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1981 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1981 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Hitting fairways and greens, that's the simple method David Graham used to win the 1981 U.S. Open. Graham trailed third-round leader George Burns by three strokes entering the final round, but then shot 67 to Burns' 73 to win by three. Burns shared second place with Bill Rogers.

Graham missed the first fairway to start his final round (but birdied the hole anyway), then hit every fairway the rest of the way. He wasn't putting great, missing several good opportunities along the way, but Graham passed Burns with a birdie on the 14th hole.

Graham became the first Australian golfer to win the U.S. Open. It was his second major, after the 1979 PGA Championship, and the seventh of his eight career wins on the USPGA Tour.

The first-round leader was Jim Thorpe, who became the first African-American golfer ever to lead a U.S. Open. Chi Chi Rodriguez finished tied for sixth, his best showing in any major and one of just four Top 10 finishes in majors for Rodriguez.

1981 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1981 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 East Course of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania (a-amateur):

David Graham 68-68-70-67--273 $55,000
Bill Rogers 70-68-69-69--276 $24,650
George Burns 69-66-68-73--276 $24,650
John Cook 68-70-71-70--279 $16,200
John Schroeder 71-68-69-71--279 $16,200
Lon Hinkle 69-71-70-70--280 $9,920
Sammy Rachels 70-71-69-70--280 $9,920
Jack Nicklaus 69-68-71-72--280 $9,920
Frank Conner 71-72-69-68--280 $9,920
Chi Chi Rodriguez 68-73-67-72--280 $9,920
Isao Aoki 72-71-71-67--281 $5,500
Jim Thorpe 66-73-70-72--281 $5,500
Ben Crenshaw 70-75-64-72--281 $5,500
Lanny Wadkins 71-68-72-71--282 $3,616
Mark Hayes 71-70-72-69--282 $3,616
Calvin Peete 73-72-67-70--282 $3,616
Bruce Lietzke 70-71-71-71--283 $2,950
Jack Renner 68-71-72-72--283 $2,950
Curtis Strange 71-69-72-71--283 $2,950
Mike Reid 71-72-69-72--284 $2,550
Larry Nelson 70-73-69-72--284 $2,550
Tom Kite 73-74-67-70--284 $2,550
Johnny Miller 69-71-73-72--285 $2,350
Tom Watson 70-69-73-73--285 $2,350
Scott Simpson 72-67-71-75--285 $2,350
Gary Player 72-72-71-71--286 $2,100
Bruce Devlin 73-71-70-72--286 $2,100
Jerry Pate 70-69-72-75--286 $2,100
Rik Massengale 70-75-70-71--286 $2,100
Craig Stadler 71-76-68-71--286 $2,100
Tommy Valentine 69-68-72-77--286 $2,100
Jim Colbert 71-69-77-69--286 $2,100
Lee Elder 72-74-71-70--287 $1,827
Billy Kratzert 69-69-73-76--287 $1,827
Greg Norman 71-67-73-76--287 $1,827
J.C. Snead 67-77-73-70--287 $1,827
Peter Jacobsen 71-74-71-72--288 $1,660
Forrest Fezler 70-72-71-75--288 $1,660
Raymond Floyd 75-72-68-73--288 $1,660
Hubert Green 69-76-71-72--288 $1,660
Roger Maltbie 71-74-74-70--289 $1,570
Seve Ballesteros 73-69-72-75--289 $1,570
Andy North 73-74-72-71--290 $1,453
Keith Fergus 74-71-73-72--290 $1,453
Tim Simpson 70-75-74-71--290 $1,453
D.A. Weibring 71-72-72-75--290 $1,453
Leonard Thompson 75-71-74-70--290 $1,453
Thomas Gray 75-72-73-70--290 $1,453
Mike Peck 76-68-71-75--290 $1,453
Bobby Wadkins 70-72-71-77--290 $1,453
Mick Soli 77-69-72-72--290 $1,453
Bob Ackerman 68-78-71-73--290 $1,453
Steve Melnyk 70-75-73-73--291 $1,350
Mark McNulty 72-69-75-75--291 $1,350
Jim Nelford 74-73-69-75--291 $1,350
Gary Hallberg 70-77-69-75--291 $1,350
Bobby Nichols 71-71-78-71--291 $1,350
Greg Powers 73-73-72-74--292 $1,310
Ray Carrasco 74-71-73-74--292 $1,310
Hale Irwin 72-75-73-72--292 $1,310
Joe Hager 74-73-77-68--292 $1,310
George Archer 76-69-70-77--292 $1,310
Jim Simons 78-69-67-78--292 $1,310
Charlie Gibson 75-72-71-75--293 $1,300
Bill Pelham 73-73-73-75--294 $1,300
Morris Hatalsky 71-76-72-75--294 $1,300
a-Joey Rassett 70-70-78-76--294  
Dave Barr 74-72-73-76--295 $1,300
Mark Lye 70-72-76-78--296 $1,300
Kip Byrne 74-72-79-75--300 $1,300

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