1930 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1930 U.S. Open was the 34th time the tournament was played. For champion Bobby Jones, his victory was the third of four in his Grand Slam year.

Winner: Bobby Jones, 287

Where it was played: Interlachen Club in Edina, Minnesota

Tournament dates: July 10-12, 1930

Leader after first round: Tommy Armour and Macdonald Smith, 70

Leader after second round: Horton Smith, 142

Leader after third round: Bobby Jones, 212

What Happened at the 1930 U.S. Open

Bobby Jones won the "impregnable quadrilateral," the Grand Slam, in 1930, and his victory in the 1930 U.S. Open was the third of the four titles that made up the Slam: The British Amateur, British Open, U.S. Open, and, finally, the U.S. Amateur. Jones won the British Amateur and British Open in the Spring after traveling to Britain as part of the American Walker Cup team.

As summer arrived, so did sweltering heat in the Upper Midwest, where the 1930 U.S. Open was played at Interlachen, in Minnesota. Perhaps the first sign that it was going to be another good week for Jones came in the second round on what was dubbed "the lily pad shot." The Bobby Jones Golf Web site (bobbyjones.com) explained what happened:

"During the second round of the tournament, Jones pushed his tee shot to the right on the ninth hole along the bank of a lake. Attempting to go for the green in two, Jones was in the middle of his backswing when two young girls broke from the crowd and ran toward the fairway. Jones, catching a glimpse of them with his peripheral vision, flinched on the shot and topped the ball toward the lake where it struck the water some twenty yards short of the far bank. Amazingly, the ball skipped like a flat stone on the water and came out on the other side just thirty yards short of the green. Jones would chip to within two feet and finish the hole with an unlikely birdie. Although Jones would later refute the notion, spectators swore the ball had struck a lily pad floating in the lake. Forever dubbed the 'lily pad shot,' this strange event merely added to the already larger-than-life legend of Bobby Jones."
A third-round 68 gave Jones a 5-stroke lead heading into the final round. But Jones made it interesting in that final round when his tee ball on the 17th hole, a 263-yard par-3, couldn't be found. It was finally determined the ball must have wound up in a water hazard, even though nobody actually saw that happen. Jones dropped and made double-bogey, cutting his lead over Macdonald Smith to one stroke.

But on the final hole, Jones rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt to win by two. Jones completed the Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Amateur shortly after at Merion. He then retired from competitive golf. The win was Jones' fourth in the U.S. Open, matching Willie Anderson's tournament record. Horton Smith — who won the first playing of the tournament Jones would later found, The Masters — finished third.

Ralph Guldahl, who won the U.S. Opens of 1937 and 1938, played in his first major championship here and tied for 39th.

An interesting side note: After watching Jones at the beginning of the year, Bobby Cruickshank — who lost a playoff to Jones at the 1923 U.S. Open — placed a $50 bet on Jones to win all three of the British Amateur, British Open and U.S. Open. When Jones did exactly that, finishing off the trio in the U.S. Open, Cruickshank's successful bet paid of the equivalent (adjusted for inflation) of nearly $200,000.

1930 U.S. Open Final Scores

a-Bobby Jones 71-73-68-75—287
Macdonald Smith 70-75-74-70—289
Horton Smith 72-70-76-74—292
Harry Cooper 72-72-73-76—293
Johnny Golden 74-73-71-76—294
Tommy Armour 70-76-75-76—297
Charles Lacey 74-70-77-77—298
Johnny Farrell 74-72-73-80—299
Bill Mehlhorn 76-74-75-75—300
Craig Wood 73-75-72-80—300
Leo Diegel 75-75-76-75—301
a-Johnny Goodman 74-80-72-75—301
Al Heron 76-78-74-73—301
Peter O'Hara 75-77-73-76—301
George Smith 72-81-74-74—301
a-George Von Elm 80-74-73-74—301
Ed Dudley 74-75-78-76—303
Mortie Dutra 76-80-69-78—303
Charles Guest 76-73-77-77—303
Walter Hagen 72-75-76-80—303
Willie Hunter Jr. 76-76-78-73—303
Bob Shave 76-72-78-77—303
Joe Turnesa 73-78-78-74—303
Al Watrous 79-73-73-78—303
Olin Dutra 73-79-78-75—305
Francis Gallett 76-75-74-80—305
Denny Shute 76-78-77-74—305
Herman Barron 77-78-74-77—306
Billy Burke 76-72-82-76—306
Jack Forrester 73-75-80-78—306
Charles Hilgendorf 74-81-76-75—306
Walter Kozak 74-76-78-78—306
Gene Sarazen 76-78-77-75—306
Frank Walsh 75-78-77-76—306
Wiffy Cox 71-75-77-84—307
Al Espinosa 76-78-77-76—307
Johnny Rogers 72-79-80-76—307
Eddie Williams 73-76-78-80—307
James Barnes 74-76-79-79—308
Ralph Guldahl 80-75-80-73—308
Emerick Kocsis 77-75-80-76—308
Sonny Rouse 77-77-80-74—308
Willie Klein 75-77-77-80—309
Willie Macfarlane 74-77-82-76—309
a-Philip Perkins 76-74-76-83—309
Jim Foulis 78-78-77-77—310
Tom Creavy 81-74-79-77—311
George Christ 75-78-79-80—312
Arthur Ham 77-79-76-80—312
Bob Crowley 75-78-84-76—313
Fred Morrison 78-76-80-79—313
Eddie Schultz 76-80-79-78—313
a-Lester Bolstad 79-75-79-81—314
a-Chick Evans 81-75-81-78—315
Ted Luther 76-78-82-79—315
George Voigt 76-79-79-81—315
Tom Raklets 77-77-81-81—316
Jack Burke Sr. 74-80-82-81—317
Jock Hendry 77-78-79-83—317
a-Donald Moe 75-81-79-82—317
Francis Scheider 76-77-83-81—317
Walter Bemish 80-75-82-81—318
a-Gus Novotny 77-78-85-79—319
Bill Tinder 79-77-82-81—319
T.J. Gibraski 79-76-85-81—321
a-Richard Martin 78-78-82-83—321

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