1926 U.S. Open (golf)

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1926 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates July 8–10, 1926
Location Columbus, Ohio
Course(s) Scioto Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Par 72[1]
Field 134 players, 63 after cut
Cut 159 (+15)
Prize fund $2,000
Winner's share ($500)
United States Bobby Jones (a)
293 (+5)
Scioto CC is located in USA
Scioto CC
Scioto CC
Location in the United States

The 1926 U.S. Open was the 30th U.S. Open, held July 8–10 at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Bobby Jones, already the British Open champion, won the second of his four U.S. Opens, one stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa.[2]

After rounds of 70-79-71, Jones was three strokes behind third round leader Turnesa. After a front-nine 37 in the final round on Saturday afternoon, Turnesa began to unravel on the back, bogeying 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17. He managed to birdie 18 for a 77 and 294 total. Jones got off to a slow star, with bogeys at three of his first five holes, then birdied the 7th and ran off a streak of nine consecutive fours. Needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to win, Jones hit a 310-yard (283 m) tee shot, then followed with an approach to the green, leaving 15 feet (5 m) for eagle. After two-putting, Jones carded a 73 and bested Turnesa by a shot.[2]

Jones became the first player to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. He later won both in 1930, during his grand slam year. While Turnesa never won a major, he did finish second twice and his brother Jim later won the 1952 PGA Championship. Another brother, Willie, won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once. In total, eight Turnesa brothers would eventually play on the PGA Tour.

This was also the first year that the tournament was extended to three days, because of the number of entries and the size of the gallery. The first two rounds were now played over two days, Thursday and Friday, with a 36-hole cut. The final two rounds continued to be played on one day, Saturday. This format continued through 1964.

Scioto later hosted the Ryder Cup in 1931 and the PGA Championship in 1950. It is also noteworthy as the club where Jack Nicklaus learned to play as a youth in the 1950s.

Final leaderboard

Saturday, July 10, 1926

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)  United States 70-79-71-73=293 +5 0
2 Joe Turnesa  United States 71-74-72-77=294 +6 500
T3 Leo Diegel  United States 72-76-75-74=297 +9 188
Johnny Farrell  United States 76-79-69-73=297
Bill Mehlhorn  United States 68-75-76-78=297
Gene Sarazen  United States 78-77-72-70=297
7 Walter Hagen  United States 73-77-74-74=298 +10 90
8 Willie Hunter  Scotland
 United States
75-77-69-79=300 +12 80
T9 Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
76-76-74-75=301 +13 68
Willie Klein  United States 76-74-75-76=301
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
Dan Williams  United States 72-74-80-75=301
(a) denotes amateur


  1. "Bobby Jones wins National Open golf title". Youngstown Vindicator. July 10, 1926. p. 1C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sixty, Billy (July 11, 1926). "Jones wins National Open title by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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