These Striking Photos From The 1913 U.S. Open Show You How Little Golf Has Changed In 99 Years

1913 us open golf from brookline

Photo: Courtesy of The Library of Congress

For sports like football and basketball, vintage photos from the early days of the game are almost unrecognizable from what we see today.But golf is different.

The clothes were funny, the players were less athletic, and the well-dressed fans were allowed to roam around as they pleased.

But on the whole the sport has changed very little over the decades.

As a result, there’s something familiar and comfortable about these awesome, 99-year old pictures of the U.S. Open.

It took place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The same course hosted the Open as recently as 1988

Unknown American Francis Ouimet won the tournament with a score of +8

Harry Vardon finished second to Ouimet after an 18-hole playoff. The same playoff system is used today

Louis Tellier from France came in fourth

Frank McLeod won the 1908 U.S. Open, but didn't make the top-10 in 1913

The gallery, dressed a bit more formally than they are today

The leaderboard is a little more grandiose today

Vardon and McCleod paired together

President Taft was in attendance

He had to stay behind the ropes with everyone else

The fans were allowed to roam a little more than they are now

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