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1926


Bobby Jones

Bob Jones had won his first British Open during a spring tour of the British Isles and took his second United States Open at the Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio, in July. It was the first time a player had won both in the same year. Despite a depressing second round in which he called a penalty on himself when his ball turned over as he was addressing a putt, he came from behind with a birdie 4 on the last hole to complete a 70-79-71-73-293, five over par, and beat Joe Turnesa by a stroke.

The championship was again extended to three days, with one round each of the first two days and two on the third day. There were 17 sectional qualifying rounds and the system was well established. So was the popularity of the Open: the entry rose to another new high of 694. The purse was increased, too, to $2,145 by the addition of eight places so that the first 20 professionals were rewarded in cash, although first place remained $500.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 11

Best Finish - Winner 1923, '26, '29, '30

Rds - 51

Cuts Made - 11

Top 3 - 8

Top 5 - 9

Top 10 - 10

Top 25 - 11

Avg. - 73.80

Scores In 60s - 2

Rds Under Par - 11

Earnings - Amateur