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1939 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1939 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

His win at the 1939 U.S. Open was the ninth of Byron Nelson's 52 career wins on the PGA Tour, and the second of his five career major championship victories (after the 1937 Masters).

It was also one of two 36-hole playoffs in the U.S. Open for Nelson. Here, Nelson, Craig Wood and Denny Shute tied at 284 and went into an 18-hole playoff. Nelson and Wood were still tied after shooting 68s (Shute had a 76) and so they continued for another 18. And Nelson shot 70 to Wood's 73 to win.

In the 1946 U.S. Open, Nelson was on the losing end of a 36-hole playoff won by Lloyd Mangrum (and also involving Vic Ghezzi).

The playoff here was also the second time Wood and Shute faced each other in a playoff for a major championship. Shute defeated Wood in a 36-hole playoff to win the 1933 British Open.

Nelson, Wood and Shute all got into the playoff thanks to a major mistake by Sam Snead on the 72nd hole of the tournament. Snead never won the U.S. Open, finishing second four times. Here, he was in great position to win. All Snead needed was a par of 5 on the last hole. Unfortunately, Snead was under the impression he had to birdie the last hole to win (remember, there were no giant scoreboards next to every hole back in these days, and the leaders didn't automatically tee off last). He got aggressive, drove the ball into rough, and by the time the hole was over he'd used eight strokes for a triple-bogey. Snead finished in fifth place, two strokes out of the playoff.

Ben Hogan finished third from the bottom - tied for 62nd - among players who made the cut. But he did the make cut, and it was Hogan's first cut made in a U.S. Open.

1939 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1939 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Byron Nelson 72-73-71-68--284 $1,000
Craig Wood 70-71-71-72--284 $800
Denny Shute 70-72-70-72--284 $700
a-Bud Ward 69-73-71-72--285  
Sam Snead 68-71-73-74--286 $600
Johnny Bulla 72-71-68-76--287 $450
Ralph Guldahl 71-73-72-72--288 $325
Dick Metz 76-72-71-69--288 $325
Ky Laffoon 76-70-73-70--289 $175
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 70-73-71-75--289 $175
Paul Runyan 76-70-71-72--289 $175
"Lighthorse" Harry Cooper 71-72-75-72--290 $108
Ed Dudley 76-72-73-69--290 $108
Henry Picard 72-72-72-74--290 $108
Horton Smith 72-68-75-76--291 $100
Sam Byrd 75-71-72-74--292 $66
Olin Dutra 70-74-70-78--292 $66
Clayton Heafner 73-73-66-80--292 $66
a-Wilford Wehrle 71-77-69-75--292  
Jimmy Hines 73-74-77-69--293 $50
Johnny Rogers 75-70-69-79--293 $50
Tommy Armour 70-75-69-80--294 $50
Jimmy Demaret 72-76-72-74--294 $50
Johnny Revolta 73-76-71-74--294 $50
Bobby Cruickshank 73-74-73-75--295 $50
Jim Foulis 73-75-77-70--295 $50
Dutch Harrison 75-72-74-74--295 $50
Matt Kowal 69-76-75-75--295 $50
Vic Ghezzi 73-71-76-76--296 $50
Ed "Porky" Oliver 75-77-72-72--296 $50
Felix Serafin 80-72-71-73--296 $50
Al Espinosa 75-73-74-75--297 $12
Alvin Krueger 71-77-73-76--297 $12
Ray Mangrum 71-74-81-71--297 $12
Jim Turnesa 75-74-75-73--297 $12
Art Bell 73-75-79-71--298  
Leo Walper 74-75-79-70--298  
Terl Johnson 73-76-76-74--299  
a-Edwin Kingsley 76-75-73-75--299  
Frank Moore 73-70-77-79--299  
Sam Parks Jr. 73-73-77-76--299  
Billy Burke 74-74-77-75--300  
William Francis 78-74-74-74--300  
Gene Kunes 76-73-75-76--300  
Lawson Little 69-74-76-81--300  
Frank Walsh 74-75-76-75--300  
Joe Belfore 76-76-68-81--301  
a-Otto Greiner 77-73-77-74--301  
Gene Sarazen 74-72-79-76--301  
Pat Sawyer 75-75-77-74--301  
a-Willie Turnesa 77-74-76-74--301  
Bruce Coltart 78-73-80-71--302  
Tom Creavy 72-78-77-75--302  
Al Houghton 73-76-76-77--302  
Ted Luther 73-75-77-78--303  
Tony Manero 74-76-78-76--304  
Lloyd Mangrum 70-74-81-79--304  
Ted Turner 75-74-80-76--305  
George Von Elm 72-77-76-81--306  
Norman Von Nida 79-73-72-82--306  
a-Edward Meister Jr. 71-76-81-79--307  
Ben Hogan 76-74-78-80--308  
George Slingerland 74-78-81-75--308  
Frank Gelhot 74-76-78-81--309  

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