1954 U.S. Open (golf)

The 1954 U.S. Open was the 54th U.S. Open, held June 17–19 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. On the Lower Course, Ed Furgol won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler.[2]

Golf tournament
1954 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 17–19, 1954
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club
Lower Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,027 yards (6,425 m)[1][2]
Field 159 players, 50 after cut
Cut 151 (+11)
Prize fund $23,280[3]
Winner’s share $6,000
Champion
Ed Furgol
284 (+4)
 1953
1955 

Baltusrol 
Location in the United States

Baltusrol 
Location in New Jersey

Baltusrol
Location in
Union County

Littler owned the 36-hole lead by two strokes over defending champion Ben Hogan and Furgol. After a 76 in the third round, Littler fell three strokes back of Furgol, who shot a 71 to take a one-stroke lead over Dick Mayer. Hogan made four bogeys at the first six holes and fell out of contention with a 76.

In the final round on Saturday afternoon, Littler rebounded with a 70, but it was not enough. Furgol was helped by a great recovery on the 18th. After hitting his drive into the trees, he played his escape shot onto the 18th fairway of Baltusrol’s other course. From there he managed to make par, carding a 72 for a 284 total. Mayer was tied with Furgol as he played 18, but he double-bogeyed the hole to fall into third.[4][5]

This U.S. Open was the first to be nationally televised, one hour of the final round,[6] carried by NBC. It was also the first in which ropes were used to control the gallery, and prize money was increased by 20% over the previous year.[3] This was the fourth U.S. Open at Baltusrol, but the first on the Lower Course, which later hosted in 1967, 1980, and 1993.

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Main article: Baltusrol Golf Club

Lower Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 465 379 444 183 391 467 468 372 204 3,373 450 421 190 391 409 427 201 620 545 3,654 7,027
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 34 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 36 70

Source:[1]

Lengths of the courses for previous major championships at Baltusrol:

  • 6,866 yards (6,278 m), par 72 – 1936 U.S. Open (Upper Course)
  • 6,212 yards (5,680 m), par 74 – 1915 U.S. Open (Old Course)  The Old Course was plowed under in 1918
  • 6,003 yards (5,489 m), par    1903 U.S. Open (Old Course)
Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lloyd Mangrum  United States 1946 72 71 72 71 286 +6 T3
Ben Hogan  United States 1948, 1950,
1951, 1953
71 70 76 72 289 +9 T6
Cary Middlecoff  United States 1949 72 71 72 75 290 +10 T11
Julius Boros  United States 1952 78 71 78 70 297 +17 T23
Lew Worsham  United States 1947 72 77 77 71 297 +17 T23
Lawson Little  United States 1940 78 73 73 77 301 +21 T35

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