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1940


Lawson Little

Lawson Little placed a 72-69-73-73-287, one under par, on the scoreboard and then stood by while Gene Sarazen finished with three pars to tie. Little played superb golf to win the playoff, 70 to 73, at the Canterbury Golf Club, near Cleveland, Ohio. Little was playing from Bretton Woods, N. H. and had turned professional after winning the USGA and the British Amateur Championships in 1934 and 1934. He was the sixth man to win both Amateur and Open Championships.

Sarazen was 38 years old and was making his bid eighteen years after he had won his first Open. Six players were disqualified for starting their last rounds ahead of schedule, with a storm brewing; they played out the round provisionally and one of them, Ed Oliver, made an unofficial 287.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 16

Best Finish - Winner 1940

Rds - 51

Cuts Made - 9

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 2

Top 25 - 4

Avg. - 75.43

Scores In 60s - 3

Rds Under Par - 4

Earnings - N/A