1970 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 18–21, 1970|
|Course(s)||Hazeltine National Golf Club|
|Length||7,151 yards (6,539 m)|
|Field||150 players, 73 after cut|
The 1970 U.S. Open was the 70th U.S. Open, held June 18–21 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Tony Jacklin shot under-par in all four rounds on his way to a seven-stroke victory and his only U.S. Open title, the second of his two major championships. He was the first champion born in England since Cyril Walker in 1924.
Jacklin led wire-to-wire and was hardly threatened throughout the championship. He took a four-shot lead over Dave Hill into the final round, and despite bogeys at the 7th and 8th, made a long birdie putt at 9 to quell any talk of a collapse. Jacklin shot a third consecutive round of 70 and a 281 total, seven clear of the field and the only player under par.
Opened eight years earlier, Hazeltine was hosting its first major championship, and reviews were less than positive. Runner-up Hill, when asked what the course lacked, said: "Eighty acres of corn and a few cows. They ruined a good farm when they built this course." The course underwent significant renovations; when the U.S. Open returned twenty-one years later in 1991 it drew generally positive reviews, even from Hill. Hazeltine later hosted the PGA Championship twice (2002, 2009) and the Ryder Cup in 2016.
Jacklin's win was the first in the U.S. Open by a European in over forty years and the last for forty more, until Graeme McDowell won at Pebble Beach in 2010. The next win by an Englishman was three years later in 2013, Justin Rose at Merion.
Future major winners Ben Crenshaw (age 18) and John Mahaffey (age 22) tied for low amateur honors at 301 (+13), tied for 36th place. Just out of high school, Crenshaw was tied for eighth after each of the first two rounds.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Billy Casper||United States||1959, 1966||75||75||71||73||294||+6||T8|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968||77||73||74||70||294||+6||T8|
|Julius Boros||United States||1952, 1963||73||75||70||77||295||+7||T12|
|Gene Littler||United States||1961||77||72||71||75||295||+7||T12|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||80||73||75||74||302||+14||T44|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967||81||72||75||76||304||+16||T49|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||79||74||75||77||305||+17||T54|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||1958||80||74||154||+10|
|Orville Moody||United States||1969||79||77||156||+12|
Thursday, June 18, 1970
|T2||Julius Boros||United States||73||+1|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States|
|Mason Rudolph||United States|
|T5||Dick Crawford||United States||74||+2|
|Tony Evans||United States|
|Bobby Mitchell||United States|
|Miller Barber||United States|
|Frank Beard||United States|
|Don Bies||United States|
|Gay Brewer||United States|
|Ben Crenshaw (a)||United States|
|Al Geiberger||United States|
|Dave Hill||United States|
|Howie Johnson||United States|
|Bobby Nichols||United States|
|Larry Ziegler||United States|
- (a) denotes amateur
Friday, June 19, 1970
|2||Dave Hill||United States||75-69=144||E|
|T3||Dick Crawford||United States||74-71=145||+1|
|Randy Wolff||United States||78-67=145|
|5||Gay Brewer||United States||75-71=146||+2|
|T6||Bob Charles||New Zealand||76-71=147||+3|
|Howie Johnson||United States||75-72=147|
|T8||Frank Beard||United States||75-73=148||+4|
|Julius Boros||United States||73-75=148|
|Ben Crenshaw (a)||United States||75-73=148|
|Bunky Henry||United States||80-68=148|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||75-73=148|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||73-75=148|
|Larry Ziegler||United States||75-73=148|
- (a) denotes amateur
Saturday, June 20, 1970
|2||Dave Hill||United States||75-69-71=215||−1|
|3||Gay Brewer||United States||75-71-71=217||+1|
|4||Julius Boros||United States||73-75-70=218||+2|
|5||Bob Lunn||United States||77-72-70=219||+3|
|T6||Gene Littler||United States||77-72-71=220||+4|
|Ken Still||United States||78-71-71=220|
|T8||Billy Casper||United States||75-75-71=221||+5|
|Dick Crawford||United States||74-71-76=221|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||78-73-70=221|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||73-75-73=221|
|Randy Wolff||United States||78-67-76=221|
|Larry Ziegler||United States||75-73-73=221|
Sunday, June 21, 1970
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|2||Dave Hill||United States||75-69-71-73=288||E||15,000|
|T3||Bob Charles||New Zealand||76-71-75-67=289||+1||9,000|
|Bob Lunn||United States||77-72-70-70=289|
|5||Ken Still||United States||78-71-71-71=291||+3||7,000|
|6||Miller Barber||United States||75-75-72-70=292||+4||6,000|
|7||Gay Brewer||United States||75-71-71-76=293||+5||5,000|
|T8||Billy Casper||United States||75-75-71-73=294||+6||3,325|
|Lee Trevino||United States||77-73-74-70=294|
|Larry Ziegler||United States||75-73-73-73=294|
- "Jacklin wins national Open golf title". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Associated Press. June 21, 1970. p. 22.
- "U.S. Open history: 1970". USGA. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Husar, John (June 22, 1970). "Jacklin wins U.S. Open by 7 strokes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- "Britain's Jacklin claims Open 'grocery money'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 22, 1970. p. 3B.
- "Hill ignores hecklers to remain on Jacklin's heels". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 21, 1970. p. 1B.
- Husar, John (June 21, 1970). "Jacklin ups lead in U.S. Open to 4; cards 70 for 211". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
- Jenkins, Dan (June 29, 1970). "Tony's a shark at pasture pool". Sports Illustrated: 14.
- Mulvoy, Mark (August 10, 1970). "Plain Words at Westchester". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
- "Jacklin widens lead, scathing Hill second". Eugene Register-Guard (location=(Oregon). Associated Press. June 20, 1970. p. 2B.
- "U.S. Open scoring (second round)". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 20, 1970. p. 12.
- Husar, John (June 20, 1970). "Jacklin still in Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
- Husar, John (June 19, 1970). "Jacklin's 71 leads Open by 2 shots". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
- "Jacklin breaks par to take Open edge". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 19, 1970. p. 2B.
- "1970 Results for U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1970 Open Championship