1975 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 19–23, 1975|
|Course(s)||Medinah Country Club,
Course No. 3
|Length||7,032 yards (6,430 m)|
|Field||150, 67 after cut|
|287 (+3), playoff|
The 1975 U.S. Open was the 75th U.S. Open, held June 19–23, at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Lou Graham defeated John Mahaffey by two strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win his only major championship.
Tom Watson shot 135 (−7) to tie the U.S. Open record for the first 36 holes of play, but 155 (+13) on the weekend forced him down the leaderboard, three shots out of the Graham-Mahaffey playoff. It marked the second straight year Watson failed to maintain a weekend lead in the championship; he was the 54-hole leader in 1974 at Winged Foot. He won the next major a month later in Scotland.
This was the second U.S. Open at Medinah, the first was held in 1949. It later hosted in 1990, also a playoff, and the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006, both won by Tiger Woods. Medinah was the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2012.
This was the final year that players were not allowed to have their own caddies at the U.S. Open. The other majors and some PGA Tour events had traditionally disallowed players from using their own caddies. The Masters required club caddies from Augusta National through 1982.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974||74||71||73||70||288||+4||T3|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967, 1972||72||70||75||72||289||+5||T7|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||69||75||73||73||290||+6||T9|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||72||69||75||79||295||+11||T29|
|Johnny Miller||United States||1973||75||72||76||73||296||+12||T38|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||75||73||72||77||297||+13||T43|
|Gene Littler||United States||1961||74||73||73||79||299||+15||T49|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Years won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Tony Jacklin||United States||1970||76||74||150||+8|
|Orville Moody||United States||1969||76||73||152||+10|
Thursday, June 19, 1975
|T1||Pat Fitzsimons||United States||67||−4|
|Tom Watson||United States|
|3||Jim Wiechers||United States||68||−3|
|T4||Grier Jones||United States||69||−2|
|Arnold Palmer||United States|
|Lanny Wadkins||United States|
|8||Ben Crenshaw||United States||70||−2|
|T9||Jim Colbert||United States||71||−1|
|Dale Douglass||United States|
|Marty Fleckman||United States|
|Lynn Janson||United States|
|Rik Massengale||United States|
|Lance Ten Broeck (a)||United States|
Friday, June 20, 1975
|1||Tom Watson||United States||67-68=135||−7|
|2||Ben Crenshaw||United States||70-68=138||−4|
|3||Pat Fitzsimons||United States||67-73=140||−2|
|T4||Terry Dill||United States||72-69=141||−1|
|Lee Trevino||United States||72-69=141|
|Jim Wiechers||United States||68-73=141|
|T7||Grier Jones||United States||69-73=142||E|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||72-70=142|
|T10||Frank Beard||United States||74-69=143||+1|
|Jay Haas (a)||United States||74-69=143|
Saturday, June 21, 1975
|1||Frank Beard||United States||74-69-67=210||−3|
|T2||Pat Fitzsimons||United States||67-73-73=213||E|
|Tom Watson||United States||67-68-78=213|
|T4||Ben Crenshaw||United States||70-68-76=214||+1|
|Lou Graham||United States||74-72-68=214|
|T7||Hubert Green||United States||74-69-72=215||+2|
|Jay Haas (a)||United States||74-69-72=215|
|Joe Inman||United States||72-72-71=215|
|T10||Miller Barber||United States||74-71-71=216||+3|
|John Mahaffey||United States||73-71-72=216|
|Rik Massengale||United States||71-74-71=216|
|Eddie Pearce||United States||75-71-70=216|
|Lee Trevino||United States||72-69-75=216|
Sunday, June 22, 1975
Frank Beard began the final round with a three-stroke lead, four over Graham and six ahead of Mahaffey. But after bogeys at 16 and 17, he staggered home with a 78 (+7) to finish a shot behind. Mahaffey holed a 40-foot (12 m) putt for birdie at 14, then parred out the rest of the way to post an even-par 71 and 287 total. Graham went to the 18th with a one-stroke lead and a chance to win in regulation, but he hit his approach into a bunker and failed to save par and fell into a tie with Mahaffey. Several other players had an opportunity to join the playoff. Bob Murphy was tied until a bogey at 18 dropped him a shot out of the playoff, and Ben Crenshaw found the water on 17 and also finished a stroke out, as did defending champion Hale Irwin. Second round leader Tom Watson had another difficult day and fell into a tie for ninth.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Lou Graham||United States||74-72-68-73=287||+3||Playoff|
|John Mahaffey||United States||73-71-72-71=287|
|T3||Frank Beard||United States||74-69-67-78=288||+4||10,875|
|Ben Crenshaw||United States||70-68-76-74=288|
|Hale Irwin||United States||74-71-73-70=288|
|Bob Murphy||United States||74-73-72-69=288|
|T7||Jack Nicklaus||United States||72-70-75-72=289||+5||7,500|
|T9||Pat Fitzsimons||United States||67-73-73-77=290||+6||5,000|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||69-75-73-73=290|
|Tom Watson||United States||67-68-78-77=290|
Monday, June 23, 1975
Graham jumped out to an early advantage in the playoff, recording birdies at 4, 5, and 10 en route to a 71 and a two-stroke win over Mahaffey.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Lou Graham||United States||35-36=71||E||40,000|
|2||John Mahaffey||United States||37-36=73||+2||20,000|
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- "Open golfers to pick own caddies in 1976". Toledo Blade. Associated Press. November 15, 1975. p. 17.
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- "Tour caddies at Augusta?". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). November 12, 1982. p. 14.
- Wade, Harless (April 6, 1983). "Tradition bagged at Masters". Spokane Chronicle. p. C1.
- Anderson, Dave (April 10, 1983). "New Masters caddies collide". Sunday Star-News (Wilmington, North Carolina). p. 6D.
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- "U.S. Open results". Eugene Register-Guard. June 21, 1975. p. 48.
- "Beard's back in a big way". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. June 22, 1975. p. 1B.
- Loomis, Tom (June 24, 1975). "Graham just aims for par: Lou's 71 wins Open playoff". Toledo Blade. p. 28.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1975 Open Championship