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Ralph Guldahl

Ralph Guldahl became the fourth player, after Willie Anderson, Johnny McDermott and Bob Jones, to win in successive years, and he did it easily. With a score of 74-77-71-69-284, even par, he built a lead of six strokes over Dick Metz at the Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado.

This Championship also was distinguished by a new record for strokes taken on a single hole. Ray Ainsley took 19 on the par-4 16th hole in the second round, most of them in trying to extricate his ball from a brook. Prize money was increased to $6,000 by the addition of awards t those finishing from 21st to 30th; first prize remained $1,000.


Starts - 16

Best Finish - Winner 1937, '38

Rds - 62

Cuts Made - 15

Top 3 - 3

Top 5 - 4

Top 10 - 7

Top 25 - 9

Avg. - 74.50

Scores In 60s - 3

Rds Under Par - 11

Earnings - $4,053.75