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1932 Open Championship

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Dates  8–10 June 1932
Par  74
Course(s)  Prince's Golf Club
Cut  154 (+6)
1932 Open Championship
Location  Sandwich, Kent, England
Field  110 players, 64 after cut

The 1932 Open Championship was the 67th Open Championship, held 8–10 June at Prince's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England. Gene Sarazen won his only Open title, five strokes ahead of runner-up Macdonald Smith. Sarazen led wire-to-wire to secure the fifth of his seven major championships.

Qualifying took place on 6–7 June. Entries played 18 holes at Prince's and 18 holes at Royal St George's. The top 100 and ties qualified. The qualifying score was 157 and 110 players qualified. Bob Bradbeer led the qualifiers on 141. The top 60 and ties would make the cut and qualify for the final 36 holes.

Sarazen opened the tournament with a 70 (–4) and took a one stroke lead over four players. He followed with a 69 for 139 (–9) and had a three-stroke lead over Percy Alliss after 36 holes. Sarazen increased his lead to four after a third round 70, this time over Arthur Havers, who shot a course-record 68 (–6). An even-par 74 in the final round saw Sarazen post a tournament record 283 total. Havers, playing well behind Sarazen, needed a 69 to win, but made the turn in 37 and could not close the gap. He could only manage a 76 for a total of 289. Smith finished with scores of 71-70 to finish in solo 2nd place at 288 (–8).

Two weeks later in New York, Sarazen won the U.S. Open and joined Bobby Jones (1926, 1930) as the only two to win both the British Open and U.S. Open in the same year. Subsequent winners of both were Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Trevino (1971), Tom Watson (1982), and Tiger Woods (2000).

This was the only Open Championship held at Prince's, just north of Royal St George's, which has since been the only venue in southeastern England to host.

Final leaderboard

Friday, 10 June 1932


1932 Open Championship Wikipedia