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1941 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1941 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

A couple months after winning the 1941 Masters, Craig Wood earned his second major championship title by winning the 1941 U.S. Open.

This season ended years of frustration for Wood, who had previously lost in extra holes at all four professional majors. That included losing to Byron Nelson in a playoff at the 1939 U.S. Open. Denny Shute was the third man in that 1939 playoff, and here he finished runner-up to Wood, three strokes behind.

The 1941 U.S. Open was played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Nelson's hometown. Didn't help him, though, as Nelson finished 13 strokes behind Wood.

The other Fort Worth legend, Ben Hogan, tied for third with Johnny Bulla, five strokes behind Wood.

By winning both The Masters and U.S. Open in 1941, Wood became the first golfer to win each of the first two professional majors in the same season.

Wood also has the distinction of being the only golfer to win a major while wearing a corset. Well, that we're aware of, anyway. Just to be safe, we'll qualify that by saying Wood is the only male golfer to win in a corset (that we're aware of). According to the USGA, Wood hurt his back two weeks prior to the tournament. The USGA history states: "His doctor fitted him with a corset that allowed him to compete in the U.S. Open. But after opening the championship with a 7, he wanted to withdraw. His fellow competitor, Tommy Armour, convinced him to play on and Wood shot a 73."

The corset must have helped, because Wood improved to 71 in the second round, and carded back-to-back 70s in the third and fourth rounds.

Of note at the 1941 U.S. Open: Three members of the Turnesa family made the cut - one of two times that happened in the U.S. Open. The Turnesas were eight brothers who played golf, seven professionally. And the amateur, Willie, won the U.S. and British amateur championships. One of the pros, Jim, won the 1952 PGA Championship. Joe won 14 PGA Tour titles and Mike won six.

At the 1941 U.S. Open, Jim, Mike and Willie Turnesa all made the cut. (At the 1932 U.S. Open, Joe, Mike and Phil Turnesa all made the cut.)

A golfer one month shy of his 16th birthday set a record at the 1941 U.S. Open as youngest competitor in this tournament, a record that stood until 2006. Tyrell Garth withdrew during the second round, but not before setting that age-related record.

The U.S. Open wasn't played again until 1946 due to World War II.

1941 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1941 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas (a-amateur):

Craig Wood 73-71-70-70--284$1,000
Denny Shute 69-75-72-71--287$800
Johnny Bulla 75-71-72-71--289$650
Ben Hogan 74-77-68-70--289$650
Herman Barron 75-71-74-71--291$412
Paul Runyan 73-72-71-75--291$412
Dutch Harrison 70-82-71-71--294$216
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 71-75-74-74--294$216
Gene Sarazen 74-73-72-75--294$216
Ed Dudley 74-74-74-73--295$125
Lloyd Mangrum 73-74-72-76--295$125
Dick Metz 71-74-76-74--295$125
Henry Ransom 72-74-75-75--296$100
Horton Smith 73-75-73-75--296$100
Sam Snead 76-70-77-73--296$100
a-Harry Todd 72-77-76-71--296  
Lawson Little 71-73-79-74--297$50
Byron Nelson 73-73-74-77--297$50
Vic Ghezzi 70-79-77-72--298$50
Gene Kunes 71-79-74-75--299$50
Ralph Guldahl 79-76-72-73--300$50
Clayton Heafner 72-72-78-78--300$50
Johnny Palmer 74-76-76-74--300$50
Jimmy Hines 75-74-76-76--301$50
Joseph Zarhardt 74-76-77-75--302$50
Sam Byrd 76-78-75-74--303$50
Herman Keiser 74-77-76-76--303$50
Johnny Morris 72-73-81-77--303$50
Henry Picard 77-79-72-75--303$50
Jim Ferrier 77-71-81-75--304$50
Jerry Gianferante 76-77-74-77--304$50
a-Bud Ward 76-77-75-76--304  
Abe Espinosa 76-75-72-82--305  
Sam Parks Jr. 73-82-74-76--305  
Toney Penna 75-77-76-77--305  
Marvin Stahl 77-76-73-79--305  
Jim Turnesa 74-80-77-74--305  
Bill Kaiser 72-78-80-76--306  
Willie Klein 73-80-78-76--307  
Bunny Torpey 72-79-78-79--308  
a-William Turnesa 75-77-75-81--308  
Jim Foulis 78-78-74-79--309  
Felix Serafin 76-79-78-76--309  
Mike Turnesa 77-79-75-78--309  
Henry Castillo 84-72-77-77--310  
Charles Farlow 79-77-77-77--310  
Bob Hamilton 76-79-80-75--310  
Jack Ryan 71-82-80-77--310  
a-Dick Chapman 76-76-80-80--312  
Pat Willcox 80-75-79-78--312  
Raymond Gafford 76-78-82-77--313  
Al Watrous 79-75-81-79--314  
Bill Nary 77-76-83-79--315  
a-John Jacobs 74-77-82-83--316  
a-Verne Stewart 76-78-80-83--317  
Tom O'Connor 73-78-79-88--318  
Jock Hutchison Jr. 78-78-83-80--319  

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