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1934 U.S. Open (golf)

1934 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 7–9, 1934
Location Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Merion Golf Club
East Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Length 6,694 yards (6,121 m)[2]
Field 146 players, 65 after cut
Cut 155 (+15)
Prize fund $5,000
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
Olin Dutra
293 (+13)
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Merion GC is located in United States
Merion GC
Merion GC
Location in the United States

The 1934 U.S. Open was the 38th U.S. Open, held June 7–9 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia. Olin Dutra won his only U.S. Open, a stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Sarazen on the East Course. Dutra overcame an eight-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his second major title; he won the PGA Championship in 1932.

Bobby Cruickshank opened the tournament with a pair of 71s, and had a three-stroke lead over Sarazen at the midway point. Sarazen carded a 73 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over Cruickshank. In the final round on Saturday afternoon, both Cruickshank and Sarazen were overcome by Dutra, who took the lead after birdies at 10 and 15. Despite a pair of bogeys to finish the round, Dutra's 72 (+2) and total of 293 (+13) was enough to secure the victory.[1]

Dutra's win was all the more impressive after he fell ill before the tournament and was laid up for three days in his hotel room. He lost 15 pounds (7 kg)[3] and could not practice for 10 days. He was about to withdraw until his brother Mortie, who finished in 28th place, convinced him to play on. His 36-hole comeback from 8 shots down was the largest in U.S. Open history until Arnold Palmer equaled it in 1960. From California, Dutra was the first U.S. Open champion born in the western United States.

Former caddies at the same course in Fort Worth, Texas, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson played in their first major championship, and both missed the cut. Lawson Little finished as low amateur in 25th place; he won the title six years later in 1940 as a professional.

Merion Golf Club was affiliated with the Merion Cricket Club until 1941. This was the first U.S. Open at Merion, which hosted its fifth in 2013.

Course

East Course
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 360 555 195 595 425 435 360 367 185 3,477 335 378 400 133 443 395 445 230 458 3,217 6,694
Par 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 36 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 34 70

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Final leaderboard

Saturday, June 9, 1934
Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Olin Dutra  United States 76-74-71-72=293 +13 1,000
2 Gene Sarazen  United States 73-72-73-76=294 +14 750
T3 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
76-74-74-71=295 +15 400
Wiffy Cox  United States 71-75-74-75=295
Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 71-71-77-76=295
T6 Billy Burke  United States 76-71-77-72=296 +16 300
Macdonald Smith  Scotland
 United States
75-73-78-70=296
T8 Tom Creavy  United States 79-76-78-66=299 +19 116
Ralph Guldahl  United States 78-73-70-78=299
Jimmy Hines  United States 80-70-77-72=299
Johnny Revolta  United States 76-73-77-73=299

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Scorecard

Final round
Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4
Dutra +11 +11 +11 +11 +11 +12 +12 +12 +13 +12 +12 +12 +12 +12 +11 +11 +12 +13
Sarazen +8 +8 +9 +9 +9 +9 +9 +10 +10 +10 +13 +13 +12 +13 +13 +13 +13 +14
Cruickshank +9 +9 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +10 +11 +11 +12 +13 +14 +14 +15
Cox +10 +10 +9 +10 +10 +11 +12 +12 +12 +12 +12 +14 +14 +14 +14 +14 +14 +15

Source:[1]

References

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External links

  • About.com: 1934 U.S. Open
  • USGA Championship Database
  • USOpen.com - 1934
  • Trenham Golf History – 1934 U.S. Open
  • USGA – Looking back: 1934 U.S. Open

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