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The 1926 U.S. Open was the 30th U.S. Open, held July 8–10 at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Noted amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the British Open two weeks earlier, won the second of his four U.S. Opens, one stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa.[4][5]

1926 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJuly 8–10, 1926
LocationColumbus, Ohio
Course(s)Scioto Country Club
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,736 yards (6,159 m)[2]
Field148 players,[3] 63 after cut
Cut159 (+15)
Prize fund$2,000
Winner's share($500)
Champion
United States Bobby Jones (a)
293 (+5)
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Columbus is located in the United States
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Location in the United States
Scioto CC is located in Ohio
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Location in Ohio

After rounds of 70-79-71, Jones was three strokes behind third round leader Turnesa, who unraveled on the last nine on Saturday afternoon, with five bogeys in six holes. He managed to birdie the final hole for a 77 and 294 total for solo second (and the winner's share of the purse). Jones got off to a slow start, with bogeys at three of his first five holes, then birdied the 7th and ran off a streak of nine consecutive fours. Needing a par on the par-5 18th to tie (and force a playoff round), Jones hit a 310-yard (283 m) tee shot, then followed with an approach to the green, leaving 15 feet (4.5 m) for eagle. Two-putting for birdie, Jones carded a one-over 73 to best Turnesa by a stroke.[5] Bill Mehlhorn opened with 68 on Thursday,[6][7] and led after both of the first two rounds,[8][9] but was ten over par on Saturday and was four strokes back, in a four-way tie for third.[4]

Jones became the first player to win the U.S. Open and British Open in the same year, and he won both again four years later in 1930, during his grand slam year. Later double Open winners were Gene Sarazen (1932), Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Trevino (1971), Tom Watson (1982), and Tiger Woods (2000). While Turnesa never won a major, he did finish second twice and his brother Jim won the PGA Championship in 1952. Another brother, Willie, won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once. In total, eight Turnesa brothers played on the PGA Tour.

This was also the first year since 1919 that the tournament was extended to three days, because of the number of entries and the size of the gallery. The first two rounds were now played over two days, Thursday and Friday, with a 36-hole cut. The final two rounds continued to be played on one day, Saturday. This format continued through 1964, except for the following year in 1927, when it was held Tuesday through Thursday (with a Friday playoff). The final round in 1959 was on Sunday due to weather delays.

Scioto was only ten years old at the time, and its club pro was George Sargent, the 1909 champion,[10] who did not compete. It later hosted the Ryder Cup in 1931 and the PGA Championship in 1950. Scioto is also noteworthy as the club where Jack Nicklaus learned to play as a youth in the 1950s, under the tutelage of Jack Grout.

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Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Bobby Jones (a)   United States 1923 70 79 71 73 293 +5 1
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922 78 77 72 70 297 +9 T3
Walter Hagen   United States 1914, 1919 73 77 74 74 298 +10 7
Chick Evans (a)   United States 1916 75 75 73 79 302 +14 T13
Willie Macfarlane   Scotland 1925 72 79 75 81 307 +19 T20
Alec Ross   Scotland 1907 81 75 79 78 313 +25 T34
Cyril Walker   England 1924 78 81 80 82 321 +33 T55

Source:[1][3][8]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Jim Barnes   England 1921 77 83 160 +16
Fred McLeod   Scotland
  United States
1908 74 86 160 +16

Source:[8][9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, July 8, 1926

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 68 −4
T2 Bobby Jones (a)   United States 70 −2
John Junor   United States
T4 Al Espinosa   United States 71 −1
Joe Turnesa   United States
T6 J.G. Collins   United States 72 E
Pat Doyle   Ireland
  United States
Leo Diegel   United States
Willie Macfarlane   Scotland
Dan Williams   United States

Source:[6][7]

Second roundEdit

Friday, July 9, 1926

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 68-75=143 −1
2 Joe Turnesa   United States 71-74=145 +1
3 Dan Williams   United States 72-74=146 +2
T4 Leo Diegel   United States 72-76=148 +4
George McLean   United States 74-74=148
T6 Jack Forrester   Scotland
  United States
76-73=149 +5
Bobby Jones (a)   United States 70-79=149
T8 Al Espinosa   United States 71-79=150 +6
Chick Evans (a)   United States 75-75=150
Walter Hagen   United States 73-77=150
John Junor   United States 70-80=150
Willie Klein   United States 76-74=150

Source:[8][9]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, July 10, 1926 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Joe Turnesa   United States 71-74-72=217 +1
2 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 68-75-76=219 +3
3 Bobby Jones (a)   United States 70-79-71=220 +4
4 Willie Hunter   Scotland
  United States
75-77-69=221 +5
5 Leo Diegel   United States 72-76-75=223 +7
T6 Johnny Farrell   United States 76-79-69=224 +8
Walter Hagen   United States 73-77-74=224
8 Willie Klein   United States 76-74-75=225 +9
T9 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
76-76-74=226 +10
Macdonald Smith   Scotland
  United States
82-76-68=226
Dan Williams   United States 72-74-80=226

Source:[1][3]

Final roundEdit

Saturday, July 10, 1926 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Jones (a)   United States 70-79-71-73=293 +5 0
2 Joe Turnesa   United States 71-74-72-77=294 +6 500
T3 Leo Diegel   United States 72-76-75-74=297 +9 188
Johnny Farrell   United States 76-79-69-73=297
Bill Mehlhorn   United States 68-75-76-78=297
Gene Sarazen   United States 78-77-72-70=297
7 Walter Hagen   United States 73-77-74-74=298 +10 90
8 Willie Hunter   Scotland
  United States
75-77-69-79=300 +12 80
T9 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
76-76-74-75=301 +13 68
Willie Klein   United States 76-74-75-76=301
Macdonald Smith   Scotland
  United States
82-76-68-75=301
Dan Williams   United States 72-74-80-75=301

Source:[1][3]

Amateurs: Jones (+5), Evans (+14), Johnston (+21), MacDonald (+22), Shute (+28), Westland (+28).

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5
  Jones +5 +5 +6 +6 +7 +7 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +5
  Turnesa +2 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +5 +5 +6 +7 +6
  Melhorn +3 +3 +4 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +7 +9 +8 +8 +8 +9 +9 +9

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[1][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bobby Jones wins National Open golf title". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). July 10, 1926. p. 1C.
  2. ^ "National golf championships open in Columbus". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. July 8, 1926. p. 8, section 1.
  3. ^ a b c d e Krum, Morrow (July 8, 1926). "148 tee off for Open golf title today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17.
  4. ^ a b Pegler, Westbrook (July 11, 1926). "Jones' victory comes after 18 hole duel". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ a b Sixty, Billy (July 11, 1926). "Jones wins National Open title by one stroke". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1-sports.
  6. ^ a b Krum, Morrow (July 9, 1926). "Melhorn's record 168 tops golf Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 23.
  7. ^ a b "Mehlhorn leads for Open title; Junor and Jones tied for second". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 9, 1926. p. 15.
  8. ^ a b c d Krum, Morrow (July 10, 1926). "Mehlhorn holds golf lead with 143". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 13.
  9. ^ a b c "Bill Mehlhorn retains his lead in National Open golf tourney". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. July 10, 1926. p. 16.
  10. ^ "Scioto Golf Course". Eugene Guard. (Oregon). (course drawing). July 7, 1926. p. 8.

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