1987 U.S. Open (golf)

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1987 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 18–21, 1987
Location San Francisco, California
Course(s) Olympic Club, Lake Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,709 yards (6,135 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 77 after cut
Cut 147 (+7)
Prize fund $825,000
Winner's share $150,000
Champion
United States Scott Simpson
277 (–3)
Olympic Club is located in United States
Olympic Club
Olympic Club
Location in the United States

The 1987 U.S. Open was the 87th U.S. Open, held June 18–21 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Scott Simpson passed and held off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by one stroke.

Eleven former champions were in the field and only four made the 36-hole cut.

This was the third U.S. Open at the Lake Course of the Olympic Club, the previous two in 1955 and 1966 ended in playoffs. The U.S. Open returned in 1998 and 2012; both were won by one stroke.

Course layout[edit]

Olympic Club - Lake Course[1]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 533 394 223 438 457 437 288 132 433 3,335 422 430 390 186 417 149 609 428 343 3,374 6,709
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 35 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 35 70

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson  United States 1982 72 65 71 70 278 –3 2
Raymond Floyd  United States 1986 68 73 76 73 290 +10 T43
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
70 68 76 77 291 +11 T46
David Graham  Australia 1981 71 76 72 73 292 +12 T51

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Andy North  United States 1978, 1985 74 74 148 +8
Johnny Miller  United States 1973 71 77 148 +8
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979 79 71 150 +10
Larry Nelson  United States 1983 76 75 151 +11
Lee Trevino  United States 1968, 1971 73 78 151 +11
Hubert Green  United States 1977 77 75 152 +12
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1984 77 75 152 +12

Source:[2]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 18, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ben Crenshaw  United States 67 –3
T2 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68 –2
Raymond Floyd  United States
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan
T5 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 69 –1
Nick Price  Zimbabwe
Denis Watson  Zimbabwe
T8 Jay Don Blake  United States 70 E
Lennie Clements  United States
John Cook  United States
Dale Douglass  United States
David Frost  South Africa
Sandy Lyle  Scotland
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Jim Thorpe  United States
Bob Tway  United States
Mark Wiebe  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 19, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Tom Watson  United States 72-65=137 –3
Mark Wiebe  United States 70-67=137
T3 John Cook  United States 70-68=138 –2
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 69-69=138
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan 68-70=138
Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-68=138
Jim Thorpe  United States 70-68=138
T8 Ben Crenshaw  United States 67-72=139 –1
Bob Eastwood  United States 73-66=139
Larry Mize  United States 71-68=139
Scott Simpson  United States 71-68=139

Amateurs: Alexander (+13), Parker (+13).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 20, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson  United States 72-65-71=208 –2
T2 Keith Clearwater  United States 74-71-64=209 –1
Scott Simpson  United States 71-68-70=209
4 Lennie Clements  United States 70-70-70=210 E
T5 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68-75-68=211 +1
Ben Crenshaw  United States 67-72-72=211
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 69-69-73=211
John Mahaffey  United States 72-72-67=211
Larry Mize  United States 71-68-72=211
Jim Thorpe  United States 70-68-73=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 21, 1987

Watson held a share of the lead after 36 holes, then took a one-shot lead over Simpson and Keith Clearwater into the final round. Clearwater, 27, shot a six-under 64 on Saturday to get into the final pair with Watson.[3] Watson struggled out of the gate on Sunday on Olympic's difficult start; he bogeyed the first two holes and the fifth as well. Simpson birdied the first but then had three bogeys in four holes. With consecutive birdies at 8 and 9, Watson carried a one-stroke lead to the back nine. Simpson, a group ahead on the course, took the lead with a 30-footer (9 m) for birdie at 15, but Watson responded with a birdie at 14 to tie. At 16, Simpson sank a 9-footer (2.7 m) for his third straight birdie to take the lead, then Watson missed his from 12 feet (3.7 m) to match. Simpson found a greenside bunker at 17, then hit his sand shot to 6 feet (1.8 m) and saved par. With a par on 18, Simpson was in the clubhouse with a 68 and Watson needed a birdie to a force a Monday playoff. His 35-foot (11 m) putt narrowly missed and Simpson was the champion by a stroke. In the final pairing, Clearwater had trouble both early and late and shot a 79 (+9) to fade to a tie for 31st.[4] Seve Ballesteros finished in solo third place, his best career finish in a U.S. Open.[5][6]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Scott Simpson  United States 71-68-70-68=277 –3 150,000
2 Tom Watson  United States 72-65-71-70=278 –2 75,000
3 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 68-75-68-71=282 +2 46,240
T4 Ben Crenshaw  United States 67-72-72-72=283 +3 24,542
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 69-69-73-72=283
Larry Mize  United States 71-68-72-72=283
Curtis Strange  United States 71-72-69-71=283
Bobby Wadkins  United States 71-71-70-71=283
T9 Lennie Clements  United States 70-70-70-74=284 +4 15,004
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan 68-70-74-72=284
Mac O'Grady  United States 71-69-72-72=284
Dan Pohl  United States 75-71-69-69=284
Jim Thorpe  United States 70-68-73-73=284

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 4
United States Simpson –2 –2 –1 E E +1 E E E E E E E –1 –2 –3 –3 –3
United States Watson –1 E E E +1 +1 +1 E –1 –1 –1 –1 –1 –2 –2 –2 –2 –2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "What they'll face at Olympic". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. June 18, 1987. p. 5D. 
  2. ^ "1987 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Downey, Mike (June 21, 1987). "Watson leads, by one putt". Eugene Register-Guard. Los Angeles Times. p. 1B. 
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (June 22, 1987). "Simpson takes close Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. 
  5. ^ a b "Olympic magic taps Simpson's putter". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. June 22, 1987. p. 1B. 
  6. ^ Reilly, Rick (June 29, 1987). "An Open and shut case". Sports Illustrated. p. 20. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1987 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1987 Open Championship

Coordinates: 37°42′32″N 122°29′42″W / 37.709°N 122.495°W / 37.709; -122.495