1980 U.S. Open (golf)

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1980 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 12–15, 1980
Location Springfield, New Jersey
Course(s) Baltusrol Golf Club,
Lower Course
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,076 yards (6,470 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 63 after cut
Cut 146 (+6)
Prize fund $356,700
Winner's share $55,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
272 (−8)
Baltusrol  is located in the US
Baltusrol 
Baltusrol 
Location in the United States
Baltusrol  is located in New Jersey
Baltusrol 
Baltusrol 
Location in New Jersey
Baltusrol is located in Union County, New Jersey
Baltusrol
Baltusrol
Location in
Union County

The 1980 U.S. Open was the 80th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Jack Nicklaus set a new tournament scoring record to win his fourth U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Isao Aoki.[2][3][4]

Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf began the tournament by shooting a record-tying 63 in the first round on the Lower Course on Thursday.[5] Weiskopf, however, did not shoot better than 75 in any other round and finished 37th. After a second round 71, Nicklaus owned a two-stroke lead over Isao Aoki. Aoki, however, carded a third consecutive round of 68 in the third to tie Nicklaus.[6]

In the final round on Sunday, Nicklaus birdied the 3rd after Aoki recorded a bogey on 2, taking a two-shot lead. Nicklaus, however, could not separate himself from his challenger. After he hit his approach to 3 feet on 10, Aoki made a long putt from the fringe for a birdie. On the 17th Nicklaus holed a 22-footer for birdie while Aoki made his own 5-footer for birdie. And at the 18th Nicklaus rolled in another birdie from 10-feet to win the championship, his sixteenth major title as a professional.[7]

Nicklaus' winning total of 272 established a new U.S. Open standard, breaking the record 275 he set in 1967 on the same Lower Course. He also tied Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, and Ben Hogan by winning his fourth U.S. Open title.[7][8] Nicklaus had failed to win a tournament in 1979 for the first time in his career, and at 40 many believed his best days were behind him. He won four more times on the PGA Tour with two majors, including the PGA Championship two months later and the Masters in 1986.

Seve Ballesteros, the reigning champion of the British Open and Masters, was late to the course on Friday, missed his tee time, and was disqualified; he had carded a 75 on Thursday.[9][10]

The U.S. Open returned to the Lower Course in 1993, and the PGA Championship was played there in 2005 and is scheduled for 2016.

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Baltusrol Golf Club

Lower Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 465 377 438 194 388 470 470 374 205 3,381 454 428 193 393 409 430 216 630 542 3,695 7,076
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 34 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 5 36 70

Source:[1]

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
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967, 1972 63 71 70 68 272 −8 1
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979 70 70 73 69 282 +2 T8
Andy North  United States 1978 68 75 72 67 282 +2 T8
Lee Trevino  United States 1968, 1971 68 73 69 74 284 +4 T12
Hubert Green  United States 1977 73 73 65 77 288 +8 T32
Gene Littler  United States 1961 72 68 75 75 290 +10 T38
Lou Graham  United States 1975 73 71 72 77 293 +13 T51
Arnold Palmer  United States 1960 73 73 77 78 301 +21 63

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Miller  United States 1973 72 75 147 +7
Gary Player  South Africa 1965 77 72 149 +9
Jerry Pate  United States 1976 77 73 150 +10

Source:[11]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 12, 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 63 −7
Tom Weiskopf  United States
T3 Keith Fergus  United States 66 −4
Mark Hayes  United States
Lon Hinkle  United States
T6 Raymond Floyd  United States 67 −3
Jay Haas  United States
Calvin Peete  United States
T9 Isao Aoki  Japan 68 −2
Mark Lye  United States
Andy North  United States
Lee Trevino  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 13, 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 63-71=134 −6
T2 Isao Aoki  Japan 68-68=136 −4
Keith Fergus  United States 66-70=136
Lon Hinkle  United States 66-70=136
Mike Reid  United States 69-67=136
6 Mark Hayes  United States 66-71=137 −3
T7 Pat McGowan  United States 69-69=138 −2
Tom Weiskopf  United States 63-75=138
T9 Peter Jacobsen  United States 70-69=139 −1
Tom Watson  United States 71-68=139

Source:[11]

Amateurs: Hallberg (+2), Clampett (+6), Sigel (+7), Sindelar (+7), Wagner (+9), Wood (+10), Blake (+11), Sutton (+11), Rassett (+13), Sluman (+15), Clearwater (+16), Mudd (+16), Norton (+16), O'Meara (+16), Bergin (+17), Landers (+20), Chalas (+21), Glickley (+22).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1980

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Isao Aoki  Japan 68-68-68=204 −6
Jack Nicklaus  United States 63-71-70=204
3 Lon Hinkle  United States 66-70-69=205 −5
T4 Keith Fergus  United States 66-70-70=206 −4
Mark Hayes  United States 66-71-69=206
Tom Watson  United States 71-68-67=206
7 Craig Stadler  United States 73-67-69=209 −1
T8 Mike Morley  United States 73-68-69=210 E
Lee Trevino  United States 68-73-69=210
T10 Bruce Devlin  Australia 71-70-70=211 +1
Hubert Green  United States 73-73-65=211
Jay Haas  United States 67-74-70=211
Peter Jacobsen  United States 70-69-72=211
Pat McGowan  United States 69-69-73=211
Mike Reid  United States 69-67-75=211
Bill Rogers  United States 69-72-70=211

Source:[6]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 15, 1980

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 63-71-70-68=272 −8 55,000
2 Isao Aoki  Japan 68-68-68-70=274 −6 29,500
T3 Keith Fergus  United States 66-70-70-70=276 −4 17,400
Lon Hinkle  United States 66-70-69-71=276
Tom Watson  United States 71-68-67-70=276
T6 Mark Hayes  United States 66-71-69-74=280 E 11,950
Mike Reid  United States 69-67-75-69=280
T8 Hale Irwin  United States 70-70-73-69=282 +2 8,050
Mike Morley  United States 73-68-69-72=282
Andy North  United States 68-75-72-67=282
Ed Sneed  United States 72-70-70-70=282

Source:[5]

Amateurs: Gary Hallberg (+5), Bobby Clampett (+10).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Site of 1980 U.S. Open". Chicago Tribune. June 12, 1980. p. 6, section 4. 
  2. ^ "Jack is back!". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 16, 1980. p. 15. 
  3. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (June 16, 1980). "Jack Nicklaus regains form, wins 4th Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 23, 1980). "The Owner of the Open". Sports Illustrated. p. 22. 
  5. ^ a b Loomis, Tom (June 13, 1980). "Nicklaus, Weiskopf fire twin record-tying scores". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 23. 
  6. ^ a b "Nicklaus' putter turns Open into tie". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 15, 1980. p. 3C. 
  7. ^ a b Loomis, Tom (June 16, 1980). "Nicklaus wins fourth Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 13. 
  8. ^ Etzel, Pete (June 16, 1980). "Nicklaus resurrected amid wave of love". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8, part 2. 
  9. ^ Lyon, Bill (June 14, 1980). "USGA says adios, Seve". Chicago Tribune. Knight-Ridder News Service. p. 2, section 2. 
  10. ^ "Ballesteros disqualified in Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. June 13, 1980. p. 23. 
  11. ^ a b "Golf: U.S. Open". Chicago Tribune. June 14, 1980. p. 4, section 2. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1980 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1980 Open Championship

Coordinates: 40°42′18″N 74°19′41″W / 40.705°N 74.328°W / 40.705; -74.328