1991 U.S. Open (golf)

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1991 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 13–17, 1991
Location Chaska, Minnesota
Course(s) Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,149 yards (6,537 m)[1]
Field 156 players, 65 after cut
Cut 147 (+3)
Prize fund $1.3 million
Winner's share $235,000
Champion
United States Payne Stewart
282 (–6), playoff
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Hazeltine NationalGolf Club
Hazeltine National
Golf Club
Location in the United States

The 1991 U.S. Open was the 91st U.S. Open, held June 13–17 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Payne Stewart defeated 1987 champion Scott Simpson in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win the first of his two U.S. Open titles.[2] It was the second of Stewart's three major championships.

Stewart held the lead through each of the first three rounds, but in the final round he found himself trailing Simpson by a stroke heading to the 18th. Simpson hit his drive into the rough and could only manage a bogey to Stewart's par, forcing an 18-hole playoff. Both players shot a final-round 72 to finish at 282 total, three shots clear of Larry Nelson and Fred Couples. In the playoff, Simpson led by two-strokes heading to the 16th. He then bogeyed the hole, however, while Stewart made birdie to even up the contest. At the par-3 17th, Simpson found the water on his tee shot and recorded another bogey, giving Stewart a one-shot advantage. Simpson then made bogey on the 18th while Stewart made a par, giving Stewart a two-stroke win and the championship.[3] Stewart's winning score in the playoff of 75 was the highest since Tommy Armour won with a 76 in 1927.[4]

Play was interrupted during the first round due to a severe thunderstorm. Six people were struck by lightning while seeking shelter near the 11th tee, and one person was killed.[5]

1991 marked the final U.S. Open appearance for two-time champion Lee Trevino. Phil Mickelson won low-amateur honors for the second consecutive year, finishing in 55th place.

This was the second U.S. Open at Hazeltine; the first was in 1970. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 2002 and 2009.

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 440 435 580 194 412 405 518 166 432 3,582 410 556 432 204 357 590 384 182 452 3,567 7,149
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Source:[1]
Previous course length 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
Scott Simpson  United States 1987 70 68 72 72 282 –6 2
Larry Nelson  United States 1983 73 72 72 68 285 –3 T3
Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 1984 72 73 74 67 286 –2 5
Raymond Floyd  United States 1986 73 72 76 68 289 +1 T8
Hale Irwin  United States 1974, 1979, 1990 71 75 70 74 290 +2 T11
Tom Watson  United States 1982 73 71 77 70 291 +3 T16
Andy North  United States 1978, 1985 71 71 77 76 295 +7 T37
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
70 76 77 74 297 +9 T46
David Graham  Australia 1981 74 71 80 77 302 +14 60

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lee Trevino  United States 1968, 1971 77 72 149 +5
Curtis Strange  United States 1988, 1989 77 74 151 +7
Jerry Pate  United States 1976 78 74 152 +8

Source:[6]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 13, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Nolan Henke  United States 67 –5
Payne Stewart  United States
3 Tom Byrum  United States 68 –4
T4 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69 –3
Scott Hoch  United States
Brian Kamm  United States
T7 Keith Clearwater  United States 70 –2
Fred Couples  United States
Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States
David Jackson  United States
Davis Love III  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Craig Parry  Australia
Peter Persons  United States
Scott Simpson  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 14, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Payne Stewart  United States 67-70=137 –7
T2 Nolan Henke  United States 67-71=138 –6
Corey Pavin  United States 71-67=138
Scott Simpson  United States 70-68=138
T5 Fred Couples  United States 70-70=140 –4
Scott Hoch  United States 69-71=140
Craig Stadler  United States 71-69=140
T8 Jodie Mudd  United States 71-70=141 –3
Ian Woosnam  Wales 73-68=141
T10 Rodger Davis  Australia 74-68=142 –2
Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States 70-72=142
Ed Humenik  United States 72-70=142
Brian Kamm  United States 69-73=142
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 72-70=142
Andy North  United States 71-71=142

Amateurs: Mickelson (+1), Doyle (+6), Gorgone (+7), Lee (+14).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 15, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Scott Simpson  United States 70-68-72=210 –6
Payne Stewart  United States 67-70-73=210
T3 Scott Hoch  United States 69-71-74=214 –2
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 74-69-71=214
T5 Fred Couples  United States 70-70-75=215 –1
Nolan Henke  United States 67-71-77=215
Brian Kamm  United States 69-73-73=215
T8 Rick Fehr  United States 74-69-73=216 E
Hale Irwin  United States 71-75-70=216
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 72-70-74=216
Craig Parry  Australia 70-73-73=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 16, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Payne Stewart  United States 67-70-73-72=282 –6 Playoff
Scott Simpson  United States 70-68-72-72=282
T3 Fred Couples  United States 70-70-75-70=285 –3 62,574
Larry Nelson  United States 73-72-72-68=285
5 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 72-73-74-67=286 –2 41,542
6 Scott Hoch  United States 69-71-74-73=287 –1 36,090
7 Nolan Henke  United States 67-71-77-73=288 E 32,176
T8 Raymond Floyd  United States 73-72-76-68=289 +1 26,958
José María Olazábal  Spain 73-71-75-70=289
Corey Pavin  United States 71-67-79-72=289

Amateur: Phil Mickelson (+12)

Source:[7]

Playoff[edit]

Monday, June 17, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Payne Stewart  United States 75 +3 235,000
2 Scott Simpson  United States 77 +5 117,500

Scorecard[edit]

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4
United States Stewart E E E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +4 +3 +3 +3
United States Simpson +1 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E +1 +1 +2 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +3 +4 +5

Source:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hazeltine National Golf Club: course". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 13, 1991. p. C5. 
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (June 24, 1991). "Payne free at last". Sports Illustrated. p. 24. 
  3. ^ GOLF; Stewart Captures Open as Simpson Falters Again
  4. ^ a b Florence, Mal (June 18, 1991). "U.S. Open: Stewart shows the finishing touch". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ Schumacher, John (June 14, 1991). "Storm hits quickly and tragically in 1st round". Milwaukee Journal. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "1991 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "1991 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1991 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
1991 Open Championship

Coordinates: 44°50′02″N 93°35′28″W / 44.834°N 93.591°W / 44.834; -93.591