1999 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 1999 U.S. Open was the 99th edition of the tournament, won by Payne Stewart months before his death.

Winner: Payne Stewart, 279

Where it was played: Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina

Tournament dates: June 17-20, 1999

Leader after first round: Phil Mickelson, Paul Goydos, Billy Mayfair and David Duval, 67

Leader after second round: David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart, 137

Leader after third round: Payne Stewart, 209

What Happened at the 1999 U.S. Open

Payne Stewart sank a 15-foot par putt on the final hole of the tournament to beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Stewart then thrust his fist into the air and kicked out one leg behind him, a famous celebratory pose now memorialized in a statue at Pinehurst Resort, and in all the photos taken by that statue of resort visitors imitating Stewart's pose.

It was Stewart's second U.S. Open title, his third win overall in a major championship — and his final. He was killed in a plane crash five months later.

A year earlier, Stewart held a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the 1998 U.S. Open. But he couldn't hold it, eventually finishing runner-up to Lee Janzen. In 1999, Stewart shared the 36-hole lead. He took a one-stroke lead over Mickleson following the third round. The two played together in the final pairing of the final round (Mickelson wearing a pager in case his pregnant wife went into labor).

Mickelson went one in front when Stewart bogeyed the 15th hole. But on the 16th hole, it was Mickelson who bogeyed, and they were even again. On the 17th hole, Stewart went in front by one with a sizable birdie putt. Then, on the final hole, he rolled in that iconic par putt to take the victory. Stewart and Mickelson matched 70s in the final round, Stewart finishing at 1-under 279, Mickelson at even-par 280. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh were both in contention late, but Singh bogeyed the 15th hole and Woods the 16th hole. They tied for third place, two behind Stewart.

Stewart previously won the 1989 PGA Championship and 1991 U.S. Open. The 1999 U.S. Open was his 11th and final career win on the PGA Tour. Mickelson went on to win six major championship titles, but never the U.S. Open. This was the first of his eventual six runner-up finishes in U.S. Opens, a tournament record.

1999 U.S. Open Final Scores

Payne Stewart 68-69-72-70-279
Phil Mickelson 67-70-73-70-280
Tiger Woods 68-71-72-70-281
Vijay Singh 69-70-73-69-281
Steve Stricker 70-73-69-73-285
Tim Herron 69-72-70-75-286
David Duval 67-70-75-75-287
Jeff Maggert 71-69-74-73-287
Hal Sutton 69-70-76-72-287
Darren Clarke 73-70-74-71-288
Billy Mayfair 67-72-74-75-288
Paul Goydos 67-74-74-74-289
Davis Love III 70-73-74-72-289
Paul Azinger 72-72-75-70-289
Colin Montgomerie 72-72-74-72-290
Justin Leonard 69-75-73-73-290
John Huston 71-69-75-76-291
Scott Verplank 72-73-72-74-291
Dudley Hart 73-73-76-69-291
Jim Furyk 69-73-77-72-291
Jay Haas 74-72-73-72-291
Jesper Parnevik 71-71-76-73-291
Miguel Angel Jimenez 73-70-72-77-292
D.A. Weibring 69-74-74-75-292
Tom Scherrer 72-72-74-74-292
Nick Price 71-74-74-73-292
Brian Watts 69-73-77-73-292
Tom Lehman 73-74-73-73-293
David Berganio 68-77-76-72-293
Bob Estes 70-71-77-76-294
Geoffrey Sisk 71-72-76-75-294
Sven Struver 70-76-75-74-295
Stewart Cink 72-74-78-71-295
Rocco Mediate 69-72-76-79-296
Corey Pavin 74-71-78-73-296
Gabriel Hjertstedt 75-72-79-70-296
Craig Parry 69-73-79-75-296
Brad Fabel 69-75-78-74-296
Steve Pate 70-75-75-76-296
Carlos Franco 69-77-73-77-296
Esteban Toledo 70-72-76-78-296
Stephan Allan 71-74-77-75-297
Len Mattiace 72-75-75-75-297
Chris Perry 72-74-75-76-297
Gary Hallberg 74-72-75-76-297
Brandel Chamblee 73-74-74-77-298
Jim Carter 73-70-78-77-298
Lee Janzen 74-73-76-75-298
David Lebeck 74-70-78-76-298
Robert Allenby 74-72-76-76-298
Steve Elkington 71-72-79-77-299
Chris Tidland 71-75-75-78-299
Jason Tyska 72-74-75-79-300
Greg Kraft 70-73-82-75-300
Spike McRoy 70-74-76-80-300
Phillip Price 71-73-75-81-300
Jerry Kelly 73-74-79-75-301
Tom Watson 75-70-77-79-301
Kaname Yokoo 68-74-78-81-301
Tom Kite 74-72-80-76-302
John Cook 74-73-77-78-302
Bob Tway 69-77-79-78-303
Chris Smith 69-77-77-80-303
Larry Mize 69-75-84-76-304
a-Hank Kuehne 72-75-81-78-306
Bob Burns 71-76-84-77-308
Ted Tryba 72-75-82-79-308
John Daly 68-77-81-83-309

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