Milwaukee Open

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Milwaukee Open
Tournament information
Location Menomenee Falls,
Wisconsin, U.S.
Established 1940
Course(s) North Hills Country Club
Par 71
Length 6,427 yards (5,877 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5,000
Month played August
Final year 1940
Final champion
United States Ralph Guldahl, 268 (−16)
Milwaukee is located in the US
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Location in the United States
Menomenee Falls is located in Wisconsin
Menomenee Falls
Menomenee Falls
Location in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Open was a professional golf tournament in Wisconsin on the PGA Tour, played only in 1940. It was held August 2–4 at North Hills Country Club in Menomenee Falls, northwest of Milwaukee. Three-time major winner Ralph Guldahl shot a final round 67 (−4) to win the event at 268 (−16), two shots ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver. It was his first victory in sixteen months, since the Masters in 1939.[2][3] The purse was $5,000 with a winner's share of $1,200.[4]

Johnny Bulla led after 54 holes at 197 (−16), a new scoring record for the tour. Playing with Guldahl, he carded a 75 (+4) in the final round and fell into a tie for fourth, four strokes back. With nine holes remaining, Bulla led Guldahl by three strokes, but then shot 39 (+3) while Guldahl made up seven strokes with 32 (−4).[3][4]

The 72-hole event began on Friday, and the final two rounds were played on Sunday.[5] North Hills later hosted the Blue Ribbon Open (1951) and the final two editions of the Milwaukee Open Invitational (1960, 1961).

Leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, August 4, 1940

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ralph Guldahl  United States 68-67-66-67=268 −16 1,200
2 Ed Oliver  United States 66-66-70-68=270 −14 750
3 Sam Snead  United States 69-68-69-65=271 −13 550
T4 Johnny Bulla  United States 66-65-66-75=272 −12 375
Ben Hogan  United States 70-68-66-68=272

Scorecard[edit]

Final nine holes

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 5
United States Guldahl −13 −13 −13 −14 −14 −15 −15 −15 −16
United States Bulla −15 −15 −14 −14 −13 −14 −14 −13 −12

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

See also[edit]

Other former PGA Tour events in Milwaukee

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartlett, Charles (August 4, 1940). "Bulla cards 131 to take lead in Milwaukee Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 6, sec. 2. 
  2. ^ "Ralph Guldahl wins Milwaukee Open golf". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). United Press. August 5, 1940. p. 2. 
  3. ^ a b Bartlett, Charles (August 5, 1940). "Guldahl wins in Milwaukee Open with 268". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  4. ^ a b c "Guldahl makes blazing finish". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 5, 1940. p. 9. 
  5. ^ "Johnny Bulla leads Milwaukee Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. August 4, 1940. p. 10. 

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Coordinates: 43°09′04″N 88°04′37″W / 43.151°N 88.077°W / 43.151; -88.077