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The 1951 U.S. Open was the 51st U.S. Open, held June 14–16 at the South Course of Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Ben Hogan won his second consecutive U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Clayton Heafner. Hogan missed the 1949 U.S. Open due to an automobile accident; this was his third title in his last three attempts.[1]

1951 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–16, 1951
LocationBirmingham, Michigan
Course(s)Oakland Hills Country Club
South Course
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length6,927 yards (6,334 m)[1]
Field160 players, 55 after cut
Cut152 (+12)
Winner's share$4,000
Champion
United States Ben Hogan
287 (+7)
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Oakland Hills Country Club is located in the United States
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Oakland Hills Country Club
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Oakland Hills Country Club is located in Michigan
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Oakland Hills Country Club
Location in Michigan

The South Course, dubbed "The Monster," played exceptionally tough for the first three rounds. No player was able to break par the first two days, and Jimmy Demaret's 70 was the only score to equal par in Saturday morning's third round. Sam Snead owned the first round lead at 71 (+1), while Bobby Locke led after the second round at 144 (+4) and shared the lead with Demaret after the third at 218 (+8).

Two strokes back after a 71 in the third round on Saturday morning, Hogan played one of the finest rounds in U.S. Open history that afternoon. Even-par on the front nine, he birdied the 10th and 13th holes. After a bogey at 14, he responded with another birdie at 15. At the 72nd hole, Hogan hit his approach shot on the par-4 to 15 feet (5 m) and sank the birdie putt to post a 67 (−3), the lowest round of the week, one of two sub-par rounds for the round (and championship).[2] His 287 (+7) was two ahead of Heafner, who shot 69, the only other round under 70. At the trophy presentation, Hogan uttered the famous quote: "I'm glad I brought this course—this monster—to its knees."[3]

This was the first U.S. Open that was notably toughened up by the USGA with narrow fairways and deep rough, attributing to "The Monster" nickname. The course also underwent a redesign by Robert Trent Jones prior to the championship, modifying the original Donald Ross design.[4]

The South Course previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1924 and 1937; the winning score in 1937 was 281, sixteen strokes less than in 1924.[4] It later hosted in 1961, 1985, and 1996, and the PGA Championship in 1972, 1979, and 2008.

Since Hogan repeated as champion in 1951, only Curtis Strange (1988, 1989) and Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018) have won consecutive U.S. Open titles.

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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
Ben Hogan   United States 1948, 1950 76 73 71 67 287 +7 1
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 1946 75 74 74 70 293 +13 T4
Lew Worsham   United States 1947 76 71 76 73 296 +16 T14
Cary Middlecoff   United States 1949 76 73 79 73 301 +21 T24
Gene Sarazen   United States 1922, 1932 74 76 76 77 303 +23 T35
Craig Wood   United States 1941 76 72 82 77 307 +27 T47

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Billy Burke   United States 1931 77 77 154 +14
Lawson Little   United States 1940 76 79 155 +15
Tony Manero   United States 1936 77 79 156 +16
Sam Parks, Jr.   United States 1935 79 79 158 +18

Source:[5][6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 14, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Sam Snead   United States 71 +1
T2 Al Besselink   United States 72 +2
Clayton Heafner   United States
T4 Sam Bernardi   United States 73 +3
Al Brosch   United States
Sammy Byrd   United States
Dutch Harrison   United States
Charles Klein   United States
Bobby Locke   South Africa
Johnny Palmer   United States
Smiley Quick   United States
Paul Runyan   United States
Denny Shute   United States

Source:[7]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 15, 1951

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Locke   South Africa 73-71=144 +4
2 Dave Douglas   United States 75-70=145 +5
3 Bo Wininger (a)   United States 75-71=146 +6
T4 Al Brosch   United States 73-74=147 +7
Clayton Heafner   United States 72-75=147
Charles Klein   United States 73-74=147
Paul Runyan   United States 73-74=147
Lew Worsham   United States 76-71=147
T9 Julius Boros   United States 74-74=148 +8
Jimmy Demaret   United States 74-74=148
Fred Hawkins   United States 76-72=148
George Kinsman   United States 75-73=148
Henry Ransom   United States 74-74=148
Earl Stewart   United States 74-74=148
Craig Wood   United States 76-72=148

Source:[5]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 16, 1951 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jimmy Demaret   United States 74-74-70=218 +8
Bobby Locke   South Africa 73-71-74=218
T3 Julius Boros   United States 74-74-71=219 +9
Paul Runyan   United States 73-74-72=219
T5 Dave Douglas   United States 75-70-75=220 +10
Clayton Heafner   United States 72-75-73=220
Ben Hogan   United States 76-73-71=220
8 Al Besselink   United States 72-77-72=221 +11
T9 Johnny Revolta   United States 78-72-72=222 +12
Skee Riegel   United States 75-76-71=222

Source:[6]

Final roundEdit

Saturday, June 16, 1951 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ben Hogan   United States 76-73-71-67=287 +7 4,000
2 Clayton Heafner   United States 72-75-73-69=289 +9 2,000
3 Bobby Locke   South Africa 73-71-74-73=291 +11 1,500
T4 Julius Boros   United States 74-74-71-74=293 +13 700
Lloyd Mangrum   United States 75-74-74-70=293
T6 Al Besselink   United States 72-77-72-73=294 +14 387
Dave Douglas   United States 75-70-75-74=294
Fred Hawkins   United States 76-72-75-71=294
Paul Runyan   United States 73-74-72-75=294
T10 Al Brosch   United States 73-74-76-72=295 +15 187
Smiley Quick   United States 73-76-74-72=295
Skee Riegel   United States 75-76-71-73=295
Sam Snead   United States 71-78-72-74=295

Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hogan fires 3-under 67 to win third Open crown". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 17, 1951. p. 1B.
  2. ^ "Mighty Hogan baffles par to cop Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 17, 1951. p. 14.
  3. ^ Owosso, Michigan (July 26, 1991). "Still a 'monster'". Argus-Press. Associated Press. p. 11.
  4. ^ a b Garrity, John (June 10, 1996). "Making the Monster". Sports Illustrated. p. G32.
  5. ^ a b "National Open tourney scores". Youngtown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. June 16, 1951. p. 7.
  6. ^ a b c "National Open tourney scores". Youngtown Vindicator. Ohio. Associated Press. June 17, 1951. p. D-1.
  7. ^ "Nation Open golf scores". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 15, 1951. p. 22.

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