1941 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1941 U.S. Open was the 45th time the tournament was played. Craig Wood, who had previously lost in extra holes at all four majors, won his second major championship title of the year.

Winner: Craig Wood, 284

Where it was played: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas

Tournament dates: June 5-7, 1941

Leader after first round: Denny Shute, 69

Leader after second round: Craig Wood, Denny Shute, Lawson Little and Clayton Heafner, 144

Leader after third round: Craig Wood, 214

What Happened in the 1941 U.S. Open

Prior to 1941, Craig Wood was known as an immensely talented but very hard-luck golfer. He won plenty on tour, but in the major championships he kept falling just short. In fact, by 1941 Woods had lost in playoffs at the U.S. Open, The Masters and the British Open, and in extra holes of the championship match at the PGA Championship.

But that all changed at the 1941 Masters, where he finally got the job done in a major by becoming The Masters' first wire-to-wire winner. And here, at the 1941 U.S. Open, Wood won his second major of the year, becoming the first golfer to win both The Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.

Wood also has the distinction of being the only golfer to win a major while wearing a corset. Well, that we're aware of, anyway. Just to be safe, we'll qualify that by saying Wood is the only male golfer to win in a corset (that we're aware of). According to the USGA, Wood hurt his back two weeks prior to the tournament. The USGA history states:

"His doctor fitted him with a corset that allowed him to compete in the U.S. Open. But after opening the championship with a 7, he wanted to withdraw. His fellow competitor, Tommy Armour, convinced him to play on and Wood shot a 73."
The corset must have helped, because Wood improved to 71 in the second round, and carded back-to-back 70s in the third and fourth rounds. And he finished with a birdie on the final hole.

The 1941 U.S. Open was played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, the hometown of Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan. Didn't help them, though: Nelson finished 13 strokes behind Wood; Hogan tied for third with Johnny Bulla, five strokes behind Wood. Nelson had beaten Wood in a playoff at the 1939 U.S. Open. The runner-up here, Denny Shute, had beaten Wood in a playoff at the 1933 British Open.

Of note at the 1941 U.S. Open: Three members of the Turnesa family made the cut — one of two times that happened in the U.S. Open. The Turnesas were eight brothers who played golf, seven professionally. And the amateur, Willie, won the U.S. and British amateur championships. One of the pros, Jim, won the 1952 PGA Championship. Joe won 14 PGA Tour titles and Mike won six. At the 1941 U.S. Open, Jim Turnesa, Mike Turnesa and Willie Turnesa all made the cut. (At the 1932 U.S. Open, Joe, Mike and Phil Turnesa all made the cut.)

A golfer one month shy of his 16th birthday set a record at the 1941 U.S. Open as youngest competitor in this tournament, a record that stood until 2006. Tyrell Garth withdrew during the second round, but not before setting that age-related record.

Due to the American entry into World War II later in 1941, the U.S. Open was not played again after this until 1946.

1941 U.S. Open Final Scores

Craig Wood 73-71-70-70—284
Denny Shute 69-75-72-71—287
Johnny Bulla 75-71-72-71—289
Ben Hogan 74-77-68-70—289
Herman Barron 75-71-74-71—291
Paul Runyan 73-72-71-75—291
Dutch Harrison 70-82-71-71—294
Jug McSpaden 71-75-74-74—294
Gene Sarazen 74-73-72-75—294
Ed Dudley 74-74-74-73—295
Lloyd Mangrum 73-74-72-76—295
Dick Metz 71-74-76-74—295
Henry Ransom 72-74-75-75—296
Horton Smith 73-75-73-75—296
Sam Snead 76-70-77-73—296
a-Harry Todd 72-77-76-71—296
Lawson Little 71-73-79-74—297
Byron Nelson 73-73-74-77—297
Vic Ghezzi 70-79-77-72—298
Gene Kunes 71-79-74-75—299
Ralph Guldahl 79-76-72-73—300
Clayton Heafner 72-72-78-78—300
Johnny Palmer 74-76-76-74—300
Jimmy Hines 75-74-76-76—301
Joseph Zarhardt 74-76-77-75—302
Sam Byrd 76-78-75-74—303
Herman Keiser 74-77-76-76—303
Johnny Morris 72-73-81-77—303
Henry Picard 77-79-72-75—303
Jim Ferrier 77-71-81-75—304
Jerry Gianferante 76-77-74-77—304
a-Bud Ward 76-77-75-76—304
Abe Espinosa 76-75-72-82—305
Sam Parks Jr. 73-82-74-76—305
Toney Penna 75-77-76-77—305
Marvin Stahl 77-76-73-79—305
Jim Turnesa 74-80-77-74—305
Bill Kaiser 72-78-80-76—306
Willie Klein 73-80-78-76—307
Bunny Torpey 72-79-78-79—308
a-William Turnesa 75-77-75-81—308
Jim Foulis 78-78-74-79—309
Felix Serafin 76-79-78-76—309
Mike Turnesa 77-79-75-78—309
Henry Castillo 84-72-77-77—310
Charles Farlow 79-77-77-77—310
Bob Hamilton 76-79-80-75—310
Jack Ryan 71-82-80-77—310
a-Dick Chapman 76-76-80-80—312
Pat Willcox 80-75-79-78—312
Raymond Gafford 76-78-82-77—313
Al Watrous 79-75-81-79—314
Bill Nary 77-76-83-79—315
a-John Jacobs 74-77-82-83—316
a-Verne Stewart 76-78-80-83—317
Tom O'Connor 73-78-79-88—318
Jock Hutchison Jr. 78-78-83-80—319

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