1936 U.S. Open (golf)

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1936 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 4–6, 1936
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Upper Course[1]
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 72[2]
Length 6,866 yards (6,278 m)[2]
Field 164 players, 76 after cut
Cut 151 (+7)
Prize fund $5,000[3]
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
United States Tony Manero
282 (–6)
Baltusrol GC is located in Union County, New Jersey
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC is located in USA
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States

The 1936 U.S. Open was the 40th U.S. Open, held June 4–6 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Tony Manero, a relatively unknown pro from New York playing out of North Carolina, surpassed third round leader Harry Cooper in the final round to claim his only major title. The purse was $5,000 and the winner's share was $1,000.[3] The Upper Course was used for this championship;[1] the Lower Course has been used for all subsequent majors at Baltusrol.

Entering the final round, Cooper led Manero by four strokes. Manero's final round 67 (–5) was a course record and gave him a 72-hole total of 282 (–6), two strokes ahead of Cooper, who shot 73 (+1) for 284. Manero's total of 282 set a new U.S. Open tournament record by four shots; the previous record of 286 was set in 1916.[4]

Manero was fortunate to even be in the championship, because during sectional qualifying, he needed a chip-in on his final hole just to qualify. His victory was not without controversy. During the final round he was paired with Gene Sarazen, whose tournament scoring record he would break. Sarazen apparently requested the pairing as he believed he could help the notoriously high-strung Manero, a close friend, stay calm. Afterwards a complaint was filed with the USGA alleging that Sarazen was actually giving advice to Manero, a violation of the rules. After a meeting, the USGA ruled that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing, and Manero was allowed to keep the championship.

In contrast to the previous year, scoring conditions at the Open were ideal throughout the week. For the tournament, 38 players broke par and the scoring average was 76.04, both numbers setting U.S. Open records. Chuck Kocsis finished as low amateur in a tie for 14th place.

A record field of 1,278 entered the qualifying for this U.S. Open, up from 1,177 in 1935.[5]

Course

Baltusrol Golf Club, Upper Course[1][2]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 471 423 186 390 385 439 216 538 346 3,394 158 602 340 365 40 140 439 563 465 3,472 6,866
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 36 72
  • Note: The Lower Course has been used for all subsequent majors at Baltusrol.

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 6, 1936

Place Player Country Score To Par Money ($)
1 Tony Manero  United States 73-69-73-67=282 –6 1,000
2 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
71-70-70-73=284 –4 750
3 Clarence Clark  United States 69-75-71-72=287 –1 650
4 Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
73-73-72-70=288 E 550
T5 Wiffy Cox  United States 74-74-69-72=289 +1 350
Ky Laffoon  United States 71-74-70-74=289
Henry Picard  United States 70-71-74-74=289
T8 Ralph Guldahl  United States 73-70-73-74=290 +2 137
Paul Runyan  United States 69-75-73-73=290
10 Denny Shute  United States 72-69-73-77=291 +3 100

Source:[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Parks eliminated in National Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1936. p. 16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Par and yardage for Baltusrol". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 4, 1936. p. 17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "How the U.S. Open Money was divided". Miami News. United Press. June 7, 1936. p. 3-sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kirksey, George (June 7, 1936). "Manero's dizzy dash down the stretch unequaled". Miami News. United Press. p. 12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Record field of 1,278 plays in U.S. 'Open'". Milwaukee Journal. United Press. May 7, 1936. p. 2-sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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