26th U.S. Open | July 14-15, 1922
Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill..
|Gene Sarazen, United States||72||-||73||-||75||-||68||—||288|
|John Black, Scotland||71||-||71||-||75||-||72||—||289|
|a- Bobby Jones, United States||74||-||72||-||70||-||73||—||289|
|Bill Mehlhorn, United States||73||-||71||-||72||-||74||—||290|
|Walter Hagen, United States||68||-||77||-||74||-||72||—||291|
a - amateur
Guess the gallery members got their “money’s” worth in 1922. For the first time, the USGA began selling tickets to its quickly-forming national open — costing $1 for single-day passes.
And what a final round it was featuring the top two young-gun Americans: Jones and Sarazen.
At 20, Sarazen — a self-taught star from New York — was playing in his third U.S. Open, and started the final round four strokes off the pace, set by Jones and Mehlhorn, the tournament co-leaders. He played flawlessly over his last 18 holes, and hit one of his career signature shots into the finishing green.
Into the wind, from 250 yards away, Sarazen lashed a low driver that carried onto the green. He two-putted from 15 feet for a birdie and a 68. Then he watched as the contenders faltered.
Black, a club professional from Oakland’s Claremont Country Club (where 1921 champion Jim Barnes, an ex-Tacoma Country and Club professional, was first spotted), badly hooked his tee shot on the 71st hole, and made double bogey. Needing to chip in for birdie on the final hole, Black missed — and Sarazen had the first of his seven professional major titles. Later that summer, he captured the PGA Championship.
Jones, also 20, tied for second — but would not wait very long in winning his first U.S. Open crown.
As for Black, two weeks after the tournament, he was involved in a fatal car accident in California that killed one his passengers. After spending weeks in the hospital with a serious brain injury, Black survived. He never contended at another U.S. Open, however.