1955 U.S. Open: An All-Time Upset

The 1955 U.S. Open was the 55th time the tournament was played, and in a famous upset journeyman Jack Fleck beat Ben Hogan in a playoff.

Winner: Jack Fleck, 287

Where it was played: Olympic Club in San Francisco, California

Tournament dates: June 16-19, 1955

Leader after first round: Tommy Bolt, 67

Leader after second round: Tommy Bolt and Harvie Ward, 144

Leader after third round: Ben Hogan, 217

Notable Notes: Chasing what would be a record-setting fifth U.S. Open title, Ben Hogan led by one over Sam Snead and Julius Boros entering the final round. But it wasn't those two stars who tied Hogan and forced an 18-hole playoff, but little-known Jack Fleck. Fleck made an 8-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie Hogan at 287. Fleck was given almost no chance to win the playoff, but after starting with seven consecutive pars he reeled off three straight birdies on holes 8-10, taking a 3-stroke lead. And that's how it ended, Fleck shooting 69 to Hogan's 72.

Final Scores

Jack Fleck 76-69-75-67—287
Ben Hogan 72-73-72-70—287
Tommy Bolt 67-77-75-73—292
Sam Snead 79-69-70-74—292
Julius Boros 76-69-73-77—295
Bob Rosburg 78-74-67-76—295
Doug Ford 74-77-74-71—296
Bud Holscher 77-75-71-73—296
a-Harvie Ward 74-70-76-76—296
Jack Burke Jr. 71-77-72-77—297
Mike Souchak 73-79-72-73—297
Shelley Mayfield 75-76-75-72—298
Frank Stanahan 80-71-76-71—298
Walker Inman 70-75-76-78—299
Gene Littler 76-73-73-78—300
Al Mengert 76-76-72-77—301
Smiley Quick 76-74-74-77—301
Art Wall 77-78-72-74—301
Fred Hawkins 73-78-75-76—302
George Schnieter 78-74-77-73—302
Bob Harris 77-71-78-77—303
Cary Middlecoff 76-78-74-75—303
Arnold Palmer 77-76-74-76—303
Ernie Vossler 77-76-76-74—303
Marty Furgol 76-77-78-73—304
Leland Gibson 76-78-76-74—304
Billy Maxwell 77-74-75-79—305
Art Bell 74-76-81-75—306
Max Evans 77-73-76-80—306
Dow Finsterwald 84-71-74-77—306
Eric Monti 76-76-78-76—306
Byron Nelson 77-74-80-75—306
Charles Rotar 76-75-80-75—306
Errie Ball 81-74-78-74—307
Pete Cooper 75-77-81-74—307
Fred Haas 75-76-79-77—307
Chick Harbert 77-75-80-75—307
Johnny Palmer 80-74-75-78—307
Bud Ward 76-76-80-77—309
Zell Eaton 81-74-78-77—310
Babe Lichardus 73-80-81-76—310
Skee Riegel 75-79-78-78—310
Frank Harned 78-77-80-76—311
Ted Neist 79-75-76-81—311
Ed Furgol 76-79-80-77—312
Charles Scally 77-76-79-80—312
Ralph Blomquist 79-76-79-79—313
Dave Douglas 79-75-76-83—313
Ralph Evans 76-78-78-81—313
Elmer Reed 74-79-81-79—313
Bo Wininger 75-79-75-84—313
Al Zimmerman 78-74-85-77—314
Jerry Kesselring 79-76-79-81—315
George Puetz 78-77-79-81—315
Jimmy Ukauka 76-76-82-81—315
George Keyes 80-75-79-82—316
a-William Thornton 79-75-82-81—317
Fred Annon 75-78-85-82—320

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