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1980 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1980 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Jack Nicklaus entered the 1980 U.S. Open coming off a season (1979) in which he went winless for the first time in his PGA Tour career. He had turned 40 years old. The whispers were everywhere: Nicklaus is washed up.

But by the end of the week, the scoreboard at Baltusrol famously exclaimed, "Jack Is Back!"

Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf opened the tournament with scorching rounds of 63, becoming just the second and third golfers to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open. Weiskopf quickly fell away, however, failing to break 75 in his remaining rounds and finishing 37th. Nicklaus had a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of that first round for a record 62, but missed.

Nicklaus followed with a second-round 71 and a 2-stroke lead over, among others, Japan's Isao Aoki. Aoki was the best - or at worst, second-best - Japanese golfer of the time, and had Top 10 finishes in the 1978 and 1979 British Opens. His appearance in the 1980 U.S. Open was just his second in this event. But with back-to-back 68s, Aoki was on Nicklaus' trail.

And Aoki caught Nicklaus in the third round, shooting 68 to Nicklaus' 70.

In the final round, Aoki bogied the second hole and Nicklaus birdied the third, producing a 2-stroke lead for the Golden Bear. Aoki trimmed the lead back to one, but Nicklaus maintained a 2-stroke margin over the entire back nine. Aoki birdied the final two holes, but so did Nicklaus to win by two strokes.

For Nicklaus, it was his record-tying fourth U.S. Open victory (joining Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson at four), and his 16th professional major.

Nicklaus' 272 total broke his own tournament record of 275, set in 1967 and also at Baltusrol. At the time, Aoki's 274 was the second-lowest total ever posted in a U.S. Open, and it still shares the record for lowest score by a non-winner.

Aoki went on to win 51 times total in Japan, once on the USPGA and nine times on the Champions Tour. Nicklaus won only four more times after this on the PGA Tour, but two of those were majors - including one a couple months later, the 1980 PGA Championship.

1980 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1980 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 Lower Course of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey (a-amateur):

Jack Nicklaus 63-71-70-68--272 $55,000
Isao Aoki 68-68-68-70--274 $29,500
Keith Fergus 66-70-70-70--276 $17,400
Lon Hinkle 66-70-69-71--276 $17,400
Tom Watson 71-68-67-70--276 $17,400
Mark Hayes 66-71-69-74--280 $11,950
Mike Reid 69-67-75-69--280 $11,950
Ed Sneed 72-70-70-70--282 $8,050
Hale Irwin 70-70-73-69--282 $8,050
Mike Morley 73-68-69-72--282 $8,050
Andy North 68-75-72-67--282 $8,050
Bruce Devlin 71-70-70-72--283 $4,387
Bobby Wadkins 72-71-68-72--283 $4,387
Joe Hager 72-70-71-70--283 $4,387
Lee Trevino 68-73-69-74--284 $4,387
Pat McGowan 69-69-73-73--284 $2,891
Bill Rogers 69-72-70-73--284 $2,891
Gil Morgan 73-70-70-71--284 $2,891
Curtis Strange 69-74-71-70--284 $2,891
Joe Inman 74-69-69-72--284 $2,891
Craig Stadler 73-67-69-75--284 $2,891
Jim Simons 70-72-71-72--285 $2,400
J.C. Snead 69-71-73-72--285 $2,400
Peter Jacobsen 70-69-72-74--285 $2,400
a-Gary Hallberg 74-68-70-73--285  
Jay Haas 67-74-70-75--286 $2,275
Mark Lye 68-72-77-69--286 $2,275
John Mahaffey 72-73-69-73--287 $2,125
David Edwards 73-68-72-74--287 $2,125
George Burns 75-69-73-70--287 $2,125
Calvin Peete 67-76-74-70--287 $2,125
Ben Crenshaw 72-73-71-72--288 $1,900
Bob Gilder 72-68-74-74--288 $1,900
Jerry McGee 72-72-70-74--288 $1,900
Jack Newton 72-71-74-71--288 $1,900
Hubert Green 73-73-65-77--288 $1,900
Tom Weiskopf 63-75-76-75--289 $1,760
Tim Simpson 70-73-73-74--290 $1,630
a-Bobby Clampett 72-74-71-73--290  
Rod Curl 73-71-72-74--290 $1,630
Gene Littler 72-68-75-75--290 $1,630
Jim Dent 72-72-70-76--290 $1,630
Artie McNickle 76-70-72-72--290 $1,630
Bruce Lietzke 71-72-70-77--290 $1,630
Scott Simpson 73-72-73-73--291 $1,530
Wayne Levi 72-71-73-75--291 $1,530
Charles Coody 72-71-74-75--292 $1,470
David Graham 72-73-72-75--292 $1,470
Jim Colbert 72-69-74-77--292 $1,470
Raymond Floyd 67-79-71-75--292 $1,470
Lou Graham 73-71-72-77--293 $1,410
Dave Stockton 73-73-77-70--293 $1,410
John Cook 71-71-77-75--294 $1,385
Fuzzy Zoeller 75-70-72-77--294 $1,385
Tommy McGinnis 69-71-81-74--295 $1,370
Ron Streck 72-71-76-77--296 $1,355
Lance Ten Broeck 73-71-71-81--296 $1,355
Chip Beck 76-70-77-74--297 $1,340
Jeff Mitchell 69-75-73-81--298 $1,330
Phil Hancock 76-70-75-78--299 $1,310
Larry Nelson 70-74-76-79--299 $1,310
Bobby Walzel 73-70-81-75--299 $1,310
Arnold Palmer 73-73-77-78--301 $1,310

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