1972 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Winner and Scores

The 1972 U.S. Open was the 72nd time the tournament was played, and Jack Nicklaus earned his third championship.

Winner: Jack Nicklaus, 290

Where it was played: Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California

Tournament dates: June 15-18, 1972

Leader after first round: Kermit Zarley, Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Shaw, Mason Rudolph and Orville Moody, 71

Leader after second round: Bruce Crampton, Jack Nicklaus, Kermit Zarley, Homero Blancas, Lanny Wadkins and Cesar Sanudo, 144

Leader after third round: Jack Nicklaus, 216

Notable Notes: The tournament was a logjam the first two days, with six players tied for the lead after each of the first and second rounds. But Jack Nicklaus moved out front after that, and stayed there. The final round looked like a Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer duel for the first two-thirds of the round, until Palmer had a pair of bogies on the back nine. Nicklaus ultimately won by three over Bruce Crampton, sealing the win with a 1-iron tee shot on the par-3 17th that hit the flagstick.

Final Scores

Jack Nicklaus 71-73-72-74—290
Bruce Crampton 74-70-73-76—293
Arnold Palmer 77-68-73-76—294
Homero Blancas 74-70-76-75—295
Lee Trevino 74-72-71-78—295
Kermit Zarley 71-73-73-79—296
Johnny Miller 74-73-71-79—297
Tom Weiskopf 73-74-73-78—298
Chi Chi Rodriguez 71-75-78-75—299
Cesar Sanudo 72-72-78-77—299
Billy Casper 74-73-79-74—300
Don January 76-71-74-79—300
Bobby Nichols 77-74-72-77—300
Bert Yancey 75-79-70-76—300
Don Massengale 72-81-70-78—301
Orville Moody 71-77-79-74—301
Gary Player 72-74-75-80—301
a-Jim Simons 75-75-79-72—301
Lou Graham 75-73-75-79—302
a-Tom Kite 75-73-79-75—302
Al Geiberger 80-74-76-73—303
Paul Harney 79-72-75-77—303
Bobby Mitchell 74-80-73-76—303
Charles Sifford 79-74-72-78—303
Gay Brewer 77-77-72-78—304
Rod Funseth 73-73-84-74—304
Lanny Wadkins 76-68-79-81—304
Jim Wiechers 74-79-69-82—304
Miller Barber 76-76-73-80—305
Julius Boros 77-77-74-77—305
Dave Eichelberger 76-71-80-78—305
Lee Elder 75-71-79-80—305
Jerry Heard 73-74-77-81—305
Dave Hill 74-78-74-79—305
Tom Watson 74-79-76-76—305
Brian Allin 75-76-77-78—306
Larry Hinson 78-73-72-83—306
Hale Irwin 78-72-73-83—306
Barry Jaeckel 78-69-82-77—306
Ron Cerrudo 77-77-76-77—307
Tony Jacklin 75-78-71-83—307
Jerry McGee 79-72-71-85—307
George Rives 80-73-79-75—307
Mason Rudolph 71-80-86-70—307
Tom Shaw 71-79-80-77—307
Billy Ziobro 76-77-77-77—307
Bobby Cole 72-76-79-81—308
Gibby Gilbert 77-77-77-77—308
David Graham 77-77-79-75—308
Ron Letellier 75-77-74-82—308
John Schroeder 78-75-75-80—308
Mike Butler 78-73-77-81—309
Tom Jenkins 73-80-75-81—309
Ralph Johnston 74-72-79-84—309
Tommy Aaron 76-76-77-81—310
Martin Bohen 77-76-77-80—310
Bob Brue 77-75-79-79—310
Tim Collins 79-71-81-79—310
Hubert Green 75-76-78-81—310
Bobby Greenwood 77-75-72-86—310
Jim Hardy 78-76-79-77—310
Mike Hill 75-77-75-83—310
Jim Colbert 74-79-76-82—311
Bob Murphy 79-74-83-75—311
George Archer 74-74-77-87—312
Bruce Devlin 75-78-74-85—312
Dick Hendrickson 80-74-79-82—315
Austin Straub 76-77-75-87—315
Dwight Nevil 76-77-81-82—316
a-Dan O'Neill 78-76-77-86—317

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