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1975 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1975 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Lou Graham defeated John Mahaffey in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1975 U.S. Open a day after the third-round leader collapsed and several notable players failed to take advantage.

Frank Beard was that third-round leader. He was four strokes ahead of Graham and six ahead of Mahaffey at the start of the final round. But Beard shot 78 in Round 4, including bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17.

Mahaffey parred in after a long birdie putt at No. 14, shooting 71 and posting 287. Bob Murphy could have tied, but bogied the last hole and tied for third. Ben Crenshaw put a ball in the water on the 17th hole, and he tied Murphy. Defending champion Hale Irwin shot 70, but fell a stroke short of the playoff. Peter Oosterhuis (75-289), Jack Nicklaus (72-289) and Arnold Palmer (73-290) are others who missed opportunities.

Graham had the chance to win it in regulation, but bogied the 72nd hole. In the Monday playoff, however, Graham bettered Mahaffey 71 to 73.

It was Graham's third career win on the PGA Tour; he ended his career with six wins, although he challenged in other U.S. Opens. Mahaffey went on to win the 1978 PGA Championship.

Two years after his final PGA Tour victory, this was Palmer's last Top 10 finish in a U.S. Open and second-to-last Top 10 in any of the majors.

In a strong year for amateurs, Jay Haas and Jerry Pate shared low am honors at 293. Pate won the 1976 U.S. Open a year later.

1975 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1975 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-71 No. 3 Course of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Lou Graham 74-72-68-73--287 $40,000
John Mahaffey 73-71-72-71--287 $20,000
Hale Irwin 74-71-73-70--288 $10,875
Bob Murphy 74-73-72-69--288 $10,875
Ben Crenshaw 70-68-76-74--288 $10,875
Frank Beard 74-69-67-78--288 $10,875
Peter Oosterhuis 69-73-72-75--289 $7,500
Jack Nicklaus 72-70-75-72--289 $7,500
Arnold Palmer 69-75-73-73--290 $5,000
Pat Fitzsimons 67-73-73-77--290 $5,000
Tom Watson 67-68-78-77--290 $5,000
Andy North 75-72-72-72--291 $2,800
Raymond Floyd 76-71-72-72--291 $2,800
Jim Wiechers 68-73-76-75--292 $2,025
Rik Massengale 71-74-71-76--292 $2,025
Eddie Pearce 75-71-70-76--292 $2,025
Joe Inman 72-72-71-77--292 $2,025
Gary Groh 73-74-73-73--293 $1,675
Terry Dill 72-69-77-75--293 $1,675
a-Jay Haas 74-69-72-78--293  
Hubert Green 74-73-68-78--293 $1,675
Grier Jones 69-73-79-72--293 $1,675
a-Jerry Pate 79-70-72-72--293  
Kermit Zarley 73-71-75-75--294 $1,452
Forrest Fezler 73-75-71-75--294 $1,452
Bud Allin 76-70-73-75--294 $1,452
Dale Douglass 71-77-72-74--294 $1,452
Miller Barber 74-71-71-78--294 $1,452
Lee Trevino 72-75-73-75--295 $1,193
Don January 75-71-74-75--295 $1,193
Tom Weiskopf 75-71-74-75--295 $1,193
Steve Melnyk 75-73-74-73--295 $1,193
Ed Sneed 75-74-73-73--295 $1,193
David Graham 71-76-74-74--295 $1,193
Nate Starks 75-72-76-72--295 $1,193
Jerry Heard 77-67-78-73--295 $1,193
Tommy Aaron 73-71-82-69--295 $1,193
John Schlee 75-73-72-76--296 $1,040
Johnny Miller 75-72-76-73--296 $1,040
Lanny Wadkins 69-77-77-73--296 $1,040
Julius Boros 72-77-72-75--296 $1,040
Al Geiberger 72-72-74-78--296 $1,040
Dave Stockton 73-73-77-74--297 $985
Gary Player 75-73-72-77--297 $985
Doug Sanders 75-73-76-74--298 $955
Gibby Gilbert 71-76-74-77--298 $955
Dick Rhyan 74-70-77-77--298 $955
Bob E. Smith 78-71-72-77--298 $955
J.C. Snead 76-73-75-75--299 $905
Bob Gilder 76-71-77-75--299 $905
Beau Baugh 77-72-73-77--299 $905
Bob Stanton 77-72-78-72--299 $905
a-Lance Ten Broeck 71-74-79-75--299  
Gary Robinson 72-72-76-79--299 $905
Gene Littler 74-73-73-79--299 $905
Wally Armstrong 73-74-77-76--300 $865
Lynn Janson 71-73-78-78--300 $865
Bob Panasik 76-71-76-78--301 $845
Frank Conner 72-72-76-81--301 $845
Marty Fleckman 71-77-79-76--303 $830
Bill Rogers 75-73-81-75--304 $820
Jack Ewing 76-73-77-79--305 $810
Jack Connelly 75-74-78-79--306 $800
Bob Goalby 72-74-80-80--306 $800
Mike Reasor 72-74-82-80--308 $800
Carlton White 74-75-76-86--311 $800
Stan Altgelt 76-72-87-77--312 $800

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