Open main menu

The 1928 Open Championship was the 63rd Open Championship, held 9–11 May at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Walter Hagen won the third of his four Open Championship titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Gene Sarazen.[2][3] It was his second triumph at Royal St George's, the site of his first Open win in 1922.[4] It was the tenth of his eleven major titles; his second Open victory came in 1924 at Royal Liverpool.

1928 Open Championship
Tournament information
Dates9–11 May 1928
LocationSandwich, England
Course(s)Royal St George's Golf Club
Statistics
Length6,616 yards (6,050 m)
Field113 players, 52 after cut[1]
Cut159
Prize fund£250
Winner's share£75
Champion
United States Walter Hagen
292
← 1927
1929 →
Sandwich  is located in England
Sandwich 
Sandwich 
Location in England
Sandwich is located in Kent
Sandwich
Sandwich
Location in Kent. England

For this year and the next, the Open was played earlier than usual, in early May, and Hagen won both. Qualifying was held on 7–8 May, Monday and Tuesday, with 18 holes at St George's and 18 holes at Prince's,[5] and the top 100 and ties qualified. José Jurado led the qualifiers on 144,[6] which included four Bradbeer brothers: James, Bob, Ernest, and Fred.[7] The qualifying score was 162 and 113 players qualified.[6]

Two-time defending champion Bobby Jones decided not to make the trip across the Atlantic this year, meaning all eyes were on other American stars. Two weeks prior, Walter Hagen played a match against Archie Compston and lost badly, 18 & 17.[4] Realizing he needed practice, Hagen resolved to skip the parties for which he had become famous and concentrate on his game.

On Wednesday, Bill Mehlhorn opened with 71 to take the lead, with Sarazen a stroke behind.[8][9] Mehlhorn had a poor 78 on the second day and José Jurado took over the lead on 145.[10]«» Hagen and Sarazen were second on 148 with Mehlhorn and Archie Compston on 149. To make the cut, players would need to be within 14 strokes of the leader after 36 holes; it was at 159 and 52 players advanced.[11]

On Friday morning, Hagen took the lead by a stroke from Jurado and Sarazen, two ahead of Compston. Hagen's 72 that afternoon gave him 292 and the victory, two shots ahead of Sarazen.[2] Jurado had a disappointing 80 and dropped into a tie for sixth place. The prizes were presented by the Prince of Wales.

Six-time champion Harry Vardon, age 58, made his last cut in the Open Championship and tied for 47th. He qualified for the Open just once more, the following year.

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
Walter Hagen   United States 1922, 1924 75 73 72 72 292 1
Jim Barnes   England 1925 81 73 76 71 301 T6
George Duncan   Scotland 1920 75 77 78 80 310 T18
Ted Ray   Jersey 1912 77 78 80 79 314 T33
James Braid   Scotland 1901, 1905,
1906, 1908, 1910
80 79 81 76 316 T41
Arnaud Massy   France 1907 79 79 79 79 317 T41
Harry Vardon   Jersey 1896, 1898, 1899,
1903, 1911, 1914
78 79 80 80 317 T47

Source:[1][2]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total
Arthur Havers   England 1920 81 79 160
Sandy Herd   Scotland 1902 82 81 163

Source:[1][11]

Did not advance past qualifying rounds (Monday & Tuesday):

Did not enter:

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Wednesday, 9 May 1928

Place Player Country Score
1 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 71
2 Gene Sarazen   United States 72
3 José Jurado   Argentina 74
T4 Percy Alliss   England 75
Archie Compston   England
George Duncan   Scotland
Walter Hagen   United States
Bill Twine   England
Syd Wingate   England
T10 Stewart Burns   Scotland 76
Jean Gassiat   France
Fred Taggart   England

Source:[8]

Second roundEdit

Thursday, 10 May 1928

Place Player Country Score
1 José Jurado   Argentina 74-71=145
T2 Walter Hagen   United States 75-73=148
Gene Sarazen   United States 72-76=148
T4 Archie Compston   England 75-74=149
Bill Mehlhorn   United States 71-78=149
T6 Stewart Burns   Scotland 76-74=150
Fred Taggart   England 76-74=150
Tom Williamson   England 77-73=150
9 Percy Alliss   England 75-76=151
T10 Aubrey Boomer   England 79-73=152
Henry Cotton   England 77-75=152
Bill Davies   England 78-74=152
George Duncan   Scotland 75-77=152
Fred Robson   England 79-73=152

Source:[11]

Third roundEdit

Friday, 11 May 1928 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Walter Hagen   United States 75-73-72=220
T2 José Jurado   Argentina 74-71-76=221
Gene Sarazen   United States 72-76-73=221
4 Archie Compston   England 75-74-73=222
T5 Stewart Burns   Scotland 76-74-75=225
Bill Mehlhorn   United States 71-78-76=225
Fred Robson   England 79-73-73=225
8 Percy Alliss   England 75-76-75=226
T9 Fred Taggart   England 76-74-77=227
Tom Williamson   England 77-73-77=227

Source:[1][2]

Final roundEdit

Friday, 11 May 1928 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money (£)
1 Walter Hagen   United States 75-73-72-72=292 75
2 Gene Sarazen   United States 72-76-73-73=294 50
3 Archie Compston   England 75-74-73-73=295 25
T4 Percy Alliss   England 75-76-75-72=298 15
Fred Robson   England 79-73-73-73=298
T6 Jim Barnes   England 81-73-76-71=301 10
Aubrey Boomer   Jersey 79-73-77-72=301
José Jurado   Argentina 74-71-76-80=301
9 Bill Mehlhorn   United States 71-78-76-77=302
10 Bill Davies   England 78-74-79-73=304

Source:[1][2][12]

Amateurs: Perkins (307), Hezlet (309), Hope (312), R Hartley (316), Torrance (316), Evans (319)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Media guide". The Open Championship. 2011. p. 109. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hagen again champion". Glasgow Herald. 12 May 1928. p. 9.
  3. ^ "Hagen's 292 wins British Open golf tournament". Chicago Daily Tribune. 12 May 1928. p. 21.
  4. ^ a b "Hagen recaptures British Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. 12 May 1928. p. 1-part 2. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ "American golfers do well in first qualifying round". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1928. p. 7.
  6. ^ a b c d "Argentine leads the qualifiers". Glasgow Herald. 9 May 1928. p. 8.
  7. ^ "Golf - Open Championship - Qualifying Scores". The Times. 9 May 1928. p. 7.
  8. ^ a b "Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1928. p. 3.
  9. ^ "Mehlhorn's 71 leads British Open; Sarazen 2d". Chicago Daily Tribune. (New York Times). 10 May 1928. p. 19.
  10. ^ "Jurado leads for British golf crown". Chicago Daily Tribune. 11 May 1928. p. 21.
  11. ^ a b c "Open Championship". Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1928. p. 9.
  12. ^ 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. 1. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3360-5.

External linksEdit