1924 U.S. Open (golf)

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1924 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 5–6, 1924
Location Birmingham, Michigan
Course(s) Oakland Hills Country Club,
South Course
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,880 yards (6,291 m)[1]
Field 84
Winner's share $500
Champion
England Cyril Walker
297 (+9)
Oakland Hills Country Club is located in USA
Oakland Hills Country Club
Oakland Hills Country Club
Location in the United States

The 1924 U.S. Open was the 28th U.S. Open, held June 5–6 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Cyril Walker, a relatively unknown Englishman, defeated defending champion Bobby Jones by three strokes at the South Course.[2]

After two rounds of play, Jones shared the lead with Bill Mehlhorn, with Walker a shot back. Walker shot a third consecutive 74 in the third round to tie Jones after 54 holes, with Mehlhorn one back. Jones and Mehlhorn, playing ahead of Walker in the final round, both played poorly, each carding 78. Leading by three on the 15th, Walker made bogey but then responded with a birdie on 16. He parred the final two holes to secure the championship.

This would mark the high point of Walker's career. He never won another significant title, and only had one other top-10 finish in a major championship. A heavy drinker, he wound up working as a dishwasher and died in a New Jersey jail cell in 1948 at the age of 56.

This was the first of nine major championships held at the South Course through 2012; six U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships.

Final leaderboard

Friday, June 6, 1924

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Cyril Walker  England 74-74-74-75=297 +9 500
2 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 74-73-75-78=300 +12 0
3 Bill Mehlhorn  United States 72-75-76-78=301 +13 300
T4 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 77-72-76-78=303 +15 150
Walter Hagen  United States 75-75-76-77=303
Macdonald Smith  United States[3] 78-72-77-76=303
T7 Abe Espinosa  United States 80-71-77-77=305 +17 85
Peter O'Hara  United States 76-79-74-76=305
9 Mike Brady  United States 75-77-77-77=306 +18 75
T10 Chick Evans (a)  United States 77-77-76-77=307 +19 0
Eddie Loos  United States 73-81-75-78=307 63
Dave Robertson  United States 73-76-77-81=307
(a) denotes amateur

References

  1. "Jones divides National Open lead". Miami News. Associated Press. June 6, 1924. p. 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Cyril Walker wrests National Open golf title from Jones". Miami News. Associated Press. June 7, 1924. p. 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. According to his naturalization certificate (available at Ancestry.com) Smith became a U.S. citizen in 1923

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