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Tournament results: Chicago Open

Results for the Chicago Open are shown in the table below, which includes details of the respective winners, their scores and prize money, relevant venues and title sponsors.
1914
America
Gardner, Robert
amateur
Chicago District GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Gardner, Robert

Score

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

Chicago District GA

Played as the inaugural Chicago District Open. Won by Robert "Bob" Gardner (USA, amateur). [Chicago GC, Wheaton, nr Chicago, Illinois]. Note: unknown if played again until 1925.

1937
America
290 (+7)
$3,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Sarazen, Gene

Venue

Medinah

Score

290 (+7)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (July 23-25; last played in 1928). Second-placed "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (Eng/USA), Horton Smith (USA) and Ky Laffoon (USA) finished 1 shot behind Gene Sarazen (USA). [No.3 Course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL; first two rounds also used the No.1 and No.2 courses].

1946
America
279 (-5)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Byron

Venue

Medinah

Score

279 (-5)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (July 18-21). Second-placed Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Byron Nelson (USA). [No.3 Course, Medinah CC, Bloomingdale, nr Chicago, IL].

1938
America
207 (-3)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Snead, Sam

Score

207 (-3)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (July 22-24). Second-placed Ralph Guldahl (USA) finished 1 shot behind Sam Snead (USA). Reduced to 54 holes after first round lost to rain. [No.4 (North) course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL; first two rounds also used the No.1 (South) course].

1959
America
Gleneagles CC, IL
273 (-7)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Gleneagles CC, IL

Score

273 (-7)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (June 25-28). Second-placed Johnny Pott (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Ken Venturi (USA). [Gleneagles CC, Lemont, Illinois].

1958
America
Gleneagles CC, IL
272 (-8)
$9,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Venturi, Ken

Venue

Gleneagles CC, IL

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$9,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (Aug 1-4; last played in 1948). Second-placed Julius Boros (USA) and Jack Burke Jr (USA) finished 1 shot behind Ken Venturi (USA), whose 60-foot birdie putt on the 69th hole turned the tide in his favour. [Gleneagles CC, Lemont, Illinois].

1941
America
Elmhurst CC
274 (-10)
$1,200
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hogan, Ben

Venue

Elmhurst CC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$1,200

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (July 18-20). Second-placed Craig Wood (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ben Hogan (USA). [Elmhurst CC, Addison, nr Chicago, IL; now called Oak Meadows GC].

1948
America
Midlothian CC
266 (-18)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Locke, Bobby

Venue

Midlothian CC

Score

266 (-18)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (June 17-20; next played in 1958). Second-placed Ellsworth Vines (USA) finished 16 shots behind Bobby Locke (S Africa), whose winning margin on the tough Midlothian course was one of the highest recorded on the PGA Tour in the 1940s. [Midlothian CC, Midlothian, nr Chicago, IL].

1943
America
Byrd, Sam
Beverly CC
277 (-7)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Byrd, Sam

Venue

Beverly CC

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (Aug 20-22). Second-placed Craig Wood (USA) finished 5 shots behind Sam Byrd (USA). [Beverly CC, Chicago, IL].

1942
America
(not played)
x
x
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

(not played)

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

x

Title sponsor

x

Chicago Open not played in 1942. It was replaced by the Hale America National Open, which was organised by the Chicago GA, USGA anbd PGA of America, and almost accorded the status of a "major" championship.

1925
America
Espinosa, Al
Briarwood CC
294
Chicago District GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Espinosa, Al

Venue

Briarwood CC

Score

294

Prize money

Title sponsor

Chicago District GA

Played as the Chicago District Open (Sept 17/18). Second-placed Bill Hartshorn (USA), the resident professional, finished 2 shots behind Al Espinosa (USA). [Briarwood CC, Deerfield, Illinois; at the time known as Briergate CC].

1926
America
Evanston GC
277 (-3)
$1,000
Chicago District GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Smith, Macdonald

Venue

Evanston GC

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

Chicago District GA

Played as the Chicago District Open (Aug 31/Sep 1). Second-placed Eddie Loos (USA) finished 1 shot behind Macdonald Smith (Scot/USA). [Evanston GC, Skokie, Illinois].

1940
America
Metz, Dick
Tam O'Shanter
278 (-10)
$1,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Metz, Dick

Venue

Tam O'Shanter

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$1,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (July 19-21). Second-placed Ben Hogan (USA) and Johnny Revolta (USA) finished 1 shot behind Dick Metz (USA). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].

1939
America
(not played)
x
x
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

(not played)

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

x

Title sponsor

x

Chicago Open not played in 1939.

1928
America
Espinosa, Abe
Idlewild CC
283 (-5)
$500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Espinosa, Abe

Venue

Idlewild CC

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (Jul 31/Aug 1; next played in 1937). Second-placed Frank Walsh (USA) finished 1 shot behind Abe Espinosa (USA), whose 20-foot birdie putt on the final green secured his second PGA Tour win. [Idlewild CC, Flossmoor, nr Chicago, IL].

1944
America
Edgewater GC
273 (-11)
$3,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

McSpaden, Harold

Venue

Edgewater GC

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$3,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (Jun 30-Jul 3). Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) beat Lieut. Ben Hogan (USA) in an 18-hole Monday playoff (McSpaden 70, 73). [Edgewater GC, Chicago, IL; now reduced to nine-holes and called the Robert A. Black municipal course].

1927
America
Downers Grove
285 (+1)
$1,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Venue

Downers Grove

Score

285 (+1)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Open (Sep 13/14). Second-placed Al Espinosa (USA) finished 2 shots behind Johnny Farrell (USA). [Downers Grove GC, nr Chicago, IL; at the time known as Illinois GC].

1945
America
Calumet CC
275 (-13)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Nelson, Byron

Venue

Calumet CC

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (Jun 29-Jul 1). Second-placed Ky Laffoon (USA) and defending champion Harold "Jug" McSpaden (USA) finished 7 shots behind Byron Nelson (USA). [Calumet CC, Homewood, nr Chicago, Illinois].

1947
America
Westward Ho, IL
270 (-14)
$2,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Hogan, Ben

Venue

Westward Ho, IL

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$2,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Chicago Victory National Open (June 26-29). Second-placed Sam Snead (USA) finished 4 shots behind Ben Hogan (USA). [Westward Ho GC, Northlake, nr Chicago, Illinois; this course closed permanently in 1957].

2000
America
Beverly CC
205 (-8)
amateur
LaSalle Bank

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Donald, Luke

Venue

Beverly CC

Score

205 (-8)

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

LaSalle Bank

Played as the LaSalle Bank Chicago Open (Sept 15-17). Second-placed Brad Klapprott (USA) finished 6 shots behind Luke Donald (Eng; amateur), who as an amateur could not claim the $30,000 first prize. [Beverly CC, Chicago, IL].

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