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The 1941 U.S. Open was the 45th U.S. Open, held June 5–7 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Craig Wood, who had lost in a playoff at the U.S. Open two years earlier, finally broke through and claimed his first U.S. Open title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Denny Shute in sweltering heat.[2][6] Eight years earlier, Shute had defeated him in a playoff at the 1933 British Open.

1941 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 5–7, 1941
LocationFort Worth, Texas
Course(s)Colonial Country Club
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70 [1][2]
Length7,035 yards (6,433 m)[3][4][5]
Field163 players, 67 after cut
Cut156 (+16)[1]
Winner's share$1,000
Champion
United States Craig Wood
284 (+4)
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Colonial CC is located in the United States
Colonial CC
Colonial CC
Location in the United States
Colonial CC  is located in Texas
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Colonial CC 
Location in Texas

Wood opened the tournament with a 73 in the first round and followed that up with a 71 in the rain-delayed second. Part of a four-way tie for the lead after 36 holes,[1][5][7] Wood shot a pair of 70s in the final two rounds, capped by a birdie on the 72nd, to post a 284 total. Only Fort Worth's Ben Hogan managed better than Wood in the final two rounds, but he finished five behind in a tie for third. Denny Shute shot a 287 total to finish three strokes behind Wood in second.[2][6]

Wood, age 39, was almost forced to miss the tournament due to a nagging back injury he aggravated two weeks earlier. After recording a double-bogey 7 on his first hole of the championship, he considered withdrawing but was convinced to continue by playing partner Tommy Armour. With his win here, Wood became the first to win the first two majors in a season; he won the Masters two months earlier. Prior to 1941, he had several near misses, and had lost all four majors in extra holes.

Tyrrell Garth, a month shy of his 16th birthday, established a new tournament record for youngest competitor. He shot an 80 in the first round and withdrew during the second; his record stood for 65 years, until 2006 (Tadd Fujikawa).

This was the last U.S. Open played for five years, until 1946, due to World War II. Colonial has hosted an annual PGA Tour event since 1946, now known as the Fort Worth Invitational.

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 569 395 468 250 469 395 418 198 343 3,505 403 593 400 192 455 447 207 406 427 3,530 7,035
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 70

Source:[3]

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, 1932 74 73 72 75 294 +14 T7
Lawson Little   United States 1940 71 73 79 74 297 +17 T17
Byron Nelson   United States 1939 73 73 74 77 297 +17 T17
Ralph Guldahl   United States 1937, 1938 79 76 72 73 300 +20 T21
Sam Parks, Jr.   United States 1935 73 82 74 76 305 +25 T33
Billy Burke   United States 1931 76 77 78 WD

Source:[2][6]

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Goodman (a)   United States 1933 76 81 157 +17
Tommy Armour   Scotland
  United States
1927 77 83 160 +20
Tony Manero   United States 1936 82 79 161 +21
Johnny Farrell   United States 1928 81 81 162 +22
Chick Evans (a)   United States 1916 84 84 168 +28
Olin Dutra   United States 1934 77 WD

Source:[1][7]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 5, 1941

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Denny Shute   United States 69 –1
T2 Vic Ghezzi   United States 70 E
Dutch Harrison   United States
T4 Gene Kunes   United States 71 +1
Lawson Little   United States
Jug McSpaden   United States
Dick Metz   United States
Jack Ryan   United States
T9 Clayton Heafner   United States 72 +2
Bill Kaiser   United States
Ted Kroll   United States
Johnny Morris   United States
Henry Ransom   United States
Harry Todd (a)   United States
Bunny Torpey   United States

Source:[4][8]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 6, 1941

Thunderstorms caused delays in the morning and afternoon, but only a few players did not complete the second round on Friday.[1][5][7]

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Clayton Heafner   United States 72-72=144 +4
Lawson Little   United States 71-73=144
Denny Shute   United States 69-75=144
Craig Wood   United States 73-71=144
T5 Dick Metz   United States 71-74=145 +5
Paul Runyan   United States 73-72=145
T7 Herman Barron   United States 75-71=146 +6
Johnny Bulla   United States 75-71=146
Harold McSpaden   United States 71-75=146
Byron Nelson   United States 73-73=146
Henry Ransom   United States 72-74=146
Sam Snead   United States 76-70=146

Source:[1][5][7]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 7, 1941  (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Craig Wood   United States 73-71-70=214 +4
T2 Paul Runyan   United States 73-72-71=216 +6
Denny Shute   United States 69-75-72=216
4 Johnny Bulla   United States 75-71-72=218 +8
T5 Ben Hogan   United States 74-77-68=219 +9
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 73-74-72=219
Gene Sarazen   United States 74-73-72=219
T8 Herman Barron   United States 75-71-74=220 +10
Jug McSpaden   United States 71-75-74=220
Byron Nelson   United States 73-73-74=220

Source:[2][6]

Final roundEdit

Saturday, June 7, 1941  (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Craig Wood   United States 73-71-70-70=284 +4 1,000
2 Denny Shute   United States 69-75-72-71=287 +7 800
T3 Johnny Bulla   United States 75-71-72-71=289 +9 650
Ben Hogan   United States 74-77-68-70=289
T5 Herman Barron   United States 75-71-74-71=291 +11 413
Paul Runyan   United States 73-72-71-75=291
T7 Dutch Harrison   United States 70-82-71-71=294 +14 216
Jug McSpaden   United States 71-75-74-74=294
Gene Sarazen   United States 74-73-72-75=294
T10 Ed Dudley   United States 74-74-74-73=295 +15 125
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 73-74-72-76=295
Dick Metz   United States 71-74-76-74=295

Source:[2][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Four players deadlock for Open golf lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 7, 1941. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Craig Wood cards 284 to triumph in National Open tournament at Fort Worth". Youngstown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. June 8, 1941. p. D2.
  3. ^ a b "See Texas golf test of nerves". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. April 6, 1941. p. 5, sports.
  4. ^ a b Considine, Bob (June 6, 1941). "Shute tops Open field with 69". Milwaukee Sentinel. INS. p. B3.
  5. ^ a b c d "Denny Shute's 69 paces Open field". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 6, 1941. p. 18. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e Bartlett, Charles (June 8, 1941). "Woods' 284 captures Open title; Shute 2d". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
  7. ^ a b c d Bartlett, Charles (June 7, 1941). "Three tie Shute for Open lead with 144". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15.
  8. ^ Bartlett, Charles (June 6, 1941). "Shute's 69 leads Open; Little 4th with 71". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 29.

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