3rd U.S. Open | Sept. 17, 1897
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.
|Joe Lloyd, England||83||-||79||—||162|
|Willie Anderson, Scotland||79||-||84||—||163|
|Willie Dunn, Scotland||87||-||81||—||168|
|James Foulis, Scotland||80||-||88||—||168|
|Willie Hoare, England||82||-||87||—||169|
A fun-loving, smooth shot-maker, Lloyd — an Englishman nicknamed “The General” — was France’s first club professional (Pau Golf Club). In fact, for nearly 15 years, Lloyd split time between that course and spending his summers at Essex Country Club in Massachusetts.
In 1896, Lloyd was the leader at the midway point before faltering to a final-round 81 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club to tie for seventh.
This time, Lloyd, 33, trailed Anderson by three shots entering the final round, but he finished off a rally by making an 8-foot putt on the 461-yard final hole for an eagle.
It was the first time the U.S. Open was staged on an 18-hole layout, and it would be the final time the tournament was paired with the preceding U.S. Amateur.
As for the popular Anderson, his time would soon come to make U.S. Open history.