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1925 Men’s US Open

Worcester Country Club

Worcester, MA

June 3 - 5

Yardage    6,430      Par 71

MacFarlane and Jones 

The Open at Worcester is best known for Bobby Jones’ honesty and the first 36-hole playoff in history. What is less known is the wild finish where, coming to the 72nd hole, four men had a chance at the trophy if they could birdie the last hole.


On the eleventh hole in the first round Jones found himself in the left rough – all alone. As he addressed the ball with his club Jones saw the ball move. No one else could have seen. He immediately called a one stroke penalty on himself, despite the pleas from an official and Walter Hagen to reconsider. This additional stroke would ultimately tie Jones for the lead – rather than a one stroke victory.


Leo Diegel, despite two double bogies on his back nine, needed a birdie three on the last hole to post 291, the ultimate winning score. He exploded with an eight!  Dapper Johnny Farrell was next up and his routine par totaled a 292, but he was the leader in the clubhouse – until Jones and Willie MacFarlane, in the next two groups, each parred the last hole for a 291 score. Francis Ouimet, before he struck his approach shot, knew that he needed a birdie to tie but his second shot was undistinguished and a par was the result. Last came The Haig, Walter Hagen. A towering drive down the middle left him with only seventy yards to go and a good birdie chance. Ever the competitor he tried to cover the tight front pin position but dumped it into the bunker. He asked his caddie to tend the pin but the shot was slightly long and a bogey the result.


On the following day, after tying during the first playoff round, Jones and MacFarlane battled again with Jones four up after the front nine. But Willie MacFarlane, the winner of 21 PGA titles, blitzed the back nine in three under par 33 to nip one of golf’s superstars by one stroke after one hundred and eight hard fought holes.


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Willie MacFarlane    74-67-72-78 - 291

Bobby Jones             77-70-70-74 - 291

Johnny Farrell          71-74-69-78 - 292

Francis Ouimet        70-73-73-76 - 292

Gene Sarazen          72-72-75-74 - 293

Walter Hagen           72-76-71-74 - 293

Mike Brady                74-72-74-74 - 294

Leo Diegel                 73-68-77-78 - 296

Al Espinosa              72-71-74-80 - 297

Laurie Ayton             75-71-73-78 - 297



Morning Playoff

Par Out          4-5-4-3-5-3-4-3-4 – 35

MacFarlane   4-6-3-3-4-3-5-4-5 – 37

Jones             4-5-4-3-5-3-4-4-6 – 38


Par In             3-4-4-3-4-5-4-5-4 – 36 – 71

MacFarlane   3-4-5-4-4-5-4-5-4 – 38 – 75

Jones             4-4-5-3-3-5-5-4-4 – 37 – 75


Afternoon Playoff

Par Out          4-5-4-3-5-3-4-3-4 – 35

MacFarlane   4-5-4-4-5-4-4-4-5 -  39

Jones             4-5-4-3-4-4-4-3-4 – 35


Par In             3-4-4-3-4-5-4-5-4 – 36 – 71

MacFarlane   2-4-4-2-4-5-4-4-4 -  33 – 72

Jones             3-4-4-4-4-6-4-4-5 – 38 -  73