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U.S. Open countdown: McDermott wins again in 1912

18th U.S. Open/Aug. 1-2, 1912

Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Leaderboard

John McDermott, United States 74 - 75 - 74 - 71 294
Tom McNamara, United States 74 - 80 - 73 - 69 296
Mike Brady, United States 72 - 75 - 73 - 79 299
Alex Smith, Scotland 77 - 70 - 77 - 75 299
Alex Campbell, Scotland 74 - 77 - 80 - 71 299

After more than a decade of the Scots dominating U.S. Open leaderboards, Americans were now cutting into that prominence. Tom McNamara was the first native golfer to crack the top three, in 1909 (runner-up to England’s George Sargent) — and now the Americans swept the top three spots in back-to-back years.

John McDermott, 20, the defending champion, trailed Mike Brady by three strokes heading into a rainy final round. But with Brady faltering (79), and McNamara too far back for his course-record 69 to do any good, McDermott’s 71 closed out a two-shot victory.

One interesting side note about this U.S. Open at a first-time site: The 10th hole played at 606 yards, and the USGA played it as a par 6 — the only time in tournament history any hole was assigned a par rating of 6.

todd.milles@thenewstribune.com

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