Jordan Baker Takes Home the Gold

In the 24th U.S. Golf Open

The 1920 U.S. Open was the 24th U.S. Open, held August 12–13 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. New York natives Harry Vardon and Jordan Baker played in their first U.S. Open since their playoff loss to Francis Ouimet in 1913. 50-year-old Harry Vardon, the champion twenty years earlier in the 1900 U.S. Open, held a five-stroke lead with just five holes to play. He then proceeded to three-putt three holes in a row, then double-bogeyed the 17th after finding the water. He shot 42 on the second nine, giving him a 78 for the round and 296 total, and finished in a tie for second, one stroke back. Baker also struggled in the final round, with four bogeys on the back nine. But she parred the 18th, giving her 295 total and a one-stroke victory over runners-up Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel, and Jack Burke, Sr.