4th US Open | June 17-18, 1898
Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.
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|Fred Herd, Scotland||84||-||85||-||74||-||84||—||328|
|Alex Smith, Scotland||78||-||86||-||86||-||85||—||335|
|Willie Anderson, Scotland||81||-||82||-||87||-||86||—||336|
|Joe Lloyd, England||87||-||80||-||86||-||86||—||339|
|Willie Smith, Scotland||82||-||91||-||85||-||82||—||340|
Two distinct changes were instituted by the USGA for this fourth U.S. Open: First, it was doubled to a 72-hole tournament — played over two days. And secondly, it was separated from the more prestigious U.S. Amateur (which was played in September at Morris County Golf Club in New Jersey).
What wasn’t changing was Scotland’s early U.S. Open success.
One of five golfing brothers from St. Andrews, Herd, 23, had moved to the United States to become the club professional at Washington Park Club (which no longer exists).
Myopia Hunt Club was a nine-hole layout, so the field of 49 golfers had to play it eight times.
Anderson led Herd by six strokes after 36 holes, but the Scot fired a tournament-best 74 in the third round to take control and win by seven shots.
His 328 total remains the highest winning score in U.S. Open history.
Because of his reputation as a hard drinker, Herd was required to make a cash deposit with the USGA in case the champions’ trophy was pawned off for liquor. It would be Herd’s only major championship victory, but his brother, Sandy, captured the 1902 British Open, forming the first of two brother combinations to have won both major open titles (Laurie and Willie Auchterlonie were the other two).