1899 U.S. Open (golf)

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1899 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates September 14–15, 1899
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Course(s) Baltimore Country Club
Organized by USGA
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Field 72
Prize fund $750
Winner's share $150
Scotland Willie Smith
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The 1899 U.S. Open was the fifth U.S. Open, held September 14–15 at Baltimore Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] Willie Smith won his only major title, a record eleven strokes ahead of three runners-up.[2][3]

On Thursday, Smith and future four-time champion Willie Anderson co-led with 77 in the morning and Anderson took the lead in the afternoon at 158, with Smith a stroke back.[4] In the third round on Friday morning, Anderson's 85 allowed Smith to take a four-stroke lead over Alex Campbell, and his 77 in the afternoon distanced him from the field; Campbell ballooned to 94 and fell to twelfth.

Playing out of Midlothian Country Club in Chicago,[2] Smith was the only player to record three sub-80 rounds, and did not score higher than a seven on any hole in the championship. Val Fitzjohn, George Low, and Bert Way tied for second, eleven strokes behind.[3][5] Smith's margin of victory was the largest in the U.S. Open for 101 years, until Tiger Woods won by fifteen shots in 2000. Smith's brother Alex, a future two-time champion, finished seventh.

Smith won a gold medal and was given custody of the Championship Cup for a year.[6]

Past champions in the field

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Finish
James Foulis  Scotland 1896 94 84 55 80 346 T20
Fred Herd  Scotland 1898 85 86 93 86 350 T25
Horace Rawlins  England 1895 81 85 98 86 350 T25


Did not play: Joe Lloyd (1897)

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, September 14, 1899 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 77
Willie Smith  Scotland
3 Bert Way  England 80
T4 Henry Gullane  Scotland 81
Horace Rawlins  England
T6 George Low  Scotland 82
Alexander Patrick
Writ Thompson  Scotland
T9 Alex Campbell  Scotland 83
David Foulis  Scotland
Arthur Smith


Second round

Thursday, September 14, 1899 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Anderson  Scotland 77-81=158
2 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82=159
3 George Low  Scotland 82-79=161
T4 Alex Campbell  Scotland 83-80=163
Alex Smith  Scotland 82-81=163
T6 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 85-80=165
Alexander Patrick 82-83=165
Bert Way  England 80-85=165
9 Horace Rawlins  England 81-85=166
10 Henry Gullane  Scotland 81-86=167


Third round

Friday, September 15, 1899 (morning)

Place Player Country Score
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-79=238
2 Alex Campbell  Scotland 83-80-79=242
T3 Willie Anderson  Scotland 77-81-85=243
Jack Park  Scotland 88-80-75=243
5 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 85-80-79=244
T6 Alex Smith  Scotland 82-81-82=245
Bert Way  England 80-85-80=245
T8 Henry Gullane  Scotland 81-86-80=247
Peter Walker  Scotland 84-86-77=247
10 George Low  Scotland 82-79-89=250


Final round

Friday, September 15, 1899 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score Money ($)
1 Willie Smith  Scotland 77-82-79-77=315 150
T2 Val Fitzjohn  Scotland 85-80-79-82=326 125
George Low  Scotland 82-79-89-76=326
Bert Way  England 80-85-80-81=326
5 Willie Anderson  Scotland 77-81-85-84=327 80
6 Jack Park  Scotland 88-80-75-85=328 70
7 Alex Smith  Scotland 82-81-82-85=330 50
8 Henry Gullane  Scotland 81-86-80-84=331 25
T9 Laurie Auchterlonie  Scotland 86-87-82-78=333 0
Peter Walker  Scotland 84-86-77-86=333



  1. ^ "Open tourney on today". Chicago Daily Tribune. September 14, 1899. p. 7.
  2. ^ a b c d Murphy, James Shields (September 16, 1899). "Smith is the champion". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b "New Golf Champion of the United States". The San Francisco Call. September 16, 1899. p. 9. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Murphy, James Shields (September 15, 1899). "Anderson in the lead". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 8.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Brenner, Morgan G. (2009). "The Majors of Golf: Complete Results of The Open, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, 1860-2008". p. 202. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Golf Championship". North Adams Transcript. Massachusetts. 16 September 1899.

External links

  • 1899 U.S. Open
  • USGA Championship Database

Coordinates: 39°26′28″N 76°39′50″W / 39.441°N 76.664°W / 39.441; -76.664

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