The 1903 U.S. Open was the ninth U.S. Open, held June 26–29 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Willie Anderson won the second of his four U.S. Open titles in a playoff over David Brown.[1][2] The championship was played on the original course at Baltusrol,[3] now known as the Old Course, which no longer exists.

1903 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 26–29, 1903
LocationSpringfield, New Jersey
Course(s)Baltusrol Golf Club
Old Course (no longer exists)
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play − 72 holes
Length6,003 yards (5,489 m)
Winner's share$200
Scotland Willie Anderson
307, playoff
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Baltusrol  is located in the United States
Baltusrol  is located in New Jersey

Anderson led after each of the first three rounds,[4] with a six-shot lead after 54 holes, but carded 82 in the final round on Saturday afternoon. Brown's 76 equaled them at 307 total, eight strokes clear of the field.[5] The playoff was moved to Monday because Sunday was reserved for member play, and was played in a heavy rainstorm. Anderson took a two-stroke lead at the turn, but Brown managed to tie after 14. At the next hole, Brown made a seven after his tee shot went out of bounds, but Anderson only gained a single stroke after three-putting for a six. At 16, Brown made a six to Anderson's five, and both made fours on the last two holes; Anderson ended at 82, two shots ahead.[1]

Anderson had won in 1901 and was the first to win the U.S. Open twice; it was the first of three consecutive titles, a feat yet to be repeated. His four U.S. Open wins set a record which has been equaled by three others: Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus.

Donald Ross, who would become known as one of the greatest golf course architects, designing several courses that hosted future U.S. Opens, had his best U.S. Open finish with a 5th place showing. Baseball Hall of Famer John Montgomery Ward played in his first of two U.S. Opens here, finishing in 56th place.

The Old Course at Baltusrol hosted the U.S. Open again a dozen years later in 1915, then was plowed under three years later in 1918 by course architect A. W. Tillinghast to create the Upper and Lower Courses.

Round summaries Edit

First round Edit

Friday, June 26, 1903 (morning)

Place Player Score
1   Willie Anderson 73
2   Laurie Auchterlonie 75
T3   Jack Campbell 76
  Jack Hobens
T5   Findlay Douglas (a) 77
  Stewart Gardner
  Alex Smith
T8   George Tuttle Brokaw (a) 78
William Norton
T10   David Brown 79
  Alex Campbell
  Donald Ross


Second round Edit

Friday, June 26, 1903 (afternoon)

Place Player Score
1   Willie Anderson 73-76=149
T2   Laurie Auchterlonie 75-79=154
  Stewart Gardner 77-77=154
  Alex Smith 77-77=154
T5   David Brown 79-77=156
  Findlay Douglas (a) 77-79=156
7   Jack Hobens 76-81=157
8   Donald Ross 79-79=158
T9   Jack Campbell 76-83=159
William Norton 78-81=159
  Horace Rawlins 82-77=159


Third round Edit

Saturday, June 27, 1903 (morning)

Place Player Score
1   Willie Anderson 73-76-76=225
2   David Brown 79-77-75=231
3   Alex Smith 77-77-81=235
T4   Stewart Gardner 77-77-82=236
  Donald Ross 79-79-78=236
6   Horace Rawlins 82-77-78=237
T7   Laurie Auchterlonie 75-79-84=238
  Findlay Douglas (a) 77-79-82=238
9   Jack Hobens 76-81-82=239
10   Isaac Mackie 83-80-78=241


Final round Edit

Saturday, June 27, 1903 (afternoon)

Place Player Score Money ($)
T1   Willie Anderson 73-76-76-82=307 Playoff
  David Brown 79-77-75-76=307
3   Stewart Gardner 77-77-82-79=315 125
4   Alex Smith 77-77-81-81=316 100
5   Donald Ross 79-79-78-82=318 80
6   Jack Campbell 76-83-83-77=319 70
7   Laurie Auchterlonie 75-79-84-83=321 50
8   Findlay Douglas (a) 77-79-82-84=322 0
T9   Jack Hobens 76-81-82-84=323 33
  Alex Ross 83-82-78-80=323
  Willie Smith 80-81-83-79=323


Amateurs: Douglas (322), Reinhart (325), Travis (326), Brokaw (333),
                 Croker (348), Carnegie (353), Kellogg (356), Gillespie (357),
                 Tappin (359), Watson (360), Ward (363), McDonald (372).

Playoff Edit

Monday, June 29, 1903

Place Player Score Money ($)
1   Willie Anderson 42-40=82 200
2   David Brown 42-42=84 150


References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "Championship for Anderson". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 30, 1903. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b c d e Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of The Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008. pp. 205–6. ISBN 9780786453955. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ready for the championship". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 26, 1903. p. 8.
  4. ^ a b c "Play in golf tourney". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 27, 1903. p. 6.
  5. ^ a b c "Two champions are tied". Chicago Sunday Tribune. June 28, 1903. p. 12.

External links Edit

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