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The 1988 U.S. Open was the 88th U.S. Open, held June 16–20 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb southwest of Boston. Curtis Strange defeated Nick Faldo in an 18-hole playoff for the first of two consecutive U.S. Open titles.

1988 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
DatesJune 16–20, 1988
LocationBrookline, Massachusetts
Course(s)The Country Club
Composite Course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par71
Length7,010 yards (6,410 m)[1]
Field156 players, 65 after cut
Cut146 (+4)
Prize fund$1.0 miilion
Winner's share$180,000
Champion
United States Curtis Strange
278 (−6), playoff
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Final roundEdit

Strange took the 54-hole lead after a third-round 69, while Faldo was a stroke behind after a 68.[2] Strange and Faldo battled back-and-forth during the final round. Strange three-putted from 15 feet (4.6 m) on the 17th green to fall into a tie, then saved par from a greenside bunker on the 18th to force a Monday playoff.[3][4][5]

PlayoffEdit

In the playoff, Strange carried a one-stroke lead to the turn after birdies at the 4th and 7th holes. When Faldo bogeyed the 11th, the lead went to two, but Strange bogeyed the next hole to return it to one. Strange rebounded with a birdie on 13 and took a commanding three-shot lead when Faldo bogeyed. Faldo bogeyed three of his last four holes to card a 75, while Strange finished with an even-par 71 and a four-stroke victory.[1][6][7]

This was the third U.S. Open at The Country Club and all ended in playoffs. Julius Boros, age 43, defeated Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in 1963, and 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet prevailed over Britons Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in 1913.[3][8]

Strange successfully defended his title in 1989, the first to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Ben Hogan in 1950 and 1951.[9] Brooks Koepka became the first player since Strange to defend his title by winning the U.S. Open in 2017 at Erin Hills and again in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills.

Course layoutEdit

Composite Course

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 452 185 448 338 439 312 201 385 510 3,270 439 453 450 433 527 434 185 381 438 3,740 7,010
Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 35 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 71

Source:[10]

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Scott Simpson   United States 1987 69 66 72 74 281 −3 T6
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1984 73 72 71 66 282 −2 T8
Raymond Floyd   United States 1986 73 72 73 67 285 +1 T17
Hale Irwin   United States 1974, 1979 71 71 72 71 285 +1 T17
Tom Watson   United States 1982 74 71 69 75 289 +5 T36
Lee Trevino   United States 1968, 1971 73 73 73 71 290 +6 T40
David Graham   Australia 1981 77 69 74 71 291 +7 T47
Larry Nelson   United States 1983 78 67 80 72 297 +13 T62

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 74 73 147 +5
Gary Player   South Africa 1965 77 72 149 +7
Andy North   United States 1978, 1985 74 75 149 +7
Hubert Green   United States 1977 76 79 155 +13

Source:[11][12]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 16, 1988

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Bob Gilder   United States 68 −3
Sandy Lyle   Scotland
Mike Nicolette   United States
T4 Paul Azinger   United States 69 −2
Seve Ballesteros   Spain
Dick Mast   United States
Larry Mize   United States
Scott Simpson   United States
T9 Craig Stadler   United States 70 −1
Curtis Strange   United States
Lanny Wadkins   United States

Source:[13]

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 17, 1988

Defending champion Scott Simpson shot 66 (−5) to lead after 36 holes.[12]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Scott Simpson   United States 69-66=135 −7
2 Larry Mize   United States 69-67=136 −6
T3 Bob Gilder   United States 68-69=137 −5
Curtis Strange   United States 70-67=137
T5 Paul Azinger   United States 69-70=139 −3
Fred Couples   United States 72-67=139
Nick Faldo   England 72-67=139
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 68-71=139
T9 Jay Haas   United States 73-67=140 −2
D. A. Weibring   United States 71-69=140

Source:[12]

Amateurs: Mayfair (+1), Tolles (+14), Duncan (+15), Rintoul (+16)

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 18, 1988

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Curtis Strange   United States 70-67-69=206 −7
T2 Nick Faldo   England 72-67-68=207 −6
Bob Gilder   United States 68-69-70=207
Scott Simpson   United States 69-66-72=207
T5 Larry Mize   United States 69-67-72=208 −5
D. A. Weibring   United States 71-69-68=208
7 Mark O'Meara   United States 71-72-66=209 −4
8 Fred Couples   United States 72-67-71=210 −3
9 Lanny Wadkins   United States 70-71-70=211 −2
10 Ken Green   United States 72-70-70=212 −1

Source:[2]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 19, 1988

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Curtis Strange   United States 70-67-69-72=278 −6 Playoff
Nick Faldo   England 72-67-68-71=278
T3 Mark O'Meara   United States 71-72-66-71=280 −4 41,370
Steve Pate   United States 72-69-72-67=280
D. A. Weibring   United States 71-69-68-72=280
T6 Paul Azinger   United States 69-70-76-66=281 −3 25,414
Scott Simpson   United States 69-66-72-74=281
T8 Bob Gilder   United States 68-69-70-75=282 −2 20,903
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 73-72-71-66=282
T10 Fred Couples   United States 72-67-71-73=283 −1 17,870
Payne Stewart   United States 73-73-70-67=283

Source:[3][4][5]

Amateur: Billy Mayfair (+3)

ScorecardEdit

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4
  Strange −7 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6
  Faldo −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −6 −6 −6
  O'Meara −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4
  Pate +1 +1 +1 +1 +1 E −1 −1 −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −4
  Weibring −5 −4 −4 −5 −6 −6 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −4 −4
  Simpson −6 −6 −5 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −1 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3
  Gilder −5 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −2 −2 −3 −2 −2 −1 −2

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4][14]

PlayoffEdit

Monday, June 20, 1988

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Curtis Strange   United States 71 E 180,000
2 Nick Faldo   England 75 +4 90,000

ScorecardEdit

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

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey

Source:[6][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b White, Gordon S., Jr. (June 21, 1988). "Strange wins Open for dad". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (New York Times). p. C-1.
  2. ^ a b Boswell, Thomas (June 19, 1988). "Strange takes one-shot lead at 88th Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.
  3. ^ a b c Parascenzo, Marino (June 20, 1988). "Strange Open tied, playoff today". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11.
  4. ^ a b c Bunch, Ken (June 20, 1988). "Strange, Faldo gain Open playoff". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ a b Boswell, Thomas (June 20, 1988). "U.S. Open title waits another Day". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.
  6. ^ a b "Strange end to the Open comes at 13". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Los Angeles Times). June 21, 1988. p. 1D.
  7. ^ Reilly, Rick (June 27, 1988). "Strange finish". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1988". USGA. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "U.S. Open history: 1989". USGA. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "U.S. Open: hole-by-hole". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 21, 1988.
  11. ^ "1988 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c Bonk, Thomas (June 18, 1988). "Simpson's no prophet, leads Open". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1C.
  13. ^ Bonk, Thomas (June 17, 1988). "Gilder shares lead with Lyle and Nicolette". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Los Angeles Times). p. 1C.
  14. ^ "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved April 19, 2019.

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