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From the Archives
Walter Hagen and Mike Brady battle at Brae Burn in 1919.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Walter Hagen’s second, and last, U.S. Open victory. It was the 23rd U.S. Open, and it was held in early June at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass., near Boston. There were many interesting aspects of that tournament.
The U.S. Open was suspended in 1917 and 1918, during World War I, so this was the first one to be played since “The War to End All Wars.”
The USGA attempted a three-day Open schedule, with the first and second rounds played on the first two days and the third and final rounds on the last day. The tournament reverted to the two-day schedule in 1920, but came back to the three-day schedule in 1926. The modern, four-day schedule began in 1965.
And there was an unfortunate record set by Willie Chisholm during the first round on Brae Burn’s par-3 8th hole. His approach shot landed in a rocky ravine, one thing led to another and Chisholm eventually left the hole after carding an 18. The record would stand until 1938.
As for Hagen, the man who would become “Sir Walter” defeated Mike Brady by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff. Though Brady shot 73 in the third round to open up a five-shot lead, he stumbled to an 80 in the final for 301 total. Hagen’s 10-foot put to win on the 18th lipped out (not so fortunate as 1914!)
Though Brady may have spent the night in nervous anticipation, not so Hagen. It is reported that he partied the night away with entertainer Al Jolson. Such a night might have made for a dismal and headache-filled tomorrow, but Hagen was clearheaded throughout. Here’s a prime example of the legendary golfer’s quick thinking.
Going into 17, Hagen had a two-shot lead. An errant tee shot on that hole found not only the rough, but settled quite deep in a patch of muddy slop. Advantage Brady? Not so fast. Hagen sought relief claiming that a spectator must have accidentally(?) ground the ball far into the muck. Officials said, basically, too bad, play it out. The quick-witted Hagen knew his rule book though, and demanded to identify his ball. The rules were clear on that. The officials agreed. Hagen pulled up the ball, was able to identify it and replace it so gently that it did not sink into the mud. He got his five, losing only one stroke to Brady. The playoff went to the final hole with Brady needing a birdie to tie. Both players made par, giving Hagen the title.
And Chick Evans, who came so close to defeating Hagen in the 1914 U.S. Open? He finished 12 strokes back in tenth place and was the low amateur.
(By the way, in looking up information for this section, we discovered an error. In the 2014 Spring Wee Nip, page 8, the Chick Evans chip shot photo caption should read 291, not a 289.)
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