|Dates||June 5–6, 1924|
|Course(s)||Oakland Hills Country Club|
|Format||Stroke play − 72 holes|
|Length||6,874 yards (6,286 m)|
The 1924 U.S. Open was the 28th U.S. Open, held June 5–6 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Cyril Walker, a relatively unknown Englishman, won his only major title at the South Course, three strokes ahead of runner-up Bobby Jones, the defending champion.
After the first two rounds of play on Thursday, Jones shared the lead with Bill Mehlhorn, with Walker a shot back. Walker shot a third consecutive 74 in the third round to tie Jones after 54 holes, with Mehlhorn one back. Jones and Mehlhorn, playing ahead of Walker in the final round, both played poorly, each carding 78. Leading by three on the 15th, Walker made bogey but then responded with a birdie on 16. He parred the final two holes to secure the championship.
This was the high point of Walker's golf career. He never won another significant title, and it was his only top ten finish in the U.S. Open; his next best finish in a major was the semifinals of the PGA Championship in 1921. A heavy drinker, Walker wound up working as a caddy and a dishwasher; unable to afford a room, he died in a New Jersey jail cell of pneumonia in 1948 at age 56.
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Bobby Jones (a)||United States||1923||74||73||75||78||300||+12||2|
|Walter Hagen||United States||1914, 1919||75||75||76||77||303||+15||T4|
|Chick Evans (a)||United States||1916||77||77||76||77||307||+19||T10|
|Gene Sarazen||United States||1922||74||80||80||79||313||+25||T17|
Thursday, June 5, 1924 (morning)
|1||Bill Mehlhorn||United States||72||E|
|T2||Eddie Loos||United States||73||+1|
|Dave Robertson||United States|
|T4||Bobby Jones (a)||United States||74||+2|
|Gene Sarazen||United States|
|Herbert Lagerblade||United States|
|T8||Mike Brady||United States||75||+3|
|Johnny Golden||United States|
|Walter Hagen||United States|
|Willie Ogg|| Scotland|
Thursday, June 5, 1924 (afternoon)
|T1||Bobby Jones (a)||United States||74-73=147||+3|
|Bill Mehlhorn||United States||72-75=147|
|Dave Robertson||United States||73-76=149|
|T6||Walter Hagen||United States||75-75=150||+6|
|Macdonald Smith|| Scotland
|8||Abe Espinosa||United States||80-71=151||+7|
|T9||Mike Brady||United States||75-77=152||+8|
|Tom Kerrigan||United States||75-77=152|
Friday, June 6, 1924 (morning)
|T1||Bobby Jones (a)||United States||74-73-75=222||+6|
|3||Bill Mehlhorn||United States||72-75-76=223||+7|
|T5||Walter Hagen||United States||75-75-76=226||+10|
|Dave Robertson||United States||73-76-77=226|
|7||Macdonald Smith|| Scotland
|T8||Abe Espinosa||United States||80-71-77=228||+12|
|Tommy Armour|| Scotland
|T10||Peter O'Hara||United States||76-79-74=229||+13|
|Mike Brady||United States||75-77-77=229|
|Eddie Loos||United States||73-81-75=229|
Friday, June 6, 1924 (afternoon)
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|2||Bobby Jones (a)||United States||74-73-75-78=300||+12||0|
|3||Bill Mehlhorn||United States||72-75-76-78=301||+13||300|
|Walter Hagen||United States||75-75-76-77=303|
|Macdonald Smith|| Scotland
|T7||Abe Espinosa||United States||80-71-77-77=305||+17||85|
|Peter O'Hara||United States||76-79-74-76=305|
|9||Mike Brady||United States||75-77-77-77=306||+18||75|
|T10||Chick Evans (a)||United States||77-77-76-77=307||+19||0|
|Eddie Loos||United States||73-81-75-78=307||63|
|Dave Robertson||United States||73-76-77-81=307|
- Davis, Joe (June 6, 1924). "Jones, Mehlhorn low with 147 in National Open". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 25.
- "Jones divides National Open lead". Miami News. Associated Press. June 6, 1924. p. 8.
- "Cyril Walker wrests National Open golf title from Jones". Miami News. Associated Press. June 7, 1924. p. 8.
- Davis, Joe (June 7, 1924). "Walker wins National Open, Jones second". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 13.
- "Cyril Walker dies; beat Bobby Jones". Toledo Blade. Ohio. United Press. August 7, 1948. p. 10.
- "Cyril Walker a pocket-sized Ben Hogan of his golfing day". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. August 23, 1948. p. 8.
- Carroll, Dick (July 2, 1955). "The tragedy of Cyril Walker". Montreal Gazette. p. 8.
- According to his naturalization certificate (available at Ancestry.com) Smith became a U.S. citizen in 1923