Joe Lloyd captured his only major 120 years ago today
By: Josh Morris – The 1897 U.S. Open was the third U.S. Open, held September 17 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois. Joe Lloyd won his only major title by one stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson. Anderson began the final round four clear of Lloyd, who shot a 79 over the last 18 holes to Anderson’s 84 to finish a stroke ahead. Lloyd’s win was capped by a three at the 461-yard (422 m) finishing hole. Anderson needed a four at the last to tie Lloyd; he reached the green in three, but his putt came up 6 feet (1.8 m) short. Anderson waited four more years for first of his record four U.S. Open titles. This was the last year that the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur championships were played simultaneously on the same course. It was the last time the U.S. Open was only 36 holes total, doubling to 72 holes in 1898.
Sam Snead equaled the world record on this day by shooting -11 under at the 1957 Dallas Open
By: Josh Morris – It was on this day in 1960 when Sam Snead equaled the world record by shooting a 60, -11 under par during the second round of the 1957 Dallas Open. Snead was 45 years old at the time and it was just one of those days…On the 1st hole, Snead chipped in from 50 ft away for eagle to get the ball rolling. From then on Snead masterfully navigated his way around Glen Lakes CC golf course as he birdied the second hole and found himself -3 after 2 holes. Slammin’ Sammy had the putter working that day as well sinking a 30ft putt on the 16th, 25 ft on the 17th, then a 40 footer to cap off to record tying round.
Byron Nelson set the original record for 18 holes turning in a -60- in 1945, then Al Brosch did it in 1951 at the Texas Open. Then Bill Nary did it in 1952 in El Paso along with, Tommy Bolt at Hartford, and Ted Kroll in San Antonio, Ted Kroll in San Antonio, Wally Ulrich at Virginia Beach and finally Mike Souchak in 1954 in San Antonio.
Sadly the venue for this event, Glen Lakes Country Club doesn’t exist anymore and the area has been consumed by commercial development in the Greater Dallas area.
On this day, 126 years ago in September for the first time an amateur was crowned The Open champion
John Ball Jr. – On this day, 126 years ago in September for the first time an amateur was crowned The Open champion. He also became the first man to win the British Amateur and the British Open in the same year (1890), a feat that was only matched by Bobby Jones in 1930.
Ball subsequently won the 1892, 1894, 1899, 1907, 1910, and 1912 Amateurs, a record eight titles in all, in addition to two runner-up finishes. Ball retired with a 99–22 record (81.8%) at The Amateur Championship. Ball was also runner-up in the 1892 Open Championship, finishing three strokes behind Harold Hilton.
Ball dominated amateur golf in Great Britain. He won all the important golf championships as well as the hearts and respect of his country. In the words of British golf historian Donald Steele, “No golfer ever came to be more of a legend in his own lifetime.”