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1910 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1910 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Brothers Alex and Macdonald Smith faced off in an 18-hole playoff, joined by 18-year-old Johnny McDermott, at the 1910 U.S. Open. When the playoff was over, Alex was the winner.

The Smith brothers were Scotsmen working as club professionals in America. Another brother, Willie Smith, was the 1899 U.S. Open winner. Alex had previously won the 1906 U.S. Open. Macdonald would go on to win the most events that are now recognized as PGA Tour victories - 24 - but he never won the U.S. or British opens.

Alex Smith, meanwhile, finished in the Top 10 at the U.S. Open 10 of the 15 times he played between 1898 and 1912 (including three runners-up and three thirds), plus once more in 1921 (his final appearance).

McDermott was the third-round leader by two, but Macdonald Smith - who started the final round four off the lead - caught him with a 71. Alex Smith was the last of the three to finish, and he had a putt of less than two feet for birdie and outright victory on the 72nd hole. But Alex missed.

So the three played another 18 the following day, with Alex shooting 71 to win (McDermott carded 75 and Macdonald Smith 77). McDermott went on to win the 1911 and 1912 U.S. Opens.

According to the USGA, host club Philadelphia Cricket Club was the first U.S. Open host to give the professionals access to the clubhouse and lockerroom. Most clubs of this era prohibited pro golfers from entering those areas.

Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast tied for 25th playing as an amateur.

Four-time U.S. Open winner Willie Anderson finished 11th in his final appearance. He died a few months later at age 31, officially of epilepsy, but Anderson was a heavy drinker whose alcoholism probably played a role in his death.

1910 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1910 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Alex Smith 73-73-79-73--298 $300
John McDermott 74-74-75-75--298 $150
Macdonald Smith 74-78-75-71--298 $100
Fred McLeod 78-70-78-73--299 $80
Tom McNamara 73-78-73-76--300 $65
Gilbert Nicholls 73-75-77-75--300 $65
Jack Hobens 74-77-74-76--301 $50
Tom Anderson Jr. 72-76-81-73--302 $30
Herbert Barker 75-78-77-72--302 $30
Jock Hutchison 77-76-75-74--302 $30
Willie Anderson 74-78-76-75--303  
George Low 75-77-79-74--305  
Charles Thom 80-72-78-75--305  
Tom Bonnar 78-78-71-80--307  
George Cummings 78-73-79-77--307  
Alex Campbell 79-76-80-74--309  
George Sargent 77-81-74-77--309  
Jack Campbell 77-77-81-75--310  
James Thomson 74-80-80-76--310  
a-Fred Herreshoff 76-77-79-79--311  
George Smith 76-78-79-80--313  
Alex Ross 78-84-73-79--314  
Otto Hackbarth 79-82-78-76--315  
Martin Oloughlin 77-82-80-76--315  
a-A.W. Tillinghast 80-81-79-76--316  
William Robinson 83-81-78-75--317  
Jack Burke Sr. 81-77-77-84--319  
James Donaldson 80-78-87-75--320  
David Honeyman 83-79-79-79--320  
Irving Stringer 83-77-82-78--320  
Jack Croke 77-78-83-83--321  
Alfred Campbell 78-84-81-79--322  
Walter Fovargue 79-86-75-82--322  
Peter Robertson 79-81-80-82--322  
Orrin Terry 82-84-79-77--322  
Isaac Mackie 81-82-80-80--323  
Sam White 82-79-82-80--323  
Willie Maguire 76-83-81-84--324  
Frank Peebles 80-85-77-82--324  
Robert Peebles 83-81-80-80--324  
Jack Jolly 83-80-82-80--325  
George Griffin 81-81-85-79--326  
Robert Mcwatt 83-79-82-82--326  
Joe Mitchell 78-82-83-84--327  
Karl Keffer 84-79-87-79--329  
James Campbell 86-78-80-86--330  
a-Robert Watson 86-76-86-83--331  
a-Charles Burgess 81-83-88-81--333  
William F. Hackney 78-85-88-84--335  

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