Originally Posted by allin
Bobby Jones did win both the US Open and British Open. In his era most of the best pros played both.
Walter Hagen was the best American pro of that era, and he played the British Open more often than almost any other American, but he only played half of the Opens held during his prime. In particular, he only played in one that Jones won. Conversely, Jones did not play in any of the four Opens that Hagen won.
Gene Sarazen was the second best American pro of that era. He played only three of the 11 British Opens from 1920-30, and did not play in any that Jones won.
The next three (Cooper, Diegel, and Armour) are close to a tie for third best American pro of the 20's:
Harry Cooper was actually born in England, and his father had once served as an apprentice to Old Tom at St. Andrews. Harry played zero British Opens.
Leo Diegel played the Open three times from 1920-30, including one that Jones won.
Tommy Armour was born and raised in Scotland, served in the British Army during WWI, and moved to the US in 1920. He played in the Open three times from 1920-30, including one that Jones won.
Jock Hutchinson was the first American ever to win the British Open, in 1921. He finished 4th in 1922, and never played it again, although he continued playing in the Masters until 1963.
The only English golfer to win the Open during the Jones era was Arthur Havers, who won it in 1923, and was a fixture on England's Ryder Cup team until 1933. He continued playing in the Open until 1949. He played in the US Open twice in his life, neither of which Jones won.Edited by brocks - 7/14/12 at 2:17am