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1989 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1989 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

At a U.S. Open, the saying goes, par is your friend. Curtis Strange began his final round at the 1989 U.S. Open with 15 straight pars, and that solid, steady golf was good enough for Strange to walk away with his second straight win in this championship.

Strange was the 36-hole leader after a blistering 64 in the second round, but he managed only a 73 in the third round and fell three strokes behind Tom Kite. Scott Simpson was in second, two ahead of Strange.

But Kite stumbled early in the final round and never recovered, finishing in ninth place after carding a 78. Simpson shot 75. And that opened the door for Strange, whose first birdie of the final round happened on the 16th hole.

With the win, Strange became the sixth back-to-back winner in the tournament's history, and the first since Ben Hogan in 1950-51.

Strange was 34 years old at the time, one of the top three or four players in the game, and it seemed as if he would win many more times. He made a run at a third straight U.S. Open trophy in 1990, but fell short. And he never won again - his 1989 U.S. Open victory was his 17th and final title on the PGA Tour.

This tournament was Gary Player's final appearance in a U.S. Open. He posted a second-round 69, but a first-round 78 prevented Player from making the cut.

1989 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1989 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York (a-amateur):

Curtis Strange 71-64-73-70--278 $200,000
Chip Beck 71-69-71-68--279 $67,823
Mark McCumber 70-68-72-69--279 $67,823
Ian Woosnam 70-68-73-68--279 $67,823
Brian Claar 71-72-68-69--280 $34,345
Jumbo Ozaki 70-71-68-72--281 $28,220
Scott Simpson 67-70-69-75--281 $28,220
Peter Jacobsen 71-70-71-70--282 $24,307
Jose Maria Olazabal 69-72-70-72--283 $19,968
Paul Azinger 71-72-70-70--283 $19,968
Hubert Green 69-72-74-68--283 $19,968
Tom Kite 67-69-69-78--283 $19,968
Scott Hoch 70-72-70-72--284 $15,634
Mark Lye 71-69-72-72--284 $15,634
Payne Stewart 66-75-72-71--284 $15,634
Tom Pernice Jr. 67-75-68-74--284 $15,634
Larry Nelson 68-73-68-75--284 $15,634
Nick Faldo 68-72-73-72--285 $13,013
David Frost 73-72-70-70--285 $13,013
Jay Don Blake 66-71-72-76--285 $13,013
Bill Glasson 73-70-70-73--286 $11,306
D.A. Weibring 70-74-73-69--286 $11,306
Fred Couples 74-71-67-74--286 $11,306
Nolan Henke 75-69-72-70--286 $11,306
Steve Elkington 70-70-78-68--286 $11,306
Raymond Floyd 68-74-74-71--287 $9,983
Don Pooley 74-69-71-73--287 $9,983
Robert Wrenn 74-71-73-69--287 $9,983
Emlyn Aubrey 69-73-73-73--288 $9,006
Dan Pohl 71-71-73-73--288 $9,006
Hal Sutton 69-75-72-72--288 $9,006
Scott Taylor 69-71-76-72--288 $9,006
Davis Love III 71-74-73-71--289 $7,576
Larry Mize 72-72-71-74--289 $7,576
Isao Aoki 70-70-75-74--289 $7,576
Brad Faxon 73-70-75-71--289 $7,576
Eddie Kirby 70-70-73-76--289 $7,576
Dan Forsman 70-70-76-73--289 $7,576
Greg Norman 72-68-73-76--289 $7,576
Billy Mayfair 72-69-76-72--289 $7,576
Joey Sindelar 67-77-74-71--289 $7,576
Mark Wiebe 69-71-72-77--289 $7,576
Clark Dennis 72-72-72-74--290 $6,281
Jack Nicklaus 67-74-74-75--290 $6,281
Seve Ballesteros 75-70-76-69--290 $6,281
Ken Green 73-72-71-75--291 $5,485
Richard Zokol 71-69-76-75--291 $5,485
Tom Watson 76-69-73-73--291 $5,485
Steve Jones 69-75-77-70--291 $5,485
John Mahaffey 77-68-74-72--291 $5,485
Jodie Mudd 73-71-74-74--292 $4,690
Tom Sieckmann 73-71-74-74--292 $4,690
Steve Pate 74-69-73-76--292 $4,690
David Ogrin 73-72-73-75--293 $4,299
Ronnie Black 71-74-76-72--293 $4,299
Webb Heintzelman 72-70-75-76--293 $4,299
Chris Perry 76-67-72-78--293 $4,299
Hale Irwin 74-70-79-70--293 $4,299
Clarence Rose 70-75-73-76--294 $4,120
Bernhard Langer 66-78-77-73--294 $4,120
David Graham 73-72-77-73--295 $4,099
Mark Calcavecchia 74-70-74-77--295 $4,099
a-Greg Lesher 70-72-76-78--296  
Dan Halldorson 72-70-76-78--296 $4,099
Tony Sills 72-72-71-81--296 $4,099
Bobby Wadkins 73-72-75-77--297 $4,099
Ed Humenik 73-72-76-77--298 $4,099
Dillard Pruitt 68-74-81-75--298 $4,099
Doug Weaver 72-73-80-75--300 $4,099
John Daly 74-67-80-79--300 $4,099
Kurt Beck 68-73-83-77--301 $4,099

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