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1987


Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson, 31, birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th holes of the final round to overtake Tom Watson and win the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Simpson's 71-68-70-68-277, three under par, was one stroke better than Watson, who shot 72-65-71-70-278. They were the only players to better par for the Championship. Seve Ballesteros finished third at 282, two over par and five strokes behind Simpson. Ben Crenshaw shot a 67 and held a one-stroke lead after the first day. Trailing him were six top foreign golfers and the defending U.S. Open Champion.

In second place at two-under par 68 were Ballesteros of Spain, Japan's Tommy Nakajima and 1986 Open Champion Raymond Floyd. Two strokes behind Crenshaw were South African Nick Price, Denis Watson of Zimbabwe and West German Bernhard Langer. Ten golfers posted scores of even-par 70. Tom Watson, who shot a second-round 65 and Mark Wiebe, who shot 67, share the 36-hole lead at three-under-par 137. They were two of 24 golfers who broke par for the round, tying a record set in the second round of the 1985 Open at Oakland Hills.

One stroke behind the leaders were Nakajima, Lanager, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Thorpe and John Cook. A record 77 golfers completed 36 holes within 10 strokes of the lead and made the cut at seven-over-par 147. For only the third time, however, no amateurs survived the cut. After a third-round 71, Watson held the lead by himself. One stroke behind were Simpson and Keith Clearwater, who fired a third-round 64, typing the record for a third round in the Open set by Crenshaw in 1981 and tying the course record set by Rives McBee in the 1966 Open.

Two strokes off the lead at even par was Lennie Clements, who shot a third consecutive 70. Wiebe shot 77 and fell out of contention. Early in the final round, the leaders played erratically, allowing nine golfers to be within one stroke of the lead at one point. Through 13 holes, however all but Simpson and Watson fell back and Watson led by one. Simpson caught Watson by sinking a five-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Watson, one group and one hole behind, birdied 14 at nearly the same instant that Simpson birdied 15.

Simpson took the lead when he holed a 15-footer at 16 for his third consecutive birdie. He finished his round by saving par from a greenside bunker at 17 and a two-putt at 18. Watson holed a six-foot par putt at 17 and needed a birdie at the 18th to force a playoff. His approach came to rest about 45 feet short of the hole. His birdie putt broke just before reaching the hole and came to rest six inches away. The USGA accepted a record 5,696 entry for the Championship.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 19

Best Finish - Winner 1987

Rds - 73

Cuts Made - 17

Top 3 - 2

Top 5 - 2

Top 10 - 4

Top 25 - 10

Avg. - 72.38

Scores In 60s - 14

Rds Under Par - 16

Earnings - $418,048.62