PHOTO: 1895 U.S. Open at Newport Country Club
With the U.S. Open underway at Winged Foot in New York, GolfNewsRI is throwing it back to 1895 when the first ever U.S. Open was held at Newport Country Club.
The tournament was originally scheduled for September, but was moved to October due to the America’s Cup yacht races.
The field consisted of just 11 players that year and was just a 36 hole event, not 72 like the tournaments are today.
It was also held the day after the U.S. Amateur. Back then, the Amateur was considered a bigger deal.
The U.S. Open was won by England’s Horace Rawlins, who edged Willie Dunn by two strokes.
Rawlins was awarded $150 for his victory.