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1983 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1983 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros shared the third-round lead, but Larry Nelson is the man who made the move in the final round of the 1983 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

Ballesteros was looking for his first U.S. Open win, and Watson was trying to win back-to-back titles as the defending champion. They started the final round one stroke ahead of Nelson, who finished his third round by going 7-under over the last 13 holes.

Ballesteros fell away a bit in the final round, eventually finishing fourth. But Watson and Nelson were hot from the start, Watson going out in 31 and Nelson in 33.

Nelson caught Watson on the 14th hole, but the momentum was interrupted by rain. The final round picked up again the next day, Monday, and Nelson pulled ahead with a 60-foot birdie putt on the 16th.

Watson missed a 5-footer for par on the 17th and was unable to make birdie at the last to tie. Nelson was the 1983 U.S. Open championship.

Nelson played the third and fourth rounds in 132 strokes, 65-67, setting a U.S. Open scoring record for the final 36 holes.

Arnold Palmer made his last cut in a U.S. Open here at Oakmont. It was his next-to-last appearance in a U.S. Open. Palmer tried for several years after to make it into the tournament through qualifying, but never did. At the 1994 U.S. Open, the USGA gave Palmer a special exemption so he could make a farewell appearance when the Open was once again at Oakmont.

Paul Azinger missed the cut here in his first appearance in a major. Someone else of note who missed the cut was Rick Smith, who later became one of the best-known golf instructors in America, teaching Phil Mickelson for years.

1983 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1983 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-71 Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (a-amateur):

Larry Nelson 75-73-65-67--280 $72,000
Tom Watson 72-70-70-69--281 $44,000
Gil Morgan 73-72-70-68--283 $29,000
Seve Ballesteros 69-74-69-74--286 $17,968
Calvin Peete 75-68-70-73--286 $17,968
Hal Sutton 73-70-73-71--287 $13,254
Lanny Wadkins 72-73-74-69--288 $12,088
David Graham 74-75-73-69--291 $10,711
Ralph Landrum 75-73-69-74--291 $10,711
Chip Beck 73-74-74-71--292 $8,976
Andy North 73-71-72-76--292 $8,976
Craig Stadler 76-74-73-69--292 $8,976
Lennie Clements 74-71-75-73--293 $6,993
David Ogrin 75-69-75-74--293 $6,993
Jim Thorpe 75-70-75-73--293 $6,993
Pat McGowan 75-71-75-72--293 $6,993
Scott Simpson 73-71-73-76--293 $6,993
Mike Nicolette 76-69-73-75--293 $6,993
Raymond Floyd 72-70-72-79--293 $6,993
Gary Player 73-74-76-71--294 $5,554
Tom Kite 75-76-70-73--294 $5,554
Griff Moody 76-72-73-73--294 $5,554
D.A. Weibring 71-74-80-69--294 $5,554
Tom Weiskopf 75-73-74-73--295 $5,017
Gary Koch 78-71-72-74--295 $5,017
Mark Hayes 75-72-74-75--296 $4,464
Tommy Nakajima 75-74-74-73--296 $4,464
Bob Ford 76-73-75-72--296 $4,464
Ken Green 77-73-71-75--296 $4,464
Joey Rassett 72-69-78-77--296 $4,464
Curtis Strange 74-72-78-72--296 $4,464
Tim Simpson 76-74-73-74--297 $4,013
Roger Maltbie 76-72-69-80--297 $4,013
Ron Terry 75-75-73-75--298 $3,686
Mike Sullivan 74-76-74-74--298 $3,686
Andy Bean 76-75-73-74--298 $3,686
Peter Jacobsen 75-75-77-71--298 $3,686
John Mahaffey 69-72-79-78--298 $3,686
Bob Gilder 75-74-75-75--299 $3,267
Hale Irwin 72-76-75-76--299 $3,267
Skeeter Heath 73-76-74-76--299 $3,267
Keith Fergus 76-72-79-72--299 $3,267
Wayne Levi 74-76-74-76--300 $2,847
J.C. Snead 76-73-76-75--300 $2,847
Jack Nicklaus 73-74-77-76--300 $2,847
Jay Haas 74-74-74-78--300 $2,847
Mike Reid 75-75-78-72--300 $2,847
Scott Hoch 74-77-74-76--301 $2,520
Nick Price 72-77-72-80--301 $2,520
Mark McNulty 75-76-75-76--302 $2,104
Forrest Fezler 75-76-74-77--302 $2,104
Peter Oosterhuis 75-76-77-74--302 $2,104
Bob Shearer 76-74-75-77--302 $2,104
Bob Boyd 76-75-74-77--302 $2,104
a-Brad Faxon 77-74-75-76--302  
Lou Graham 71-77-78-76--302 $2,104
Bob Murphy 69-81-74-78--302 $2,104
Frank Conner 72-74-81-75--302 $2,104
Greg Norman 74-75-81-72--302 $2,104
Arnold Palmer 74-75-78-76--303 $1,907
Hubert Green 74-74-76-79--303 $1,907
Donnie Hammond 74-73-81-75--303 $1,907
a-John Sherman 80-71-79-74--304  
Bob Eastwood 75-76-80-74--305 $1,898
Bruce Devlin 70-79-77-80--306 $1,898
Bobby Wadkins 71-77-81-77--306 $1,898
Jim Nelford 72-79-79-77--307 $1,898
Rocky Thompson 76-75-79-80--310 $1,898
Jim Booros 72-79-82-77--310 $1,898
Hsu Sheng-San 74-77-80-81--312 $1,898

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