1954 U.S. Open (golf)

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1954 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 17–19, 1954
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,027 yards (6,425 m)[1]
Field 159 players, 50 after cut
Cut 151 (+11)
Prize fund $23,280[2]
Winner's share $6,000
Champion
United States Ed Furgol
284 (+4)
Baltusrol GC is located in USA
Baltusrol GC
Baltusrol GC
Location in the United States
1954 US Open Champion Ed Furgol

The 1954 U.S. Open was the 54th U.S. Open, held June 17–19 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. Ed Furgol won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler.[1]

Littler owned the 36-hole lead by two strokes over defending champion Ben Hogan and Furgol. After a 76 in the third round, Littler fell three strokes back of Furgol, who shot a 71 to take a one-stroke lead over Dick Mayer. Hogan made four bogeys at the first six holes and fell out of contention with a 76. In the final round, Littler rebounded with a 70, but it was not enough. Furgol was helped by a great recovery on the 18th. After hitting his drive into the trees, he played his escape shot onto the 18th fairway of Baltusrol's other course. From there he managed to make par, carding a 72 for a 284 total. Mayer was tied with Furgol as he played 18, but he double-bogeyed the hole to fall into third.[3][4]

This U.S. Open was the first to be nationally televised. It was also the first in which ropes were used to control the gallery. Prize money was increased by 20% over the previous year.[2]

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 72 71 72 71 286 +6 T3
Ben Hogan  United States 1948, 1950,
1951, 1953
71 70 76 72 289 +9 T6
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949 72 71 72 75 290 +10 T11
Julius Boros  United States 1952 78 71 78 70 297 +17 T23
Lew Worsham  United States 1947 72 77 77 71 297 +17 T23
Lawson Little  United States 1940 78 73 73 77 301 +21 T35

Missed the cut

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Tony Manero  United States 1936 77 80 157 +17
Johnny Farrell  United States 1928 79 79 158 +18
Billy Burke  United States 1931 82 86 168 +28
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1932 79 WD +9

Source:[5]

Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 19, 1954

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ed Furgol  United States 71-70-71-72=284 +4 6,000
2 Gene Littler  United States 70-69-76-70=285 +5 3,600
T3 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 72-71-72-71=286 +6 1,500
Dick Mayer  United States 72-71-70-73=286
5 Bobby Locke  South Africa 74-70-74-70=288 +8 960
T6 Tommy Bolt  United States 72-72-73-72=289 +9 570
Fred Haas  United States 73-73-71-72=289
Ben Hogan  United States 71-70-76-72=289
Shelley Mayfield  United States 73-75-72-69=289
Billy Joe Patton (a)  United States 69-76-71-73=289 0
(a) denotes amateur

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Grimsley, Will (June 20, 1954). "Furgol wins Open in dramatic finish". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. 1-sports.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "U.S. Open history:1954". USGA. Retrieved July 26, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Furgol wins Open, Mayer ties for third". St. Petersburg Times. June 20, 1954. p. 1C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Fraley, Oscar (June 20, 1954). "Ed Furgol wins US Open". Eugene Register-Guard. United Press. p. 1C.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "National Open golf scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 19, 1954. p. 11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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