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The 1927 U.S. Open was the 31st U.S. Open, held June 14–17 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. Tommy Armour defeated Harry Cooper in an 18-hole playoff to win the first of his three major titles.

1927 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–17, 1927
LocationOakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Oakmont Country Club
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par72[1]
Length6,965 yards (6,369 m)[2][3]
Field148 players,[3] 62 after cut
Cut163 (+19)
Prize fund$2,000
Winner's share$500
Champion
Scotland United States Tommy Armour
301 (+13), playoff
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The surprise second round leader was amateur Jimmy Johnston,[4][5] who won the U.S. Amateur two years later in 1929. In the third round on Thursday morning, he suffered two double bogeys on the front-nine, carded an 87 (+15), and finished in 19th place. Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn, and Emmet French were all in contention in the final round, but only French managed to break 40 on the back nine. Tommy Armour shot a final round 76 and 301 total, while Harry Cooper shot 77. Armour needed a 10-foot (3 m) putt for birdie on the par-4 18th to tie Cooper and force a playoff.[2][6] Neither player managed to break par during any round in the tournament.[7][8]

Both players were tied after nine holes of the Friday playoff, even though they only halved one hole. Cooper then took a two-shot lead, but an Armour birdie at 13 and a Cooper bogey at 15 brought the match to all square. On the 16th, Cooper found a bunker off the tee and recorded a double bogey, while Armour made par to gain a two-stroke advantage did not relinquish. Armour finished with a 76 to Cooper's 79.[1][9]

Armour's winning score of 301 was the highest since 1919, and the last time the winning score exceeded 300 strokes. Only one round under 70 was recorded, Al Espinosa's 69 in the final round. After Armour, no foreign-born player won the U.S. Open for another 38 years, until Gary Player in 1965. England's Ted Ray, the 1920 champion, played in his first Open since his win; it would also be his last. The 12th hole at Oakmont measured 621 yards (568 m), the longest in U.S. Open history until 1955.

While Armour won two more majors, Cooper never won one. His 31 PGA Tour victories are the most by a player without a major win, and he is often cited as the "best player to never win a major."

Defending champion Bobby Jones and Eddie Jones shared low-amateur honors and tied for eleventh. It was the only time in his eleven U.S. Open appearances that Bobby Jones finished outside the top ten.

This was the first U.S. Open held at Oakmont, which hosted its ninth in 2016. It has also hosted three PGA Championships; the first in 1922 was a match play event won by Gene Sarazen.

This was the last U.S. Open to commence on Tuesday; the following year the first round was scheduled for Thursday.

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922 74 74 80 74 302 +14 3
Walter Hagen   United States 1914, 1919 77 73 76 81 307 +19 6
Bobby Jones (a)   United States 1923, 1926 76 77 79 77 309 +21 T11
Willie Macfarlane   Scotland 1925 82 76 80 73 311 +23 T18
Jim Barnes   England 1921 78 75 81 79 313 +25 T24
Ted Ray   Jersey 1920 76 83 77 78 314 +26 T27
George Sargent   England 1909 80 79 80 83 322 +34 T44

Source:[5][6]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Chick Evans (a)   United States 1916 88 78 166 +22

Source:[10]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Tuesday, June 14, 1927

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Harry Hampton   Scotland
  United States
73 +1
Jimmy Johnston (a)   United States
T3 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
74 +2
Gene Sarazen   United States
T5 Emmet French   United States 75 +3
Bill Mehlhorn   United States
Larry Nabboltz   United States
T8 Bobby Jones (a)   United States 76 +4
Ted Ray   Jersey
T10 Bobby Cruickshank   Scotland
  United States
77 +5
Walter Hagen   United States
P.O. Hart   United States
Bob MacDonald   Scotland
  United States

Source:[11]

Second roundEdit

Wednesday, June 15, 1927

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jimmy Johnston (a)   United States 73-74=147 +3
2 Gene Sarazen   United States 74-74=148 +4
3 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
78-71=149 +5
T4 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
74-76=150 +6
Walter Hagen   United States 77-73=150
6 Harry Hampton   Scotland
  United States
73-78=151 +7
T7 Fred Baroni   United States 80-72=152 +8
Leo Diegel   United States 78-74=152
Bill Mehlhorn   United States 75-77=152
T10 Jim Barnes   United States 78-75=153 +9
Archie Compston   England 79-74=153
Bobby Jones (a)   United States 76-77=153
Eddie Loos   United States 78-75=153

Source:[5]

Third roundEdit

Thursday, June 16, 1927 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
74-76-74=224 +8
2 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
78-71-76=225 +9
3 Walter Hagen   United States 77-73-76=226 +10
4 Gene Sarazen   United States 74-74-80=228 +12
5 Archie Compston   England 79-74-76=229 +13
T6 Bobby Cruickshank   Scotland
  United States
77-78-76=231 +15
Emmet French   United States 75-79-77=231
Harry Hampton   Scotland
  United States
73-78-80=231
T9 Leo Diegel   United States 78-74-80=232 +16
Johnny Farrell   United States 81-73-78=232
Eddie Loos   United States 78-75-79=232
Bill Mehlhorn   United States 75-77-80=232

Source:[6]

Final roundEdit

Thursday, June 16, 1927 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
78-71-76-76=301 +13 Playoff
Harry Cooper   England
  United States
74-76-74-77=301
3 Gene Sarazen   United States 74-74-80-74=302 +14 200
4 Emmet French   United States 75-79-77-73=304 +16 150
5 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 75-77-80-73=305 +17 100
6 Walter Hagen   United States 77-73-76-81=307 +19 90
T7 Archie Compston   England 79-74-76-79=308 +20 73
Johnny Farrell   United States 81-73-78-76=308
Johnny Golden   United States 83-77-75-73=308
Harry Hampton   Scotland
  United States
73-78-80-77=308

Source:[5][6]

PlayoffEdit

Friday, June 17, 1927

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
39-37=76 +4 500
2 Harry Cooper   England
  United States
39-40=79 +7 300

Source:[1]

ScorecardEdit

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
   Armour –1 –1 E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +4 +4 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4
   Cooper E E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +5 +7 +6 +7
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[1][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Gould, Alan (June 18, 1927). "Tommy Armour Open Champ". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 1-part.
  2. ^ a b Shefter, David (February 28, 2007). "Getting their due: Jones, Parks, Hogan tasted victory at Oakmont". USGA. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Rohm, Harland (June 14, 1927). "148 golfers to start play in U.S. Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 25.
  4. ^ Brown, Warren (June 16, 1927). "Johnston on top in Open golf tourney". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ a b c d Rohm, Harland (June 16, 1927). "Johnston leads U.S. Open play with 147 total". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15.
  6. ^ a b c d Rohm, Harland (June 17, 1927). "Armour ties Cooper for National Open title". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 17.
  7. ^ "Cooper and Armour play off today for U.S. golf laurels". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. June 17, 1927. p. 17.
  8. ^ Gould, Alan J. (June 17, 1927). "Two pros contest for title today". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 11.
  9. ^ a b Rohm, Harland (June 18, 1927). "Armour wins National Open golf championship". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19.
  10. ^ "Scores for 36 holes in Open golf tourney". Pittsburgh Press. June 15, 1927. p. 1.
  11. ^ Rohm, Harland (June 15, 1927). "Hampton, Johnston tie for National Open lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 23.

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