Who's who: Johnny Farrell

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Who's who: Johnny Farrell

  • Name:

    Johnny Joseph Farrell
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1901-1988]. Born on April 1, 1901 in White Plains, New York. Died on June 14, 1988 in Boynton Beach, Florida, aged 87.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, golf professional.
  • Turned Pro:

    1922

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (1928). Ryder Cup player (1927, '29, '31). Total professional wins (27), including PGA Tour (22).

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Starting out in the game as a caddie, Farrell turned professional in 1922. He went on to win 22 times on the US PGA circuit, which included the 1928 U.S. Open Championship at Olympia Fields CC in Chicago. His U.S. Open title was only secured after playing the 72 regulation holes and then a 36-hole playoff against legendary amateur Bobby Jones (the 1923 and 1926 U.S. Open champion). Farrell emerged the victor by just one shot, while Jones went on to win this prized event the following year, and again the year after that.

Top tournaments won by Johnny Farrell

1928
America
La Gorce CC
274 (-10)
$5,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Venue

La Gorce CC

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

$5,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural La Gorce Open (March 19/20; the event offered the largest purse in the history of professional golf). Second-placed Bobby Cruickshank (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Johnny Farrell (USA), who shot a 8-under-par 63 in the final round to clinch the win. [La Gorce CC, Miami Beach, FL].

1928
Majors
294 (+10)
$500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Score

294 (+10)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (32nd) (June 21-24). Farrell (USA) beat Bobby Jones (USA, amateur) in a 36-hole playoff: Farrell 143 (+1), Jones 144 (+2). [North course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

1927
America
Wolf Hollow CC
287 (+3)
$500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Venue

Wolf Hollow CC

Score

287 (+3)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Eastern Open (June 23/24). Second-placed Willie Macfarlane (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Johnny Farrell (USA), who also won the nearby Shawnee Open a few days earlier. This was his fourth open tournament win in a month. [Wolf Hollow CC, Delaware Water Gap, PA; now known as Wolf Hollow at Water Gap CC].

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].

1927
America
279 (-9)
$500
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the Shawnee Open (June 20/21). Second-placed Willie Macfarlane (Scot) finished 10 shots behind defending champion and runaway winner Johnny Farrell (USA). The previous course par of 73 and 74 was cut to 72 from this year. [Shawnee CC & Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania; at the time the Inn was known as the Buckwood Inn].

1926
America
289 (-3)
$500
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Score

289 (-3)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the Shawnee Open (July 13/14). Second-placed Bobby Cruickshank (Scot) and Bob MacDonald (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Johnny Farrell (USA). The course par of 74 was cut to 73 for this event. [Shawnee CC & Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania; at the time the Inn was known as the Buckwood Inn].

1922
America
288 (-8)
$500
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Farrell, Johnny

Score

288 (-8)

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the Shawnee Open (July 26/27). Second-placed Johnny Golden (USA) finished 6 shots behind 21-year-old Johnny Farrell (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Shawnee CC & Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania; known at the time as Shawnee CC].

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