1948 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1948 U.S. Open was the 48th time the tournament was played. One of golf's all-time greats won the first of his four U.S. Open titles, and did so by demolishing the existing scoring record.

Winner: Ben Hogan, 276

Where it was played: Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California

Tournament dates: June 10-12, 1948

Leader after first round: Ben Hogan and Lew Worsham, 67

Leader after second round: Sam Snead, 138

Leader after third round: Ben Hogan, 207

What Happened at the 1948 U.S. Open

One of the places in golf nicknamed "Hogan's Alley" is Riviera Country Club, and that monicker became popular after Ben Hogan's victory at Riviera in the 1948 U.S. Open. Hogan won the 1947 Los Angeles Open at Riviera, and then he won the same tournament in 1948. Shortly after, Hogan won the U.S. Open at Riviera — three wins in two years on the famous golf course. No wonder people started calling it Hogan's Alley.

Hogan's victory here was the first of his four U.S. Open titles, and it was his third win in a major championship. He entered the final round leading his good friend Jimmy Demaret by two strokes. After both shot closing 69s, two strokes remained the final margin between them.

Hogan became the first golfer in U.S. Open history to post three rounds in the 60s, and his score of 276 was a new tournament record by five strokes. Ralph Guldahl had posted 281 in winning the 1937 U.S. Open, and Hogan's record didn't fall until Jack Nicklaus bettered it in 1967.

The tournament finish actually involved multiple golfers breaking the scoring record, but only holding it for a very short time. Third-place finisher Jim Turnesa set a new tournament scoring record when he posted 280. About an hour later, Demaret finished and lowered the record to 278. Then Hogan finished, claiming the win and the scoring record.

The 1948 U.S. Open was also significant for the participation of Ted Rhodes. Rhodes was African-American, and his entry to this tournament was accepted by the USGA at a time when the PGA of America did not allow Blacks to become members or play in its tournaments. Rhodes was the dominant player in the United Golf Association circuit, a low-paying tour for Black golfers. He opened the 1948 U.S. Open with a 70, in contention, but faded over the next three rounds. Rhodes wasn't the first African-American to play a U.S. Open, but he was the first since 1913.

Future PGA Championship winner (and television broadcaster) Bob Rosburg played the U.S. Open for the first time this year, missing the cut. Olin Dutra, winner of the 1934 U.S. Open, missed the cut in his final appearance in this tournament. Joe Kirkwood Sr. and Joe Kirkwood Jr. both made the cut, the first time a father and son both the made the cut in the same U.S. Open.

Hogan missed the 1949 U.S. Open due to his auto accident, but then won again in 1950 and 1951 — three wins in a row in tournaments he was able to enter. Hogan added a fourth U.S. Open win in 1953.

1948 U.S. Open Final Scores

Ben Hogan 67-72-68-69—276
Jimmy Demaret 71-70-68-69—278
Jim Turnesa 71-69-70-70—280
Bobby Locke 70-69-73-70—282
Sam Snead 69-69-73-72—283
Lew Worsham 67-74-71-73—285
Herman Barron 73-70-71-72—286
Johnny Bulla 73-72-75-67—287
Toney Penna 70-72-73-72—287
Smiley Quick 73-71-69-74—287
Skip Alexander 71-73-71-73—288
Charles Congdon 71-70-71-77—289
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 74-69-69-77—289
Vic Ghezzi 72-74-74-70—290
Leland Gibson 71-76-69-74—290
Otto Greiner 74-73-71-72—290
Herman Keiser 71-71-73-75—290
George Schnieter 73-68-75-74—290
Herschel Spears 72-71-76-71—290
Ellsworth Vines 75-72-69-74—290
Joe Kirkwood 72-70-72-77—291
Lloyd Mangrum 71-72-74-74—291
Cary Middlecoff 74-71-73-73—291
Alfred Smith 73-72-77-69—291
Art Bell 72-75-71-74—292
Pete Cooper 76-72-72-72—292
George Fazio 72-72-76-72—292
Marty Furgol 72-74-73-74—293
Chick Harbert 72-72-77-72—293
Joe Kirkwood Jr. 73-75-73-72—293
Frank Moore 73-75-73-72—293
a-Zell Eaton 72-74-75-73—294
Ralph Guldahl 73-75-75-71—294
a-Ken Rogers 69-76-72-78—295
Jack Harden 72-73-73-78—296
Dutch Harrison 75-72-72-77—296
Jimmy Hines 75-71-76-74—296
Bill Nary 73-75-75-73—296
Johnny Palmer 74-74-76-72—296
Jack Ryan 74-69-76-77—296
a-John Dawson 71-72-79-76—298
a-Dick Mayer 75-73-78-72—298
George Schoux 74-72-76-76—298
a-Frank Stranahan 72-69-78-79—298
Dave Douglas 74-73-78-74—299
Ed Furgol 75-73-77-74—299
Jimmy Johnson 76-71-77-75—299
Jimmy Thomson 77-71-76-76—300
Al Zimmerman 71-74-77-78—300
Buck White 75-73-80-73—301
Iverson Martin 73-73-80-76—302
Ted Rhodes 70-76-77-79—302
Paul Runyan 74-73-80-76—303
Andrew Mills 71-75-83-84—313

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