1903 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1903 U.S. Open was the ninth time the tournament was played. It ended in an 18-hole playoff.

Winner: Willie Anderson, 307

Where it was played: Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey

Tournament dates: June 26-29, 1903

Leader after first round: Willie Anderson, 73

Leader after second round: Willie Anderson, 149

Leader after third round: Willie Anderson, 225

What Happened in the 1903 U.S. Open

Willie Anderson claimed this tournament for the second time, beating David Brown in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1903 U.S. Open.

Anderson went on to win the next two U.S. Opens, and is still the only golfer to win three consecutive. He won four total, which remains a tournament record (tied with Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus). Anderson also was the first player to win two U.S. Opens, and the first to win back-to-back U.S. Opens (which he accomplished by winning the 1904 tourney).

Anderson and Brown (also known as "Deacon" Brown, he was the 1886 British Open winner) finished tied at 307, then Anderson won the playoff 82 to 84, scores recorded in heavy rains. According to the USGA history, the fourth round ended on Saturday but the Baltusrol Golf Club course was unavailable for a Sunday playoff. Why? Member play. So the pros waited until Monday for the playoff.

Anderson's father, Tom Anderson Sr., and his brother, Tom Jr., were also both in the field. It was the first time a father-and-son(s) played in the same U.S. Open.

Donald Ross, later to become famous as one of the greats of golf course architecture, finished fifth. It was one of four Top 10 finishes in this tournament by Ross, and his best. (Ross' brother Alex Ross placed ninth, and was the winner of the 1907 U.S. Open.)

Another interesting name at the 1904 U.S. Open was that of John Montgomery Ward. Ward was a famous baseball player in the late 1800s who played frequently, after retirement from baseball, in amateur golf championships. This was one of two appearances Ward made in a U.S. Open (playing as an amateur), and he made the cut. Ward was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1960s.

This was the first U.S. Open played at Baltusrol, a golf club that later hosted many more Opens plus other majors, both professional and amateur. Baltusrol's Old Course, which no longer exists, was the golf course.

1903 U.S. Open Final Scores

x-Willie Anderson 73-76-76-82—307
David Brown 79-77-75-76—307
Stewart Gardner 77-77-82-79—315
Alex Smith 77-77-81-81—316
Donald Ross 79-79-78-82—318
Jack Campbell 76-83-83-77—319
Laurie Auchterlonie 75-79-84-83—321
a-Findlay Douglas 77-79-82-84—322
Jack Hobens 76-81-82-84—323
Alex Ross 83-82-78-80—323
Willie Smith 80-81-83-79—323
Horace Rawlins 82-77-78-87—324
Isaac Mackie 83-80-78-84—325
a-F.O. Reinhart 81-75-89-80—325
Alex Campbell 79-84-80-83—326
Gilbert Nicholls 86-82-78-80—326
a-Walter Travis 83-80-81-82—326
Bert Way 84-79-82-81—326
Bernard Nicholls 85-78-82-83—328
William Norton 78-81-83-87—329
David Ogilvie 81-86-81-81—329
George Cummings 83-86-77-84—330
Harry Turpie 86-82-81-82—331
Joe Lloyd 84-85-80-83—332
John Reid 82-82-84-84—332
a-George T. Brokaw 78-82-86-87—333
James Campbell 81-84-82-86—333
Fred McLeod 83-80-79-91—333
Arthur Smith 80-87-83-83—333
Arthur Fenn 82-83-83-86—334
David Hunter 80-90-86-79—335
John Dingwall 83-88-86-79—336
Charles Murray 83-84-84-85—336
William Braid 86-75-89-87—337
Robert Thompson 81-84-88-85—338
Alex Findlay 87-86-82-84—339
John Harland 82-82-84-91—339
Ernest Way 85-88-80-87—340
Tom McNamara 86-84-85-88—343
Joe Mitchell 85-84-91-85—345
David Patrick 86-86-85-88—345
Walter Reynolds 91-83-86-86—346
Thomas Clark 85-91-84-87—347
Jack Jolly 85-91-87-84—347
a-Frank Croker 89-87-91-81—348
Alexander Patrick 91-89-84-85—349
John Pearson 83-91-89-86—349
P.P. Burns 87-90-81-94—352
John Brett 89-91-87-86—353
a-William Carnegie 87-83-89-94—353
Robert Dow 87-90-89-90—356
a-L.L. Kellogg Jr. 91-89-90-86—356
a-J.S. Gillespie 87-92-87-91—357
a-Charles Tappin 89-88-92-90—359
a-Robert Watson 88-91-89-92—360
a-John M. Ward 91-93-89-90—363
Robert Shields 93-93-85-94—365
J.S. Davidson 93-92-90-92—367
Philip Honeyman 90-95-91-94—370
a-M.G. McDonald 94-97-89-92—372

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