1986 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 12–15, 1986|
|Location||Shinnecock Hills, New York|
|Course(s)||Shinnecock Hills Golf Club|
|Length||6,912 yards (6,320 m)|
|Field||155 players, 70 after cut|
|Cut||150 (+10) |
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. 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. Norman led after 36 holes, and took the lead into the final round, a stroke ahead of Lee Trevino and Hal Sutton, but a 75 dropped him back six strokes to twelfth place. 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; after Floyd birdied the par-3 11th, he was part of a nine-way tie for first. Floyd began the round three strokes back and separated himself from the pack with a bogey-free 66. 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. 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. They tied the course record, set earlier in the day by Mark Calcavecchia.
With the win, Floyd became the oldest winner of the U.S. Open at 43 years and 284 days, 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. 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.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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,
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1984||75||74||71||68||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|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Years won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974, 1979||77||74||151||+11|
Thursday, June 12, 1986
|1||Bob Tway||United States||70||E|
|T3||Rick Fehr||United States||72||+2|
|David Frost||South Africa|
|Kenny Knox||United States|
|Tom Watson||United States|
|T9||Gary Koch||United States||73||+3|
|Bob Lohr||United States|
|Jodie Mudd||United States|
Friday, June 13, 1986
|T2||Lee Trevino||United States||74-68=142||+2|
|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|
|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|
Saturday, June 14, 1986
|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|
|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|
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|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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- Kienzl, Ray (June 16, 1986). "Shinnecock course record falls to three golfers in the same day". Pittsburgh Press. p. C3.
- "Floyd becomes oldest Open champion". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. June 16, 1986. p. 1B.
- "US Open leader cards". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 16, 1986. p. 2, part 2.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1986 Open Championship