|1901 U.S. Open|
Willie Anderson defeated Alex Smith in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1901 U.S. Open, the first of four victories in this event by Anderson. In fact, all four of Anderson's wins happened in the 5-year period from 1901 through 1905.
Smith's brother, Willie Smith (the 1899 champion), finished third, two strokes out of the playoff.
The playoff (pushed back from Sunday to Monday because the course was reserved for member play on Sundays) was the very first playoff in a U.S. Open. Smith appeared to have it won when he took a 5-stroke lead with five holes to play. But Anderson finished with five straight 4s. So, the USGA's history states, when Smith missed a 4-foot putt on the 18th green, Anderson was the champion. Anderson shot 85 to Smith's 86 in the playoff.
The tournament was played at Myopia Hunt Club, and the club pro, John Jones, finished 12th. Nothing too remarkable about that - until you know that Jones was also Willie Anderson's caddie. That's right, Jones both played in and caddied in the 1901 U.S. Open.
1901 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1901 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts (x-won playoff; a-amateur):