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1946 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1946 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

For the first time in five years, a U.S. Open was played. A little thing called World War II caused the cancellation of the 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945 tournaments, which made 1941 winner Craig Wood the defending champion.

Unfortunately for Wood, he didn't make the cut. But Lloyd Mangrum, Vic Ghezzi and Byron Nelson did, and those three played a 36-hole playoff before Mangrum emerged as the winner.

Perhaps it was appropriate that Mangrum was the winner of the first post-WWII U.S. Open. Like many pro golfers, Mangrum served in the war, but he earned two Purple Hearts, including one after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.

Nelson was a year removed from his 18-win season of 1945, and he was in position to win this tournament in regulation. Nelson had a 1-stroke lead over Mangrum and Ghezzi entering the final round, and he led by two with three holes to play. Unfortunately for Lord Byron, he bogied two of those three holes, creating a 3-way tie at 284.

Nelson's caddie also cost him a stroke in the third round when the caddie accidentally kicked Nelson's ball. The USGA official on-site assessed a 1-stroke penalty.

The playoff was scheduled for 18 holes, but all three carded 72s. So they played another 18, and Mangrum finally emerged the winner after another tightly contested round. Mangrum scored 144 in the playoff, beating Nelson and Ghezzi by a stroke.

Nelson, his nerves wearing thin in the stress of competition, retired from full-time tournament golf later in 1946. Mangrum never won another major, but he won 36 times total on the PGA Tour. He also finished in the Top 10 at The Masters 10 straight years (1947-56) and in the Top 10 of the U.S. Open from 1950 through 1954. Ghezzi was the 1941 PGA Championship winner who finished his career with 11 total PGA Tour wins.

Ben Hogan, not yet a major winner, tied for fourth, one stroke out of the playoff. Ben's brother, Royal Hogan, missed the cut as an amateur.

1946 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1946 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Lloyd Mangrum 74-70-68-72--284 $1,500
Vic Ghezzi 71-69-72-72--284 $875
Byron Nelson 71-71-69-73--284 $875
Herman Barron 72-72-72-69--285 $550
Ben Hogan 72-68-73-72--285 $550
Jimmy Demaret 71-74-73-68--286 $350
Ed "Porky" Oliver 71-71-74-70--286 $350
Chick Harbert 72-78-67-70--287 $225
Dick Metz 76-70-72-69--287 $225
Dutch Harrison 75-71-72-70--288 $175
Lawson Little 72-69-76-71--288 $175
Ed Furgol 77-69-74-69--289 $150
Clayton Heafner 75-72-71-71--289 $150
Henry Picard 71-73-71-74--289 $150
Claude Harmon 72-77-70-72--291 $125
Chandler Harper 76-74-67-74--291 $125
Steve Kovach 71-72-73-75--291 $125
Toney Penna 69-77-74-71--291 $125
Gene Kunes 74-73-73-72--292 $100
Sam Snead 69-75-74-74--292 $100
Paul Runyan 75-72-76-70--293 $100
Johnny Bulla 72-74-73-75--294 $100
Henry Ransom 71-73-73-77--294 $100
Harry Todd 75-73-70-76--294 $100
Lew Worsham 73-74-76-71--294 $100
Leland Gibson 74-71-78-72--295 $100
Smiley Quick 75-76-72-72--295 $0
Mike Turnesa 70-76-74-75--295 $100
Ellsworth Vines 73-72-75-75--295 $100
a-Bud Ward 74-77-72-72--295  
Toby Lyons 74-73-72-77--296 $100
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 76-73-74-73--296 $100
Otey Crisman 77-72-74-74--297  
Raymond Gafford 75-73-75-74--297  
Johnny Palmer 77-74-74-73--298  
Charles Penna 75-74-75-74--298  
Jimmy Hines 77-73-75-74--299  
Pat Circelli 77-73-75-75--300  
Pete Cooper 72-75-74-79--300  
Bobby Cruickshank 72-75-78-75--300  
George Fazio 77-74-76-73--300  
Herman Keiser 76-75-72-77--300  
Fred Haas 74-75-77-75--301  
Al Watrous 76-75-74-76--301  
Billy Burke 76-75-76-75--302  
a-Gene Dahlbender 73-76-80-73--302  
a-Frank Stranahan 74-76-77-75--302  
Skip Alexander 71-79-76-77--303  
Bill Jelliffe 73-74-80-76--303  
Rod Munday 77-72-78-77--304  
a-Bob Servis 76-75-77-76--304  
Joseph Zarhardt 74-76-79-75--304  
Al Brosch 72-78-77-78--305  
Henry Castillo 74-77-80-74--305  
a-A.F. Kammer 75-76-74-80--305  
Dick Shoemaker 78-72-76-79--305  
Joe Kirkwood Sr. 78-73-75-81--307  
Joe Mozel 73-77-77-80--307  
Frank Commisso 74-76-77-81--308  
Willie Goggin 76-73-78-81--308  
a-Otto Greiner 75-75-81-77--308  
a-Ted Adams 73-78-75-85--311  

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