The 1900 U.S. Open was the sixth U.S. Open, held October 4–5 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. On a tour of the United States, English great Harry Vardon won his first U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of his great rival, John Henry Taylor.
In the U.S. to promote the Vardon Flyer Ball, Vardon made his first appearance at the U.S. Open. Taylor was also in America on business and decided to enter the tournament, creating a highly anticipated matchup between the two great British rivals. Together they formed two-thirds of the Great Triumvirate that dominated British golf at the turn of the century (the third, James Braid, never played in the U.S. Open). Taylor opened the tournament with a two-shot lead over Vardon, but an 82 in the second round saw him fall to one back of Vardon. Vardon opened up a four-stroke lead after the third round, and despite an 80 in the last he still prevailed by two over Taylor, who shot 78. Local Chicago pro David Bell finished in 3rd place, nine strokes back.
Neither Vardon nor Taylor would ever win another major outside of The Open Championship, which they won a combined 11 times. Vardon would not play in the U.S. Open again until 1913, when he lost in a playoff to Francis Ouimet. He was also runner-up in his third and final Open appearance, in 1920. Taylor would play the U.S. Open only once more, finishing in 30th place in 1913.