1977 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 16–19, 1977|
|Course(s)||Southern Hills Country Club|
|Length||6,873 yards (6,285 m)|
|Field||153 players, 60 after cut|
|Cut||147 (+7) |
The 1977 U.S. Open was the 77th U.S. Open, held June 16–19 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hubert Green won the first of his two major titles, one stroke ahead of runner-up Lou Graham, the 1975 champion.
Green began the final round with the lead, but 11 players were within three shots. Graham made a charge on the back nine, collecting birdies at 12, 14, 15, and 16 en route to a 68 (–2) and a 279 (–1) total. With four holes to play, Green needed to play even-par to win the championship. As he stepped off the 14th green, however, he was approached by tournament officials and a lieutenant with the Tulsa police, who told him that they had received a phone call threatening to assassinate Green while he played the 15th hole. Green decided to play on, then proceeded to hit his drive into a tree--which probably saved it from going out of bounds. He managed to hit his approach to 35 feet (11 m) and two-putt for par without incident. Green birdied the 16th and took a two-stroke lead to the 18th tee. Although he struggled on the hole, he managed to make a 4-footer for bogey and the victory.
This year marked the final U.S. Open appearance by Sam Snead, two-time champion Julius Boros, and Tommy Bolt, who had won the 1958 Open at Southern Hills. All three received exemptions by the USGA, and all three missed the cut. This was the first time that the television broadcast of the U.S. Open covered all 18 holes of the final round.
It was the third major championship at Southern Hills; it previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1958 and the PGA Championship in 1970. The U.S. Open returned in 2001 and the PGA Championship in 1982, 1994, and 2007.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Lou Graham||United States||1975||72||71||68||68||279||–1||2|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967, 1972||74||68||71||72||285||+5||T10|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||72||67||71||75||285||+5||T10|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||70||72||73||72||287||+7||T19|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||74||70||73||73||290||+10||T27|
|Johnny Miller||United States||1973||71||73||70||76||290||+10||T27|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974||73||71||77||72||293||+13||T41|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Jerry Pate||United States||1976||72||76||148||+8|
|Julius Boros||United States||1952, 1963||77||76||153||+13|
|Tommy Bolt||United States||1958||75||78||153||+13|
|Jack Fleck||United States||1955||81||80||161||+21|
Thursday, June 16, 1977
Friday, June 17, 1977
|1||Hubert Green||United States||69-67=136||–4|
|2||Terry Diehl||United States||69-68=137||–3|
|3||Tom Purtzer||United States||69-69=138||–2|
|T4||Sam Adams||United States||70-69=139||–1|
|Rod Funseth||United States||69-70=139|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-67=139|
|T7||Jay Haas||United States||72-68=140||E|
|Joe Inman||United States||70-70=140|
|T9||Wally Armstrong||United States||71-70=141||+1|
|Andy Bean||United States||71-70=141|
|Al Geiberger||United States||70-71=141|
Saturday, June 18, 1977
|1||Hubert Green||United States||69-67-72=208||–2|
|2||Andy Bean||United States||71-70-68=209||–1|
|T3||Terry Diehl||United States||69-68-73=210||E|
|Gary Jacobsen||United States||73-70-67=210|
|Don Padgett||United States||70-74-66=210|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-67-71=210|
|Tom Purtzer||United States||69-69-72=210|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-71-68=210|
|T9||Wally Armstrong||United States||71-70-70=211||+1|
|Rod Funseth||United States||69-70-72=211|
|Lou Graham||United States||72-71-68=211|
|Jay Haas||United States||72-68-71=211|
Sunday, June 19, 1977
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Hubert Green||United States||69-67-72-70=278||–2||45,000|
|2||Lou Graham||United States||72-71-68-68=279||–1||23,500|
|3||Tom Weiskopf||United States||71-71-68-71=281||+1||16,000|
|4||Tom Purtzer||United States||69-69-72-72=282||+2||13,000|
|T5||Jay Haas||United States||72-68-71-72=283||+3||10,875|
|Gary Jacobsen||United States||73-70-67-73=283|
|T7||Terry Diehl||United States||69-68-73-74=284||+4||8,000|
|Lyn Lott||United States||73-73-68-70=284|
|Tom Watson||United States||74-72-71-67=284|
|T10||Rod Funseth||United States||69-70-72-74=285||+5||4,100|
|Al Geiberger||United States||70-71-75-69=285|
|Mike McCullough||United States||73-73-69-70=285|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||74-68-71-72=285|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-67-71-75=285|
- "Green meets pressure test en route to first major win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 20, 1977. p. 13.
- "U.S. open results (second round)". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. June 18, 1977. p. 8A.
- Bunch, Ken (June 20, 1977). "Green beats threats in Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
- Grimsley, Will (June 17, 1977). "Analysis: Green death threat macabre and warped". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. p. 22.
- Jenkins, Dan (June 27, 1977). "Talk about total pressure". Sports Illustrated. p. 14.
- Lasswell, Doug (June 17, 1977). "U.S. Open coverage to include all 18 holes". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. p. 3E.
- "1977 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1977 Open Championship