The winner of the 1931 US Open had to play more holes than at any other time in the history of the tournament. How many holes were played to win the 1931 US Open?

Category: The Majors
1931 us open official souvenir


There was a tie at the end of normal play and then the initial play off was also tied. And their playoffs were serious events designed to test stamina and skill! Think multiples of 18.


The winner, Billy Burke, played a total of 144 holes to win the championship.

More about the 1931 US Open Golf

  • The competition was over 72 holes. Up until, and including 1931, the playoff was over 36 holes. Burke, and his opponent George Von Elm, were tied after the initial 36 hole playoff which, under the rules of the day, meant another playoff – over 36 holes.
  • The second playoff was decided by a single shot meaning the runner up was 1 shot behind over 144 holes