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1987 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1987 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

A late birdie binge moved Scott Simpson past Tom Watson and to the championship at the 1987 U.S. Open.

Watson tied the tournament lead with a second-round 67, then took the outright lead with a third-round 71. Simpson was one stroke behind.

Watson maintained his one-shot lead over Simpson through 13 holes of the final round. But then Simpson reeled off birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16, passing Watson by. Watson had a 45-foot birdie putt on the final hole to tie, but missed.

Seve Ballesteros finished five strokes behind Simpson, but in third place. It was the third time in five years Ballesteros finished in the Top 5 at the U.S. Open, and proved to be the best finish of his career in this major.

Forty-seven-year-old Jack Nicklaus was tied for second after two rounds, a stroke behind Watson, but collapsed on the weekend with rounds of 76 and 77. Nicklaus finished tied for 46th.

Simpson won seven times on the PGA Tour. Although he challenged at several other U.S. Opens - including a runner-up in the 1991 U.S. Open - his win here proved to be Simpson's only major.

1987 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1987 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 Lake Course at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California (a-amateur):

Scott Simpson 71-68-70-68--277 $150,000
Tom Watson 72-65-71-70--278 $75,000
Seve Ballesteros 68-75-68-71--282 $46,240
Bobby Wadkins 71-71-70-71--283 $24,542
Ben Crenshaw 67-72-72-72--283 $24,542
Larry Mize 71-68-72-72--283 $24,542
Curtis Strange 71-72-69-71--283 $24,542
Bernhard Langer 69-69-73-72--283 $24,542
Mac O'Grady 71-69-72-72--284 $15,004
Jim Thorpe 70-68-73-73--284 $15,004
Tommy Nakajima 68-70-74-72--284 $15,004
Lennie Clements 70-70-70-74--284 $15,004
Dan Pohl 75-71-69-69--284 $15,004
Isao Aoki 71-73-70-71--285 $12,065
Bob Eastwood 73-66-75-71--285 $12,065
Tim Simpson 76-66-70-73--285 $12,065
David Frost 70-72-71-73--286 $9,747
Mark Calcavecchia 73-68-73-72--286 $9,747
Nick Price 69-74-69-74--286 $9,747
Jumbo Ozaki 71-69-72-74--286 $9,747
Jim Woodward 71-74-72-69--286 $9,747
Kenny Knox 72-71-69-74--286 $9,747
Jodie Mudd 72-75-71-68--286 $9,747
Steve Pate 71-72-72-72--287 $7,719
Danny Edwards 72-70-72-73--287 $7,719
Peter Jacobsen 72-71-71-73--287 $7,719
Craig Stadler 72-68-74-73--287 $7,719
Don Pooley 74-72-72-69--287 $7,719
Jay Don Blake 70-75-71-71--287 $7,719
John Mahaffey 72-72-67-76--287 $7,719
Hal Sutton 74-70-70-74--288 $6,554
Tony Sills 71-70-75-72--288 $6,554
Ken Green 71-74-75-68--288 $6,554
Dale Douglass 70-73-69-76--288 $6,554
Keith Clearwater 74-71-64-79--288 $6,554
Lanny Wadkins 73-71-72-73--289 $5,626
Denis Watson 69-74-72-74--289 $5,626
Sandy Lyle 70-74-72-73--289 $5,626
Barry Jaeckel 73-70-72-74--289 $5,626
Rodger Davis 75-68-72-74--289 $5,626
John Cook 70-68-76-75--289 $5,626
Scott Hoch 72-70-77-70--289 $5,626
Wayne Grady 73-70-74-73--290 $4,856
Raymond Floyd 68-73-76-73--290 $4,856
Sam Randolph 71-71-76-72--290 $4,856
Ralph Landrum 72-71-74-74--291 $4,240
Fred Couples 72-71-73-75--291 $4,240
Roger Maltbie 73-73-75-70--291 $4,240
Tom Kite 76-69-70-76--291 $4,240
Jack Nicklaus 70-68-76-77--291 $4,240
Joey Sindelar 75-71-75-71--292 $3,462
David Graham 71-76-72-73--292 $3,462
Gil Morgan 72-71-76-73--292 $3,462
Greg Norman 72-69-74-77--292 $3,462
David Hobby 77-70-73-72--292 $3,462
Ed Dougherty 73-67-78-74--292 $3,462
Mark McCumber 72-72-69-79--292 $3,462
Mike Smith 73-71-74-75--293 $3,178
Duffy Waldorf 74-69-75-75--293 $3,178
Eddie Kirby 73-69-75-76--293 $3,178
Jack Renner 73-73-71-76--293 $3,178
Mark Wiebe 70-67-77-79--293 $3,178
Gene Sauers 72-69-73-79--293 $3,178
Bob Gilder 72-72-70-79--293 $3,178
Bob Lohr 76-67-79-71--293 $3,178
Mark McNulty 73-72-73-76--294 $3,165
Russ Cochran 71-69-81-73--294 $3,165
Jose Maria Olazabal 76-69-76-74--295 $3,165
Tom Purtzer 74-73-77-71--295 $3,165
Bob Tway 70-71-79-75--295 $3,165
Jim Carter 75-72-75-74--296 $3,165
Donnie Hammond 75-71-76-74--296 $3,165
Gary Hallberg 71-72-69-85--297 $3,165
David Ogrin 74-72-74-78--298 $3,165
Dave Eichelberger 72-75-77-76--300 $3,165
Fred Wadsworth 75-71-77-77--300 $3,165
Dave Rummells 74-73-76-78--301 $3,165

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