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1929 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1929 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Bobby Jones was involved in four playoffs in U.S. Opens. He won two and lost two. The 1929 U.S. Open is one of the two that Jones won in a playoff.

This was the third straight year the U.S. Open ended in a playoff, and the fourth time in five years.

This was Jones' third U.S. Open victory, but he nearly blew it in the final round. Jones had a 3-stroke lead over Gene Sarazen heading into Round 4, and led Al Espinosa by four. Then Jones did something uncharacteristic - he appeared to choke. Jones' round of 79 included two triple-bogeys, the second one on the 15th hole. A 3-putt bogey on the 16th followed.

Luckily for Jones, Sarazen wasn't doing much better, shooting 78. But Espinosa was in the clubhouse at 294, and Jones had to work to match that score. But the best way to stamp out accusations of choking is to recover from doing it. And that Jones did: He sank a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole to tie Espinosa and get into a 36-hole playoff.

And then Jones dominated that playoff like no other playoff - before or since - has been dominated. He beat Espinosa by 23 strokes, 141 to 164.

Espinosa was a gifted golfer of his time, credited with nine PGA Tour victories. He played on three Ryder Cup teams. He came close at one other major, losing to Leo Diegel in the championship match of the 1928 PGA Championship.

Defending champion Johnny Farrell - who beat Jones in a playoff in 1928 - missed the cut with rounds of 84 and 83.

1929 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1929 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the West Course of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-a-Bobby Jones 69-75-71-79--294  
Al Espinosa 70-72-77-75--294 $1,000
Gene Sarazen 71-71-76-78--296 $700
Denny Shute 73-71-76-76--296 $700
Tommy Armour 74-71-76-76--297 $550
a-George Von Elm 79-70-74-74--297  
Henry Ciuci 78-74-72-75--299 $450
Leo Diegel 74-74-76-77--301 $300
Peter O'Hara 74-76-73-78--301 $300
Horton Smith 76-77-74-75--302 $150
Wiffy Cox 74-76-80-75--305 $113
John Rogers 78-76-77-74--305 $113
P.O. Hart 76-78-75-77--306 $85
Charles Hilgendorf 72-79-75-80--306 $85
Billy Burke 75-80-78-74--307 $75
Louis Chiapetta 78-79-72-79--308 $60
George Smith 77-77-77-77--308 $60
Craig Wood 79-71-80-78--308 $60
Walter Hagen 76-81-74-78--309 $50
Joe Kirkwood 75-82-76-76--309 $50
Jim Barnes 78-78-81-73--310  
Massie Miller 75-82-75-78--310  
Jack Forrester 77-76-75-83--311  
Ted Longworth 74-82-73-82--311  
Macdonald Smith 77-78-80-76--311  
Willie Hunter Jr. 76-77-76-83--312  
Jack Burke Sr. 77-80-74-81--312  
Willie Macfarlane 79-78-76-79--312  
Leonard Schmutte 73-75-89-75--312  
Tom Boyd 79-80-74-80--313  
Emerick Kocsis 79-76-77-81--313  
Frank Ball 78-81-80-75--314  
Johnny Golden 79-79-78-78--314  
Willie Klein 81-78-77-78--314  
Jack Sabol 76-78-79-81--314  
Al Watrous 80-79-78-77--314  
Dan Williams 78-76-78-82--314  
Albert Alcroft 80-78-80-78--316  
Jim Foulis 81-78-81-76--316  
Harry Hampton 78-78-79-81--316  
Jimmy Thomson 77-79-79-81--316  
Bobby Cruickshank 75-81-83-78--317  
Thomas Harmon 79-78-79-81--317  
Larry Nabholtz 74-81-76-86--317  
a-George Dawson 75-80-86-77--318  
a-Johnny Goodman 75-80-78-85--318  
Thomas Hughes 80-79-77-82--318  
Fred Baroni 77-81-84-77--319  
George Christ 78-74-82-85--319  
a-Roland Mackenzie 78-79-84-78--319  
"Lighthorse" Harry Cooper 78-81-78-83--320  
Emmett French 76-78-80-86--320  
Jack Leach 79-78-83-80--320  
Arthur Andrews 76-79-82-84--321  
"Wild" Bill Mehlhorn 81-77-82-82--322  
Tom Raklets 83-76-83-80--322  
Bill Leach 79-79-80-85--323  
Arthur Ham 79-79-83-83--324  
Clarence Gamber 76-81-86-82--325  
Rocky Rich 80-79-81-85--325  
Neil Christian 77-81-85-83--326  
Charles MacAndrew 78-80-88-83--329  
a-Charles Clare 76-80-87-79--322  

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