1991 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1991 U.S. Open was the 91st time the tournament was played. The champion was decided in an 18-hole playoff contested by two golfers who were both already major championship winners.

Winner: Payne Stewart, 282

Where it was played: Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota

Tournament dates: June 13-17, 1991

Leader after first round: Payne Stewart and Nolan Henke, 67

Leader after second round: Payne Stewart, 137

Leader after third round: Payne Stewart and Scott Simpson, 210

What Happened in the 1991 U.S. Open

Scott Simpson won the 1987 U.S. Open. Payne Stewart won the 1989 PGA Championship. And in the 1991 U.S. Open, they met in an 18-hole playoff to decide the winner. And Stewart was that winner. It was eighth of his 11 career wins on the PGA Tour, the second of his three career wins in majors. (He went on to win the 1999 U.S. Open, too.)

Stewart shared the first-round lead with a 67, held the lead solo after the second round, and shared the lead with Simpson following the third round. In the final round, Simpson led Stewart by one going to the 18th hole, then Simpson drove his tee ball into the rough. He wound up bogeying the hole, so Simpson and Stewart tied after 72 holes at 6-under 282.

In the 18-hole playoff the next day, Simpson again led Stewart late, this time by two strokes after 15 holes. But there was a two-stroke swing on the 16th, where Stewart birdied and Simpson bogeyed to even the playoff. On the 17th hole, a par-3, Simpson put his tee ball in the water. Stewart took a one-stroke lead to the final hole, and wound up winning by two, shooting 75 to Simpson's 77.

The low amateur in the 1991 U.S. Open was, for the second year in a row, Phil Mickelson, who finished in 55th place. This was the final year that Lee Trevino, a 2-time champion, played in a U.S. Open. He missed the cut. It was also the final U.S. Open played by 1981 winner David Graham, who tied for 60th place.

1991 U.S. Open Final Scores

Payne Stewart 67-70-73-72—282
Scott Simpson 70-68-72-72—282
Larry Nelson 73-72-72-68—285
Fred Couples 70-70-75-70—285
Fuzzy Zoeller 72-73-74-67—286
Scott Hoch 69-71-74-73—287
Nolan Henke 67-71-77-73—288
Jose Maria Olazabal 73-71-75-70—289
Raymond Floyd 73-72-76-68—289
Corey Pavin 71-67-79-72—289
Craig Parry 70-73-73-74—290
Jim Gallagher Jr. 70-72-75-73—290
Hale Irwin 71-75-70-74—290
Davis Love III 70-76-73-71—290
D.A. Weibring 76-71-75-68—290
Nick Faldo 72-74-73-72—291
Sandy Lyle 72-70-74-75—291
Tom Watson 73-71-77-70—291
Mark Brooks 73-73-73-73—292
Tom Sieckmann 74-70-74-74—292
Peter Persons 70-75-75-72—292
John Cook 76-70-72-74—292
Craig Stadler 71-69-77-75—292
Billy Ray Brown 73-71-77-71—292
Nick Price 74-69-71-78—292
Mike Reid 74-72-74-73—293
Bob Tway 75-69-75-74—293
Tim Simpson 73-72-76-72—293
Jodie Mudd 71-70-77-75—293
Rick Fehr 74-69-73-77—293
Peter Jacobsen 72-73-74-75—294
Lance Ten Broeck 72-73-74-75—294
Chris Perry 72-73-75-74—294
Dave Rummells 72-73-77-72—294
Ed Humenik 72-70-78-74—294
Brian Kamm 69-73-73-79—294
Tom Kite 71-75-74-75—295
Buddy Gardner 74-72-74-75—295
Keith Clearwater 70-76-74-75—295
Billy Mayfair 72-73-76-74—295
Andy North 71-71-77-76—295
Tom Purtzer 77-68-77-73—295
Mark Calcavecchia 69-74-78-74—295
Jim Hallet 72-74-73-77—296
Ian Baker-Finch 77-70-75-74—296
Jack Nicklaus 70-76-77-74—297
Blaine McCallister 72-72-76-77—297
Rodger Davis 74-68-81-74—297
Mike Harwood 71-74-77-76—298
Steve Pate 72-75-77-74—298
Wayne Levi 72-72-76-78—298
Loren Roberts 75-70-74-79—298
John Inman 72-72-77-78—299
Larry Rinker 72-72-77-78—299
Steve Gotsche 72-75-76-77—300
Steve Elkington 77-69-76-78—300
Larry Mize 73-73-79-75—300
Ian Woosnam 73-68-79-80—300
a-Phil Mickelson 73-72-80-75—300
David Graham 74-71-80-77—302
Stan Utley 73-71-81-78—303
John Adams 72-75-78-79—304
Wayne Grady 73-74-78-80—305
Terry Snodgrass 74-73-80-78—305
Lanny Wadkins 76-70-80-79—305

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