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1989 U.S. Open (golf)

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Dates  June 15–18, 1989
Length  6,902 yards (6,311 m)
Start date  1989
Prize fund  1.049 million USD
Location  Rochester, New York
Cut  145 (+5)
Par  70
1989 U.S. Open (golf)
Course(s)  Oak Hill Country Club, East Course
Field  156 players, 71 after cut
Similar  1986 US Open, 1990 US Open, 1983 US Open, 1992 US Open, 1993 US Open

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The 1989 U.S. Open was the 89th U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester, New York. Curtis Strange won his second consecutive U.S. Open, one stroke ahead of runners-up Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, and Ian Woosnam. Through 2016, Strange is the only successful defender of a U.S. Open title since Ben Hogan in 1951. Strange became the sixth player to defend the U.S. Open title, and the first since 1951. This was the last of his 17 wins on the PGA Tour.


Heavy rains before the tournament allowed for some low scores in the early rounds, with a record 38 under-par rounds in the first two rounds. During the second round, four players (Jerry Pate, Nick Price, Doug Weaver, and Mark Wiebe) recorded holes-in-one at the downhill 167-yard (153 m) 6th hole. All four hit a 7-iron past the flag, taking advantage of the damp conditions. The rest of the field had thirty birdies at the hole during the second round.

Gary Player, the 1965 champion and winner of nine major titles, played in his final U.S. Open in 1989. He shot 78-69=147 and missed the cut by two strokes.

This was the third U.S. Open and the fourth major at the East Course. Previous U.S. Opens were in 1956 (Cary Middlecoff) and 1968 (Lee Trevino), and the PGA Championship in 1980 (Jack Nicklaus). It later hosted the Ryder Cup in 1995 and the PGA Championship in 2003 and 2013.

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Course layout

East Course


Previous course lengths for major championships

  • 6,964 yards (6,368 m) - par 70, 1980 PGA Championship
  • 6,962 yards (6,366 m) - par 70, 1968 U.S. Open
  • 6,902 yards (6,311 m) - par 70, 1956 U.S. Open
  • Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, June 15, 1989

    Second round

    Friday, June 16, 1989

    Strange fired a six-under 64 in the second round to tie the course record, set in 1942 by Hogan, and take the 36-hole lead.


    Amateurs: Sigel (+13), Yarian (+38).

    Third round

    Saturday, June 17, 1989

    Overnight rains thoroughly soaked the already saturated course and caused a delay in the start. Instead of pairs, the players went off on split tees in groupings of three, a first at the U.S. Open. A 73 (+3) in the third round dropped Strange to three back of Tom Kite, whose first three rounds were in the 60s.


    Final round

    Sunday, June 18, 1989

    Kite led by three after four holes in the final round, but a triple bogey at the 5th hole and bogeys at 8 and 10 dropped him a stroke back of Strange. Double bogeys at 13 and 15 dropped him from contention. Kite recorded a 78 (+8) and finished in ninth place. Strange played steadily in the penultimate pairing, with fifteen consecutive pars until a birdie at the 16th, his first since the second round. Despite a three-putt for bogey at the 18th, Strange held on for a one-stroke win and a second straight U.S. Open title.



    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


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