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1920 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1920 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Bobby Jones made his debut in the U.S. national championship, but it was an "old" British guy who won the 1920 U.S. Open. That old British guy should have been Harry Vardon; instead, it turned out to be Ted Ray.

Ray was 43 years, 4 months and 16 days old at the time of his victory. That made him the oldest winner of the tournament to this point - and Ray remained the oldest winner all the way up to the 1986 U.S. Open.

Ray, who also won the 1912 British Open, is probably best-known for being part of the famous 3-man playoff at the 1913 U.S. Open - a tournament immortalized in the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played. Ray and Vardon were beaten in the playoff by young amateur Francis Ouimet, an outcome that many credit with spurring the growth of golf in America.

So perhaps it's appropriate that another amateur made his tournament debut in a U.S. Open won by Ray, and almost won by Vardon. Jones was only 18 years old when he played this tournament, and he played the first two rounds with the legendary Vardon.

So Jones was entering the scene - and Vardon was leaving it. The 1920 U.S. Open was Vardon's final appearance in a U.S. Open. Vardon, age 50, tied for second, one stroke behind Ray, while Jones tied for eighth.

Why did we say that Vardon should have won? He held a 5-stroke lead with five holes to play. But Vardon collapsed on the back nine, shooting 42 for a 78 total. His last five holes were particularly ugly, including three 3-putt greens and a ball in the water at the 17th.

Matching Vardon in second place were Leo Diegel, Jock Hutchison and Jack Burke Sr. All the runners-up but Burke were (or would become) major champions. While Burke Sr. never won a major, his son did: Jack Burke Jr. won The Masters and PGA Championship in 1956.

Jones wasn't the only future golf legend to make his U.S. Open debut in 1920. So did Gene Sarazen, who was, like Jones, 18 years old. Sarazen tied for 30th, but won the 1922 U.S. Open, one year before Jones won his first U.S. Open.

And so did Tommy Armour, still an amateur, who finished tied for 48th. Johnny Farrell, not a legend but a future U.S. Open champion, also made his tournament debut.

1920 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1920 U.S. Open golf tournament played at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (a-amateur):

Ted Ray 74-73-73-75--295 $500
Jack Burke Sr. 75-77-72-72--296 $188
Leo Diegel 72-74-73-77--296 $188
Jock Hutchison 69-76-74-77--296 $188
Harry Vardon 74-73-71-78--296 $188
Jim Barnes 76-70-76-76--298 $90
a-Chick Evans 74-76-73-75--298  
a-Bobby Jones 78-74-70-77--299  
Willie Macfarlane 76-75-74-74--299 $80
Bob Macdonald 73-78-71-78--300 $75
Walter Hagen 74-73-77-77--301 $70
Clarence Hackney 78-74-74-76--302 $65
Fred McLeod 75-77-73-79--304 $60
Mike Brady 77-76-74-78--305 $18
Frank McNamara 78-77-76-74--305 $18
Charles Rowe 76-78-77-74--305 $18
Laurie Ayton 75-78-76-77--306  
Johnny Golden 77-80-74-75--306  
Eddie Loos 75-74-73-84--306  
J.D. Edgar 73-82-74-78--307  
James West 80-77-75-75--307  
Harry Hampton 79-76-74-79--308  
Tom Kerrigan 77-81-74-77--309  
Gilbert Nicholls 77-82-75-75--309  
J.J. Obrien 82-77-73-77--309  
David K. White 78-75-79-77--309  
"Wild" Bill Mehlhorn 78-74-79-79--310  
Peter O'Hara 84-74-74-78--310  
Alex Ross 80-76-77-77--310  
George Bowden 74-80-76-81--311  
Charles Hall 77-80-76-78--311  
Willie Kidd 77-81-76-77--311  
George McLean 83-76-73-79--311  
Gene Sarazen 79-79-76-77--311  
Fred Bell 80-79-76-77--312  
a-W.C. Fownes Jr. 80-78-71-83--312  
Emil Loeffler Jr. 76-80-77-79--312  
Jack Dowling 81-79-78-75--313  
Jack Gordon 79-77-76-81--313  
Willie Hunter 75-82-78-78--313  
George Sargent 76-81-78-78--313  
Louis Tellier 78-75-77-83--313  
Pat Doyle 85-76-79-74--314  
Otto Hackbarth 83-78-77-76--314  
Johnny Farrell 80-77-78-80--315  
Charles Thom 79-83-78-75--315  
a-Rudolph Knepper 76-77-83-80--316  
a-Tommy Armour 77-83-76-81--317  
a-Jimmy Johnston 80-81-76-80--317  
Fred Brand 84-77-80-77--318  
Alex Cunningham 79-78-80-81--318  
a-John Simpson 78-77-85-78--318  
Frank Adams 82-84-73-81--320  
Alex Ayton 79-79-76-86--320  
Dave Robertson 82-77-83-78--320  
Charles Lorms 82-79-78-82--321  
Charles Mayo 77-81-83-80--321  
Wilfred Reid 80-85-78-78--321  
John Cowan 83-78-81-80--322  
Dan Kenney 78-81-79-84--322  
Frank Sprogell 81-82-79-80--322  
James Carberry 80-81-80-83--324  
Lloyd Gullickson 80-80-86-79--325  
a-Howard Lee 83-82-83-79--327  
John Rodgers 90-82-81-76--329  
Peter Walsh 85-88-80-83--336  
Eugene McCarthy 76-83-87-91--337  

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