1896 U.S. Open: First Controversy

The 1896 U.S. Open was the second time the tournament was played. It took one day to play and included the first U.S. Open controversy.

Winner: James Foulis, 152

Where it was played: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York

Tournament dates: July 28, 1896

Leader after first round: Willie Dunn, Willie Tucker, Joe Lloyd, John Shippen, Andrew Smith and James Foulis, 78

Notable Notes: After the first of two 18-hole rounds, six golfers shared the lead. But then James Foulis shot 74 in the second round to win by three strokes. One of those first-round co-leaders was African-American John Shippen, a caddie at the host club. Some of the other players tried to have him kicked out of the tournament, stating they wouldn't play if a black man was in the field. The USGA rejected the racist appeal and Shippen finished tied for fifth place. ... The runner-up, Horace Rawlins, had won the first U.S. Open one year earlier. ... Two-time British Open winner Willie Park Jr. tried to be the first real golf star to play in the tournament, sailing from England with the intention to enter the U.S. Open. But his ship was delayed and Park only arrived the day after the tournament ended.

Final Scores

James Foulis 78-74—152
Horace Rawlins 79-76—155
George Douglas 79-79—158
a-Andrew Smith 78-80—158
John Shippen 78-81—159
a-Henry Whigham 82-77—159
Joe Lloyd 78-82—160
Willie Tucker 78-82—160
Buff Wilson 82-80—162
Alfred Ricketts 80-83—163
Bert Way 83-81—164
Willie Dunn 78-87—165
William Davis 83-84—167
Willie Campbell 85-85—170
William Hoare 90-81—171
James Mackrell 89-83—172
Alexander Patrick 86-86—172
John Reid 88-84—172
Tom Gourley 82-91—173
John Patrick 88-85—173
Oscar Bunn 89-85—174
John Anson 88-92—180
George Strath 91-89—180
John Harrison 92-91—183
William Campbell 91-93—184
William Norton 87-98—185
R. Anderson 92-95—187
Thomas Warrender 97-93—190

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