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1990 U.S. Open
Recap and Scores for the 1990 U.S. Open Golf Tournament

The "victory lap" - that's what the 1990 U.S. Open is best-remembered for, even though Hale Irwin's sprint around the 18th green wasn't actually in celebration of a win. That had to wait one more day.

Irwin, 45 years old and a 2-time champion of this event, played the 1990 U.S. Open as a special ivitee of the USGA. He made the most of his opportunity, firing a final-round 67 to get in the clubhouse at 8-under 280.

He achieved that score by rolling in a 45-foot birdie on the 72nd hole. When the ball dropped into the cup, giving Irwin the clubhouse lead, the crowd exploded, and Irwin sprint around the perimeter of Medinah No. 3's 18th green, slapping hands with spectators. It was an unusual outburst for a player previously regarded as stoic.

But there were still others on the course who could catch Irwin. Nick Faldo and Billy Ray Brown each came up one stroke short. But journeyman Mike Donald, shooting 71, managed to tie Irwin at 8-under. That meant Irwin and Donald had to face off in an 18-hole playoff the following day.

But once again, the scheduled number of holes wasn't enough for these two. After 18 holes of the playoff, Irwin and Donald were again tied at 74. They kept going, switching to a sudden-death playoff format, and Irwin finally won the title with a birdie on the 19th hole.

It was Irwin's third U.S. Open victory, and he set a new record as the tournament's oldest winner at 45 years and 15 days old.

At the opposite end of the scales were two amateurs making their major championship debuts and making the cut. Phil Mickelson turned 20 during the tournament and finished tied for 29th. David Duval was just shy of 19, and finished tied for 56th.

Curtis Strange, trying to win a third consecutive U.S. Open title, was two strokes off the lead after three rounds, but shot 75 in the final round and finished tied for 21st.

1990 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 1990 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-72 No. 3 Course at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Hale Irwin 69-70-74-67--280 $220,000
Mike Donald 67-70-72-71--280 $110,000
Billy Ray Brown 69-71-69-72--281 $56,878
Nick Faldo 72-72-68-69--281 $56,878
Mark Brooks 68-70-72-73--283 $33,271
Greg Norman 72-73-69-69--283 $33,271
Tim Simpson 66-69-75-73--283 $33,271
Craig Stadler 71-70-72-71--284 $22,236
Scott Hoch 70-73-69-72--284 $22,236
Jose Maria Olazabal 73-69-69-73--284 $22,236
Fuzzy Zoeller 73-70-68-73--284 $22,236
Tom Sieckmann 70-74-68-72--284 $22,236
Steve Jones 67-76-74-67--284 $22,236
John Inman 72-71-70-72--285 $15,712
Scott Simpson 66-73-73-73--285 $15,712
John Huston 68-72-73-72--285 $15,712
Jim Benepe 72-70-73-70--285 $15,712
Larry Mize 72-70-69-74--285 $15,712
Jeff Sluman 66-70-74-75--285 $15,712
Larry Nelson 74-67-69-75--285 $15,712
Steve Elkington 73-71-73-69--286 $12,843
Ian Woosnam 70-70-74-72--286 $12,843
Curtis Strange 73-70-68-75--286 $12,843
Paul Azinger 72-72-69-74--287 $11,308
Jumbo Ozaki 73-72-74-68--287 $11,308
Billy Tuten 74-70-72-71--287 $11,308
Corey Pavin 74-70-73-70--287 $11,308
Webb Heintzelman 70-75-74-68--287 $11,308
Chip Beck 71-71-73-73--288 $10,022
a-Phil Mickelson 74-71-71-72--288  
Brian Claar 70-71-71-76--288 $10,022
Mike Hulbert 76-66-71-75--288 $10,022
David Frost 72-72-72-73--289 $8,221
Bob Tway 69-72-74-74--289 $8,221
Bobby Wadkins 71-73-71-74--289 $8,221
Bob Lohr 71-74-72-72--289 $8,221
Isao Aoki 73-69-74-73--289 $8,221
Tom Byrum 70-75-74-70--289 $8,221
Kirk Triplett 72-70-75-72--289 $8,221
Steve Pate 75-68-72-74--289 $8,221
Jack Nicklaus 71-74-68-76--289 $8,221
Seve Ballesteros 73-69-71-76--289 $8,221
Jim Gallagher Jr. 71-69-72-77--289 $8,221
Ted Schulz 73-70-69-77--289 $8,221
Mike Reid 70-73-68-78--289 $8,221
Craig Parry 72-71-68-79--290 $6,687
Robert Thompson 71-73-72-75--291 $6,140
Dave Barr 74-71-75-71--291 $6,140
Mark McCumber 76-68-74-73--291 $6,140
Dave Rummells 73-71-70-77--291 $6,140
Ray Stewart 70-74-73-75--292 $5,184
Bill Glasson 71-73-72-76--292 $5,184
Andy North 74-71-71-76--292 $5,184
Greg Twiggs 72-70-73-77--292 $5,184
Lanny Wadkins 72-72-70-78--292 $5,184
Blaine McCallister 71-72-75-75--293 $4,694
Tom Kite 75-70-74-74--293 $4,694
a-David Duval 72-72-72-77--293  
Gil Morgan 70-72-73-78--293 $4,694
Bob Gilder 71-70-74-78--293 $4,694
Robert Gamez 72-73-73-76--294 $4,529
Scott Verplank 72-69-77-76--294 $4,529
Ronan Rafferty 75-70-73-78--296 $4,507
David Graham 72-73-74-79--298 $4,507
Howard Twitty 73-72-77-77--299 $4,507
Brad Faxon 70-74-76-81--301 $4,507
Mike Smith 72-72-82-80--306 $4,507
Randy Wylie 70-75-81-82--308 $4,507

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