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1919 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1919 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

The 1919 U.S. Open was the first one played following the conclusion of World War I, which canceled the 1917 and 1918 tournaments. And that made amateur Chick Evans, the 1916 winner, the defending champion. Evans fared well here, but didn't repeat as winner, finishing 10th.

The winner was Walter Hagen, who defeated Mike Brady by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff.

Brady had the midway lead, and extended his lead to five strokes after the third round. But in the final round, Brady ballooned to an 80, allowing Hagen to catch him with a 75. The pair finished at 301 to force the extra 18 holes.

In Mark Frost's book The Grand Slam (compare prices), the author relates how Hagen prepared for the playoff: By partying all night long with entertainer Al Jolson. Hagen, Frost related, stayed out all night with Jolson enjoying "champagne, pretty girls, jokes and laughter." When morning arrived, Hagen stopped at his hotel only long enough to shower and change clothes, then headed to the golf course to face Brady in the playoff.

The carousing - and the fact that Hagen won the playoff anyway, 77 to 78 - helped cement Hagen as a larger-than-life character, and, ultimately, a legend of the game. The fact that it was his second U.S. Open victory, and that he'd go on to win 11 majors total, didn't hurt either.

This was the second of two runner-up finishes for Brady in the U.S. Open; he also placed second to Johnny McDermott in 1911. Brady never won a major, but had 11 Top 10 finishes in the U.S. Open.

This was the first U.S. Open to be played over three days rather than two. Rounds 1 and 2 were played the first two days, with Rounds 3 and 4 played on the third and final day.

A golfer named Willie Chisholm set an unfortunate record at the 1919 U.S. Open: Highest score on an individual hole in a U.S. Open. In the first round, he took an 18 on the par-3 No. 8 hole. That record stood until the 1938 U.S. Open, when another golfer scored a 19.

1919 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1919 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Massachusetts (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Walter Hagen 78-73-75-75--301 $500
Mike Brady 74-74-73-80--301 $300
Jock Hutchison 78-76-76-76--306 $175
Tom McNamara 80-73-79-74--306 $175
George McLean 81-75-76-76--308 $90
Louis Tellier 73-78-82-75--308 $90
John Cowan 79-74-75-81--309 $80
Fred McLeod 78-77-79-78--312 $75
George Bowden 73-78-75-86--312 $70
a-Chick Evans 77-76-82-78--313  
Jim Barnes 77-78-79-81--315 $63
Harry Hampton 79-81-77-78--315 $63
Clarence Hackney 83-78-81-74--316 $18
Charles Hoffner 72-78-77-89--316 $18
Isaac Mackie 82-75-78-81--316 $18
Gilbert Nicholls 81-78-82-77--318  
Alex Ross 77-78-77-86--318  
Pat Doyle 78-82-76-83--319  
a-Francis Ouimet 76-79-79-85--319  
James West 79-82-80-78--319  
Alex Cunningham 79-81-79-81--320  
J.D. Edgar 80-78-82-80--320  
Wilfred Reid 82-78-80-80--320  
a-Jesse Guilford 79-78-84-80--321  
Archibald Sanderson 85-79-83-74--321  
Otto Hackbarth 77-79-82-84--322  
Tom Kerrigan 80-79-82-81--322  
Herbert Lagerblade 79-80-82-81--322  
George Fotheringham 81-82-79-81--323  
Bob MacDonald 81-78-80-84--323  
George Sargent 84-79-82-78--323  
a-John G. Anderson 80-77-84-83--324  
William Robinson 81-78-85-80--324  
a-John Bredemus 83-79-86-77--325  
Emmett French 78-79-81-87--325  
William Sherwood 80-79-83-83--325  
William Hoare 82-83-82-79--326  
James Macgregor 83-78-82-83--326  
Tom Mulgrew 77-83-84-82--326  
Arthur Reid 84-80-81-81--326  
George Low 81-81-84-81--327  
Willie Ogg 82-79-81-85--327  
a-Fred Wright Jr. 82-83-81-81--327  
George Gordon 83-83-80-83--329  
a-Ned Sawyer 82-84-81-82--329  
Wilbur Oaks 84-85-79-82--330  
James Crossan 81-88-83-79--331  
Matt Campbell 81-85-88-78--332  
Harry Cowie 85-85-80-84--334  
a-L.B. Patton 86-79-87-83--335  
a-R.D. Pierce 83-82-89-84--338  
Fred Canausa 81-82-90-87--340  
Alex Gerard 83-84-83-90--340  
Scotty Robson 83-81-92-84--340  
John Shea 83-84-84-89--340  
Eugene McCarthy 82-85-90-83--340  
a-Ralph Wales 84-84-91-90--349  

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