1940 U.S. Open (golf)

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1940 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 6–9, 1940
Location Beachwood, Ohio
Course(s) Canterbury Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 6,894 yards (6,304 m)[1]
Field 161 players, 66 after cut
Cut 153 (+9)
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
United States Lawson Little
287 (−1), playoff
CanterburyGolf Club is located in USA
CanterburyGolf Club
Canterbury
Golf Club
Location in United States

The 1940 U.S. Open was the 44th U.S. Open, June 6–9 at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio, a suburb east of Cleveland. Lawson Little defeated Gene Sarazen in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major.[2]

Little started the final round a stroke behind leader Frank Walsh and carded a 73 to finish at 287. Sarazen made two birdies on the back nine and did not make a bogey to also post 287 and force a playoff. Little jumped out to an early advantage in the playoff, making the turn with a three-stroke advantage. Sarazen made birdie at 11 and 13 and came within a shot with five holes to play, but could draw no closer as Little shot 70 to Sarazen's 73. Little became the fifth player to win both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur.

Six players were disqualified after the final round for starting their round too early to avoid a coming storm. One of those players, Ed Oliver, actually tied Little and Sarazen, but his disqualification prevented his participation in the playoff. Walter Hagen, in his final U.S. Open, was also disqualified for showing up late for his third round.

The top eight finishers in the tournament were all past or future major champions, and are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

This was the first of three majors at Canterbury. The U.S. Open returned six years later in 1946, won by Lloyd Mangrum in two playoff rounds. It was the first U.S. Open in five years, due to World War II. The PGA Championship was played at the course in 1973, won by Jack Nicklaus.

Course layout

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 430 369 176 440 410 477 200 412 553 3,467 367 170 374 483 403 371 588 230 441 3,427 6,894
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Source:[1]

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 8, 1940

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Lawson Little  United States 72-69-73-73=287 −1 Playoff
Gene Sarazen  United States 71-74-70-72=287
3 Horton Smith  United States 69-72-78-69=288 E 700
4 Craig Wood  United States 72-73-72-72=289 +1 600
T5 Ralph Guldahl  United States 73-71-76-70=290 +2 325
Ben Hogan  United States 70-73-74-73=290
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 75-70-71-74=290
Byron Nelson  United States 72-74-70-74=290
9 Dick Metz  United States 75-72-72-72=291 +3 175
T10 Ed Dudley  United States 73-75-71-73=292 +4 137
Frank Walsh  United States 73-69-71-79=292

Playoff

Sunday, June 9, 1940

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Lawson Little  United States 34-36=70 −2 1,000
2 Gene Sarazen  United States 37-36=73 +1 800

Scorecard

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 5 3 4
United States Little E –1 –1 –1 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2 –1 –1 –1 –2 –3 –2 –2
United States Sarazen +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 E +1 +1 +1 +1 E E +1 E E E +1 +1

Source:[1][3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ferguson, Harry (June 10, 1940). "Lawson Little beats Gene Sarazen by three strokes in national open playoff". Youngstown Vindicator. United Press. p. 10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "U.S. Open history: 1940". USGA. Retrieved June 26, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Little wins Open golf playoff, 70-73". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 10, 1940. p. 15.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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