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1986


Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd, 43, shot a final round 66 to win the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York and became the oldest player ever to win the Championship. Floyd's 279, one under par, was two strokes better than Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck, who each shot 65 in the final round to finish at 281. Lee Trevino and Hal Sutton were at 282, three shots behind Floyd.

Bob Tway was the only player to equal par for the first round, which was played in cold rain and high winds. Tway led Greg Norman by one stroke and six golfers - Tom Watson, David Frost, Rick Fehr, Kenny Knox, Tsuneyuki Nakajima and Denis Watson - by two strokes. Under much better conditions, Norman shot 68 in the second round giving him a 36-hole total of 139 and a three-stroke lead over Trevino and Denis Watson. Tway slipped to a 73 and a fourth place tie with Tom Watson and Floyd, four behind Norman.

Danny Edwards missed the cut despite tying a U.S. Open record by playing the second nine in 30 strokes. Norman retained his lead after 54 holes, shooting 71 for 210, one stroke ahead of Trevino who shot 69 and Sutton who shot 66. Tway was alone in fourth place at 212. Floyd, Denis Watson, Payne Stewart and Mike Reid were at 213. Lennie Clements duplicated Edwards' feat of a day earlier when he shot 30 for the first nine. After three rounds, 14 players were within four strokes of the lead. The chase remained close throughout the final day.

After one hole, Trevino and Sutton had caught Norman, but the three of them faltered on the ensuing holes and Ben Crenshaw took a one-stroke lead with birdies on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth holes. When Crenshaw bogeyed the seventh, Mark McCumber gained the lead. At one time nine men shared the lead. Wadkins and Beck, playing well ahead of the leaders, posted one-over 72-hole totals of 281. Beck shot 30 on the second nine missing a three-foot putt on the 18th that would have given him a record 29).

Payne Stewart, with birdies on the 11th and 12th, took a two-stroke lead over Beck, Wadkins and Floyd, who also birdied 11. Floyd birdied while Stewart bogeyed the 13th and the two were tied for the lead. Floyd birdied the 16th to go under par for the first time in the Championship and parred in for the victory. The USGA accepted record 5,410 entries for the Championship.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 31

Best Finish - Winner 1986

Rds - 113

Cuts Made - 26

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 5

Top 25 - 16

Avg. - 72.85

Scores In 60s - 17

Rds Under Par - 23

Earnings -$275,098.79