1898 U.S. Open (golf)

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1898 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 17–18, 1898
Location South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Course(s) Myopia Hunt Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Field 45
Winner's share $150
Scotland Fred Herd
Myopia   Hunt Club is located in USA
Myopia   Hunt Club
Hunt Club
Location in the United States

The 1898 U.S. Open was the fourth U.S. Open, held June 17–18 at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, northeast of Boston.[1] Scotland's Fred Herd captured his only major title, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Alex Smith.

For the first time the U.S. Open was expanded to 72-holes, meaning the players had to complete eight loops around Myopia's 9-hole course.[1] Fred Herd trailed leader Willie Anderson by six shots after 36-holes, but he managed to pass Anderson with a 75 in the third round, the low round of the championship. Despite an 84 over the last 18-holes, Herd managed to prevail over Alex Smith by seven, with Anderson finishing in 3rd place eight shots back. Only Herd and Smith managed to break 80 in any round of the championship.

Herd's fondness for liquor was well-known, and after his win tournament officials required him to leave a deposit to prevent him from selling the trophy for drinking money. His brother Sandy would win The Open Championship in 1902.

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 18, 1898

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Fred Herd  Scotland 84-85-75-84=328 150
2 Alex Smith  Scotland 78-86-86-85=335 100
3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 81-82-87-86=336 50
4 Joe Lloyd  England 87-80-86-86=339 25
5 Willie Smith  Scotland 82-91-85-82=340 10
6 Willie Hoare  England 84-84-87-87=342 0
7 Willie Dunn, Jr.  Scotland 85-87-87-85=344
T8 John Jones  England 83-84-90-90=347
Herbert Leeds (a)  United States 81-84-93-89=347
Robert McAndrews  Scotland 85-90-86-86=347
Bernard Nicholls  England 86-87-88-86=347
(a) denotes amateur


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Golf Experts to Meet". The Sun. June 17, 1898. Retrieved May 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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