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1948 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1948 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Riviera Country Club is nicknamed "Hogan's Alley," and that monicker became popular after Ben Hogan's victory at Riviera in the 1948 U.S. Open.

Hogan won the 1947 Los Angeles Open at Riviera, and then he won the same tournament in 1948. Shortly after, Hogan won the U.S. Open at Riviera - three wins in two years at Riviera. No wonder people started calling it Hogan's Alley.

Hogan's victory here was the first of his four U.S. Open titles, and it was his second win in a major championship. He entered the final round leading his good friend Jimmy Demaret by two strokes. After both shot closing 69s, two strokes remained the margin between them.

Hogan became the first golfer in U.S. Open history to post three rounds in the 60s, and his score of 276 was a new tournament record (later broken) by five strokes.

The 1948 U.S. Open was also significant for the participation of Ted Rhodes. Rhodes was African-American, and his entry to this tournament was accepted by the USGA at a time when the PGA of America did not allow blacks to become members or play in its tournaments. Rhodes was the dominant player in the United Golf Association circuit, a low-paying tour for black golfers. He opened the 1948 U.S. Open with a 70, in contention, but faded over the next three rounds.

Rhodes wasn't the first African-American to play a U.S. Open, but he was the first since 1913.

Future PGA champion (and television broadcaster) Bob Rosburg played the U.S. Open for the first time this year, missing the cut.

1948 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1948 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California (a-amateur):

Ben Hogan 67-72-68-69--276 $2,000
Jimmy Demaret 71-70-68-69--278 $1,500
Jim Turnesa 71-69-70-70--280 $1,000
Bobby Locke 70-69-73-70--282 $800
Sam Snead 69-69-73-72--283 $600
Lew Worsham 67-74-71-73--285 $500
Herman Barron 73-70-71-72--286 $400
Johnny Bulla 73-72-75-67--287 $300
Toney Penna 70-72-73-72--287 $300
Smiley Quick 73-71-69-74--287 $300
Skip Alexander 71-73-71-73--288 $200
Charles Congdon 71-70-71-77--289 $150
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 74-69-69-77--289 $150
Vic Ghezzi 72-74-74-70--290 $114
Leland Gibson 71-76-69-74--290 $114
Otto Greiner 74-73-71-72--290 $114
Herman Keiser 71-71-73-75--290 $114
George Schnieter 73-68-75-74--290 $114
Herschel Spears 72-71-76-71--290 $114
Ellsworth Vines 75-72-69-74--290 $114
Joe Kirkwood 72-70-72-77--291 $100
Lloyd Mangrum 71-72-74-74--291 $100
Cary Middlecoff 74-71-73-73--291 $100
Alfred Smith 73-72-77-69--291 $100
Art Bell 72-75-71-74--292 $100
Pete Cooper 76-72-72-72--292 $100
George Fazio 72-72-76-72--292 $100
Marty Furgol 72-74-73-74--293 $75
Chick Harbert 72-72-77-72--293 $75
Joe Kirkwood Jr. 73-75-73-72--293 $75
Frank Moore 73-75-73-72--293 $75
a-Zell Eaton 72-74-75-73--294  
Ralph Guldahl 73-75-75-71--294  
a-Ken Rogers 69-76-72-78--295  
Jack Harden 72-73-73-78--296  
Dutch Harrison 75-72-72-77--296  
Jimmy Hines 75-71-76-74--296  
Bill Nary 73-75-75-73--296  
Johnny Palmer 74-74-76-72--296  
Jack Ryan 74-69-76-77--296  
a-John Dawson 71-72-79-76--298  
a-Dick Mayer 75-73-78-72--298  
George Schoux 74-72-76-76--298  
a-Frank Stranahan 72-69-78-79--298  
Dave Douglas 74-73-78-74--299  
Ed Furgol 75-73-77-74--299  
Jimmy Johnson 76-71-77-75--299  
Jimmy Thomson 77-71-76-76--300  
Al Zimmerman 71-74-77-78--300  
Buck White 75-73-80-73--301  
Iverson Martin 73-73-80-76--302  
Ted Rhodes 70-76-77-79--302  
Paul Runyan 74-73-80-76--303  
Andrew Mills 71-75-83-84--313  

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