Joe Lloyd captured his only major 120 years ago today
By: Josh Morris – The 1897 U.S. Open was the third U.S. Open, held September 17 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois. Joe Lloyd won his only major title by one stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson.
Anderson began the final round four clear of Lloyd, who shot a 79 over the last 18 holes to Anderson’s 84 to finish a stroke ahead. Lloyd’s win was capped by a three at the 461-yard (422 m) finishing hole. Anderson needed a four at the last to tie Lloyd; he reached the green in three, but his putt came up 6 feet (1.8 m) short. Anderson waited four more years for first of his record four U.S. Open titles.
This was the last year that the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur championships were played simultaneously on the same course. It was the last time the U.S. Open was only 36 holes total, doubling to 72 holes in 1898.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. A proud USGA Volunteer and golf enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.