1971 U.S. Open: Trevino Over Nicklaus

The 1971 U.S. Open was the 71st time the tournament was played. It ended in an 18-hole playoff between Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino.

Winner: Lee Trevino, 280

Where it was played: Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Tournament dates: June 17-21, 1971

Leader after first round: Labron Harris, 67

Leader after second round: Jim Colbert and Bob Erickson, 138

Leader after third round: Jim Simons, 207

Notable Notes: Amateur Jim Simons had the third-round lead and played well in Round 4, but the final round was about Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. After Trevino got in the clubhouse at 280, Nicklaus had a lengthy birdie putt to win on the 72nd hole, but just missed. So the two greats played an 18-hole playoff the next day. Trevino led by one at the turn, then played the back nine in 32 to beat Nicklaus by three, 68-71.

Final Scores

Lee Trevino 70-72-69-69—280
Jack Nicklaus 69-72-68-71—280
Bob Rosburg 71-72-70-69—282
Jim Colbert 69-69-73-71—282
George Archer 71-70-70-72—283
Johnny Miller 70-73-70-70—283
a-Jim Simons 71-71-65-76—283
Raymond Floyd 71-75-67-71—284
Gay Brewer 70-70-73-72—285
Larry Hinson 71-71-70-73—285
Bobby Nichols 69-72-69-75—285
Bert Yancey 75-69-69-72—285
Bobby Cole 72-71-72-71—286
Chi Chi Rodriguez 70-71-73-72—286
Jerry Heard 73-71-73-69—286
a-Lanny Wadkins 68-75-75-68—286
Bob Charles 72-75-69-70—286
Jerry McGee 72-67-77-70—286
Dave Eichelberger 72-72-70-73—287
Hale Irwin 72-73-72-70—287
Ken Still 71-72-69-75—287
Homero Blancas 71-71-75-70—287
Bob Goalby 68-76-74-69—287
Dick Lotz 72-72-73-71—288
Bob E. Smith 71-74-71-72—288
Arnold Palmer 73-68-73-74—288
Bob Lunn 71-73-71-74—289
Bobby Mitchell 72-74-72-71—289
Kermit Zarley 74-70-72-73—289
a-Ben Crenshaw 74-74-68-73—289
Ralph Johnston 70-75-73-71—289
John Schroeder 73-72-69-75—289
Don January 75-73-71-70—289
Orville Moody 71-71-76-71—289
Gary Player 76-71-72-70—289
Bruce Devlin 72-69-71-77—289
Gene Littler 74-74-71-71—290
John Lister 73-75-72-70—290
Lou Graham 75-72-70-73—290
Doug Sanders 68-75-71-76—290
Bob Erickson 71-67-73-79—290
Dale Douglass 70-74-74-74—292
Julius Boros 74-71-73-74—292
Mason Rudolph 72-75-71-74—292
John Schlee 70-73-77-72—292
Paul Harney 73-74-72-74—293
Labron Harris Jr. 67-77-76-73—293
Chuck Courtney 74-73-77-69—293
Bobby Greenwood 73-74-73-74—294
Bob Risch 74-74-73-73—294
Arthur Silverstrone 74-70-76-74—294
Don Bies 71-74-72-77—294
Bruce Crampton 73-73-71-77—294
Charles Sifford 75-72-69-78—294
a-Danny Yates 72-75-76-72—295
Bob Dickson 73-74-76-72—295
Al Geiberger 71-71-75-78—295
Deane Beman 72-73-70-80—295
Miller Barber 73-73-72-78—296
Roy Pace 72-76-73-76—297
Gene Borek 75-71-75-76—297
Ronnie Reif 73-72-75-78—298
Charles Coody 70-76-75-79—300
a-Jim Masserio 71-75-77-79—302

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