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The 1970 U.S. Open was the 70th U.S. Open, held June 18–21 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Tony Jacklin shot under-par in all four rounds on his way to a seven-stroke victory and his only U.S. Open title, the second of his two major championships.[1][3][4] He was the first champion born in England since Cyril Walker in 1924.

1970 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 18–21, 1970
LocationChaska, Minnesota
Course(s)Hazeltine National Golf Club
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,151 yards (6,539 m)[1]
Field150 players, 73 after cut
Cut153 (+9)
Prize fund$195,700[2]
Winner's share$30,000
Champion
England Tony Jacklin
281 (−7)
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Chaska  is located in the United States
Chaska 
Chaska 
Location in the United States
Hazeltine National Golf Club is located in Minnesota
Hazeltine National Golf Club
Hazeltine National
Golf Club
Location in Minnesota

Jacklin led wire-to-wire and was hardly threatened throughout the championship. He took a four-shot lead over Dave Hill into the final round,[5][6] and despite bogeys at the 7th and 8th, made a long birdie putt at 9 to quell any talk of a collapse. Jacklin shot a third consecutive round of 70 and a 281 total, seven clear of the field and the only player under par.[7]

Opened eight years earlier, Hazeltine was hosting its first major championship, and reviews were less than positive. Runner-up Hill, when asked what the course lacked, said: "Eighty acres of corn and a few cows. They ruined a good farm when they built this course."[8] The course underwent significant renovations; when the U.S. Open returned twenty-one years later in 1991 it drew generally positive reviews, even from Hill. Hazeltine later hosted the PGA Championship twice (2002, 2009) and the Ryder Cup in 2016.

Jacklin's win was the first in the U.S. Open by a European in over forty years and the last for forty more, until Graeme McDowell won at Pebble Beach in 2010. The next win by an Englishman was three years later in 2013, Justin Rose at Merion.

Future major winners Ben Crenshaw (age 18) and John Mahaffey (age 22) tied for low amateur honors at 301 (+13), tied for 36th place. Just out of high school, Crenshaw was tied for eighth after each of the first two rounds.[9]

Contents

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Billy Casper   United States 1959, 1966 75 75 71 73 294 +6 T8
Lee Trevino   United States 1968 77 73 74 70 294 +6 T8
Julius Boros   United States 1952, 1963 73 75 70 77 295 +7 T12
Gene Littler   United States 1961 77 72 71 75 295 +7 T12
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 80 73 75 74 302 +14 T44
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967 81 72 75 76 304 +16 T49
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 79 74 75 77 305 +17 T54

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Tommy Bolt   United States 1958 80 74 154 +10
Orville Moody   United States 1969 79 77 156 +12

Source:[10][9][10][11]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 18, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Jacklin   England 71 −1
T2 Julius Boros   United States 73 +1
Chi-Chi Rodríguez   United States
Mason Rudolph   United States
T5 Dick Crawford   United States 74 +2
Tony Evans   United States
Bobby Mitchell   United States
T8 Al Balding   Canada 75 +3
Miller Barber   United States
Frank Beard   United States
Don Bies   United States
Gay Brewer   United States
Ben Crenshaw (a)   United States
Bruce Devlin   Australia
Al Geiberger   United States
Dave Hill   United States
Howie Johnson   United States
Bobby Nichols   United States
Larry Ziegler   United States

Source:[12][13]

(a) denotes amateur

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 19, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Jacklin   England 71-70=141 −3
2 Dave Hill   United States 75-69=144 E
T3 Dick Crawford   United States 74-71=145 +1
Randy Wolff   United States 78-67=145
5 Gay Brewer   United States 75-71=146 +2
T6 Bob Charles   New Zealand 76-71=147 +3
Howie Johnson   United States 75-72=147
T8 Frank Beard   United States 75-73=148 +4
Julius Boros   United States 73-75=148
Ben Crenshaw (a)   United States 75-73=148
Bunky Henry   United States 80-68=148
Bobby Nichols   United States 75-73=148
Mason Rudolph   United States 73-75=148
Larry Ziegler   United States 75-73=148

Source:[9][10][11]

(a) denotes amateur

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 20, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tony Jacklin   England 71-70-70=211 −5
2 Dave Hill   United States 75-69-71=215 −1
3 Gay Brewer   United States 75-71-71=217 +1
4 Julius Boros   United States 73-75-70=218 +2
5 Bob Lunn   United States 77-72-70=219 +3
T6 Gene Littler   United States 77-72-71=220 +4
Ken Still   United States 78-71-71=220
T8 Billy Casper   United States 75-75-71=221 +5
Dick Crawford   United States 74-71-76=221
Bruce Devlin   Australia 75-75-71=221
Raymond Floyd   United States 78-73-70=221
Mason Rudolph   United States 73-75-73=221
Randy Wolff   United States 78-67-76=221
Larry Ziegler   United States 75-73-73=221

Source:[5][6]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 21, 1970

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Tony Jacklin   England 71-70-70-70=281 −7 30,000
2 Dave Hill   United States 75-69-71-73=288 E 15,000
T3 Bob Charles   New Zealand 76-71-75-67=289 +1 9,000
Bob Lunn   United States 77-72-70-70=289
5 Ken Still   United States 78-71-71-71=291 +3 7,000
6 Miller Barber   United States 75-75-72-70=292 +4 6,000
7 Gay Brewer   United States 75-71-71-76=293 +5 5,000
T8 Billy Casper   United States 75-75-71-73=294 +6 3,325
Bruce Devlin   Australia 75-75-71-73=294
Lee Trevino   United States 77-73-74-70=294
Larry Ziegler   United States 75-73-73-73=294

Source:[1][3][4][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Jacklin wins national Open golf title". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Associated Press. June 21, 1970. p. 22.
  2. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1970". USGA. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Husar, John (June 22, 1970). "Jacklin wins U.S. Open by 7 strokes". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  4. ^ a b "Britain's Jacklin claims Open 'grocery money'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 22, 1970. p. 3B.
  5. ^ a b "Hill ignores hecklers to remain on Jacklin's heels". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 21, 1970. p. 1B.
  6. ^ a b Husar, John (June 21, 1970). "Jacklin ups lead in U.S. Open to 4; cards 70 for 211". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 29, 1970). "Tony's a shark at pasture pool". Sports Illustrated: 14.
  8. ^ Mulvoy, Mark (August 10, 1970). "Plain Words at Westchester". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
  9. ^ a b c "Jacklin widens lead, scathing Hill second". Eugene Register-Guard (location=(Oregon). Associated Press. June 20, 1970. p. 2B.
  10. ^ a b c "U.S. Open scoring (second round)". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 20, 1970. p. 12.
  11. ^ a b Husar, John (June 20, 1970). "Jacklin still in Open lead". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 2.
  12. ^ Husar, John (June 19, 1970). "Jacklin's 71 leads Open by 2 shots". Chicago Tribune. p. 1, sec. 3.
  13. ^ "Jacklin breaks par to take Open edge". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. June 19, 1970. p. 2B.
  14. ^ "1970 Results for U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 4, 2013.

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