On This Day: Englishman wins the first US Open golf tournament

On October 4, 1895, 21-year-old Englishman Horace Rawlins wins the first U.S. Open golf tournament, edging Willie Dunn and others with a 36-hole total of 173 at the Newport (Rhode Island) Golf Club, an oceanside course.

Rawlins worked at the Newport Golf Club as an assistant to his instructor, William Davis. As the Chicago Chronicle put it, Rawlins’ win “was a surprise to everybody, as he was not expected to make a showing with such men as Davis, Dunn and [Willie] Campbell, but he played superb golf.”

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