1989 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 15–18, 1989|
|Location||Rochester, New York|
|Course(s)||Oak Hill Country Club,|
|Length||6,902 yards (6,311 m)|
|Field||156 players, 71 after cut|
The 1989 U.S. Open was the 89th U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester, New York. Curtis Strange won his second consecutive U.S. Open, one stroke ahead of runners-up Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, and Ian Woosnam, becoming the first successful defender of a U.S. Open title since Ben Hogan in 1951. Strange became the sixth player to defend the U.S. Open title. This was the last of his 17 wins on the PGA Tour.
Heavy rains before the tournament allowed for some low scores in the early rounds, with a record 38 under-par rounds in the first two rounds. During the second round, four players (Jerry Pate, Nick Price, Doug Weaver, and Mark Wiebe) recorded holes-in-one at the downhill 167-yard (153 m) 6th hole. All four hit a 7-iron past the flag, taking advantage of the damp conditions. The rest of the field had thirty birdies at the hole during the second round.
This was the third U.S. Open and the fourth major at the East Course. Previous U.S. Opens were in 1956 (Cary Middlecoff) and 1968 (Lee Trevino), and the PGA Championship in 1980 (Jack Nicklaus). It later hosted the Ryder Cup in 1995 and the PGA Championship in 2003 and 2013.
Previous course lengths for major championships
- 6,964 yards (6,368 m) - par 70, 1980 PGA Championship
- 6,962 yards (6,366 m) - par 70, 1968 U.S. Open
- 6,902 yards (6,311 m) - par 70, 1956 U.S. Open
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Curtis Strange||United States||1988||71||64||73||70||278||−2||1|
|Scott Simpson||United States||1987||67||70||69||75||281||+1||T6|
|Hubert Green||United States||1977||69||72||74||68||283||+3||T9|
|Larry Nelson||United States||1983||68||73||68||75||284||+4||T13|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1986||68||74||74||71||287||+7||T26|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967,
|Tom Watson||United States||1982||76||69||73||73||291||+11||T46|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974, 1979||74||70||79||70||293||+13||T54|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Andy North||United States||1978, 1985||72||75||147||+7|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||78||69||147||+7|
|Jerry Pate||United States||1976||74||74||148||+8|
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1984||78||73||151||+11|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||74||79||153||+13|
Thursday, June 15, 1989
|T1||Jay Don Blake||United States||66||−4|
|Bernhard Langer||West Germany|
|Payne Stewart||United States|
|T4||Tom Kite||United States||67||−3|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States|
|Tom Pernice, Jr.||United States|
|Scott Simpson||United States|
|Joey Sindelar||United States|
|T9||Kurt Beck||United States||68||−2|
|Nick Faldo||United States|
|Raymond Floyd||United States|
|Larry Nelson||United States|
|Dillard Pruitt||United States|
Friday, June 16, 1989
|1||Curtis Strange||United States||71-64=135||−5|
|2||Tom Kite||United States||67-69=136||−4|
|T3||Jay Don Blake||United States||66-71=137||−3|
|Scott Simpson||United States||67-70=137|
|T5||Mark McCumber||United States||70-68=138||−2|
|Chip Beck||United States||71-69=140|
|Dan Forsman||United States||70-70=140|
|Eddie Kirby||United States||70-70=140|
|Mark Lye||United States||71-69=140|
|Scott Taylor||United States||69-71=140|
|Mark Wiebe||United States||69-71=140|
Amateurs: Sigel (+13), Yarian (+38).
Saturday, June 17, 1989
Overnight rains thoroughly soaked the already saturated course and caused a delay in the start. Instead of pairs, the players went off on split tees in groupings of three, a first at the U.S. Open. A 73 (+3) in the third round dropped Strange to three back of Tom Kite, whose first three rounds were in the 60s.
|1||Tom Kite||United States||67-69-69=205||−5|
|2||Scott Simpson||United States||67-70-69=206||−4|
|3||Curtis Strange||United States||71-64-73=208||−2|
|T4||Jay Don Blake||United States||66-71-72=209||−1|
|Larry Nelson||United States||68-73-68=209|
|T7||Mark McCumber||United States||70-68-72=210||E|
|Tom Pernice, Jr.||United States||67-75-68=210|
|T9||Chip Beck||United States||71-69-71=211||+1|
|Brian Claar||United States||71-72-68=211|
|José María Olazábal||Spain||69-72-70=211|
Sunday, June 18, 1989
Kite led by three after four holes in the final round, but a triple bogey at the 5th hole and bogeys at 8 and 10 dropped him a stroke back of Strange. Double bogeys at 13 and 15 dropped him from contention. Kite recorded a 78 (+8) and finished in ninth place. Strange played steadily in the penultimate pairing, with fifteen consecutive pars until a birdie at the 16th, his first since the second round. Despite a three-putt for bogey at the 18th, Strange held on for a one-stroke win and a second straight U.S. Open title.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Curtis Strange||United States||71-64-73-70=278||−2||200,000|
|T2||Chip Beck||United States||71-69-71-68=279||−1||67,823|
|Mark McCumber||United States||70-68-72-69=279|
|5||Brian Claar||United States||71-72-68-69=280||E||34,345|
|Scott Simpson||United States||67-70-69-75=281|
|8||Peter Jacobsen||United States||71-70-71-70=282||+2||24,307|
|T9||Paul Azinger||United States||71-72-70-70=283||+3||19,968|
|Hubert Green||United States||69-72-74-68=283|
|Tom Kite||United States||67-69-69-78=283|
|José María Olazábal||Spain||69-72-70-72=283|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
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- "Kite unravels at Open with final round of 78". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 19, 1989. p. 4B.
- Lyon, Bill (June 19, 1989). "Kite's collapse was one of a kind". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Knight-Ridder. p. C3.
- "U.S. Open cards". Eugene Register-Guard. June 19, 1989. p. 4B.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1989 Open Championship