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The 1983 U.S. Open was the 83rd U.S. Open, held June 16–20 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, a suburb northeast of Pittsburgh. Larry Nelson won the second of his three major titles, and only U.S. Open, one stroke ahead of defending champion Tom Watson.[2][3][4][5]

1983 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 16–20, 1983
LocationOakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Oakmont Country Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length6,972 yards (6,375 m)[1]
Field155 players, 71 after cut
Cut151 (+9)
Prize fund$500,000
Winner's share$72,000
Champion
United States Larry Nelson
280 (−4)
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Watson and Seve Ballesteros shared the 54-hole lead, with Nelson a stroke back. Nelson was 7-over for the championship after four holes in his third round, but then played the final fourteen holes on Saturday in 7-under to get to even-par 213, one shot behind the co-leaders. Watson was attempting to become the first to successfully defend a U.S. Open title in over thirty years, last achieved by Ben Hogan in 1951.

In the final round, Watson opened with a front-nine 31 to open up a three-stroke lead over Nelson, who shot 33. Nelson tied Watson with a birdie at 14 after Watson had bogeyed 10 and 12. A storm came through Oakmont around 5:30 p.m., which postponed play to the following morning. Watson was on the 14th green, Nelson on the 16th tee, tied at four-under for the championship.[6]

On Monday morning, Nelson holed a 62-foot (19 m) birdie putt at the par-3 16th, but then three-putted at the 18th for bogey.[5] Nelson finished at four-under 280 total and waited for Watson. After he failed to save a par from a bunker at the 17th, Watson was one stroke behind Nelson. Watson needed a birdie at 18 to tie but his approach flew over the green. Nelson became the winner when Watson failed to hole out his chip shot.

Nelson established a new tournament record with 132 strokes over the last 36 holes, breaking Gene Sarazen's 51-year-old mark. It was the second consecutive runner-up finish at Oakmont for Watson, who lost a sudden-death playoff to John Mahaffey five years earlier at the PGA Championship in 1978.

Arnold Palmer made his last cut in a U.S. Open here and tied for 60th place.[7] He played the Open just once more, in 1994 when he was granted a special exemption when it returned to Oakmont. Future major champion Paul Azinger made his major championship debut but missed the cut. Johnny Miller, the champion when the Open was last played at Oakmont in 1973, battled health issues,[8][9] and also missed the cut.

This was the sixth U.S. Open at Oakmont, and ninth major championship. Ticket prices were $24 per day, cash only;[10] practice days were $14.[11]

Contents

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 469 343 425 561 379 201 434 240 480 3,532 462 371 603 185 360 453 228 322 456 3,440 6,972
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Source:[1]

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Before 1962, the first hole was played as a par 5.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Tom Watson   United States 1982 72 70 70 69 281 −3 2
David Graham   Australia 1981 74 75 73 69 291 +7 T8
Andy North   United States 1978 73 71 72 76 292 +8 T10
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 73 74 76 71 294 +10 T20
Hale Irwin   United States 1974, 1979 72 76 75 76 299 +15 T39
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
73 74 77 76 300 +16 T43
Lou Graham   United States 1975 71 77 78 76 302 +18 T50
Arnold Palmer   United States 1960 74 75 78 76 303 +19 T60
Hubert Green   United States 1977 74 74 76 79 303 +19 T60

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Jerry Pate   United States 1976 78 74 152 +10
Johnny Miller   United States 1973 78 76 154 +12

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 16, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69 −2
John Mahaffey   United States
Bob Murphy   United States
4 Bruce Devlin   Australia 70 −1
T5 Lou Graham   United States 71 E
Bobby Wadkins   United States
D. A. Weibring   United States
T8 Jim Booros   United States 72 +1
Frank Conner   United States
Raymond Floyd   United States
Hale Irwin   United States
Jim Nelford   Canada
Nick Price   Zimbabwe
Joey Rassett   United States
Lanny Wadkins   United States
Tom Watson   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 17, 1983
Saturday, June 18, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Mahaffey   United States 69-72=141 −1
Joey Rassett   United States 72-69=141
T3 Raymond Floyd   United States 72-70=142 E
Tom Watson   United States 72-70=142
T5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-74=143 +1
Calvin Peete   United States 75-68=143
Hal Sutton   United States 73-70=143
T8 Andy North   United States 73-71=144 +2
David Ogrin   United States 75-69=144
Scott Simpson   United States 73-71=144

Amateurs: Faxon (+8), Sherman (+9), Sigel (+13), Lewis (+15), Rinker (+15), Moise (+18), McNamara (+19), Taylor (+21), Farlow (+23).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 18, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-74-69=212 −1
Tom Watson   United States 72-70-70=212
T3 Larry Nelson   United States 75-73-65=213 E
Calvin Peete   United States 75-68-70=213
5 Raymond Floyd   United States 72-70-72=214 +1
6 Gil Morgan   United States 73-72-70=215 +2
T7 Andy North   United States 73-71-72=216 +3
Hal Sutton   United States 73-70-73=216
T9 Ralph Landrum   United States 75-73-69=217 +4
Roger Maltbie   United States 76-72-69=217
Scott Simpson   United States 73-71-73=217

Source:[12]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 19, 1983
Monday, June 20, 1983

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Nelson   United States 75-73-65-67=280 −4 72,000
2 Tom Watson   United States 72-70-70-69=281 −3 44,000
3 Gil Morgan   United States 73-72-70-68=283 −1 29,000
T4 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 69-74-69-74=286 +2 17,968
Calvin Peete   United States 75-68-70-73=286
6 Hal Sutton   United States 73-70-73-71=287 +3 13,254
7 Lanny Wadkins   United States 72-73-74-69=288 +4 12,088
T8 David Graham   Australia 74-75-73-69=291 +7 10,711
Ralph Landrum   United States 75-73-69-74=291
T10 Chip Beck   United States 73-74-74-71=292 +8 8,976
Andy North   United States 73-71-72-76=292
Craig Stadler   United States 76-74-73-69=292

Source:[4][7]

Amateurs: Brad Faxon (+18), Sherman (+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 4 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
  Nelson E E −1 −1 −1 −2 −3 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4
  Watson −1 −2 −3 −4 −4 −5 −4 −5 −6 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3
  Morgan +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +3 +2 +2 +1 E E E E −1 −1 −1
  Ballesteros −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 −1 E E +1 +1 +1 +2 +3 +3 +2
  Peete +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 E E E +1 +2 +2 +2
  Sutton +3 +3 +4 +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +1 +3 +3 +4 +3 +2 +1 +2 +2 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[4][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Yardage, par at Oakmont". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 16, 1983. p. 22.
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (June 27, 1983). "Lord, Nelson was tougher than the iron men". Sports Illustrated. p. 28.
  3. ^ Kienzl, Ray (June 20, 1983). "Nelson beats out Watson by a stroke". Pittsburgh Press. p. 1, special section.
  4. ^ a b c Parascenzo, Marino (June 21, 1983). "Longshot Nelson wins by one long shot". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21.
  5. ^ a b White, Gordon S., Jr. (June 21, 1983). "Nelson wins Open by 1 on 62-foot birdie putt". New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (June 20, 1983). "Rain leaves Nelson, Watson tied". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
  7. ^ a b "1983 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Miller may be forced to sideline by surgery". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. staff and wire reports. June 15, 1983. p. 17.
  9. ^ Sherrod, Blackie (June 21, 1983). "Miller's Open final-day 63 long will be remembered". Tuscaloosa News. (Alabama). (Dallas Times Herald). p. 21.
  10. ^ "Facts and figures". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 17, 1983. p. 15.
  11. ^ "Facts and figures". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 1983. p. 17.
  12. ^ "It's a battle of the best at U.S. Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. wire services. June 19, 1983. p. 1B.
  13. ^ "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved April 24, 2019.

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