1994 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1994 U.S. Open was the 94th edition of the tournament. A controversial ruling played a role in the tournament, which ended with an 18-hole playoff that stretched to 20 holes. And this tournament, at Oakmont in his home state of Pennsylvania, marked Arnold Palmer's final appearance in this championship.

Winner: Ernie Els, 279

Where it was played: Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Tournament dates: June 16-20, 1994

Leader after first round: Tom Watson, 68

Leader after second round: Colin Montgomerie, 136

Leader after third round: Ernie Els, 206

What Happened in the 1994 U.S. Open

The Ruling that Helped Ernie Els

Ernie Els held a two-stroke lead as the final round began, on the strength of a third-round 66. But he badly mishit his first tee shot of the final round, deep into trouble off the first fairway of Oakmont Country Club.

A large number loomed as a possiblity. But a USGA rules official ruled that a broadcast truck and its extendable arm were in Els' line of play, and that the truck was a temporary immovable obstruction. In fact, the truck was quite movable — it drove away not long after the incident at hand. But because of the ruling, Els was allowed a free drop in an area where escape was far more likely. The rules official later admitted he had been wrong, and Els should have been required to play the ball from the original, horrendous situation.

Still, it's important to note that the ruling did not win the tournament for Els. Els still bogeyed the hole, and it was the overnight leader's very first hole of the day. It's also good to note that Els did nothing wrong in the incident; he asked for a ruling and was given one (which turned out to be incorrect) by a rules official.

How Els Reached That Point

The Top 5 golfers after the first round included two legends, two more golfers who became Hall of Famers ... and Frank Nobilo. Legend Tom Watson held the first-round lead with a 68, and legend Jack Nicklaus shared second with future Hall of Famers Els and Hale Irwin, plus Nobilo, at 69.

The two men who wound up in the playoff against Els, Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie, shot 76 and 71, respectively, in Round 1.

Montgomerie moved into first place with a 65 in Round 2; Els shot 71 and traiiled by four strokes.

It was Round 3 where Roberts made his move with a 64 that got him into a tie for third, with Montgomerie. Els took the lead with a 66. Nicklaus, age 54, fell out of the running after a 77, but Watson was still hanging in, three strokes off the lead.

Watson wound up tying for fifth place after the final round, in which Els shot 73, Roberts 70 and Mongomerie 70. Those three tied at 5-under 279, forcing an 18-hole playoff.

The 18-Hole (Make That 20-Hole) Playoff

Els started the playoff very shaky, with a bogey and then a triple-bogey. But while Montgomerie faded — he was five behind by the 12th hole — Els and Roberts battled the whole round. A double-bogey by Roberts on No. 5 dropped him into a tie with Els. Roberts took the lead with a birdie at the next, but Els' own birdie on No. 7 tied them again.

When Els bogeyed the 12th, Roberts went up by one. Roberts gave that lead back on the 16th, then both birdied No. 17. A pair of pars on the 18th hole meant that Els and Roberts finished the round still tied, with 74s.

So on to sudden death those two went (Montgomerie dropped out with a 78). Els and Roberts continued on for two more holes, until Roberts bogeyed the 20th hole of the day and Els parred it for the victory.

It was Els' first major championship victory — and also his first PGA Tour win.

1994 U.S. Open Final Scores

Ernie Els 69-71-66-73—279
Colin Montgomerie 71-65-73-70—279
Loren Roberts 76-69-64-70—279
Curtis Strange 70-70-70-70—280
John Cook 73-65-73-71—282
Clark Dennis 71-71-70-71—283
Greg Norman 71-71-69-72—283
Tom Watson 68-73-68-74—283
Jeff Maggert 71-68-75-70—284
Frank Nobilo 69-71-68-76—284
Jeff Sluman 72-69-72-71—284
Duffy Waldorf 74-68-73-69—284
David Edwards 73-65-75-72—285
Scott Hoch 72-72-70-71—285
Jim McGovern 73-69-74-69—285
Fred Couples 72-71-69-74—286
Steve Lowery 71-71-68-76—286
Seve Ballesteros 72-72-70-73—287
Hale Irwin 69-69-71-78—287
Scott Verplank 70-72-75-70—287
Steve Pate 74-66-71-77—288
Sam Torrance 72-71-76-69—288
Bernhard Langer 72-72-73-72—289
Kirk Triplett 70-71-71-77—289
Chip Beck 73-73-70-74—290
Craig Parry 78-68-71-73—290
Mike Springer 74-72-73-71—290
Lennie Clements 73-71-73-75—292
Jim Furyk 74-69-74-75—292
Davis Love III 74-72-74-72—292
Jack Nicklaus 69-70-77-76—292
Jumbo Ozaki 70-73-69-80—292
Fulton Allem 73-70-74-76—293
Mark Carnevale 75-72-76-70—293
Ben Crenshaw 71-74-70-78—293
Brad Faxon 73-69-71-80—293
Tom Kite 73-71-72-77—293
Tom Lehman 77-68-73-75—293
Peter Baker 73-73-73-75—294
Bradley Hughes 71-72-77-74—294
Gordon J. Brand 73-71-73-77—294
Brandt Jobe 72-74-68-80—294
Fran Quinn 75-72-73-75—295
Fred Funk 74-71-74-77—296
Paul Goydos 74-72-79-71—296
Don Walsworth 71-75-73-77—296
David Berganio Jr. 73-72-76-76—297
Olin Browne 74-73-77-73—297
Tim Dunlavey 76-70-78-73—297
Mike Emery Jr. 74-73-75-75—297
Jim Gallagher Jr. 74-68-77-78—297
Barry Lane 77-70-76-74—297
Wayne Levi 76-70-73-78—297
Phil Mickelson 75-70-73-79—297
Tommy Armour III 73-73-79-73—298
Hugh Royer III 72-71-77-78—298
Scott Simpson 74-73-73-78—298
Steven Richardson 74-73-76-76—299
Fuzzy Zoeller 76-70-76-77—299
Doug Martin 76-70-74-81—301
Dave Rummells 71-74-82-74—301
Emlyn Aubrey 72-69-81-80—302
Ed Humenik 74-72-81-75—302
Mike Smith 74-73-78-77—302

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