1986 U.S. Open (golf)

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1986 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 12–15, 1986
Location Shinnecock Hills, New York
Course(s) Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,912 yards (6,320 m)[1][2]
Field 155 players, 70 after cut
Cut 150 (+10) [3]
Prize fund $700,000
Winner's share $115,000
Champion
United States Raymond Floyd
279 (−1)
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Shinnecock Hills  is located in the US
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Location in the United States
Shinnecock Hills  is located in New York
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Location in New York

The 1986 U.S. Open was the 86th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. Raymond Floyd won his fourth and final major, two strokes ahead of runners-up Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins.[4] It was Floyd's only U.S. Open title and he became its oldest winner, a record he held for four years.

The opening round on Thursday had high winds with occasional heavy rain; the best score was Bob Tway's even-par 70, with Greg Norman a stroke behind.[5][6] Norman led after 36 holes,[7] and took the lead into the final round, a stroke ahead of Lee Trevino and Hal Sutton,[8] but a 75 dropped him back six strokes to twelfth place.[9][10] Norman led each of the four major championships in 1986 after 54 holes, but won just once, at the British Open.

During the final round, ten players either led or shared the lead;[11] after Floyd birdied the par-3 11th, he was part of a nine-way tie for first.[12] Floyd began the round three strokes back and separated himself from the pack with a bogey-free 66.[10] After the birdie at 11, he saved par at 12, then recorded another birdie at 13 to tie for the lead. Floyd took sole possession of the lead after the 14th, then added another birdie at the 16th.[13] After finishing his round, he was two strokes ahead of his closest pursuers: Wadkins and Beck both shot 65 to climb the leaderboard and shared second place.[11] They tied the course record, set earlier in the day by Mark Calcavecchia.[14]

With the win, Floyd became the oldest winner of the U.S. Open at 43 years and 284 days,[15] surpassing the long-standing record of Ted Ray from 1920 by several months (Julius Boros was also 43 in 1963). It was Floyd's fourth and final major championship, and he only won twice more in his career. At age 46, Masters champion Jack Nicklaus overcame an opening round 77 and tied for eighth, his last top-ten finish at the U.S. Open.[12] Hale Irwin won his third U.S. Open at age 45 in 1990 in a playoff and remains the oldest champion; in 1986, he was the only former champion in the field to miss the cut. Boros remains the oldest winner of a modern major; 48 at the PGA Championship in 1968.

Entering this championship, Floyd had played in 21 U.S. Opens and had only two finishes in the top ten. His best result was a tie for sixth in 1965; he finished eighth in 1971, fifteen years earlier. His winner's share in 1986 was more than double his previous career earnings at the U.S. Open.[15]

It was the second U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, which previously hosted 90 years earlier in 1896. The championship returned in 1995, 2004, and 2018.

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 394 226 453 408 535 471 188 367 447 3,489 409 158 472 377 444 397 544 172 450 3,423 6,912
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 35 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 35 70

Source:[1][2]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Lee Trevino  United States 1968, 1971 74 68 69 71 282 +2 T4
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
77 72 67 68 284 +4 T8
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1984 75 74 71 68 288 +8 T15
David Graham  Australia 1981 76 71 69 72 288 +8 T15
Tom Watson  United States 1982 72 71 71 75 289 +9 T24
Larry Nelson  United States 1983 75 73 70 73 291 +11 T35
Johnny Miller  United States 1973 76 72 71 74 293 +13 T45
Hubert Green  United States 1977 75 75 75 71 296 +16 T55
Andy North  United States 1978, 1985 79 71 77 75 302 +22 67

Source:[3][4]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Years won R1 R2 Total To par
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979 77 74 151 +11

Source:[7]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 12, 1986

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bob Tway  United States 70 E
2 Greg Norman  Australia 71 +1
T3 Rick Fehr  United States 72 +2
David Frost  South Africa
Kenny Knox  United States
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan
Denis Watson  Zimbabwe
Tom Watson  United States
T9 Gary Koch  United States 73 +3
Bob Lohr  United States
Jodie Mudd  United States

Source:[5][6]

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 13, 1986

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Greg Norman  Australia 71-68=139 −1
T2 Lee Trevino  United States 74-68=142 +2
Denis Watson  Zimbabwe 72-70=142
T4 Raymond Floyd  United States 75-68=143 +3
Bob Tway  United States 70-73=143
Tom Watson  United States 72-71=143
T7 David Frost  South Africa 72-72=144 +4
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 74-70=144
Tsuneyuki Nakajima  Japan 72-72=144
Mac O'Grady  United States 75-69=144
Payne Stewart  United States 76-68=144
Bobby Wadkins  United States 75-69=144
Lanny Wadkins  United States 74-70=144

Source:[7]
Amateurs: Randolph (+10), Fleming (+11), Watts (+17), Lewis (+22), Daly (+24)

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 14, 1986

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Greg Norman  Australia 71-68-71=210 E
T2 Hal Sutton  United States 75-70-66=211 +1
Lee Trevino  United States 74-68-69=211
4 Bob Tway  United States 70-73-69=212 +2
T5 Raymond Floyd  United States 75-68-70=213 +3
Mark McCumber  United States 74-71-68=213
Mike Reid  United States 74-73-66=213
Payne Stewart  United States 76-68-69=213
Denis Watson  Zimbabwe 72-70-71=213
T10 Lennie Clements  United States 75-72-67=214 +4
Ben Crenshaw  United States 76-69-69=214
Bernhard Langer  West Germany 74-70-70=214
Scott Verplank  United States 75-72-67=214
Tom Watson  United States 72-71-71=214

Source:[8]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 15, 1986

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Raymond Floyd  United States 75-68-70-66=279 −1 115,000
T2 Chip Beck  United States 75-73-68-65=281 +1 47,646
Lanny Wadkins  United States 74-70-72-65=281
T4 Hal Sutton  United States 75-70-66-71=282 +2 26,269
Lee Trevino  United States 74-68-69-71=282
T6 Ben Crenshaw  United States 76-69-69-69=283 +3 19,009
Payne Stewart  United States 76-68-69-70=283
T8 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 74-70-70-70=284 +4 14,500
Mark McCumber  United States 74-71-68-71=284
Jack Nicklaus  United States 77-72-67-68=284
Bob Tway  United States 70-73-69-72=284

Source:[3][4]
Amateur: Randolph (+11).

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 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4
United States Floyd +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E E E −1 −1 −1
United States Beck +6 +6 +6 +5 +6 +7 +6 +6 +6 +5 +4 +3 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1
United States Wadkins +6 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +4 +4 +4 +3 +2 +1 +1 +1
United States Sutton E E E +1 E +1 +1 +1 E E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2
United States Trevino E E +1 +1 E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey

Source:[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "U.S. Open: the record rounds". Palm Beach Post. June 16, 1986. p. 4C. 
  2. ^ a b "1986 U.S. Open (course map)". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Golf Graphics International). June 12, 1986. p. 4F. 
  3. ^ a b c "1986 U.S. Open". Database Golf. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Green, Bob (June 16, 1986). "Floyd comes of age to win Open". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. C1. 
  5. ^ a b Boswell, Thomas (June 13, 1986). "At Shinnecock, it's wide Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). p. 1C. 
  6. ^ a b White, Gordon S., Jr. (June 13, 1986). "Weather takes over at the Open". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (New York Times). p. 29. 
  7. ^ a b c Green, Bob (June 14, 1986). "Norman leads conquest of Shinnecock". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. B1. 
  8. ^ a b Green, Bob (June 15, 1986). "Taunts don't daunt Norman". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. D1. 
  9. ^ Boswell, Thomas (June 16, 1986). "It was Floyd's day at the Open". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Washington Post). p. 1C. 
  10. ^ a b Bunch, Ken (June 16, 1986). "Floyd takes Open with final-round 66". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-part 2. 
  11. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (June 16, 1986). "Floyd captures Open title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. 9, 14. 
  12. ^ a b Reilly, Rick (June 23, 1986). "Guts, grit and grandeur". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. 
  13. ^ "Ray Floyd's round". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 16, 1986. p. 2, part 2. 
  14. ^ Kienzl, Ray (June 16, 1986). "Shinnecock course record falls to three golfers in the same day". Pittsburgh Press. p. C3. 
  15. ^ a b "Floyd becomes oldest Open champion". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. June 16, 1986. p. 1B. 
  16. ^ "US Open leader cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 16, 1986. p. 2, part 2. 

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Preceded by
1986 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1986 Open Championship

Coordinates: 40°53′38″N 72°26′24″W / 40.894°N 72.440°W / 40.894; -72.440