1990 U.S. Open (golf)

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1990 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 14–18, 1990
Location Medinah, Illinois
Course(s) Medinah Country Club,
Course No. 3
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,195 yards (6,579 m)
Field 156 players, 68 after cut
Cut 145 (+1)
Prize fund $1,200,000
Winner's share $220,000
Champion
United States Hale Irwin
280 (–8), playoff
Medinah CC is located in United States
Medinah CC
Medinah CC
Location in the United States

The 1990 U.S. Open was the 90th U.S. Open, held June 14–18 at Course No. 3 of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Hale Irwin became the oldest U.S. Open champion by defeating Mike Donald at the 91st hole, the first in sudden-death, after the two tied in the 18-hole Monday playoff. It was Irwin's third U.S. Open title, with previous wins in 1974 and 1979.[1] Implemented decades earlier, it was the first use of sudden-death in the U.S. Open; the last tie in a playoff was in 1946. Sudden death was needed again in 1994 and 2008.

It was the third U.S. Open at Medinah, which previously hosted in 1949 and 1975. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006, and the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Irwin was without a PGA Tour win in five years and 11 years removed from his last U.S. Open victory in 1979; he received a special exemption from the USGA to enter the tournament. Irwin began the final round in a tie for 20th place, four strokes back of leaders Billy Ray Brown and Donald. Playing well ahead of the leaders, Irwin fired a round of 67, which included a 45-foot (14 m) birdie putt at the 72nd hole. After the putt dropped, he provided the championship with its enduring image as he took a "victory lap" around the green, high-fiving spectators.[2] Irwin, however, had not won the championship yet as there were still golfers on the course with a chance to overtake him. Donald made par saves from 35 feet (11 m) on the 12th and from 15 feet (5 m) on the 14th before making bogey at the 16th. A two-putt par on the last tied him with Irwin, forcing an 18-hole Monday playoff. Brown and Nick Faldo finished a stroke out of the playoff in a tie for third place.

In the playoff, Donald took a two-shot lead to the 16th tee. Needing a birdie, Irwin responded with a brilliant 2-iron approach and got within one. After both players parred the 17th, Irwin made par at the last, giving Donald a chance to win the championship. His par putt, however, narrowly slid by, implementing sudden-death for the first time in U.S. Open history. (Previous playoff ties went on to play additional full rounds, the last of which was in 1946.) Irwin needed just one more hole, recording a birdie at the par-4 1st to win the championship.

At 45 years and 15 days, Irwin became the oldest winner of the U.S. Open, surpassing the record set in 1986 by Raymond Floyd by fifteen months. Through 2012, Irwin remains the oldest winner.

Curtis Strange attempted to win his third consecutive U.S. Open; he began the final round just two off the lead, but a final round 75 dropped him back to 21st place. Amateurs Phil Mickelson and David Duval made their major championship debuts, finishing in 29th and 56th place, respectively.

Scoring conditions were ideal throughout the week, with a record 39 under-par rounds in the first round and 47 in the second. A total of 28 players finished the tournament under-par, a new U.S. Open record.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979 69 70 74 67 280 –8 1
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1984 73 70 68 73 284 –4 T8
Larry Nelson  United States 1983 74 67 69 75 285 –3 T14
Scott Simpson  United States 1987 66 73 73 73 285 –3 T14
Curtis Strange  United States 1988, 1989 73 70 68 75 286 –2 T21
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
71 74 68 76 289 +1 T33
Andy North  United States 1978, 1985 74 71 71 76 292 +4 T51
David Graham  Australia 1981 72 73 74 79 298 +10 64

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Hubert Green  United States 1977 71 77 148 +4
Tom Watson  United States 1982 74 75 149 +5
Raymond Floyd  United States 1986 77 77 154 +10

Source:[3]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 14, 1990

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Scott Simpson  United States 66 –6
Tim Simpson  United States
Jeff Sluman  United States
T4 Mike Donald  United States 67 –5
Steve Jones  United States
T6 Mark Brooks  United States 68 –4
John Huston  United States
T8 Emlyn Aubrey  United States 69 –3
Billy Ray Brown  United States
Hale Irwin  United States
Bob Tway  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 15, 1990

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tim Simpson  United States 66-69=135 –9
2 Jeff Sluman  United States 66-70=136 –8
3 Mike Donald  United States 67-70=137 –7
4 Mark Brooks  United States 68-70=138 –6
T5 Hale Irwin  United States 69-70=139 –5
Scott Simpson  United States 66-73=139
T7 Billy Ray Brown  United States 69-71=140 –4
Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States 71-69=140
John Huston  United States 68-72=140
Ian Woosnam  Wales 70-70=140

Amateurs: Duval (E), Mickelson (+1).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 16, 1990

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Billy Ray Brown  United States 69-71-69=209 –7
Mike Donald  United States 67-70-72=209
T3 Mark Brooks  United States 68-70-72=210 –6
Larry Nelson  United States 74-67-69=210
Tim Simpson  United States 66-69-75=210
Jeff Sluman  United States 66-70-74=210
T7 Larry Mize  United States 72-70-69=211 –5
José María Olazábal  Spain 73-69-69=211
Craig Parry  Australia 72-71-68=211
Mike Reid  United States 70-73-68=211
Curtis Strange  United States 73-70-68=211
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 73-70-68=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 17, 1990

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Hale Irwin  United States 69-70-74-67=280 –8 Playoff
Mike Donald  United States 67-70-72-71=280
T3 Billy Ray Brown  United States 69-71-69-72=281 –7 56,878
Nick Faldo  England 72-72-68-69=281
T5 Mark Brooks  United States 68-70-72-73=283 –5 33,271
Greg Norman  Australia 72-73-69-69=283
Tim Simpson  United States 66-69-75-73=283
T8 Scott Hoch  United States 70-73-69-72=284 –4 22,236
Steve Jones  United States 67-76-74-67=284
José María Olazábal  Spain 73-69-69-73=284
Tom Sieckmann  United States 70-74-68-72=284
Craig Stadler  United States 71-70-72-71=284
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 73-70-68-73=284

Amateurs: Phil Mickelson (E), David Duval (+5).

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 18, 1990

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Hale Irwin  United States 38-36=74 +2 220,000
2 Mike Donald  United States 37-37=74 +2 110,000
  • Irwin and Donald tied in the 18-hole playoff at 74 (+2).
  • The sudden-death playoff began on hole #1 (385 yd., par 4), which Irwin (3) birdied and Donald (x) did not.[4]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4
United States Irwin E E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +3 +4 +4 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2
United States Donald –1 E E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 +2
Sudden-death Playoff
United States Irwin –1
United States Donald x

Source:[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swift, E.M. (June 25, 1990). "Hail, Irwin". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "The 10 Best Duels in U.S. Open History". Golf.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1990 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (June 19, 1990). "Irwin's dream indeed comes true". Toledo Blade. p. 23. 
  5. ^ "Irwin revises U.S. Open history". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 19, 1990. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Open - playoff cards". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 19, 1990. p. C4. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1990 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1990 Open Championship

Coordinates: 41°57′58″N 88°02′53″W / 41.966°N 88.048°W / 41.966; -88.048