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1985 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1985 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

The 1985 U.S. Open is remembered less for the golfer who won it - Andy North - than for the golfer who lost it. And that would be T.C. Chen.

Chen, from Taiwan, was trying to become the first Asian golfer to win a major. And he was doing a very good job of it. He opened with a course-record 65 at Oakland Hills that included the first double-eagle in U.S. Open history (holing out his approach shot on the par-5 second hole).

Chen followed with a 69, tying the 36-hole U.S. Open scoring record (since broken). In the third round, Chen again carded 69, and tied the 54-hole tournament record at that time.

North, meanwhile, had a second-round 65 and was one behind at that point; then shot 70 in the third round and was two behind.

In the final round, Chen increased his lead over North to four strokes after four holes. But on No. 5, disaster struck. Chipping out of a fluffly lie, Chen's club slid underneath the ball, weakly popping it up, and his club struck the ball a second time on his follow-through. A double hit. With the penalty - and Chen's ensuing 3-putt - had had a quadruple-bogey 8.

That one hole didn't doom Chen - he didn't even lose the lead, falling into a tie with North - but he never really recovered from it, either. Chen had a share of the lead as late as the 13th hole, but had two later bogeys and carded a 77.

North, Chen and Dave Barr shared the lead and traded the lead through the 13th hole, then North made his move. Or rather, North held his ground while Chen suffered his two bogeys and Barr added two of his own.

North wound up winning at 1-under par, the only player to finish under par, with Chen, Barr and Denis Watson one stroke behind.

For North, it was was his second U.S. Open victory, and just the third PGA Tour win of his injury-plagued career. It was also North's final major - and final win on the PGA Tour. North never again finished in the Top 25 at any major.

And Chen? He won his only PGA Tour event at the 1987 Los Angeles Open, and won several times in Japan afterward. But his double-hit is what he's best-known for. Chen's initials stand for "Tze-Chung," but after the double-hit at the 1985 U.S. Open, he was often called "Two-Chip" Chen.

1985 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1985 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (a-amateur):

Andy North 70-65-70-74--279 $103,000
Dave Barr 70-68-70-72--280 $39,185
Denis Watson 72-65-73-70--280 $39,185
T.C. Chen 65-69-69-77--280 $39,185
Payne Stewart 70-70-71-70--281 $18,458
Seve Ballesteros 71-70-69-71--281 $18,458
Lanny Wadkins 70-72-69-70--281 $18,458
Johnny Miller 74-71-68-69--282 $14,921
Fuzzy Zoeller 71-69-72-71--283 $12,439
Jack Renner 72-69-72-70--283 $12,439
Corey Pavin 72-68-73-70--283 $12,439
Rick Fehr 69-67-73-74--283 $12,439
Tom Kite 69-70-71-74--284 $10,738
Hale Irwin 73-72-70-70--285 $10,237
Greg Norman 72-71-71-72--286 $8,397
Andy Bean 69-72-73-72--286 $8,397
Joey Sindelar 72-72-69-73--286 $8,397
Scott Simpson 73-73-68-72--286 $8,397
Don Pooley 73-69-73-71--286 $8,397
Mark O'Meara 72-67-75-72--286 $8,397
Tony Sills 75-70-71-70--286 $8,397
Jay Haas 69-66-77-74--286 $8,397
Gil Morgan 71-72-72-72--287 $6,344
Tom Sieckmann 73-73-70-71--287 $6,344
David Graham 73-72-74-68--287 $6,344
David Frost 74-68-74-71--287 $6,344
Hal Sutton 74-71-74-68--287 $6,344
Mike Reid 69-75-70-73--287 $6,344
Raymond Floyd 72-67-73-75--287 $6,344
Fred Funk 75-70-72-70--287 $6,344
Peter Jacobsen 71-73-72-72--288 $5,431
Bruce Lietzke 72-71-74-71--288 $5,431
Curtis Strange 71-68-76-73--288 $5,431
Scott Hoch 73-72-71-73--289 $4,994
Jim Thorpe 73-69-74-73--289 $4,994
Loren Roberts 74-71-74-70--289 $4,994
Skeeter Heath 70-70-77-72--289 $4,994
a-Scott Verplank 77-69-74-69--289  
Bill Glasson 70-71-75-74--290 $4,433
Larry Mize 72-73-70-75--290 $4,433
John Mahaffey 72-70-75-73--290 $4,433
Larry Nelson 71-71-77-71--290 $4,433
Fred Couples 66-78-73-73--290 $4,433
Ronnie Black 71-69-76-75--291 $3,996
Danny Edwards 72-69-73-77--291 $3,996
Tim Simpson 74-72-72-74--292 $3,496
Jeff Sanders 71-75-73-73--292 $3,496
Bobby Wadkins 72-69-75-76--292 $3,496
Ed Fiori 72-71-76-73--292 $3,496
Wayne Levi 75-71-70-76--292 $3,496
Frank Conner 74-68-77-73--292 $3,496
Bill Israelson 71-72-75-75--293 $2,887
Rafael Alarcon 73-72-72-76--293 $2,887
Dick Mast 71-71-77-74--293 $2,887
Morris Hatalsky 71-72-77-73--293 $2,887
Peter Oosterhuis 73-71-76-74--294 $2,698
Brad Faxon 71-72-77-75--295 $2,667
Ken Mattiace 74-72-73-77--296 $2,606
Lee Rinker 74-69-75-78--296 $2,606
Gene Sauers 70-73-80-73--296 $2,606
Ken Green 73-73-79-74--299 $2,550
Bob Eastwood 72-73-80-74--299 $2,550
Jeff Grygiel 73-70-76-81--300 $2,549
a-Jay Sigel 76-69-78-79--302  
Curt Byrum 71-75-80-76--302 $2,548
Gregory Chapman 75-71-80-78--304 $2,547

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