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1957 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1957 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Dick Mayer defeated defending champion Cary Middlecoff in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1957 U.S. Open, a playoff that is perhaps best remembered for a ... stool. Middlecoff was a painfully slow player, perhaps the slowest player in golf history, definitely the slowest great player in golf history.

Mayer knew he'd spend a lot of time in the playoff waiting. Just waiting. So he came prepared: He brought a fold-out camping stool with him, and whenever Middlecoff made him wait too long, Mayer simply took a seat.

It worked (or something did, anyway): Mayer easily won the playoff, beating Middlecoff 72 to 79. Middlecoff was a 3-time major winner already, nearing the end of his career. He won only three more times (for 40 career PGA Tour victories) after this.

Mayer had seven career wins and this was his only major, but 1957 was a great year for him. He made the Ryder Cup team, lead the tour in money and was named Player of the Year.

Jimmy Demaret, 47 years old, led Mayer by a stroke at the start of the final round, but Demaret started badly and wound up a stroke out of the playoff.

A 17-year-old amateur named Jack Nicklaus made his U.S. Open debut this year, shooting consecutive 80s and missing the cut. Amateur Billy Joe Patton was tied for the lead after 36 holes, but finished with back-to-back 76s. He still earned low amateur honors. Three-time major winner Denny Shute played in the U.S. Open for the final time this year, missing the cut.

1957 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1957 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Dick Mayer 70-68-74-70--282 $7,200
Cary Middlecoff 71-75-68-68--282 $4,200
Jimmy Demaret 68-73-70-72--283 $2,160
Julius Boros 69-75-70-70--284 $1,380
Walter Burkemo 74-73-72-65--284 $1,380
Fred Hawkins 72-72-71-71--286 $840
Ken Venturi 69-71-75-71--286 $840
Roberto De Vicenzo 72-70-72-76--290 $465
Chick Harbert 68-79-71-72--290 $465
Billy Maxwell 70-76-72-72--290 $465
a-Billy Joe Patton 70-68-76-76--290  
Sam Snead 74-74-69-73--290 $465
Mike Fetchick 74-71-71-75--291 $360
Dow Finsterwald 74-72-72-73--291 $360
a-William Hyndman 77-73-72-69--291  
Frank Stanahan 72-76-69-74--291 $360
Don Fairfield 78-72-73-69--292 $315
Jim Ferree 74-74-73-71--292 $315
Doug Ford 69-71-80-72--292 $315
Bud Ward 70-74-70-78--292 $315
Bo Wininger 70-71-76-76--293 $300
George Bayer 73-77-69-75--294 $260
a-Joe Campbell 74-72-73-75--294  
Ed "Porky" Oliver 74-73-73-74--294 $260
Peter Thomson 71-72-74-77--294 $260
Jack Fleck 72-76-73-74--295 $240
Gerald Kesselring 74-71-75-75--295 $240
Sam Penecale 71-73-73-78--295 $240
a-Harvie Ward 72-75-74-74--295  
Leo Biagetti 73-75-72-76--296 $240
Johnny Revolta 76-74-74-72--296 $240
a-Charles Kocsis 76-74-74-73--297  
Stan Leonard 71-76-73-77--297 $240
Gene Littler 73-76-73-75--297 $240
Jerry Barber 75-73-73-77--298 $240
Otto Greiner 76-74-75-73--298 $240
Fred Haas 72-73-77-76--298 $240
Furman Hayes 74-75-70-80--299 $240
Babe Lichardus 72-76-74-77--299 $240
Lew Worsham 78-72-76-73--299 $240
Johnny Pott 74-75-74-77--300 $240
Donald Whitt 71-77-78-75--301 $240
Al Brosch 72-76-72-82--302 $240
Clarence Doser 72-78-76-76--302 $240
Bob Gadja 75-75-78-75--303 $240
Howie Johnson 72-77-77-77--303 $240
Al Mengert 77-73-71-82--303 $240
Leland Gibson 75-75-76-78--304 $240
Stan Mosel 74-75-77-78--304 $240
a-E. Fred Brown 74-76-79-76--305  
a-Rex Baxter 77-73-80-78--308  
a-Gene Coulter 73-77-85-81--316  

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