|Dates June 18–20, 1910|
Format Stroke play − 72 holes
|Organized by USGA|
|Location Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania|
Course(s) Philadelphia Cricket Club
The 1910 U.S. Open was the 16th U.S. Open, held June 18–20 at Philadelphia Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, a suburb north of Philadelphia. Alex Smith prevailed in an 18-hole playoff over his brother Macdonald Smith and 18-year-old American John McDermott to win his second U.S. Open title.
Alex Smith opened with a pair of 76s to take the 36-hole lead on Thursday by two shots ahead of John McDermott, Gilbert Nicholls, Fred McLeod, and Tom Anderson. Smith carded a 79 in the third round on Friday morning that left him two behind McDermott, who shot a 75. In the final round, McDermott was the first to finish and posted another 75 and a 298 total. Macdonald Smith, Alex's younger brother, shot a 71 that also placed him at 298. McLeod had a chance to also post 298 after driving the 18th hole, but his putt for a 2 stayed out and he finished a shot back. Alex Smith also drove the green at the last needing only a two-putt to win, but he missed from 18 inches and tied with McDermott and his brother. Alex was not fazed by the near-miss in the playoff, shooting a 71 to beat McDermott by four and Macdonald by six.
McDermott won the next two U.S. Open titles, becoming both the youngest champion in tournament history as well as the first American-born winner. Four-time U.S. Open champion Willie Anderson played in his final U.S. Open here and finished in 11th place; he died four months later of epilepsy at age 31.
Sunday, June 19, 1910
Monday, June 20, 1910