1957 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1957 U.S. Open was the 57th time the tournament was played, and it required an 18-hole playoff to settle the winner. This is also the U.S. Open in which Jack Nicklaus made his tournament debut.

Winner: Dick Mayer, 282

Where it was played: Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio

Tournament dates: June 13-16, 1957

Leader after first round: Jimmy Demaret and Chick Harbert, 68

Leader after second round: Billy Joe Patton, 138

Leader after third round: Jimmy Demaret, 211

What Happened at the 1957 U.S. Open

Dick Mayer defeated defending champion Cary Middlecoff in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1957 U.S. Open, a playoff that is perhaps best remembered for a ... stool. Middlecoff was a painfully slow player, possibly the slowest great player in golf history. Mayer knew he'd spend a lot of time in the playoff waiting. So he came prepared: He brought a fold-out camping stool with him, and whenever Middlecoff made him wait too long, Mayer simply took a seat.

It worked (or something did, anyway): Mayer easily won the playoff, beating Middlecoff 72 to 79. Middlecoff was a 3-time major winner already, nearing the end of his career. He won only three more times (for 39 career PGA Tour victories) after this.

Mayer had seven career wins and this was his only major, but 1957 was a great year for him. He made the Ryder Cup team, led the tour in money and was named Player of the Year.

Jimmy Demaret, 47 years old, led Mayer by a stroke at the start of the final round, but Demaret started badly and wound up a stroke out of the playoff. Middlecoff started the final round three behind leader Demaret and two behind Mayer, then shot 68 — including birdies on two of the last three holes — to Mayer's 70 (Demaret carded a 72), forcing the playoff.

In the playoff, Mayer went two ahead with a birdie on the sixth hole, then Middlecoff bogeyed the seventh and eighth holes. Mayer led by three shots at the turn. It was essentially over when Middlecoff made double-bogey on the 10th, and he later added a quadruple-bogey on the 15th.

Mayer was using unusual golf shafts: They were steel wrapped in fiberglass. The golf media of the time called these "glass-shafted clubs" or "glass shafts," and the players referred to them as "glassies."

A 17-year-old amateur named Jack Nicklaus made his U.S. Open debut this year, shooting consecutive 80s and missing the cut. Amateur Billy Joe Patton was tied for the lead after 36 holes, but finished with back-to-back 76s. He still earned low amateur honors. Three-time major winner Denny Shute played in the U.S. Open for the final time this year, missing the cut.

1957 U.S. Open Final Scores

Dick Mayer 70-68-74-70—282
Cary Middlecoff 71-75-68-68—282
Jimmy Demaret 68-73-70-72—283
Julius Boros 69-75-70-70—284
Walter Burkemo 74-73-72-65—284
Fred Hawkins 72-72-71-71—286
Ken Venturi 69-71-75-71—286
Roberto De Vicenzo 72-70-72-76—290
Chick Harbert 68-79-71-72—290
Billy Maxwell 70-76-72-72—290
a-Billy Joe Patton 70-68-76-76—290
Sam Snead 74-74-69-73—290
Mike Fetchick 74-71-71-75—291
Dow Finsterwald 74-72-72-73—291
a-William Hyndman 77-73-72-69—291
Frank Stanahan 72-76-69-74—291
Don Fairfield 78-72-73-69—292
Jim Ferree 74-74-73-71—292
Doug Ford 69-71-80-72—292
Bud Ward 70-74-70-78—292
Bo Wininger 70-71-76-76—293
George Bayer 73-77-69-75—294
a-Joe Campbell 74-72-73-75—294
Ed "Porky" Oliver 74-73-73-74—294
Peter Thomson 71-72-74-77—294
Jack Fleck 72-76-73-74—295
Gerald Kesselring 74-71-75-75—295
Sam Penecale 71-73-73-78—295
a-Harvie Ward 72-75-74-74—295
Leo Biagetti 73-75-72-76—296
Johnny Revolta 76-74-74-72—296
a-Charles Kocsis 76-74-74-73—297
Stan Leonard 71-76-73-77—297
Gene Littler 73-76-73-75—297
Jerry Barber 75-73-73-77—298
Otto Greiner 76-74-75-73—298
Fred Haas 72-73-77-76—298
Furman Hayes 74-75-70-80—299
Babe Lichardus 72-76-74-77—299
Lew Worsham 78-72-76-73—299
Johnny Pott 74-75-74-77—300
Donald Whitt 71-77-78-75—301
Al Brosch 72-76-72-82—302
Clarence Doser 72-78-76-76—302
Bob Gadja 75-75-78-75—303
Howie Johnson 72-77-77-77—303
Al Mengert 77-73-71-82—303
Leland Gibson 75-75-76-78—304
Stan Mosel 74-75-77-78—304
a-E. Fred Brown 74-76-79-76—305
a-Rex Baxter 77-73-80-78—308
a-Gene Coulter 73-77-85-81—316

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