1908 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1908 U.S. Open was the 14th time the tournament was played. It was settled with an 18-hole playoff between Fred McLeod and 1899 champion Willie Smith.

Winner: Fred McLeod, 322

Where it was played: Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Massachussetts

Tournament dates: August 27-29, 1908

Leader after first round: Willie Smith, 77

Leader after second round: Willie Smith, 159

Leader after third round: Willie Smith, 244

What Happened at the 1908 U.S. Open

Fred McLeod defeated Willie Smith in an 18-hole playoff to claim victory at the 1908 U.S. Open, after Smith had led following each of the first three rounds.

While it was the only major championship victory for McLeod, he remained competitive for many more years at golf's top levels. McLeod had eight Top 10s in the U.S. Open, the last in 1921 (when he was 39 years old). His last Top 10 at the British Open was in 1926. McLeod continued appearing at The Masters until 1963, and from 1963 through 1976 — when he was 94 years old — was one of the original honorary starters at The Masters.

High winds over the two days of the tournament led to a winning score of 322, the third-highest winning score in tournament history. McLeod was able to break 80 in only one round, the fourth round.

Smith, the 1899 U.S. Open winner, led the field by three and McLeod by five at the midway point. But McLeod trimmed the deficit to one after three rounds, then shot 77 (tied for lowest round of the tournament) to Smith's 78 to force the playoff.

McLeod won the playoff by six strokes, 77 to 83, but most of that margin was forged over the final five holes. The two had been tied after the 13th hole. Smith thus became the first golfer in U.S. Open history to lead after each of the first three rounds but fail to win. Willie Smith's brother Alex Smith finished third. Willie finished second to Alex at the 1906 U.S. Open. And at the 1910 U.S. Open, Alex Smith defeated another Smith brother, Macdonald, in a playoff to win.

Trivia note about McLeod: At only 108 pounds, he is the lightest-ever U.S. Open winner.

1908 U.S. Open Final Scores

Fred McLeod 82-82-81-77—322
Willie Smith 77-82-85-78—322
Alex Smith 80-83-83-81—327
Willie Anderson 85-86-80-79—330
John Jones 81-81-87-82—331
Jack Hobens 86-81-85-81—333
Peter Robertson 89-84-77-83—333
Percy Barrett 94-80-86-78—338
Jock Hutchison 82-84-87-85—338
Richard Kimball 84-86-83-86—339
Tom McNamara 85-82-86-86—339
Donald Ball 90-81-86-83—340
Alex Campbell 85-83-89-83—340
George Low 92-80-84-84—340
Robert Peebles 85-85-85-85—340
David Hunter 87-87-84-83—341
Herbert Barker 84-85-88-86—343
Mike Brady 86-87-87-83—343
Orrin Terry 86-87-83-87—343
David Robertson 89-83-86-86—344
Laurie Auchterlonie 85-83-83-95—346
H.T. Rawlins 85-89-88-84—346
Isaac Mackie 94-88-84-81—347
Alex Ross 89-85-91-82—347
a-Walter Travis 90-83-87-87—347
Jack Campbell 91-89-87-82—349
David Brown 87-86-91-86—350
David Ogilvie 91-89-87-83—350
Arthur Smith 97-85-85-85—352
Herbert Strong 91-89-88-84—352
Bert Way 92-88-87-85—352
George Cummings 90-85-96-83—354
James Maiden 94-85-86-90—355
John Dingwall 98-83-85-90—356
a-John B. Hylan 93-85-89-89—356
J.S. Pearson 93-84-92-87—356
Ernest Way 89-90-93-84—356
a-John G. Anderson 95-83-89-90—357
Walter Fovargue 93-87-85-92—357
Otto Hackbarth 90-92-84-92—358
Donald Ross 93-86-88-91—358
David Honeyman 91-86-93-89—359
Stewart Maiden 93-89-85-92—359
William Robinson 95-87-86-91—359
Jack Croke 91-90-93-86—360

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