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1909 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1909 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

George Sargent carded three rounds of 72 or better in lowering the tournament scoring record to 290 and winning the 1909 U.S. Open.

Sargent, like many professional golfers of this era in American golf, was British, and moved to North America to take a club pro job. At the time of his win here, Sargent was the pro at Vermont's Hyde Manor club. He later won the 1912 Canadian Open, and was the head pro as such prestigious clubs as Scioto, Interlachen and East Lake. He alse served as president of the PGA of America.

While Sargent lowered the 72-hole record, another scoring record was set in the first round: David Hunter shot 68, becoming the first golfer to break 70 in a U.S. Open. Unfortunately for Hunter, he promptly carded an 84 in Round 2!

In the second round, Tom McNamara - who eventually finished runner-up to Sargent, four strokes back - shot 69, the second sub-70 U.S. Open round.

Johnny McDermott, 17 years old, played in his first U.S. Open and placed 49th. McDermott finished in the Top 10 of the next five U.S. Opens - which were also the only ones he played before his career ended in his early 20s. He lost in a playoff in 1910, then won the 1911 U.S. Open and 1912 U.S. Open.

Four-time U.S. Open winner Willie Anderson finished tied for fourth, his last Top 10 in the tournament. Anderson played only once more. In 14 appearances in this event, Anderson finished outside the Top 5 just three times.

Horace Rawlins, winner of the very first U.S. Open (1895), made his last cut in the event, placing 60th.

1909 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1909 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Englewood Golf Club in Englewood, New Jersey (a-amateur):

George Sargent 75-72-72-71--290 $300
Tom McNamara 73-69-75-77--294 $150
Alex Smith 76-73-74-72--295 $100
Willie Anderson 79-74-76-70--299 $70
Jack Hobens 75-78-72-74--299 $70
Isaac Mackie 77-75-74-73--299 $70
Tom Anderson Jr. 78-74-75-73--300 $35
Herbert Barker 75-79-73-73--300 $35
Andrew Campbell 71-75-77-77--300 $35
Tom Peebles 76-73-73-78--300 $35
a-Walter Travis 72-78-77-73--300  
Mike Brady 76-77-74-75--302 $40
Alex Campbell 75-73-81-74--303  
Fred McLeod 78-76-74-75--303  
Orrin Terry 78-80-73-73--304  
a-F.R. Upton Jr. 72-79-78-75--304  
Gilbert Nicholls 73-75-79-79--306  
Walter Fovargue 80-76-77-74--307  
David Ogilvie 76-78-79-74--307  
Peter Robertson 79-72-78-79--308  
Charles Rowe 74-77-76-81--308  
Jack Campbell 74-79-75-81--309  
Laurie Auchterlonie 78-75-77-81--311  
a-S. Findlay Douglas 82-76-78-75--311  
Jock Hutchison 79-76-77-79--311  
Tom Vardon 80-75-82-74--311  
John Dingwall 79-74-77-82--312  
George Low 78-75-74-85--312  
James Maiden 76-78-80-78--312  
Jack Burke Sr. 75-78-81-79--313  
David Hunter 68-84-84-77--313  
Charles Murray 77-75-77-84--313  
George Sparling 78-79-76-81--314  
James Thompson 78-80-78-78--314  
Robert Thompson 83-78-78-75--314  
Alex Ross 76-79-78-84--317  
Walter Clark 82-79-72-84--317  
Herbert Strong 75-79-80-83--317  
Joe Mitchell 83-78-79-78--318  
Albert H. Murray 80-80-82-76--318  
Frederick Pye 78-81-78-81--318  
a-Gilman Tiffany 81-81-79-77--318  
Alex Cunningham 82-77-82-79--320  
George Turnbull 80-76-82-82--320  
Fred Brand 77-75-83-86--321  
Richard Kimball 77-82-77-85--321  
Robert Simpson 84-76-77-84--321  
Jack Croke 81-84-79-78--322  
Elijah Horton 79-85-76-82--322  
John McDermott 80-81-78-83--322  
George Gordon 84-79-81-79--323  
a-W.F. Morgan Jr. 78-84-84-78--324  
Harry Vinall 80-80-83-81--324  
a-Max Behr 81-83-83-78--325  
W.D. Robinson 84-81-82-79--326  
William Byrne 86-77-82-82--327  
L. Stanley Jacobs 78-79-85-85--327  
a-Oswald Kirkby 85-78-82-83--328  
a-R.C. Watson 80-82-85-81--328  
Horace Rawlins 82-83-81-83--329  

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