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1978 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1978 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Two months earlier at the 1978 Masters, 42-year-old Gary Player shot a blistering 64 in the final round to surge to the championship. At the 1978 U.S. Open, however, Player went the opposite direction. Trailing Andy North by one stroke entering the final round, Player blew up with a 77. And that opened the door for North to win the championship.

For North, it was just his second win on the PGA Tour. In fact, North finished his career with only three PGA Tour wins - but two of them were U.S. Opens (he also won the 1985 U.S. Open).

North was known as a poor driver but excellent putter, and those facets of his game were on display on the tournament's final hole, a par-4 on which he needed to make 5 to win.

North hit his drive into the rough, then his approach fell short and into the rough on the opposite side of the fairway. He flubbed the pitch to the green and found a bunker instead. But then he blasted out and - despite stepping away from the ball twice after taking his address - sank the 4-foot putt to win.

Player finished tied for sixth, four strokes behind. The runners-up were J.C. Snead (Sam Snead's nephew), one of his four Top 10 finishes in majors; and two-time major winner Dave Stockton, recording his final Top 10 finish in a major.

1978 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1978 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado (a-amateur):

Andy North 70-70-71-74--285 $45,000
J.C. Snead 70-72-72-72--286 $19,750
Dave Stockton 71-73-70-72--286 $19,750
Hale Irwin 69-74-75-70--288 $13,000
Tom Weiskopf 77-73-70-68--288 $13,000
Andy Bean T 72-72-71-74--289 $7,548
Billy Kratzert 72-74-70-73--289 $7,548
Jack Nicklaus 73-69-74-73--289 $7,548
Tom Watson 74-75-70-70--289 $7,548
Gary Player 71-71-70-77--289 $7,548
Johnny Miller 78-69-68-74--289 $7,548
Joe Inman 72-72-74-73--291 $3,400
Lee Trevino 72-71-75-73--291 $3,400
Mike McCullough 75-75-73-68--291 $3,400
Raymond Floyd 75-70-76-70--291 $3,400
Jerry Pate 73-72-74-73--292 $2,650
Artie McNickle 74-75-70-73--292 $2,650
Seve Ballesteros 75-69-71-77--292 $2,650
Bob Shearer 78-72-71-71--292 $2,650
Wally Armstrong 73-73-74-73--293 $2,287
Phil Hancock 71-73-75-74--293 $2,287
Bruce Lietzke 72-73-72-76--293 $2,287
Tom Kite 73-73-70-77--293 $2,287
Dale Douglass 74-75-74-72--295 $2,100
Victor Regalado 74-72-73-76--295 $2,100
Tom Purtzer 75-72-72-76--295 $2,100
Jerry McGee 74-76-71-75--296 $1,950
Pat McGowan 74-73-72-77--296 $1,950
Peter Oosterhuis 72-72-78-74--296 $1,950
Charles Coody 74-76-76-71--297 $1,800
Lee Elder 76-73-73-75--297 $1,800
Billy Casper 71-76-73-77--297 $1,800
Rod Curl 78-72-74-73--297 $1,800
a-Bobby Clampett 70-73-80-74--297  
Miller Barber 74-73-76-75--298 $1,566
Leonard Thompson 74-76-73-75--298 $1,566
Gene Littler 73-75-77-73--298 $1,566
Ed Fiori 74-73-74-77--298 $1,566
Lou Graham 78-72-74-74--298 $1,566
Mark Hayes 73-70-76-79--298 $1,566
Steve Melnyk 79-71-69-79--298 $1,566
Ray Cragun 79-71-76-72--298 $1,566
Mac McLendon 75-73-69-81--298 $1,566
Bob Gilder 76-74-74-75--299 $1,430
Bill Rogers 79-69-73-78--299 $1,430
Chi Chi Rodriguez 74-73-77-76--300 $1,350
Wayne Levi 76-73-74-77--300 $1,350
Bobby Wadkins 71-78-77-74--300 $1,350
George Burns 74-76-78-72--300 $1,350
Ed Sneed 78-70-75-77--300 $1,350
Tom Ulozas 73-73-75-79--300 $1,350
Bobby Nichols 74-72-80-75--301 $1,290
Nate Starks 74-75-78-75--302 $1,275
Al Geiberger 71-74-78-79--302 $1,275
Harry Toscano 74-75-75-79--303 $1,255
Dick McClean 78-71-72-82--303 $1,255
Bill Brask Jr. 71-76-78-79--304 $1,240
a-Jim Holtgrieve 79-71-78-76--304  
Dave Eichelberger 77-71-80-77--305 $1,230
Mike Morley 77-73-78-80--308 $1,220
Walter Zembriski 76-73-84-76--309 $1,210
Bob E. Smith 74-73-82-81--310 $1,200
Al Chandler 75-75-76-86--312 $1,200

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