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The 1979 U.S. Open was the 79th U.S. Open, held June 14–17, at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Hale Irwin won his second U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of former champions Jerry Pate and Gary Player.[2][3]

1979 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–17, 1979
LocationToledo, Ohio
Course(s)Inverness Club
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,982 yards (6,384 m)[1]
Field153 players, 63 after cut
Cut151 (+9)
Winner's share$50,000
Champion
United States Hale Irwin
284 (E)
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Inverness Club is located in the United States
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Location in the United States

Hale Irwin, the 1974 champion, held a three-stroke lead over Tom Weiskopf going to the final round. Irwin did not play particularly well, recording bogeys at 11, 14, and 18, and a double-bogey at 17. His final-round 75 tied the post-World War II tournament record for highest final round score by the champion. Jerry Pate, the 1976 champion, began the day five behind Irwin and carded a 72 to finish two back. 1965 champion Gary Player, nine behind at the start of the round, fired a 68 to tie Pate for 2nd. Weiskopf struggled on his way to a 76 and finished in 4th.

During the first round a mini controversy sprung up when Lon Hinkle purposefully hit his tee shot on the par 5 8th hole on to the fairway of hole 17, dramatically shortening the hole by cutting off the dogleg. Hinkle reached the green in two with an iron, two putted for birdie and shared the first-round lead. USGA officials were not pleased by Hinkle's ingenuity and the following morning planted a tree off the side of the 8th tee so that players would not be able to take Hinkle's shortcut again.[4]

Player's runner-up finish was his final top-10 in a U.S. Open. Fred Couples, age 19, played in his first major championship and was low amateur.

This was the fourth U.S. Open at Inverness, which hosted in 1920, 1931, and 1957. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 1986 and 1993.

Course layoutEdit

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 398 385 185 446 401 220 452 528 420 3,455 363 378 167 523 448 458 405 431 354 3,527 6,982
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 35 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 36 71

Source:[5]

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Hale Irwin   United States 1974 74 68 67 75 284 E 1
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 73 73 72 68 286 +2 T2
Jerry Pate   United States 1976 71 74 69 72 286 +2 T2
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967, 1972 74 77 72 68 291 +7 T9
Andy North   United States 1978 77 74 68 74 293 +9 T11
Lee Trevino   United States 1968, 1971 77 73 73 72 295 +11 T19
Hubert Green   United States 1977 74 77 73 72 296 +12 24
Lou Graham   United States 1975 70 75 77 75 297 +13 T25
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 76 73 75 81 305 +21 T59

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Johnny Miller   United States 1973 74 78 152 +10
Gene Littler   United States 1961 79 74 153 +11

Source:[6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 14, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Andy Bean   United States 70 −1
Keith Fergus   United States
Lou Graham   United States
Lon Hinkle   United States
Tom Purtzer   United States
T6 Jim Colbert   United States 71 E
John Cook (a)   United States
Larry Nelson   United States
Jerry Pate   United States
Dana Quigley   United States
Bill Rogers   United States
Tom Weiskopf   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 15, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Larry Nelson   United States 71-68=139 −3
Tom Purtzer   United States 70-69=139
3 Hale Irwin   United States 74-68=142 E
4 Bill Rogers   United States 71-72=143 +1
T5 Jim Colbert   United States 71-74=145 +3
Lou Graham   United States 70-75=145
Jerry Pate   United States 71-74=145
Ed Sneed   United States 72-73=145
Dave Stockton   United States 75-70=145
Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-74=145

Amateurs: Couples (+8), Rassett (+8), Cook (+9), Britton (+11), Clampett (+11), Ogrin (+13), McGough (+16), Gusmus (+18), Inskeep (+21), Kemp (+21), Peddy (+21), Rentz (+21), Clements (+22), Nordling (+24), Taylor (+26), Marrello (WD).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 16, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hale Irwin   United States 74-68-67=209 −4
2 Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-74-67=212 −1
T3 Jerry Pate   United States 71-74-69=214 +1
Tom Purtzer   United States 70-69-75=214
T5 Lee Elder   United States 74-72-69=215 +2
Larry Nelson   United States 71-68-76=215
T7 Bob Gilder   United States 77-70-69=216 +3
David Graham   Australia 73-73-70=216
Bill Rogers   United States 71-72-73=216
T10 Andy Bean   United States 70-76-71=217 +4
Al Geiberger   United States 74-74-69=217
Bob E. Smith   United States 77-71-69=217
Bobby Walzel   United States 74-72-71=217

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 17, 1979

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Hale Irwin   United States 74-68-67-75=284 E 50,000
T2 Jerry Pate   United States 71-74-69-72=286 +2 22,250
Gary Player   South Africa 73-73-72-68=286
T4 Larry Nelson   United States 71-68-76-73=288 +4 13,733
Bill Rogers   United States 71-72-73-72=288
Tom Weiskopf   United States 71-74-67-76=288
7 David Graham   Australia 73-73-70-73=289 +5 10,000
8 Tom Purtzer   United States 70-69-75-76=290 +6 9,000
T9 Keith Fergus   United States 70-77-72-72=291 +7 7,500
Jack Nicklaus   United States 74-77-72-68=291

Amateurs: Fred Couples (+18), John Cook (+20), Joey Rassett (+20).

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 4
  Irwin −4 −5 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −1 E
  Pate +1 E −1 −1 +1 +1 +1 +1 +3 +2 +2 +2 +3 +2 +2 +2 +3 +2
  Player +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +5 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +4 +4 +4 +3 +2

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golf: U.S. Open finish". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 18, 1979. p. 21.
  2. ^ a b "A bit of a tussle, but hearty at the end". Toledo Blade. Ohio. June 18, 1979. p. 13.
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 25, 1979). "Up a tree in Toledo". Sports Illustrated. p. 20.
  4. ^ Raley, DAn (May 18, 2001). "Hinkle linked to tree for 25 years". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  5. ^ "Inverness statistics". Toledo Blade. June 14, 1979. p. 40.
  6. ^ "U.S. Open scores - second round". Milwaukee Sentinel. June 16, 1982. p. 8-part 2.

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