1932 U.S. Open (golf)

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1932 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 23–25, 1932
Location Flushing, New York
Course(s) Fresh Meadow Country Club
(original course)
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
Statistics
Par 70[1]
Length 6,815 yards (6,232 m)[2]
Field 150 players,[4] 72 after cut
Cut 160 (+20)
Prize fund $5,000[3]
Winner's share $1,000
Champion
United States Gene Sarazen
286 (+6)
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The 1932 U.S. Open was the 36th U.S. Open, held June 23–25 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Flushing, New York, a neighborhood in the north-central part of the borough of Queens in New York City. Gene Sarazen won his second U.S. Open championship,[5] and the fifth of his seven major titles, ten years after his first U.S. Open win. Earlier in the month, he won the 1932 British Open in England.[3]

Sarazen began with rounds of 74 and 76, which left him five strokes behind co-leaders José Jurado and Philip Perkins.[6] With a three-under-par back-nine in the third round, Sarazen carded an even-par 70 to get within a shot of Perkins after 54 holes. Perkins continued his solid play in the final round, shooting a 70 and a 289 total, while Bobby Cruickshank shot 68 to tie him. They were no match for Sarazen on this day, however, who carded a 66 (−4) to earn a three-stroke victory at 286.

Sarazen set several scoring records on his way to the Open title. His 66 in the final round set a new tournament record, and a champion did not shoot a better final round until Arnold Palmer closed with 65 in 1960. His 286 total tied the tournament record, while his 136 over the final 36 holes set a record that stood until 1983. Sarazen was certainly helped by his familiarity with the venue; he was club pro at Fresh Meadow for five years, from 1925 to 1930.

Four-time major champion Jim Barnes played his final major and finished in 55th place. Johnny Goodman won low-amateur honors at 14th; he went on to win the championship the following year, and remains the last amateur champion.

The course where this U.S. Open was played in Queens no longer exists. Designed by A. W. Tillinghast, it opened in 1923 and also hosted the PGA Championship in 1930, won by Tommy Armour. Under increasing development and tax pressure, the Fresh Meadow Country Club sold the property in 1946, which was developed as a residential neighborhood (the Fresh Meadows section of Queens). The club then purchased the property, clubhouse, and golf course of the defunct Lakeville Golf & Country Club in Lake Success, its current home.[7]

Daily admission for the U.S. Open in 1932 was $2.20, or $5.50 for all three days.[8]

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922 74 76 70 66 286 +6 1
Billy Burke  United States 1931 75 77 74 71 297 +17 T7
Walter Hagen  United States 1914, 1919 75 73 79 71 298 +18 10
Tommy Armour  Scotland
 United States
1927 82 73 77 71 303 +23 T21
Jim Barnes  England 1921 84 76 78 75 313 +33 T55

Source:[5][6]

Missed the cut

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Farrell  United States 1928 80 81 161 +21
Willie Macfarlane  Scotland 1925 83 78 161 +21

Source:[6]

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, June 23, 1932

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Olin Dutra  United States 69 −1
2 Leo Diegel  United States 73 +3
T3 José Jurado  Argentina 74 +4
Gene Sarazen  United States
T5 Billy Burke  United States 75 +5
Lloyd Gullickson  United States
Walter Hagen  United States
T8 Dave Hackney  United States 76 +6
Joe Kirkwood Sr.  Australia
Walter Kozak  United States
Philip Perkins  England

Source:[9]

Second round

Friday, June 24, 1932

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 José Jurado  Argentina 74-71=145 +5
Philip Perkins  England 76-69=145
3 Olin Dutra  United States 69-77=146 +6
4 Leo Diegel  United States 73-74=147 +7
5 Walter Hagen  United States 75-73=148 +8
T6 Harry Cooper  England
 United States
77-73=150 +10
Gene Sarazen  United States 74-76=150
Craig Wood  United States 79-71=150
T9 Henry Ciuci  United States 77-74=151 +11
Clarence Clark  United States 79-72=151
Vincent Eldred  United States 78-73=151
Dave Hackney  United States 76-75=151
Willie Klein  United States 79-72=151
H.J. Sanderson  United States 77-74=151

Source:[6]

Third round

Saturday, June 25, 1932 (morning)

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Philip Perkins  England 76-69-74=219 +9
T2 José Jurado  Argentina 74-71-75=220 +10
Gene Sarazen  United States 74-76-70=220
T4 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 78-74-69=221 +11
Leo Diegel  United States 73-74-73=221
Olin Dutra  United States 69-77-75=221
T7 Wiffy Cox  United States 80-73-70=223 +13
Harry Cooper  England
 United States
77-73-73=223
T9 Clarence Clark  United States 79-72-74=225 +15
Ed Dudley  United States 80-74-71=225
Paul Runyan  United States 79-77-69=225

Source:[5]

Final round

Saturday, June 25, 1932 (afternoon)

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Gene Sarazen  United States 74-76-70-66=286 +6 1,000
T2 Bobby Cruickshank  Scotland 78-74-69-68=289 +9 700
Philip Perkins  England 76-69-74-70=289
4 Leo Diegel  United States 73-74-73-74=294 +14 500
5 Wiffy Cox  United States 80-73-70-72=295 +15 450
6 José Jurado  Argentina 74-71-75-76=296 +16 350
T7 Billy Burke  United States 75-77-74-71=297 +17 175
Harry Cooper  England
 United States
77-73-73-74=297
Olin Dutra  United States 69-77-75-76=297
10 Walter Hagen  United States 75-73-79-71=298 +18 100

Source:[5]

References

  1. ^ "Olin Dutra leads Open field with 69". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 24, 1932. p. 14. 
  2. ^ "Favor Diegel in golf Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. June 22, 1932. p. 13. 
  3. ^ a b Gould, Alan (June 26, 1932). "Sarazen rallies to win Open title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 15. 
  4. ^ Pettey, Tom (June 23, 1932). "150 tee off in National Open tourney today". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 19. 
  5. ^ a b c d Pettey, Tom (June 26, 1932). "Sarazen's 286 wins Open; finishes in 66". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2. 
  6. ^ a b c d Pettey, Tom (June 25, 1932). "Jurado, Perkins card 145; lead Open golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 15. 
  7. ^ "About FMCC". Fresh Meadow Country Club. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Gould, Alan (June 23, 1932). "Sarazen gets 70 at Fresh Meadow; is Open favorite". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 11. 
  9. ^ Pettey, Tom (June 24, 1932). "Dutra breaks par with 69 to lead Open". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 23. 

External links

  • About.com – 1932 U.S. Open
  • USGA Championship Database[permanent dead link]
  • USOpen.com - 1932

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