1996 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 13–16, 1996|
|Location||Bloomfield Hills, Michigan|
|Course(s)||Oakland Hills Country Club|
|Length||6,974 yards (6,377 m)|
|Field||156 players, 108 after cut|
|Prize fund||$2.4 million|
The 1996 U.S. Open was the 96th U.S. Open, held June 13–16 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Steve Jones won his only major title, one stroke ahead of runners-up Tom Lehman and Davis Love III.
Jones went through an incredible journey just to get to Oakland Hills. He had won four PGA Tour events, the last in 1989, but in November 1991 he was involved in a dirt bike accident that threatened to end his career. He separated his shoulder and sprained an ankle, as well as suffering ligament damage in his left ring finger. Jones was sidelined for three years, not making it back on tour until 1994. His win here came in his first U.S. Open since 1991, and he was the first champion to go through sectional qualifying since tour rookie Jerry Pate in 1976. After this win, Jones won three additional events on tour.
This was the eighth major championship at the South Course, which previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1924, 1937, 1951, 1961, and 1985, and the PGA Championship in 1972 and 1979. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 2008.
It was Lehman's third close call in a major (1994 Masters, 1995 U.S. Open); he regrouped and won the next, The Open Championship in England. Love won the PGA Championship the following year at Winged Foot.
South Course 
Lengths of the course for previous majors:
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||1994||72||67||72||70||281||+1||T5|
|Lee Janzen||United States||1993||68||75||71||69||283||+3||T10|
|Tom Watson||United States||1982||70||71||71||72||284||+4||T13|
|Curtis Strange||United States||1988, 1989||74||73||71||69||287||+7||T27|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967,
|Payne Stewart||United States||1991||67||71||76||73||287||+7||T27|
|Scott Simpson||United States||1987||70||71||76||72||289||+9||T40|
|Corey Pavin||United States||1995||73||70||72||74||289||+9||T40|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974, 1979, 1990||72||71||73||74||290||+10||T50|
|Tom Kite||United States||1992||76||71||72||75||294||+14||T82|
All ten former champions in the field made the cut.
Thursday, June 13, 1996
|T1||Woody Austin||United States||67||−3|
|Payne Stewart||United States|
|T3||Lee Janzen||United States||68||−2|
|John Morse||United States|
|T5||Paul Azinger||United States||69||−1|
|David Berganio, Jr.||United States|
|Stewart Cink||United States|
|Bob Ford||United States|
|Frank Nobilo||New Zealand|
|Gary Trivisonno||United States|
Friday, June 14, 1996
|1||Payne Stewart||United States||67-71=138||−2|
|T2||Woody Austin||United States||67-72=139||−1|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||72-67=139|
|T5||Ken Green||United States||73-67=140||E|
|Steve Jones||United States||74-66=140|
|Davis Love III||United States||71-69=140|
|Frank Nobilo||New Zealand||69-71=140|
|T10||Billy Andrade||United States||72-69=141||+1|
|David Berganio, Jr.||United States||69-72=141|
|John Cook||United States||70-71=141|
|John Daly||United States||72-69=141|
|Jim Furyk||United States||72-69=141|
|Neal Lancaster||United States||74-67=141|
|Scott Simpson||United States||70-71=141|
|Tom Watson||United States||70-71=141|
Saturday, June 15, 1996
|1||Tom Lehman||United States||71-72-65=208||−2|
|2||Steve Jones||United States||74-66-69=209||−1|
|T3||Davis Love III||United States||71-69-70=210||E|
|John Morse||United States||68-74-68=210|
|Frank Nobilo||New Zealand||69-71-70=210|
|T6||Woody Austin||United States||67-72-72=211||+1|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||72-67-72=211|
|Jim Furyk||United States||72-69-70=211|
Sunday, June 16, 1996
In the final pairing, Tom Lehman had a three-stroke lead over Steve Jones after eight holes, but bogeyed 10 and 12 and Jones led by two strokes with six holes remaining. Tied at the 18th tee, Lehman drove into a bunker and missed a 15-foot (4.5 m) putt to save par. Davis Love III made a charge, recording birdies at 11, 12, and 15; he bogeyed the final two holes, missing a 3-footer (0.9 m) for par at the last. Unlike Lehman and Love, Jones did not bogey the last; he hit his approach to 12 feet (3.7 m) and two-putted for par to prevail by one.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Steve Jones||United States||74-66-69-69=278||−2||425,000|
|T2||Tom Lehman||United States||71-72-65-71=279||−1||204,801|
|Davis Love III||United States||71-69-70-69=279|
|4||John Morse||United States||68-74-68-70=280||E||111,235|
|T5||Ernie Els||South Africa||72-67-72-70=281||+1||84,965|
|Jim Furyk||United States||72-69-70-70=281|
|T7||Ken Green||United States||73-67-72-70=282||+2||66,295|
|Scott Hoch||United States||73-71-71-67=282|
|T10||Lee Janzen||United States||68-75-71-69=283||+3||52,591|
Amateurs: Leen (+11), Kuehne (+13), Woods (+14), Scott (+21)
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- Sirak, Ron (June 17, 1996). "Virtual unknown Steve Jones tames 'The Monster'". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). Associated Press. p. 1B.
- Dorman, Larry (June 17, 1996). "Inspired Jones claims U.S. Open title". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). (New York Times). p. C1.
- Bonk, Thomas (June 17, 1996). "Stellar field humbled by a man named Jones". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 1B.
- Reilly, Rick (June 24, 1996). "Dear Mr. Hogan,". Sports Illustrated. p. 38.
- Parascenzo, Marino (June 17, 1996). "Steve who?". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. B-1.
- "1996 U.S. Open: Card of the course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 13, 1996. p. D-2.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1996 Open Championship