Amateur golfer wins US Open
Francis Ouimet Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Amateur golfer wins US Open

Published: 21 September 1913

Mr Francis Ouimet has beaten the leading British professionals, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, to win the US Open, which was played at Worcester Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The three players finished the tournament tied on 304 shots for 72 holes yesterday, and in today’s eighteen hole play off the amateur Ouimet won by five shots from Vardon and six from Ray. The defeat was a disappointment for the legendary Vardon who had been sent to Brookline specifically to win the Open for Britain,  a title he last held in 1900.

The victory for twenty year old Ouimet was one for the locals as the youngster had grown up in a house overlooking the course’s 17th hole. Ouimet began as a caddy at the club as an eleven year old, and is a self-taught golfer.

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