1920 U.S. Open (golf)

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1920 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates August 12–13, 1920
Location Toledo, Ohio
Course(s) Inverness Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Par 71[1]
Length 6,569 yards (6,007 m)
Field 70
Winner's share $500
Jersey Ted Ray
295 (+11)
InvernessClub is located in USA
Location in the United States

The 1920 U.S. Open was the 24th U.S. Open, held August 12–13 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

Isle of Jersey natives Harry Vardon and Ted Ray played in their first U.S. Open since their playoff loss to Francis Ouimet in 1913. The 50-year-old Vardon, the champion twenty years earlier in 1900, held a five-stroke lead with just five holes to play. He then proceeded to three-putt three holes in a row, then double-bogeyed the 17th after finding the water. He shot 42 (+6) on the second nine, giving him a 78 (+7) for the round and 296 total (+12), and finished in a tie for second, one stroke back. Ray also struggled in the final round, with four bogeys on the back nine. But he parred the 18th, giving him 295 total and a one-stroke victory over runners-up Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel, and Jack Burke, Sr.

This Open marked the first appearance by Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Tommy Armour, and Johnny Farrell. Between them, they won eight of the next 12 U.S. Opens.

At the age of 43 years and 138 days, Ray became the oldest U.S. Open champion, a record he held for 66 years, until Raymond Floyd, a few months older, won in 1986. Hale Irwin set the current record in 1990 at age 45.

This was the first of six major championships at Inverness, which later hosted the U.S. Open in 1931, 1957, and 1979. The PGA Championship was played at the course in 1986 and 1993.

Final leaderboard

Friday, August 13, 1920

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ted Ray  Jersey 74-73-73-75=295 +11 500
T2 Jack Burke, Sr.  United States 75-77-72-72=296 +12 188
Leo Diegel  United States 72-74-73-77=296
Jock Hutchison  United States[2] 69-76-74-77=296
Harry Vardon  Jersey 74-73-71-78=296
T6 Jim Barnes  England 76-70-76-76=298 +14 90
Chick Evans (a)  United States 74-76-73-75=298 0
T8 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 78-74-70-77=299 +15 0
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 76-75-74-74=299 80
10 Bob MacDonald  Scotland 73-78-71-78=300 +16 75
(a) denotes amateur


  1. Vardon, Harry (August 14, 1920). "Ray wins National Open". Milwaukee Journal. p. 6. Retrieved May 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. According to his naturalization certificate (available at Ancestry.com) Hutchinson became a U.S. citizen on April 1, 1920

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