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1985


Andy North

Andy North, 35, shot a final round 74 to win his second U.S. Open title at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan. The win makes North, who was the 1978 Open champion, the 15th player to win the Championship more than once. His total of 279, one under par, was one stroke better than that of Tze-Chung Chen, Denis Watson and Dave Barr. Lanny Wadkins, Payne Stewart and Severiano Ballesteros tied for fifth at 281. Chen recorded the first double-eagle in U.S. Open history on the second hole of the first round on his way to a course-record 65, one stroke better than Fred Couples. Five players were tied for third at one-under-par 69. Chen, 26, shot 69 in the second round to retain his one-stroke advantage; it was one of a record 24 sub-par rounds on the second day. His two-round total of 134 tied the Open record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. North, who shot 65, moved into a second place tie at 135 with Jay Haas, who shot 66. Rick Fehr was fourth at 136, two shots behind Chen. Watson, who also shot a round of 65, was three strokes off the lead. Chen tied another Open record the following day with another 69. His 54-hole total of 203 matched that of George Burns in 19981. Chen was two strokes ahead of North who shot 70. The rest of the field had fallen back. Barr was in third place, five strokes behind Chen. Chen built his lead to four strokes after just two holes of the final round and maintained his lead until the fifth hole. There Chen took a "double-par" eight, including a double-hit, and slipped to four under par, even with North. North opened a two-stroke lead over Barr and Stewart after eight holes but bogeyed the 9th, 10th and 11th to fall one stroke behind Barr who had birdied the 12th. North, Chen and Barr shared the lead after Chen birdied the 12th, North birdied the 13th and Barr bogeyed the 13th. Chen and Barr each bogeyed two of the remaining holes to finish at even par. North, who saved par on the 17th from the right greenside bunker, held a two-stroke lead as he played the 18th. North bogeyed the hole and won the Championship. Scott Verplank, the 1984 Amateur Champion, shot two rounds of 69 and was the low amateur at 289. Nicklaus missed the cut, breaking his string of 21 consecutive Opens in which he had played 72 holes. The USGA accepted record 5,274 entries for the Championship.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 21

Best Finish - Winner 1978 & '85

Rds - 66

Cuts Made - 12

Top 3 - 2

Top 5 - 2

Top 10 - 4

Top 25 - 8

Avg. - 73.17

Scores In 60s - 5

Rds Under Par - 12

Earnings - $203,568.88