Two of golf’s greatest players lose at the hands of an unknown. At just 19 years old, Francis Ouimet is transformed from local working class caddy to national hero in a few short days in September. An underdog story and a thrilling comeback. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
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|December 1912||Harry Vardon announces his intention to compete in the US in 1913.|
|September 16, 1913||On the first day of US Open qualifying, Francis Ouimet shoots the low round of the day with a 74, but finishes the day one stroke behind Harry Vardon.|
|September 17, 1913||Ted Ray shoots a pair of 74’s on the second day of qualifying to lead the pack by three.|
|September 18, 1913||After the first day Britons, Harry Vardon and Wilfred Reid, lead the field. Fellow Brit, Ted Ray, trails by two strokes and Ouimet trails Vardon and Reid by four.|
|September 19, 1913||Ouimet gains ground on Vardon and Ray and is able to force a three-way tie.|
|September 20, 1913||In the playoff round, Vardon, Ray, and Ouimet played even on the front nine. Then, Ouimet pulled away on the back nine to beat Vardon by five strokes and Ray by six.|
|September 22, 1913||Ouimet publishes his own account of his US Open victory in the Evening World newspaper.|