1994 U.S. Open (golf)

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1994 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 16–20, 1994
Location Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Oakmont Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,946 yards (6,351 m)[1]
Field 159 players, 65 after cut
Cut 147 (+5)
Prize fund $1,700,000
Winner's share $320,000
Champion
South Africa Ernie Els
279 (–5), playoff
Oakmont CC is located in United States
Oakmont CC
Oakmont CC
Location in the United States

The 1994 U.S. Open was the 94th U.S. Open, held June 16–20 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. Ernie Els, age 24, won the first of his four major titles on the second sudden-death hole to defeat Loren Roberts, after Colin Montgomerie was eliminated in an 18-hole playoff.[2] It was the seventh U.S. Open held at Oakmont, and was Arnold Palmer's final U.S. Open as a participant.

Palmer's last[edit]

Palmer, age 64, played in his final U.S. Open this year. He had not played in the tournament in eleven years, since it was last at Oakmont in 1983, but received an exemption by the USGA to play in his home state. As an amateur, his first U.S. Open in 1953 was also played at Oakmont, won by Ben Hogan.

Television[edit]

This was the last U.S. Open for ABC Sports, which had televised the U.S. Open in the United States since 1966, 29 consecutive years.[3] NBC Sports televised the event from 1995 until 2014; beginning in 2015, Fox Sports will televise the U.S. Open under a new 12-year contract.

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Oakmont Country Club
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 463 342 421 560 378 195 431 249 474 3,513 458 378 598 181 356 467 228 315 452 3,433 6,946
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Source:[1]

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Before 1962, the 1st hole was played as a par 5.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Curtis Strange  United States 1988, 1989 70 70 70 70 280 –4 4
Tom Watson  United States 1982 68 73 71 71 283 –1 T6
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979, 1990 69 69 71 78 287 +3 T18
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 69 70 77 76 292 +8 T28
Tom Kite  United States 1992 73 71 72 77 293 +9 T33
Scott Simpson  United States 1987 74 73 73 78 298 +14 T55
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1984 76 70 76 77 299 +15 T58

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Larry Nelson  United States 1983 75 73 148 +6
Lee Janzen  United States 1993 77 71 148 +6
Payne Stewart  United States 1991 74 75 149 +7
Andy North  United States 1978, 1985 78 73 151 +9
Johnny Miller  United States 1973 81 76 157 +15
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 77 81 158 +16

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 16, 1994

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tom Watson  United States 68 –3
T2 Ernie Els  South Africa 69 –2
Hale Irwin  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Frank Nobilo  New Zealand
T6 Masashi Ozaki  Japan 70 –1
Curtis Strange  United States
Kirk Triplett  United States
Scott Verplank  United States
T10 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 71 E
Ben Crenshaw  United States
Clark Dennis  United States
Bradley Hughes  Australia
Steve Lowery  United States
Jeff Maggert  United States
Hajime Meshiai  Japan
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland
Greg Norman  Australia
Dave Rummells  United States
Jim Thorpe  United States
Don Walsworth  United States
Mark Wurtz  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 17, 1994

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 71-65=136 –6
T2 John Cook  United States 73-65=138 –4
David Edwards  United States 73-65=138
Hale Irwin  United States 69-69=138
T5 Jeff Maggert  United States 71-68=139 –3
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-70=139
T7 Ernie Els  South Africa 69-71=140 –2
Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 69-71=140
Steve Pate  United States 74-66=140
Curtis Strange  United States 70-70=140

Amateurs: Alexander (+7).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 18, 1994

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ernie Els  South Africa 69-71-66=206 –7
2 Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 69-71-68=208 –5
T3 Hale Irwin  United States 69-69-71=209 –4
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 71-65-73=209
Loren Roberts  United States 76-69-64=209
Tom Watson  United States 68-73-68=209
T7 Steve Lowery  United States 71-71-68=210 –3
Curtis Strange  United States 70-70-70=210
T9 John Cook  United States 73-65-73=211 –2
Greg Norman  Australia 71-71-69=211
Steve Pate  United States 74-66-71=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 19, 1994

Els shot a 66 (–5) in the third round to take a two-shot lead. At the start of the Sunday's final round, Els was the beneficiary of a controversial ruling. After he hit his opening drive into deep rough, tournament officials ruled that a broadcast truck was in his line of play. He was allowed to take a drop in a spot where escape was much more likely, but still ended up with a bogey on the hole. Afterwards, officials admitted that the ruling was wrong, and Els should have been forced to play from his original location. Roberts and Montgomerie both recorded a 70 (–1) in the round to challenge Els. Roberts could have won the championship outright, but he missed a par putt on the 18th. Els needed par on the last to hold off Roberts and Montgomerie, but he hit his drive into the rough and made bogey from there, forcing a three-way playoff. It the first three-way playoff at the U.S. Open in 31 years, when Julius Boros defeated Jacky Cupit and Palmer in 1963.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Ernie Els  South Africa 69-71-66-73=279 –5 Playoff
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 71-65-73-70=279
Loren Roberts  United States 76-69-64-70=279
4 Curtis Strange  United States 70-70-70-70=280 –4 75,728
5 John Cook  United States 73-65-73-71=282 –2 61,318
T6 Clark Dennis  United States 71-71-70-71=283 –1 49,485
Greg Norman  Australia 71-71-69-72=283
Tom Watson  United States 68-73-68-74=283
T9 Jeff Maggert  United States 71-68-75-70=284 E 37,179
Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 69-71-68-76=284
Jeff Sluman  United States 72-69-72-71=284
Duffy Waldorf  United States 74-68-73-69=284

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 20, 1994

All three players struggled as the Monday playoff began. Montgomerie recorded double-bogey at the 2nd, 3rd, and 11th and fell out of contention. Els began the playoff bogey-triple bogey,[4] while Roberts double-bogeyed the 5th. Roberts had a one-stroke lead over Els on the 16th, but he bogeyed the hole to fall into a tie. Els and Roberts both carded a 74 (+3), while Montgomerie finished with a 78 (+7) and was eliminated.

After halving the first extra hole with pars, they headed to the 11th where Roberts found a greenside bunker on his approach while Els safely hit the green. After Roberts' par putt lipped out, Els two-putted for par and the championship.[2][5] It was the second time for sudden-death at the U.S. Open, which was first implemented in 1990. It was needed again in 2008.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ernie Els  South Africa 38-36=74 +3 320,000
T2 Loren Roberts  United States 38-36=74 +3 141,827
Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 42-36=78 +7
  • Els and Roberts were tied at 74 (+3) after 18 holes; Montgomerie was four strokes back and was eliminated.
  • The sudden-death playoff began on the back nine and Els (4-4) defeated Roberts (4-5) on the second hole.[5][6]

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
South Africa Els +1 +4 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +3 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +3
United States Roberts E +1 +1 +1 +3 +2 +2 +3 +2 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +4 +3 +3
Scotland Montgomerie E +2 +4 +4 +4 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +8 +8 +7 +7 +7 +7 +7 +7
Sudden-death Playoff
South Africa Els E E
United States Roberts E +1

Source:[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "How Oakmont played in the 1994 U.S. Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 21, 1994. p. C7. 
  2. ^ a b Reilly, Rick (June 27, 1994). "From trouble to triumph". Sports Illustrated. p. 38. 
  3. ^ Rosaforte, Tim (June 27, 1994). "See Ya Later". Sports Illustrated: 49. 
  4. ^ GOLF; Forget Finesse, Remember a Name: Els Wins Open
  5. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (June 21, 1994). "Ernie is something Els". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "Els awakens to win Open". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 21, 1994. p. C1. 
  7. ^ "At U.S. Open, Els' finish makes up for shaky start". Seattle Times. Associated Press. June 21, 1994. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The leaders, hole by hole". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 21, 1994. p. C-6. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1994 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1994 Open Championship

Coordinates: 40°31′33″N 79°49′36″W / 40.5258°N 79.8268°W / 40.5258; -79.8268