on the West Coast was the PGA Championship in 1929, played at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. At the time, the course at Riviera was the longest ever for a U.S. Open at 7,020 yards (6,419 m).[9]

Babe Didrikson Zaharias became the first woman to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, but her application was rejected by the USGA. They stated that the event was intended to be open to men only.[11]

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 513 466 415 245 432 166 402 385 422 3,446 315 569 445 440 180 440 145 585 455 3,574 7,020
Par 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 35 4 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 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
Lew Worsham  United States 1947 67 74 71 73 285 +1 6
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 71 72 74 74 291 +7 T21
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1937, 1938 73 75 75 71 294 +10 T32
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 74 74 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lawson Little  United States 1940 72 78 150 +8
Craig Wood  United States 1941 76 75 151 +9
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1932 77 77 154 +12
Tony Manero  United States 1936 78 78 156 +14
Olin Dutra  United States 1934 82 75 157 +15
Chick Evans (a)  United States 1916 81 78 159 +17

Source:[12]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 10, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Ben Hogan  United States 67 –4
Lew Worsham  United States
T3 Ken Rogers (a)  United States 69 –2
Sam Snead  United States
T5 Bobby Locke  South Africa 70 –1
Toney Penna  United States
Ted Rhodes  United States
T8 Skip Alexander  United States 71 –1
John Bass  United States
Charles Congdon  United States
John Dawson (a)  United States
Jimmy Demaret  United States
Jim Ferrier  Australia
Leland Gibson  United States
Herman Keiser  United States
Dave Killen  United States
Lloyd Mangrum  United States
Andrew Mills  United States
Jim Turnesa  United States
Marvin Ward (a)  United States
Gene Webb  United States
Al Zimmerman  United States

Source:[13]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 11, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Sam Snead  United States 69-69=138 –4
T2 Ben Hogan  United States 67-72=139 –3
Bobby Locke  South Africa 70-69=139
4 Jim Turnesa  United States 71-69=140 –2
T5 Charles Congdon  United States 71-70=141 –1
Jimmy Demaret  United States 71-70=141
George Schneiter  United States 73-68=141
Frank Stranahan (a)  United States 72-69=141
Lew Worsham  United States 67-74=141
T10 Herman Keiser  United States 71-71=142 E
Joe Kirkwood, Jr.  United States 72-70=142
Toney Penna  United States 70-72=142

Source:[12]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 12, 1948  (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ben Hogan  United States 67-72-68=207 –6
2 Jimmy Demaret  United States 71-70-68=209 –4
3 Jim Turnesa  United States 71-69-70=210 –3
4 Sam Snead  United States 69-69-73=211 –2
T5 Charles Congdon  United States 71-70-71=212 –1
Bobby Locke  South Africa 70-69-73=212
Jug McSpaden  United States 74-69-69=212
Lew Worsham  United States 67-74-71=212
9 Smiley Quick  United States 73-71-69=213 E
T10 Herman Barron  United States 73-70-71=214 +1
Joe Kirkwood, Jr.  United States 72-70-72=214

Source:[14]

Final round[edit]

Saturday, June 12, 1948  (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan  United States 67-72-68-69=276 –8 2,000
2 Jimmy Demaret  United States 71-70-68-69=278 –6 1,500
3 Jim Turnesa  United States 71-69-70-70=280 –4 1,000
4 Bobby Locke  South Africa 70-69-73-70=282 –2 800
5 Sam Snead  United States 69-69-73-72=283 –1 600
6 Lew Worsham  United States 67-74-71-73=285 +1 500
7 Herman Barron  United States 73-70-71-72=286 +2 400
T8 Johnny Bulla  United States 73-72-75-67=287 +3 300
Toney Penna  United States 70-72-73-72=287
Smiley Quick  United States 73-71-69-74=287

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Riviera layout for Open championship". St. Petersburg Times. Florida. Associated Press. June 11, 1948. p. 20. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ben Hogan sets mark, wins Open". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. United Press. June 13, 1948. p. 1, sports. 
  3. ^ "Worsham begins defense of National Open title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 10, 1948. p. 20. 
  4. ^ "Ben Hogan captures $10,000 Los Angeles Open meet". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. January 6, 1948. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Ben Hogan sets record in taking U.S. Open". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. June 13, 1948. p. 18. 
  6. ^ a b "Open golf win goes to Hogan". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. June 14, 1948. p. 13. 
  7. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 12, 1948). "Snead's 138 sets U.S. Open golf record". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  8. ^ "Snead takes Open golf lead with 138". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 12, 1948. p. 13. 
  9. ^ a b "Hogan's 276 wins Open, smashes Guldahl mark". Miami News. United Press. June 13, 1948. p. 1-C. 
  10. ^ "Ben Hogan is seriously hurt as car, bus collide head on". Milwaukee Journal. February 3, 1949. p. 7-L. 
  11. ^ Phlegar, Ben (April 7, 1948). "The Babe 'Not Welcome' In National Open Play". The Telegraph Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. p. 11. 
  12. ^ a b "National Open golf scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 12, 1948. p. 13. 
  13. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 11, 1948). "Hogan, Worsham tie at 67 for U.S. Open Lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. 
  14. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 13, 1948). "Ben Hogan's record 276 wins U.S. Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 

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Coordinates: 34°03′00″N 118°30′04″W / 34.050°N 118.501°W / 34.050; -118.501