1986 U.S. Open: One for the Old(ish) Guys

The 1986 U.S. Open was the 86th time the tournament was played. The winner was a major champion in his 40s, and his victory here established what was, at the time, the U.S. Open tournament record for oldest champion.

Winner: Raymond Floyd, 279

Where it was played: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York

Tournament dates: June 12-15, 1986

Leader after first round: Bob Tway, 70

Leader after second round: Greg Norman, 139

Leader after third round: Greg Norman, 210

What Happened in the 1986 U.S. Open

Forty-three-year-old Raymond Floyd won his only U.S. Open title at Shinnecock Hills in 1986, displacing Ted Ray, winner of the 1920 U.S. Open, atop the list of oldest U.S. Open winners. Floyd himself got knocked off the top of that list by Hale Irwin just four years later.

This was career win No. 20 on the PGA Tour for Floyd, and he won only twice more after this. It was the fourth of his four wins in major championships.

A 68 in the second round moved Floyd into a tie for fourth place. In the third round, Floyd had a steady 70, and he stood tied for fifth place, three strokes off Greg Norman's lead, going into the final round.

But in that final round, Floyd had his best score of the tournament, a 66. That included a birdie on the 11th hole that moved Floyd into a 9-way tie for the lead. He was one behind again after the 12th, but another birdie on the 13th put Floyd back into a first-place tie. But Floyd had one more back-nine birdie left, on the 16th hole, that gave him a two-stroke edge, and he took that into the clubhouse.

The golfers who finished second, Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck, both started the final round farther back than Floyd but climbed the leaderboard with 65s. Third-round leader Greg Norman shot 75 and finished outside the Top 10. Norman held or shared the 54-hole lead at all four majors in 1986, but won just one of them, the British Open.

Jack Nicklaus, coming off his 1986 Masters win at age 46, opened with a 77. But he closed with rounds of 67 and 68 on the weekend to finish tied for eighth place. It was Nicklaus' 18th and last Top 10 finish in a U.S. Open. Lee Trevino began the final round one stroke off the lead and shot 71 to tie for fourth place. It was Trevino's final Top 10 finish in any of the four majors.

At the other end of his career was 19-year-old amateur John Daly, who played in his first major championship here. But he shot 88 in the first round and finished near the bottom after two rounds, missing the cut.

1986 U.S. Open Final Scores

Raymond Floyd 75-68-70-66—279
Lanny Wadkins 74-70-72-65—281
Chip Beck 75-73-68-65—281
Lee Trevino 74-68-69-71—282
Hal Sutton 75-70-66-71—282
Payne Stewart 76-68-69-70—283
Ben Crenshaw 76-69-69-69—283
Bob Tway 70-73-69-72—284
Mark McCumber 74-71-68-71—284
Bernhard Langer 74-70-70-70—284
Jack Nicklaus 77-72-67-68—284
Denis Watson 72-70-71-72—285
Greg Norman 71-68-71-75—285
Mark Calcavecchia 75-75-72-65—287
Gary Koch 73-73-71-71—288
Craig Stadler 74-71-74-69—288
Jodie Mudd 73-75-69-71—288
Scott Verplank 75-72-67-74—288
Bobby Wadkins 75-69-72-72—288
Fuzzy Zoeller 75-74-71-68—288
David Graham 76-71-69-72—288
David Frost 72-72-77-67—288
Joey Sindelar 81-66-70-71—288
Tom Watson 72-71-71-75—289
Lennie Clements 75-72-67-75—289
Seve Ballesteros 75-73-68-73—289
Larry Mize 75-71-73-70—289
Don Pooley 75-71-74-69—289
Mike Reid 74-73-66-76—289
Andy Bean 76-72-73-68—289
Larry Rinker 77-71-70-71—289
Calvin Peete 77-73-70-69—289
Dave Eichelberger 80-70-72-67—289
Paul Azinger 78-72-70-70—290
Tom Kite 74-74-73-70—291
Tom Cook 75-73-70-73—291
Larry Nelson 75-73-70-73—291
Phil Blackmar 75-75-70-71—291
Mark McNulty 75-72-68-76—291
a-Sam Randolph 79-71-68-73—291
Doug Tewell 74-73-71-74—292
Roger Maltbie 76-70-73-73—292
Bruce Fleisher 76-73-71-72—292
Mark O'Meara 76-73-71-72—292
Dave Barr 75-73-73-72—293
Kenny Knox 72-76-74-71—293
Johnny Miller 76-72-71-74—293
Sandy Lyle 78-71-72-72—293
Mark Lye 80-70-70-73—293
Barry Jaeckel 75-74-71-74—294
David Hobby 76-74-71-73—294
Mac O'Grady 75-69-73-77—294
Bill Glasson 76-74-69-76—295
Tommy Nakajima 72-72-78-73—295
Hubert Green 75-75-75-71—296
Wayne Levi 77-70-74-75—296
David Israelson 79-71-72-74—296
Greg Powers 80-70-72-74—296
Peter Jacobsen 76-72-73-76—297
T.C. Chen 76-72-75-74—297
Frank Conner 75-73-77-72—297
Jeff Sluman 75-74-75-74—298
David Ogrin 76-73-74-75—298
Rick Fehr 72-77-75-74—298
Dick Mast 76-74-76-74—300
Howard Twitty 79-71-75-76—301
Andy North 79-71-77-75—302
Mike Malaska 74-74-80-75—303
Peter Oosterhuis 78-70-78-78—304
Brad Greer 78-72-79-76—305

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