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1953 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1953 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Arnold Palmer played in his first U.S. Open in 1953, and Ben Hogan won his last U.S. Open here.

Hogan's fourth victory tied the tournament record previously held by Willie Anderson and Bobby Jones. Hogan had a couple more good chances over the ensuing six or seven years, but his victory here, at Oakmont, was his last in the U.S. Open.

In fact, Hogan won only twice more after this - at the 1953 British Open and at the 1959 Colonial. But Hogan's 1953 is remembered as one of the greatest seasons in golf history. Hogan entered only six PGA tournaments, but he won five of them - including all three majors he entered: The Masters, U.S. Open and British (Hogan was unable to play the 1953 PGA Championship because its dates conflicted with those of the British Open and Open qualifying. With the PGA still using a match-play format, Hogan usually skipped it at this point anyway.)

Palmer was 24 years old in 1953, still an amateur, and serving in the Coast Guard. He received a military furlough to play in this tournament. But his debut in the U.S. Open lasted only two rounds - Palmer shot 84-78 and missed the cut.

Ken Venturi also made his tournament debut at the 1953 U.S. Open, while 2-time Masters champ Horton Smith played the U.S. Open for the last time this year. Both missed the cut.

Hogan took the lead with a first-round 67, the best score of the tournament. Sam Snead moved into second place with his second-round 69, trailing Hogan by two. In the third round, Snead got closer, shooting 72 to Hogan's 73. So Hogan led Snead by one entering the final 18. But Snead faded (76) while Hogan held steady (71), and Hogan won by six strokes over runner-up Snead.

1953 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1953 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-72 Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. (a-amateur):

Ben Hogan 67-72-73-71--283 $5,000
Sam Snead 72-69-72-76--289 $3,000
Lloyd Mangrum 73-70-74-75--292 $1,500
Pete Cooper 78-75-71-70--294 $816
Jimmy Demaret 71-76-71-76--294 $816
George Fazio 70-71-77-76--294 $816
Ted Kroll 76-71-74-74--295 $450
Dick Metz 75-70-74-76--295 $450
Marty Furgol 73-74-76-73--296 $325
Jay Hebert 72-72-74-78--296 $325
a-Frank Souchak 70-76-76-74--296  
Fred Haas 74-73-72-78--297 $200
Bill Ogden 71-78-75-73--297 $200
Jack Burke Jr. 76-73-72-77--298 $200
Dutch Harrison 77-75-70-76--298 $200
Bobby Locke 78-70-74-76--298 $200
Julius Boros 75-72-76-76--299 $200
Clarence Doser 74-76-78-71--299 $200
Bill Nary 76-74-73-76--299 $200
Jim Turnesa 75-78-72-74--299 $200
Gardner Dickinson 77-73-76-74--300 $162
Doug Ford 74-77-74-75--300 $162
Al Mengert 75-71-78-76--300 $162
Bob Rosburg 76-72-78-74--300 $162
a-Frank Stanahan 75-75-75-75--300  
Clayton Heafner 75-75-76-75--301 $150
a-James McHale Jr. 79-74-75-73--301  
Peter Thomson 80-73-73-75--301 $150
Art Wall 80-72-77-72--301 $150
Louis Barbaro 72-79-74-77--302 $150
Jerry Barber 72-75-76-79--302 $150
Toby Lyons 73-78-74-77--302 $150
Johnny Bulla 74-77-79-73--303 $150
Raymond Gafford 80-72-74-77--303 $150
Lionel Hebert 80-71-80-72--303 $150
Shelley Mayfield 76-75-75-77--303 $150
Harry Todd 75-76-79-74--304 $150
Felice Torza 75-74-77-78--304 $150
Fred Wampler 75-76-75-78--304 $150
Jackson Bradley 78-73-76-78--305 $150
Walter Burkemo 70-79-79-77--305 $150
Chick Harbert 76-76-75-79--306 $150
a-Harry Haverstick 73-77-79-77--306  
Mickey Homa 77-76-76-77--306 $150
Art Doering 73-78-77-79--307 $150
Dennis Lavender 76-77-78-76--307 $150
Lawson Little 78-75-79-75--307 $150
Jimmy Clark 77-73-73-85--308 $150
a-Robert Roos Jr. 75-78-78-77--308  
a-Sam Urzetta 77-74-82-75--308  
Buck White 77-75-78-78--308 $150
Jack Fleck 76-76-77-80--309 $150
a-John Garrison 73-77-79-80--309  
Dick Mayer 77-76-76-82--311 $150
a-Billy Joe Patton 80-73-77-81--311  
Charles Bassler 78-73-83-78--312 $150
Errie Ball 76-74-84-79--313 $150
Willie Goggin 77-74-88-77--316 $150
Ed "Porky" Oliver 79-74-87-76--316 $150

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