1923 U.S. Open (golf)

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1923 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates July 13–15, 1923
Location Inwood, New York
Course(s) Inwood Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Par 72
Field 77
Winner's share ($500)
United States Bobby Jones (a)
296 (+8)
Inwood CC is located in USA
Inwood CC
Inwood CC
Location in the United States

The 1923 U.S. Open was the 27th U.S. Open, held July 13–15 at Inwood Country Club in Inwood, New York, a suburb east of New York City. Amateur golf legend Bobby Jones, age 21, captured his first career major championship by defeating Bobby Cruickshank in an 18-hole Sunday playoff.

Qualifying directly preceded the tournament proper, which was held on Friday and Saturday, 36 holes per day.

Jones held a three-stroke lead through 54 holes, but struggled throughout the final round on Saturday afternoon. He bogeyed the first, hit his tee shot out of bounds at seven for another bogey, hit his second shot on 16 into the parking lot, and then added another bogey at 17. Still with the lead heading to the 18th, Jones made a double-bogey 6 for a round of 76 (+4) and 296 (+8) total. Cruickshank, playing behind Jones, had to birdie the last to tie Jones and hit his approach shot to 5 feet (1.5 m) to set up a birdie, which he made.[1]

During the 18-hole playoff on Sunday, Jones and Cruickshank only halved three of the first 17 holes, but they were all square heading to the 18th. After both players drove into the rough, Cruickshank elected to lay up short of the green, but Jones went for it and hit a 2-iron to 8 feet (2.4 m). After Cruickshank failed to get up-and-down, Jones two-putted for the championship.[2]

This was the first of Jones' four U.S. Open titles, a record shared with three others: Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus. It was also the first of four playoffs Jones was involved in, winning twice.

Final leaderboard

Saturday, July 14, 1923

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 71-73-76-76=296 +8 0
2 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 73-72-78-73=296 500
3 Jock Hutchison  United States 70-72-82-78=302 +14 300
4 Jack Forrester  Scotland 75-73-77-78=303 +15 200
T5 Johnny Farrell  United States 76-77-75-76=304 +16 125
Francis Gallett  Scotland 76-72-77-79=304
William Reekie (a)  United States 80-74-75-75=304 0
T8 Leo Diegel  United States 77-77-76-76=306 +18 82
Bill Mehlhorn  United States 73-79-75-79=306
Al Watrous  United States 74-75-76-81=306
(a) denotes amateur


Sunday, July 15, 1923

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 37-39=76 +4 0
2 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 37-41=78 +6 500



  1. "Cruickshank ties Jones at Inwood". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 15, 1923. p. 4-part 2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Robert Jones won title in play-off". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. July 16, 1923. p. 13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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