1st U.S. Open | Oct. 4, 1895
Newport Golf and Country Club, Newport, RI.
|Horace Rawlins, England||91||-||82||—||173|
|Willie Dunn, Scotland||89||-||86||—||175|
|James Foulis, Scotland||89||-||87||—||176|
|Andrew Smith, Canada (amateur)||90||-||86||—||176|
|William Davis, Scotland||94||-||84||—||178|
Rawlins, 21, an English professional who immigrated to the United States, made his only professional victory a historic one as the first U.S. Open winner.
And since he had been hired nine months prior as the assistant club professional at Newport G&CC, you could say he had a bit of a home-course advantage on the nine-hole layout.
Originally, the tournament had been scheduled for September, but was postponed because it came in conflict with the America’s Cup yacht races. Instead, the inaugural one-day, 36-hole U.S. Open was held in October — the day after the much higher-regarded, three-day U.S. Amateur finished on the same course.
Fourteen men (and no Americans) were in the field; only 10 finished the tournament.
Rawlins recovered from a two-stroke deficit after 18 holes to trip up Dunn, the favorite, by two strokes. He received $150 for his win, plus a gold medal.