18th U.S. Open/Aug. 1-2, 1912
Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
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|John McDermott, United States||74||-||75||-||74||-||71||—||294|
|Tom McNamara, United States||74||-||80||-||73||-||69||—||296|
|Mike Brady, United States||72||-||75||-||73||-||79||—||299|
|Alex Smith, Scotland||77||-||70||-||77||-||75||—||299|
|Alex Campbell, Scotland||74||-||77||-||80||-||71||—||299|
After more than a decade of the Scots dominating U.S. Open leaderboards, Americans were now cutting into that prominence. Tom McNamara was the first native golfer to crack the top three, in 1909 (runner-up to England’s George Sargent) — and now the Americans swept the top three spots in back-to-back years.
John McDermott, 20, the defending champion, trailed Mike Brady by three strokes heading into a rainy final round. But with Brady faltering (79), and McNamara too far back for his course-record 69 to do any good, McDermott’s 71 closed out a two-shot victory.
One interesting side note about this U.S. Open at a first-time site: The 10th hole played at 606 yards, and the USGA played it as a par 6 — the only time in tournament history any hole was assigned a par rating of 6.