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The 1991 U.S. Open was the 91st U.S. Open, held June 13–17 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, a suburb southwest of Minneapolis. Payne Stewart defeated 1987 champion Scott Simpson in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win the first of his two U.S. Open titles.[2] It was the second of Stewart's three major championships.

1991 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
DatesJune 13–17, 1991
LocationChaska, Minnesota
Course(s)Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,149 yards (6,537 m)[1]
Field156 players, 65 after cut
Cut147 (+3)
Prize fund$1.3 million
Winner's share$235,000
Champion
United States Payne Stewart
282 (−6), playoff
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Stewart held the lead through each of the first three rounds, but in the final round he found himself trailing Simpson by a stroke heading to the 18th. Simpson hit his drive into the rough and could only manage a bogey to Stewart's par, forcing an 18-hole playoff. Both players shot a final-round 72 to finish at 282 total, three shots clear of Larry Nelson and Fred Couples. In the playoff, Simpson led by two-strokes heading to the 16th. He then bogeyed the hole, however, while Stewart made birdie to even up the contest. At the par-3 17th, Simpson found the water on his tee shot and recorded another bogey, giving Stewart a one-shot advantage. Simpson then made bogey on the 18th while Stewart made a par, giving Stewart a two-stroke win and the championship.[3] Stewart's winning score in the playoff of 75 was the highest since Tommy Armour won with a 76 in 1927.[4]

Play was interrupted during the first round due to a severe thunderstorm. Six people were struck by lightning while seeking shelter near the 11th tee, and one person was killed.[5]

1991 marked the final U.S. Open appearance for two-time champion Lee Trevino. Phil Mickelson won low-amateur honors for the second consecutive year, finishing in 55th place.

This was the second U.S. Open at Hazeltine; the first was in 1970. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 2002 and 2009.

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 440 435 580 194 412 405 518 166 432 3,582 410 556 432 204 357 590 384 182 452 3,567 7,149
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Source:[1]
Previous course length for major championships

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 70 68 72 72 282 −6 2
Larry Nelson   United States 1983 73 72 72 68 285 −3 T3
Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 1984 72 73 74 67 286 −2 5
Raymond Floyd   United States 1986 73 72 76 68 289 +1 T8
Hale Irwin   United States 1974, 1979, 1990 71 75 70 74 290 +2 T11
Tom Watson   United States 1982 73 71 77 70 291 +3 T16
Andy North   United States 1978, 1985 71 71 77 76 295 +7 T37
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
70 76 77 74 297 +9 T46
David Graham   Australia 1981 74 71 80 77 302 +14 60

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lee Trevino   United States 1968, 1971 77 72 149 +5
Curtis Strange   United States 1988, 1989 77 74 151 +7
Jerry Pate   United States 1976 78 74 152 +8

Source:[6]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, June 13, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Nolan Henke   United States 67 −5
Payne Stewart   United States
3 Tom Byrum   United States 68 −4
T4 Mark Calcavecchia   United States 69 −3
Scott Hoch   United States
Brian Kamm   United States
T7 Keith Clearwater   United States 70 −2
Fred Couples   United States
Jim Gallagher, Jr.   United States
David Jackson   United States
Davis Love III   United States
Jack Nicklaus   United States
Craig Parry   Australia
Peter Persons   United States
Scott Simpson   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, June 14, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Payne Stewart   United States 67-70=137 −7
T2 Nolan Henke   United States 67-71=138 −6
Corey Pavin   United States 71-67=138
Scott Simpson   United States 70-68=138
T5 Fred Couples   United States 70-70=140 −4
Scott Hoch   United States 69-71=140
Craig Stadler   United States 71-69=140
T8 Jodie Mudd   United States 71-70=141 −3
Ian Woosnam   Wales 73-68=141
T10 Rodger Davis   Australia 74-68=142 −2
Jim Gallagher, Jr.   United States 70-72=142
Ed Humenik   United States 72-70=142
Brian Kamm   United States 69-73=142
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 72-70=142
Andy North   United States 71-71=142

Amateurs: Mickelson (+1), Doyle (+6), Gorgone (+7), Lee (+14).

Third roundEdit

Saturday, June 15, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Scott Simpson   United States 70-68-72=210 −6
Payne Stewart   United States 67-70-73=210
T3 Scott Hoch   United States 69-71-74=214 −2
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 74-69-71=214
T5 Fred Couples   United States 70-70-75=215 −1
Nolan Henke   United States 67-71-77=215
Brian Kamm   United States 69-73-73=215
T8 Rick Fehr   United States 74-69-73=216 E
Hale Irwin   United States 71-75-70=216
Sandy Lyle   Scotland 72-70-74=216
Craig Parry   Australia 70-73-73=216

Final roundEdit

Sunday, June 16, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Payne Stewart   United States 67-70-73-72=282 −6 Playoff
Scott Simpson   United States 70-68-72-72=282
T3 Fred Couples   United States 70-70-75-70=285 −3 62,574
Larry Nelson   United States 73-72-72-68=285
5 Fuzzy Zoeller   United States 72-73-74-67=286 −2 41,542
6 Scott Hoch   United States 69-71-74-73=287 −1 36,090
7 Nolan Henke   United States 67-71-77-73=288 E 32,176
T8 Raymond Floyd   United States 73-72-76-68=289 +1 26,958
José María Olazábal   Spain 73-71-75-70=289
Corey Pavin   United States 71-67-79-72=289

Amateur: Phil Mickelson (+12)

Source:[7]

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 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4
  Stewart −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6
  Simpson −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −7 −6
  Couples −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3
  Nelson +1 +1 +1 E E −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3
  Zoeller +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E E E E E −1 −1 −1 −1 −2
  Hoch −1 −1 −1 −1 E +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 E E E −1 −1 E −1 −1
  Price −1 E E +1 +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 +1 E +1 +1 +2 +3 +3 +4 +4

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[8]

PlayoffEdit

Monday, June 17, 1991

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Payne Stewart   United States 75 +3 235,000
2 Scott Simpson   United States 77 +5 117,500

ScorecardEdit

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

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey

Source:[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Hazeltine National Golf Club: course". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. June 13, 1991. p. C5.
  2. ^ Reilly, Rick (June 24, 1991). "Payne free at last". Sports Illustrated. p. 24.
  3. ^ GOLF; Stewart Captures Open as Simpson Falters Again
  4. ^ a b Florence, Mal (June 18, 1991). "U.S. Open: Stewart shows the finishing touch". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Schumacher, John (June 14, 1991). "Storm hits quickly and tragically in 1st round". Milwaukee Journal. p. C1.
  6. ^ "1991 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "1991 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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