1991 U.S. Open (golf)

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1991 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 13–17, 1991
LocationChaska, Minnesota
Course(s)Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length7,149 yards (6,537 m)[1]
Field156 players, 65 after cut
Cut147 (+3)
Prize fund$1.3 million
Winner's share$235,000
United States Payne Stewart
282 (–6), playoff
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1991 U.S. Open
Tournament information
DatesJune 13–17, 1991
LocationChaska, Minnesota
Course(s)Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Length7,149 yards (6,537 m)[1]
Field156 players, 65 after cut
Cut147 (+3)
Prize fund$1.3 million
Winner's share$235,000
United States Payne Stewart
282 (–6), playoff
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club is located in United States
Hazeltine NationalGolf Club
Hazeltine National
Golf Club
Location in the United States

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.

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]

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.

Course layout[edit]


Previous course length for major championships

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) wonR1R2R3R4TotalTo parFinish
Scott Simpson United States198770687272282–62
Larry Nelson United States198373727268285–3T3
Fuzzy Zoeller United States198472737467286–25
Raymond Floyd United States198673727668289+1T8
Hale Irwin United States1974, 1979, 199071757074290+2T11
Tom Watson United States198273717770291+3T16
Andy North United States1978, 198571717776295+7T37
Jack Nicklaus United States1962, 1967,
1972, 1980
David Graham Australia198174718077302+1460

Missed the cut[edit]

PlayerCountryYear(s) won
Curtis Strange United States1988, 1989
Jerry Pate United States1976
Lee Trevino United States1968, 1971

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 13, 1991

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Nolan Henke United States67–5
Payne Stewart United States
3Tom Byrum United States68–4
T4Mark Calcavecchia United States69–3
Scott Hoch United States
Brian Kamm United States
T7Keith Clearwater United States70–2
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 round[edit]

Friday, June 14, 1991

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
1Payne Stewart United States67-70=137–7
T3Nolan Henke United States67-71=138–6
Corey Pavin United States71-67=138
Scott Simpson United States70-68=138
T5Fred Couples United States70-70=140–4
Scott Hoch United States69-71=140
Craig Stadler United States71-69=140
T8Jodie Mudd United States71-70=141–3
Ian Woosnam Wales73-68=141
T10Rodger Davis Australia74-68=142–2
Jim Gallagher, Jr. United States70-72=142
Ed Humenik United States72-70=142
Brian Kamm United States69-73=142
Sandy Lyle Scotland72-70=142
Andy North United States71-71=142

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

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 15, 1991

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo par
T1Scott Simpson United States70-68-72=210–6
Payne Stewart United States67-70-73=210
T3Scott Hoch United States69-71-74=214–2
Nick Price Zimbabwe74-69-71=214
T5Fred Couples United States70-70-75=215–1
Nolan Henke United States67-71-77=215
Brian Kamm United States69-73-73=215
T8Rick Fehr United States74-69-73=216E
Hale Irwin United States71-75-70=216
Sandy Lyle Scotland72-70-74=216
Craig Parry Australia70-73-73=216

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 16, 1991

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
T1Payne Stewart United States67-70-73-72=282–6Playoff
Scott Simpson United States70-68-72-72=282
T3Fred Couples United States70-70-75-70=285–362,574
Larry Nelson United States73-72-72-68=285
5Fuzzy Zoeller United States72-73-74-67=286–241,542
6Scott Hoch United States69-71-74-73=287–136,090
7Nolan Henke United States67-71-77-73=288E32,176
T8Raymond Floyd United States73-72-76-68=289+126,958
José María Olazábal Spain73-71-75-70=289
Corey Pavin United States71-67-79-72=289

Amateur: Phil Mickelson (+12)



Monday, June 17, 1991

PlacePlayerCountryScoreTo parMoney ($)
1Payne Stewart United States38-37=75+3235,000
2Scott Simpson United States37-40=77+5117,500


Hole 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 101112131415161718
United States StewartEEEE+1+1+1+2+2+2+2+2+2+3+4+3+3+3
United States Simpson+1+2+2+2+1+1E+1+1+2+2+2+3+2+2+3+4+5



  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: 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 July 25, 2012. 

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Preceded by
1991 Masters
Major ChampionshipsSucceeded by
1991 Open Championship

Coordinates: 44°50′02″N 93°35′28″W / 44.834°N 93.591°W / 44.834; -93.591