1932 U.S. Open: Sarazen collects his 2nd major of the year
On this day, In 1932 Gene Sarazen won his 2nd U.S. Open Championship at Fresh Meadow Country Club, ten years after his 1st U.S. Open win. Sarazen was playing some of the best golf of his career, having just won The 1932 Open Championship just two weeks prior. He joined Bobby Jones (1926, 1930) as the only two to win both the British Open and U.S. Open in the same year. Subsequent winners of both were Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Trevino (1971), Tom Watson (1982), and Tiger Woods (2000).
In the first round, Olin Dutra opened up with a 69 and the sole lead with Leo Diegel, José Jurado, and Sarazen trailing. During the 2nd round the Argentine, Jurado shot a 71 for a 145 total after 36 holes. At this point Sarazen sat 5 off the lead. Int he third round, Gene climbed the leaderboard by posting a 70 and a share for second place. No one was a match for Sarazen in the final round as he shot a beautiful -4, 66 to win the U.S. Open outright by three strokes.
Fresh Meadow No More…
The course where this U.S. Open was played in Queens no longer exists. Designed by A. W. Tillinghast, it opened in 1923 and also hosted the PGA Championship in 1930, won by Tommy Armour. Under increasing development and tax pressure, the Fresh Meadow Country Club sold the property in 1946, which was developed as a residential neighborhood (the Fresh Meadows section of Queens).
[Watch Below] Watch a humorous video of Gene Sarazen teeing off then Australian pro Joe Kirkwood Jr. shanking one right into the camera.