1989 U.S. Open (golf)

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1989 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 15–18, 1989
Location Rochester, New York
Course(s) Oak Hill Country Club,
East Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,902 yards (6,311 m)[1][2]
Field 156 players, 71 after cut
Cut 145 (+5)[3]
Prize fund $1,049,089
Winner's share $200,000
Champion
United States Curtis Strange
278 (−2)
Oak Hill CC is located in the US
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in the United States
Oak Hill CC is located in New York
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in New York

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. Through 2016, Strange is the only successful defender of a U.S. Open title since Ben Hogan in 1951.[4][5][6] Strange became the sixth player to defend the U.S. Open title, and the first since 1951. 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.[7][8] 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.[9][10]

Gary Player, the 1965 champion and winner of nine major titles, played in his final U.S. Open in 1989. He shot 78-69=147 and missed the cut by two strokes.[11]

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.

Course layout[edit]

East Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 440 401 211 570 406 167 431 430 419 3,475 429 192 372 594 323 177 442 458 440 3,427 6,902
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 35 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 35 70

Source:[1]

Previous course lengths for 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
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,
1972, 1980
67 74 74 75 290 +10 T43
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
David Graham  Australia 1981 73 72 77 73 295 +15 T61

Missed the cut[edit]

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

Source:[11]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 15, 1989

Place Player Country Score To par
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

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 16, 1989

Strange fired a six-under 64 in the second round to tie the course record, set in 1942 by Hogan, and take the 36-hole lead.[3][6]

Place Player Country Score To par
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
Ian Woosnam  Wales 70-68=138
T7 Isao Aoki  Japan 70-70=140 E
Chip Beck  United States 71-69=140
Steve Elkington  Australia 70-70=140
Nick Faldo  England 68-72=140
Dan Forsman  United States 70-70=140
Eddie Kirby  United States 70-70=140
Mark Lye  United States 71-69=140
Greg Norman  Australia 72-68=140
Scott Taylor  United States 69-71=140
Mark Wiebe  United States 69-71=140
Richard Zokol  Canada 71-69=140

Source:[3]

Amateurs: Sigel (+13), Yarian (+38).

Third round[edit]

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.[6] A 73 (+3) in the third round dropped Strange to three back of Tom Kite, whose first three rounds were in the 60s.[12]

Place Player Country Score To par
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
Masashi Ozaki  Japan 70-71-68=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
Ian Woosnam  Wales 70-68-73=211
José María Olazábal  Spain 69-72-70=211

Source:[12]

Final round[edit]

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.[13] Kite recorded a 78 (+8) and finished in ninth place.[5][6][14] 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
Ian Woosnam  Wales 70-68-73-68=279
5 Brian Claar  United States 71-72-68-69=280 E 34,345
T6 Masashi Ozaki  Japan 70-71-68-72=281 +1 28,220
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

Source:[11]

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 4
United States Strange −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −2
United States Beck +1 E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1
United States McCumber E E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −1 −1 −1 −1 E E E −1 −1 −1
Wales Woosnam E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 +1 E E E E +1 E E E −1
United States Kite −5 −5 −6 −6 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 +1 +1 +3 +3 +3 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[13][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b White, Gordon (June 13, 1989). "Open course changed after Trevino's victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (New York Times). p. 3D. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Open statistics: facts and figures". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 1989. p. 30. 
  3. ^ a b c Florence, Mal (June 17, 1989). "Strange's 64 makes repeat a possibility". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1C. 
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (June 19, 1989). "Strange wins second Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  5. ^ a b Florence, Mal (June 19, 1989). "Strange repeats at U.S. Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1C. 
  6. ^ a b c d Reilly, Rick (June 26, 1989). "King of the Hill". Sports Illustrated. p. 20. 
  7. ^ "Four holes-in-one on No.6". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). June 17, 1989. p. 23. 
  8. ^ "Would you believe four aces on 6th?". Pittsburgh-Post Gazette. Associated Press. June 17, 1989. p. 23. 
  9. ^ Hyuan, Mark (June 17, 1989). "The Four Aces a hit on Open's sixth hole". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Baltimore Sun). p. 1C. 
  10. ^ Zullo, Allan, "Astonishing but True Golf Facts", Andrew McMeels Publishing, Forest Fairview, North Carolina, 2001.
  11. ^ a b c "1989 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Denlinger, Ken (June 17, 1989). "Kite fires 3rd sup-par round for Open lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1E. 
  13. ^ a b "Kite unravels at Open with final round of 78". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 19, 1989. p. 4B. 
  14. ^ Lyon, Bill (June 19, 1989). "Kite's collapse was one of a kind". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Knight-Ridder. p. C3. 
  15. ^ "U.S. Open cards". Eugene Register-Guard. June 19, 1989. p. 4B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1989 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1989 Open Championship

Coordinates: 43°06′47″N 77°31′59″W / 43.113°N 77.533°W / 43.113; -77.533