1915 U.S. Open (golf)

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1915 U.S. Open
Travers with the winner's cup
Tournament information
Dates June 17–18, 1915
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Old Course (no longer exists)
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Par 74
Length 6,212 yards (5,680 m)[1]
Field 66 players
Winner's share ($300)
United States Jerome Travers (a)
297 (+1)
Baltusrol GC is located in USA
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States

The 1915 U.S. Open was the 21st U.S. Open, held June 17–18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Four-time U.S. Amateur champion Jerome Travers captured his only U.S. Open title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara.[1] The championship was played on the original course at Baltusrol, now known as the Old Course, which no longer exists.

Future U.S. Open champions Jim Barnes and Chick Evans shared the first round lead, with Travers five behind. After a 72 in the second round, Travers pulled to within two-shots of leaders Barnes and Louis Tellier. Travers took the lead in the third round with a 73, a shot ahead of Barnes, Tellier, Bob MacDonald, and Mike Brady, with McNamara two behind. MacDonald shot a 78 in the final round to finish in third, while Barnes and Tellier both shot 79 to finish in fourth. McNamara posted a 75 to total 298 as Travers made the turn at 39, and needed a 37 on the back-nine to win the title. His drive at the 10th went out of bounds, while his second shot found the rough. His third shot cleared the water surrounding the green and settled less than 3 feet from the hole. He managed to save par with a 15-footer at the 11th, three-putted for bogey at the 12th, but then made a birdie at 15. Pars over the final three holes saw him finish with a 76 and a 297 total.

Shortly after this win, Travers announced his retirement from competitive golf and never played in the U.S. Open again.

Defending champion Walter Hagen finished nine strokes back, in a tie for tenth place.

The Old Course at Baltusrol was plowed under three years later in 1918 by course architect A. W. Tillinghast to create the Upper and Lower Courses.

Final leaderboard

Friday, June 18, 1915

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jerome Travers (a)  United States 76-72-73-76=297 +1 0
2 Tom McNamara  United States 78-71-74-75=298 +2 300
3 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 72-77-73-78=300 +4 150
T4 Jim Barnes  England 71-75-76-79=301 +5 90
Louis Tellier  France 75-71-76-79=301
6 Mike Brady  United States 76-71-75-80=302 +6 70
7 George Low  Scotland 78-74-76-75=303 +7 60
T8 Jock Hutchison  Scotland 74-79-76-76=305 +9 45
Fred McLeod  Scotland 74-76-76-79=305
T10 Alex Campbell  Scotland 76-75-74-81=306 +10 6
Emmet French  United States 77-79-75-75=306
Walter Hagen  United States 78-73-76-79=306
Tom Kerrigan  United States 78-75-76-77=306
Gilbert Nicholls  England 78-81-73-74=306
Jack Park  Scotland 77-77-75-77=306
Wilfrid Reid  England 77-78-75-76=306
George Sargent  England 75-77-79-75=306
(a) denotes amateur


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hinckley, Rockwell (June 19, 1915). "Golf". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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