1952 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 12–14, 1952|
|Length||6,764 yards (6,185 m)|
|Field||142 players, 53 after cut|
The 1952 U.S. Open was the 52nd U.S. Open, held June 12–14 at Northwood Club in Dallas, Texas. Julius Boros captured the first of his three major titles, four strokes ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver.
Two-time defending champion Ben Hogan, raised in nearby Fort Worth, attempted to become the second to win three consecutive U.S. Opens, and with two rounds of 69 he had the 36-hole lead, two strokes ahead of George Fazio. But consecutive rounds of 74 in the Saturday heat dropped Hogan back to third place, five strokes behind. Boros carded a third-round 68 to take a two-stroke lead, then shot a 71 for a 281 total and waited in the clubhouse to see if anyone would catch him, but none did. The closest was Oliver with a 72 to finish at 285, four behind Boros. Temperatures reached 98 °F (37 °C) under sunny skies on Saturday, with a gallery estimated at 15,000.
Hogan was admittedly affected by the heat, and his final round included an out-of-bounds approach shot on the dogleg par-4 sixth hole and numerous three-putts. Boros successfully scrambled during both rounds on Saturday, chipping close and making lengthy putts. Hogan told Boros he was "a magician."
It was Boros' first win on the PGA Tour at the age of 32; just three years earlier he reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur. Boros won 17 more times as a professional, including a second U.S. Open in 1963. Five years later he won the PGA Championship in 1968 at age 48, the oldest ever to win a major championship.
Hogan regained the title in 1953 for four U.S. Open wins in five attempts (he won his first in 1948 and did not enter in 1949 due to a near-fatal automobile accident). Through 2015, Willie Anderson remains the only winner of three consecutive U.S. Opens, with titles in 1903, 1904, and 1905. The only repeat winner since 1951 is Curtis Strange in 1989.
The PGA Championship in 1952 was played the following week in Louisville, Kentucky. Boros was not eligible as he had been a pro less than five years, but received a special invitation from the PGA of America. He withdrew before his start time of the stroke-play qualifier on Wednesday after dissension from other players.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1948, 1950, 1951||69||69||74||74||286||+5||3|
|Lew Worsham||United States||1947||72||71||74||75||292||+12||T7|
|Lloyd Mangrum||United States||1946||75||74||72||72||293||+13||T10|
|Cary Middlecoff||United States||1949||75||74||75||74||298||+18||T24|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922, 1932||76||74||75||75||300||+20||T33|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Lawson Little||United States||1940||79||77||156||+16|
|Tony Manero||United States||1936||WD|
Thursday, June 12, 1952
Friday, June 13, 1952
|1||Ben Hogan||United States||69-69=138||−2|
|2||George Fazio||United States||71-69=140||E|
|3||Johnny Bulla||United States||73-68=141||+1|
|4||Julius Boros||United States||71-71=142||+2|
|T5||Ed Oliver||United States||71-72=143||+3|
|Horton Smith||United States||70-73=143|
|Lew Worsham||United States||72-71=143|
|T8||Clarence Doser||United States||71-73=144||+4|
|Dick Metz||United States||70-74=144|
|T10||Charles Scally||United States||72-73=145||+5|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-75=145|
|Bill Trombley||United States||72-73=145|
Saturday, June 14, 1952 (morning)
|1||Julius Boros||United States||71-71-68=210||E|
|2||Ben Hogan||United States||69-69-74=212||+2|
|3||Ed Oliver||United States||71-72-70=213||+3|
|4||Johnny Bulla||United States||73-68-73=214||+4|
|5||George Fazio||United States||71-69-75=215||+5|
|T6||Clarence Doser||United States||71-73-73=217||+7|
|Lew Worsham||United States||72-71-74=217|
|T8||Tommy Bolt||United States||72-76-71=219||+9|
|Horton Smith||United States||70-73-76=219|
|Bo Wininger||United States||78-72-69=219|
Saturday, June 14, 1952 (afternoon)
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Julius Boros||United States||71-71-68-71=281||+1||4,000|
|2||Ed Oliver||United States||71-72-70-72=285||+5||2,500|
|3||Ben Hogan||United States||69-69-74-74=286||+6||1,000|
|4||Johnny Bulla||United States||73-68-73-73=287||+7||800|
|5||George Fazio||United States||71-69-75-75=290||+10||600|
|6||Dick Metz||United States||70-74-76-71=291||+11||500|
|T7||Tommy Bolt||United States||72-76-71-73=292||+12||350|
|Ted Kroll||United States||71-75-76-70=292|
|Lew Worsham||United States||72-71-74-75=292|
|T10||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||75-74-72-72=293||+13||200|
|Sam Snead||United States||70-75-76-72=293|
|Earl Stewart||United States||76-75-70-72=293|
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- "How they finished". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 15, 1952. p. 1B.
- About.com: 1952 U.S. Open
- USGA Championship Database
- USOpen.com – 1952
- Course map – from Eugene Register-Guard