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Raymond Floyd

Raymond Floyd, 43, shot a final round 66 to win the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York and became the oldest player ever to win the Championship. Floyd's 279, one under par, was two strokes better than Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck, who each shot 65 in the final round to finish at 281. Lee Trevino and Hal Sutton were at 282, three shots behind Floyd.

Bob Tway was the only player to equal par for the first round, which was played in cold rain and high winds. Tway led Greg Norman by one stroke and six golfers - Tom Watson, David Frost, Rick Fehr, Kenny Knox, Tsuneyuki Nakajima and Denis Watson - by two strokes. Under much better conditions, Norman shot 68 in the second round giving him a 36-hole total of 139 and a three-stroke lead over Trevino and Denis Watson. Tway slipped to a 73 and a fourth place tie with Tom Watson and Floyd, four behind Norman.

Danny Edwards missed the cut despite tying a U.S. Open record by playing the second nine in 30 strokes. Norman retained his lead after 54 holes, shooting 71 for 210, one stroke ahead of Trevino who shot 69 and Sutton who shot 66. Tway was alone in fourth place at 212. Floyd, Denis Watson, Payne Stewart and Mike Reid were at 213. Lennie Clements duplicated Edwards' feat of a day earlier when he shot 30 for the first nine. After three rounds, 14 players were within four strokes of the lead. The chase remained close throughout the final day.

After one hole, Trevino and Sutton had caught Norman, but the three of them faltered on the ensuing holes and Ben Crenshaw took a one-stroke lead with birdies on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth holes. When Crenshaw bogeyed the seventh, Mark McCumber gained the lead. At one time nine men shared the lead. Wadkins and Beck, playing well ahead of the leaders, posted one-over 72-hole totals of 281. Beck shot 30 on the second nine missing a three-foot putt on the 18th that would have given him a record 29).

Payne Stewart, with birdies on the 11th and 12th, took a two-stroke lead over Beck, Wadkins and Floyd, who also birdied 11. Floyd birdied while Stewart bogeyed the 13th and the two were tied for the lead. Floyd birdied the 16th to go under par for the first time in the Championship and parred in for the victory. The USGA accepted record 5,410 entries for the Championship.


Starts - 31

Best Finish - Winner 1986

Rds - 113

Cuts Made - 26

Top 3 - 1

Top 5 - 1

Top 10 - 5

Top 25 - 16

Avg. - 72.85

Scores In 60s - 17

Rds Under Par - 23

Earnings -$275,098.79
Historical Notes
On Oct. 4, 1895, the first U.S. Open Championship was conducted by the United States Golf Association on the nine-hole course of Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club.
The first U.S. Open was considered something of a sideshow to the first U.S. Amateur, which was played on the same course and during the same week. Both championships had been scheduled for September but were postponed because of a conflict with a more established Newport sports spectacle, the America's Cup yacht races.
Ten professionals and one amateur started in the 36-hole competition, which was four trips around the Newport course in one day. The surprise winner was Horace Rawlins, 21, an English professional who was the assistant at the host course. Rawlins scored 91-82-173 with the gutta-percha ball.
Prize money totalled $335, of which Rawlins won the $150 first prize. He also received a gold medal and custody of the Open Championship Cup for his club for one year.
In its first decade, the U.S. Open was conducted for amateurs and the largely British wave of immigrant golf professionals coming to the United States.
As American players began to dominate the game, the U.S. Open evolved into an important world golf championship. Young John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner in 1911 and repeated as champion in 1912.
In 1913, the U.S. Open really took off when Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old American amateur, stunned the golf world by defeating famous English professionals, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in a playoff.
Another surge in the championship's popularity coincided with the amazing career of Georgia amateur Bob Jones, who won the U.S. Open four times (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930). Spectator tickets were sold for the first time in 1922 and a boom in entries caused the USGA to introduce sectional qualifying in 1924.
In 1933, John Goodman became the fifth and last amateur to win the U.S. Open. The others were Ouimet, Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr., (1916), and Jones.
In each era, the world's greatest players have been identified by surviving the rigorous examination provided by the U.S. Open. Ben Hogan's steely determination boosted him to four victories (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953). Arnold Palmer's record comeback win in 1960, when he fired a final round of 65 to come from seven strokes off the lead, cemented his dashing image. Jack Nicklaus' historic assault on the professional record book began when he won the first of his four U.S. Open Championships in 1962, his rookie season as a professional.
Nicklaus, who also won in 1967, 1972, and 1980, is one of only four golfers to win four U.S. Opens. The others are Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), Jones and Hogan.
In 1954, the U.S. Open course was roped from tee to green for the first time. That year also marked the first national television coverage. Coverage was expanded by ABC Sports in 1977 so that all 18 holes of the final two rounds were broadcast live. In 1982, on the ESPN cable network, the first two rounds were broadcast live for the first time. NBC began televising the U.S. Open in 1995.
The format of the U.S. Open has changed several times. The USGA extended the championship to 72 holes in 1898, with 36 holes played on each of two days. In 1926, the format was changed to 18 holes played each of two days, then 36 holes on the third day. In 1965, the present format of four 18-hole daily rounds was implemented for the first time.
In 2002, a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start was used for the first and second rounds. In addition, Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., was the first facility owned by the public to host a U.S. Open. International qualifying sites were added in 2005 and the champion at Pinehurst Resort in N.C. was Michael Campbell, who qualified in England.