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1987 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 18–21, 1987
Length  6,709 yards (6,135 m)
Par  70
Format  Stroke play
Start date  1987
Prize fund  825,000 USD
1987 U.S. Open (golf)
Location  San Francisco, California
Course(s)  Olympic Club, Lake Course
Field  156 players, 77 after cut
Similar  1988 US Open, 1992 US Open, 1990 US Open, 1986 US Open, 1996 US Open

1987 us open golf complete final round

The 1987 U.S. Open was the 87th U.S. Open, held June 18–21 at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Scott Simpson passed and held off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by one stroke.


Eleven former champions were in the field and only four made the 36-hole cut.

This was the third U.S. Open at the Lake Course of the Olympic Club, the previous two in 1955 and 1966 ended in playoffs. The U.S. Open returned in 1998 and 2012; both were won by one stroke.

Course layout

Olympic Club - Lake Course

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

  • 6,719 yards (6,144 m), par 70 - 1966 U.S. Open
  • 6,700 yards (6,126 m), par 70 - 1955 U.S. Open
  • Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, June 18, 1987

    Second round

    Friday, June 19, 1987

    Amateurs: Alexander (+13), Parker (+13).

    Third round

    Saturday, June 20, 1987

    Final round

    Sunday, June 21, 1987

    Watson held a share of the lead after 36 holes, then took a one-shot lead over Simpson and Keith Clearwater into the final round. Clearwater, 27, shot a six-under 64 on Saturday to get into the final pair with Watson. Watson struggled out of the gate on Sunday on Olympic's difficult start; he bogeyed the first two holes and the fifth as well. Simpson birdied the first but then had three bogeys in four holes. With consecutive birdies at 8 and 9, Watson carried a one-stroke lead to the back nine. Simpson, a group ahead on the course, took the lead with a 30-footer (9 m) for birdie at 15, but Watson responded with a birdie at 14 to tie. At 16, Simpson sank a 9-footer (2.7 m) for his third straight birdie to take the lead, then Watson missed his from 12 feet (3.7 m) to match. Simpson found a greenside bunker at 17, then hit his sand shot to 6 feet (1.8 m) and saved par. With a par on 18, Simpson was in the clubhouse with a 68 and Watson needed a birdie to a force a Monday playoff. His 35-foot (11 m) putt narrowly missed and Simpson was the champion by a stroke. In the final pairing, Clearwater had trouble both early and late and shot a 79 (+9) to fade to a tie for 31st. Seve Ballesteros finished in solo third place, his best career finish in a U.S. Open.


    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    1987 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia

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