1990 U.S. Open (golf)

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1990 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–18, 1990
LocationMedinah, Illinois
Course(s)Medinah Country Club,
Course No. 3
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length7,195 yards (6,579 m)
Field156 players, 68 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Prize fund$1,200,000
Winner's share$220,000
United States Hale Irwin
280 (–8), playoff
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1990 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 14–18, 1990
LocationMedinah, Illinois
Course(s)Medinah Country Club,
Course No. 3
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length7,195 yards (6,579 m)
Field156 players, 68 after cut
Cut145 (+1)
Prize fund$1,200,000
Winner's share$220,000
United States Hale Irwin
280 (–8), playoff
Medinah CC is located in United States
Medinah CC
Medinah CC
Location in the United States

The 1990 U.S. Open was the 90th U.S. Open, held June 14–18 at Course No. 3 of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Hale Irwin became the oldest U.S. Open champion by defeating Mike Donald at the 91st hole, the first in sudden-death, after the two tied in the 18-hole Monday playoff. It was Irwin's third U.S. Open title, with previous wins in 1974 and 1979.[1] Implemented decades earlier, it was the first use of sudden-death in the U.S. Open; the last tie in a playoff was in 1946. Sudden death was needed again in 1994 and 2008.

It was the third U.S. Open at Medinah, which previously hosted in 1949 and 1975. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006, and the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Irwin was without a PGA Tour win in five years and 11 years removed from his last U.S. Open victory in 1979; he received a special exemption from the USGA to enter the tournament. Irwin began the final round in a tie for 20th place, four strokes back of leaders Billy Ray Brown and Donald. Playing well ahead of the leaders, Irwin fired a round of 67, which included a 45-foot (14 m) birdie putt at the 72nd hole. After the putt dropped, he provided the championship with its enduring image as he took a "victory lap" around the green, high-fiving spectators.[2] Irwin, however, had not won the championship yet as there were still golfers on the course with a chance to overtake him. Donald made par saves from 35 feet (11 m) on the 12th and from 15 feet (5 m) on the 14th before making bogey at the 16th. A two-putt par on the last tied him with Irwin, forcing an 18-hole Monday playoff. Brown and Nick Faldo finished a stroke out of the playoff in a tie for third place.

In the playoff, Donald took a two-shot lead to the 16th tee. Needing a birdie, Irwin responded with a brilliant 2-iron approach and got within one. After both players parred the 17th, Irwin made par at the last, giving Donald a chance to win the championship. His par putt, however, narrowly slid by, implementing sudden-death for the first time in U.S. Open history. (Previous playoff ties went on to play additional full rounds, the last of which was in 1946.) Irwin needed just one more hole, recording a birdie at the par-4 1st to win the championship.

At 45 years and 15 days, Irwin became the oldest winner of the U.S. Open, surpassing the record set in 1986 by Raymond Floyd by fifteen months. Through 2012, Irwin remains the oldest winner.

Curtis Strange attempted to win his third consecutive U.S. Open; he began the final round just two off the lead, but a final round 75 dropped him back to 21st place. Amateurs Phil Mickelson and David Duval made their major championship debuts, finishing in 29th and 56th place, respectively.

Scoring conditions were ideal throughout the week, with a record 39 under-par rounds in the first round and 47 in the second. A total of 28 players finished the tournament under-par, a new U.S. Open record.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) wonR1R2R3R4TotalTo parFinish
Hale Irwin United States1974, 197969707467280–81
Fuzzy Zoeller United States198473706873284–4T8
Larry Nelson United States198374676975285–3T14
Scott Simpson United States198766737373285–3T14
Curtis Strange United States1988, 198973706875286–2T21
Jack Nicklaus United States1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
Andy North United States1978, 198574717176292+4T51
David Graham Australia198172737479298+1064

Missed the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) wonR1R2TotalTo par
Hubert Green United States19777177148+4
Tom Watson United States19827475149+5
Raymond Floyd United States19867777154+10


Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 14, 1990

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Scott Simpson United States66–6
Tim Simpson United States
Jeff Sluman United States
T4Mike Donald United States67–5
Steve Jones United States
T6Mark Brooks United States68–4
John Huston United States
T8Emlyn Aubrey United States69–3
Billy Ray Brown United States
Hale Irwin United States
Bob Tway United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 15, 1990

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
1Tim Simpson United States66-69=135–9
2Jeff Sluman United States66-70=136–8
3Mike Donald United States67-70=137–7
4Mark Brooks United States68-70=138–6
T5Hale Irwin United States69-70=139–5
Scott Simpson United States66-73=139
T7Billy Ray Brown United States69-71=140–4
Jim Gallagher, Jr. United States71-69=140
John Huston United States68-72=140
Ian Woosnam Wales70-70=140

Amateurs: Duval (E), Mickelson (+1).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 16, 1990

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Billy Ray Brown United States69-71-69=209–7
Mike Donald United States67-70-72=209
T3Mark Brooks United States68-70-72=210–6
Larry Nelson United States74-67-69=210
Tim Simpson United States66-69-75=210
Jeff Sluman United States66-70-74=210
T7Larry Mize United States72-70-69=211–5
José María Olazábal Spain73-69-69=211
Craig Parry Australia72-71-68=211
Mike Reid United States70-73-68=211
Curtis Strange United States73-70-68=211
Fuzzy Zoeller United States73-70-68=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 17, 1990

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
1Hale Irwin United States69-70-74-67=280–8Playoff
Mike Donald United States67-70-72-71=280
T3Billy Ray Brown United States69-71-69-72=281–756,878
Nick Faldo England72-72-68-69=281
T5Mark Brooks United States68-70-72-73=283–533,271
Greg Norman Australia72-73-69-69=283
Tim Simpson United States66-69-75-73=283
T8Scott Hoch United States70-73-69-72=284–422,236
Steve Jones United States67-76-74-67=284
José María Olazábal Spain73-69-69-73=284
Tom Sieckmann United States70-74-68-72=284
Craig Stadler United States71-70-72-71=284
Fuzzy Zoeller United States73-70-68-73=284

Amateurs: Phil Mickelson (E), David Duval (+5).


Monday, June 18, 1990

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
1Hale Irwin United States38-36=74+2220,000
2Mike Donald United States37-37=74+2110,000


Hole 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 101112131415161718
United States IrwinEEEE+1+1+1+1+2+2+3+4+4+3+3+2+2+2
United States Donald–1EE+1+1+2+2+2+1+1+2+2+2+1+1+1+1+2
Sudden-death Playoff
United States Irwin–1
United States Donaldx



  1. ^ Swift, E.M. (June 25, 1990). "Hail, Irwin". Sports Illustrated. p. 16. 
  2. ^ "The 10 Best Duels in U.S. Open History". Golf.com. Archived from the original on May 8, 2009. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1990 U.S. Open". databasegolf.com. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (June 19, 1990). "Irwin's dream indeed comes true". Toledo Blade. p. 23. 
  5. ^ "Irwin revises U.S. Open history". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 19, 1990. p. C1. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Open - playoff cards". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. June 19, 1990. p. C4. 

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Preceded by
1990 Masters
Major ChampionshipsSucceeded by
1990 Open Championship

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