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U.S. Open countdown: 1907 gets Alex Ross gets out of his brother’s shadow

13th U.S. Open | June 20-21, 1907

Philadelphia Cricket Club St. Martin’s Course, Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Leaderboard

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.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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