1948 U.S. Open (golf)

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1948 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 10–12, 1948
Location Pacific Palisades, California
Course(s) Riviera Country Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,020 yards (6,419 m)[1]
Field 167 players, 57 after cut
Cut 148 (+6)
Prize fund $10,000
Winner's share $2,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
276 (–8)
Riviera CC is located in USA
Riviera CC
Riviera CC
Location in the United States

The 1948 U.S. Open was the 48th U.S. Open, held June 10–12 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, northwest of Los Angeles. Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open titles at the course that became known as "Hogan's Alley," as it was his third win at Riviera in less than 18 months. He had won the Los Angeles Open at the course in early 1947 and 1948.[2][3][4] It was the third of Hogan's nine major titles; he had won his second PGA Championship a few weeks earlier. He was only the second to win both titles in the same year, joining Gene Sarazen in 1922.[1] Later winners of both were Jack Nicklaus in 1980 and Tiger Woods in 2000.

Although Sam Snead held the lead after 36 holes,[5] Hogan dominated the final two rounds, shooting 68-69 on Saturday for a total of 276 (–8), two shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret. Hogan decimated the U.S. Open scoring record (281 by Ralph Guldahl in 1937) by five strokes,[4] and his three rounds in the 60s was a tournament first.[6] The scoring record stood for 19 years, until bested by a stroke by Jack Nicklaus in 1967. Hogan's 8-under-par set a U.S. Open record that stood until 2000, when it was broken by Tiger Woods (12-under, broken by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at 16-under).

Eight months later, Hogan and his wife were involved in a serious automobile accident, a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus in west Texas.[7] The injuries he sustained prevented a defense of his title in 1949 while he recovered. Hogan returned to competition and won the U.S. Open in 1950, 1951, and 1953. (He led after 36 holes in 1952, but finished third.)

Ted Rhodes became the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open since 1913. He made the cut and finished in 51st place.

This was the first U.S. Open played on the West Coast; the first in the western U.S. was a decade earlier, in 1938 near Denver. The first major played on the West Coast was the PGA Championship in 1929, played at Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles. At the time, the course at Riviera was the longest ever for a U.S. Open at 7,020 yards (6,419 m).[6]

Babe Didrikson Zaharias became the first woman to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open, but her application was rejected by the USGA. They stated that the event was intended to be open to men only.[8]

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lew Worsham  United States 1947 67 74 71 73 285 +1 6
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 71 72 74 74 291 +7 T21
Ralph Guldahl  United States 1937, 1938 73 75 75 71 294 +10 T32

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lawson Little  United States 1940 72 78 150 +8
Craig Wood  United States 1941 76 75 151 +9
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1932 77 77 154 +12
Tony Manero  United States 1936 78 78 156 +14
Olin Dutra  United States 1934 82 75 157 +15

Source:[9]

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 12, 1948

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan  United States 67-72-68-69=276 –8 2,000
2 Jimmy Demaret  United States 71-70-68-69=278 –6 1,500
3 Jim Turnesa  United States 71-69-70-70=280 –4 1,000
4 Bobby Locke  South Africa 70-69-73-70=282 –2 800
5 Sam Snead  United States 69-69-73-72=283 –1 600
6 Lew Worsham  United States 67-74-71-73=285 +1 500
7 Herman Barron  United States 73-70-71-72=286 +2 400
T8 Johnny Bulla  United States 73-72-75-67=287 +3 300
Toney Penna  United States 70-72-73-72=287
Smiley Quick  United States 73-71-69-74=287

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ben Hogan sets mark, wins Open". Youngstown Vindicator. United Press. June 13, 1948. p. 1-sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ben Hogan captures $10,000 Los Angeles Open meet". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1948. p. 6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Ben Hogan sets record in taking U.S. Open". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. June 13, 1948. p. 18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Open golf win goes to Hogan". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. June 14, 1948. p. 13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Snead takes Open golf lead with 138". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 12, 1948. p. 13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Hogan's 276 wins Open, smashes Guldahl mark". Miami News. United Press. June 13, 1948. p. 1-C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Ben Hogan is seriously hurt as car, bus collide head on". Milwaukee Journal. February 3, 1949. p. 7-L.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Phlegar, Ben (April 7, 1948). "The Babe 'Not Welcome' In National Open Play". The Telegraph Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. p. 11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "National Open golf scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 12, 1948. p. 13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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