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1979 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1979 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

A third-round 67 gave Hale Irwin the lead heading into the final round of the 1979 U.S. Open, by three strokes over Tom Weiskopf. Neither Irwin nor Weiskopf played particularly well in Round 4, shooting 75 and 76, respectively, but those players who did score well started the day too far back to catch the leader.

Irwin wound up with his second victory in a U.S. Open, winning by two strokes over two past champions, Gary Player and Jerry Pate. Player, who shot a final-round 68, started the round nine behind Irwin; Pate, who closed with a 72, began the final round five behind Irwin. Weiskopf finished in a tie for fourth.

It was Player's last Top 10 finish in a U.S. Open.

Among those making the cut this year was the amateur Fred Couples, playing in his first major championship.

1979 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1979 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-71 Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (a-amateur):

Hale Irwin 74-68-67-75--284 $50,000
Gary Player 73-73-72-68--286 $22,250
Jerry Pate 71-74-69-72--286 $22,250
Bill Rogers 71-72-73-72--288 $13,733
Tom Weiskopf 71-74-67-76--288 $13,733
Larry Nelson 71-68-76-73--288 $13,733
David Graham 73-73-70-73--289 $10,000
Tom Purtzer 70-69-75-76--290 $9,000
Keith Fergus 70-77-72-72--291 $7,500
Jack Nicklaus 74-77-72-68--291 $7,500
Calvin Peete 72-75-71-75--293 $4,340
Ed Sneed 72-73-75-73--293 $4,340
Ben Crenshaw 75-71-72-75--293 $4,340
Andy North 77-74-68-74--293 $4,340
Lee Elder 74-72-69-78--293 $4,340
Graham Marsh 77-71-72-74--294 $2,833
Jim Simons 74-74-78-68--294 $2,833
Bob Gilder 77-70-69-78--294 $2,833
D.A. Weibring 74-76-71-74--295 $2,410
Lanny Wadkins 73-74-71-77--295 $2,410
Lee Trevino 77-73-73-72--295 $2,410
Bobby Walzel 74-72-71-78--295 $2,410
Al Geiberger 74-74-69-78--295 $2,410
Hubert Green 74-77-73-72--296 $2,200
Mike Reid 74-75-74-74--297 $2,000
Bobby Nichols 76-75-71-75--297 $2,000
Lou Graham 70-75-77-75--297 $2,000
Wayne Levi 77-73-75-72--297 $2,000
Bob Murphy 72-79-69-77--297 $2,000
Andy Bean 70-76-71-80--297 $2,000
Bob E. Smith 77-71-69-80--297 $2,000
Dale Douglass 72-76-76-74--298 $1,725
Lynn Janson 77-71-77-73--298 $1,725
Chi Chi Rodriguez 73-76-71-78--298 $1,725
Howard Twitty 73-78-71-76--298 $1,725
Jim Dent 75-76-75-73--299 $1,560
Isao Aoki 73-77-76-73--299 $1,560
Billy Kratzert 77-73-73-76--299 $1,560
John Mahaffey 77-73-74-75--299 $1,560
Dave Stockton 75-70-78-76--299 $1,560
Jim Nelford 75-76-73-76--300 $1,430
Jack Renner 76-75-75-74--300 $1,430
Bruce Lietzke 74-77-73-76--300 $1,430
Jim Colbert 71-74-78-77--300 $1,430
Dana Quigley 71-78-74-77--300 $1,430
Larry Ziegler 77-72-78-73--300 $1,430
Forrest Fezler 73-77-73-78--301 $1,360
Frank Conner 73-78-73-78--302 $1,312
George Burns 74-73-78-77--302 $1,312
Greg Norman 76-74-74-78--302 $1,312
a-Fred Couples 76-74-80-72--302  
Rod Funseth 73-74-74-81--302 $1,312
a-Joey Rassett 75-75-77-77--304  
Eddie Pearce 75-75-76-78--304 $1,265
a-John Cook 71-80-77-76--304  
Joe Inman 72-77-75-80--304 $1,265
Lon Hinkle 70-77-76-81--304 $1,265
David Edwards 74-76-84-70--304 $1,265
Eric Batten 74-76-77-78--305 $1,235
Arnold Palmer 76-73-75-81--305 $1,235
John Gentile 73-75-77-81--306 $1,220
Mac McLendon 77-74-80-78--309 $1,210
Tony Peterson 74-75-84-79--312 $1,200

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