Bobby Jones wins his 3rd U.S. Open
On this day, In 1929 Bobby Jones won his third United States Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. He defeated Al Espinosa by 23 strokes on the West Course during a 36-hole playoff for his fifth major championship. Starting the final round, Jones had a three stroke lead on Gene Sarazen, and four on Espinosa. Jones appeared to be in cruise control until he slipped on the 8th hole carding a triple bogey. As Sarazen played his way out of the tournament with a 78, Espinosa carded a 75…waiting for Jones to finish.
Jones nearly loses it
Beginning with the 15th, Jones needed only three bogeys and a par to win the championship. However, he triple-bogeyed the 15th and then made another bogey on 16 and his lead was gone. He made par at the 17th, but his approach on the 18th found a green side bunker. Needing to get up-and-down to save par and force a playoff, Jones rolled in a 12-foot putt for the tie
Espinosa and Jones were both late to the first tee because they were both taking their wives to church that Sunday morning. The playoff started 30 minutes behind schedule because of this. Espinosa got off to a horrid start in the morning round carding five bogeys, two doubles, and a triple. He shot a 84 compared to Jones’ 72, starting the afternoon round 12 strokes back. In the afternoon edition and final eighteen holes, Jones was steady as Espinosa kept up his poor play. It was a cakewalk for Bobby who shot a closing 69 as Espinosa shot an 80, twenty-three strokes off the mark.
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