13th U.S. Open | June 20-21, 1907
Philadelphia Cricket Club St. Martin’s Course, Chestnut Hill, Pa.
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|Alex Ross, Scotland||76||-||74||-||76||-||76||—||302|
|Gilbert Nicholls, England||80||-||73||-||72||-||79||—||304|
|Alex Campbell, Scotland||78||-||74||-||78||-||75||—||305|
|Jack Hobens, Scotland||76||-||75||-||73||-||85||—||309|
|George Low, Scotland||78||-||76||-||79||-||77||—||310|
|Fred McLeod, Scotland||79||-||77||-||79||-||75||—||310|
|Peter Robertson, Scotland||81||-||77||-||78||-||74||—||310|
It is very rare that you win a U.S. Open and you are less-famous than your brother.
Alex Ross was a stalwart at big tournaments for two decades, winning 16 professional tournaments. He also entered the U.S. Open 17 times, with five top-10 finishes. But his older sibling happened to be world-class golf course architect Donald Ross, who had his hand on nearly 400 designs worldwide, and established American gems such as Aronimink Golf Club, Inverness Club, Oak Hill, Oakland Hills and Pinehurst No. 2 —2014’s U.S. Open site.
Alex Ross moved to the United States to become the head professional at Brae Burn Country Club outside Boston, and captured the Massachusetts Open six times, including five in a row (1906-10). He also won the North-South Open six times.
In this U.S. Open, Ross led by one stroke over Jack Hobens, who recorded the first hole-in-one in tournament history (at the 147-yard 10th hole) in the second round. Hobens — a founding member of the PGA of America — grabbed the lead heading into the final round, but struggled to an 85. Ross made the last-day charge to wrap up his only U.S. Open title.
He later became the professional at Detroit Golf Club for 31 years. It is the place where he had his ashes scattered after he died.