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Golf – 1947 – US Open – Lew Worsham Defeats Sam Sneed + The Masters – Jimmy Demaret Beat Bobby Jones

The 1947 U.S. Open was the 47th U.S. Open….which was held June 12 – 15 at St. Louis Country Club in Ladue, Missouri, a suburb west of St. Louis.  Lew Worsham denied Sam Snead his elusive U.S. Open title by prevailing in an 18-hole playoff….as for Snead, it was his second of four career runner-up finishes at the Open….when Worsham’s win marked the 17th consecutive victory in a major championship for an American-born golfer…..as this remains the longest stretch ever for American golfers. The purse was $10,000 with a winner’s share of $2,000 and $1,500 for the runner-up.  In addition, both playoff participants received a $500 bonus.

The 1947 Masters Tournament was the 11th Masters Tournament….which was held April 3–6 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The purse was $10,000 with a winner’s share of $2,500.  Jimmy Demaret, the 1940 champion, was the co-leader after both the first and second rounds….and had a three-shot lead after 54 holes…..when he carded a 71 on Sunday and won by two strokes over Byron Nelson and amateur Frank Stranahan…..as Demaret joined Horton Smith and Nelson as two-time winners of the Masters….and was the first to score four sub-par rounds in the same Masters….and later became the first three-time winner in 1950.

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