1925 U.S. Open (golf)

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1925 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 3–5, 1925
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Course(s) Worcester Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Par 71[1]
Length 6,430 yards (5,880 m)
Field 91
Winner's share $500
Scotland Willie Macfarlane
291 (+7), playoff
Worcester CC is located in USA
Worcester CC
Worcester CC
Location in the United States

The 1925 U.S. Open was the 29th U.S. Open, held June 3–5 at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Scottish pro Willie Macfarlane won the 36-hole playoff by one stroke on the final hole to secure his only major championship and deny Bobby Jones his second Open,[1] which he won the following year.

Francis Ouimet, the 1913 champion, held the lead after the first round. Macfarlane tied Leo Diegel for the second round lead after a 67 that established a new tournament record. Macfarlane carded a 72 in the third round that gave him a one-stroke lead over Johnny Farrell. Macfarlane, however, struggled in the final round on his way to a 78 and 291 total. That was still good enough to tie Jones, who shot 74 after a 70 in the third round. Farrell and Ouimet (who was playing in his final Open), shot 78 and 76, respectively, to finish a shot out of the playoff.[2]

The first 18 holes on Friday ended in a tie, with both Macfarlane and Jones shooting 75. Jones took a four-stroke lead after nine during the second playoff round, but Macfarlane managed to tie after recording birdies at 10 and 13, while Jones bogeyed 13. The match was still all square heading to the 18th. Macfarlane found the green on his approach while Jones hit into a bunker. After Jones failed to get up-and-down, Macfarlane two-putted for the title. Macfarlane was the first Scot to win the Open since Alex Smith in 1910.

During the first round, Jones was getting set to hit an iron shot out of the rough on the 11th hole when he felt his club move the ball ever so slightly.[3] No one else seemed to have seen this movement, but Jones called a penalty on himself. After officials were unable to confirm that the ball had actually moved, they allowed Jones to make his own ruling on whether or not he should be penalized. Jones said he was certain the ball had moved and penalized himself. The decision cost him the title, but forever added to Jones's legacy. Spectators praised him for his sportsmanship, but he would have none of it. He flatly replied, "You might as well praise me for not robbing a bank."[3] Because there were so many players with a chance on the final nine of regulation and both playoff rounds were drama-filled, William D. Richardson of The New York Times called it "easily the greatest Open Championship of them all."[4]

Final leaderboard

Thursday, June 4, 1925

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 74-67-72-78=291 +7 Playoff
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 77-70-70-74=291
T3 Johnny Farrell  United States 71-74-69-78=292 +8 300
Francis Ouimet (a)  United States 70-73-73-76=292 0
T5 Walter Hagen  United States 72-76-71-74=293 +9 175
Gene Sarazen  United States 72-72-75-74=293
7 Mike Brady  United States 74-72-74-74=294 +10 100
8 Leo Diegel  United States 73-68-77-78=296 +12 90
T9 Laurie Ayton, Snr  Scotland 75-71-73-78=297 +13 78
Al Espinosa  United States 72-71-74-80=297


Friday, June 5, 1925

Player Country Score To par
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 37-38=75 +4
Bobby Jones (a)  United States 38-37=75 +4

2nd playoff

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 39-33=72 +1 500
2 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 35-38=73 +2 0


(a) denotes amateur


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Macfarlane beat Jones in 2nd playoff". Montreal Gazette. June 6, 1925. p. 18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Macfarlane and Jones in tie for U.S. Open honors". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 5, 1925. p. 16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Trex, Ethan (June 12, 2008). "Fun and sick facts about U.S. Open". CNN. Retrieved March 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Barrett, David. Golf Courses of the U.S. Open. New York, New York: Abrams, 2007.

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