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1954 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 17–19, 1954
Cut  151 (+11)
Prize fund  23,280 USD
Length  7,027 yards (6,425 m)
Par  70
1954 U.S. Open (golf)
Location  Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s)  Baltusrol Golf Club Lower Course
Field  159 players, 50 after cut
Organized by  United States Golf Association
Similar  1993 US Open, 1960 US Open, 2004 US Open

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.


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.

This U.S. Open was the first to be nationally televised, one hour of the final round, 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. This was the fourth U.S. Open at Baltusrol, but the first on the Lower Course, which later hosted in 1967, 1980, and 1993.

Course layout

Lower Course


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)
  • Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, June 17, 1954


    Second round

    Friday, June 18, 1954


    Third round

    Saturday, June 19, 1954 (morning)


    Final round

    Saturday, June 19, 1954 (afternoon)


    (a) denotes amateur


    1954 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia

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