|Dates||June 15–18, 1972|
|Location||Pebble Beach, California|
|Course(s)||Pebble Beach Golf Links|
|Length||6,812 yards (6,229 m)|
|Field||150 players, 70 after cut|
The 1972 U.S. Open was the 72nd U.S. Open, held June 15–18 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Jack Nicklaus, age 32, captured his third U.S. Open title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Bruce Crampton. This was the first of six major championships held to date at Pebble Beach: five U.S. Opens and the PGA Championship in 1977.
Scoring conditions during the final round were extremely difficult; the average was 78.8, the highest in post-war U.S. Open history. Nicklaus' 290 (+2) was the second-highest winning score during that span. It was Nicklaus' eleventh career major championship as a professional, tying the record of Walter Hagen. When combined with his two U.S. Amateur wins, it was his thirteenth major, equaling Bobby Jones for most all-time.
Defending champion Lee Trevino had been hospitalized in Texas for several days for bronchitis and pneumonia; he was released on Tuesday, two days before the first round, and tied for fourth.
It was the second consecutive major title for Nicklaus, who won the Masters in April. Previous winners of the first two majors of the year were Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), and Arnold Palmer (1960); later champions of both were Tiger Woods (2002) and Jordan Spieth (2015). In addition, Nicklaus held the PGA Championship title from February 1971; four weeks later, he was the runner-up by a single stroke at the Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland.
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967||71||73||72||74||290||+2||1|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||77||68||73||76||294||+6||3|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||74||72||71||78||295||+7||T4|
|Billy Casper||United States||1959, 1966||74||73||79||74||300||+12||T11|
|Orville Moody||United States||1969||71||77||79||74||301||+13||T15|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||72||74||75||80||301||+13||T15|
|Julius Boros||United States||1952, 1963||77||77||74||77||305||+17||T29|
- Note: all eight former champions in the field made the cut.
Thursday, June 15, 1972
|T1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71||−1|
|Orville Moody||United States|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States|
|Mason Rudolph||United States|
|Tom Shaw||United States|
|Kermit Zarley||United States|
|T7||Bobby Cole||South Africa||72||E|
|Don Massengale||United States|
|Gary Player||South Africa|
Friday, June 16, 1972
|T1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-73=144||E|
|Kermit Zarley||United States||71-73=144|
|Lanny Wadkins||United States||76-68=144|
|Homero Blancas||United States||74-70=144|
|7||Arnold Palmer||United States||77-68=145||+1|
|T8||Lee Trevino||United States||74-72=146||+2|
|Lee Elder||United States||75-71=146|
|Ralph Johnston||United States||74-72=146|
|Rod Funseth||United States||73-73=146|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-74=146|
|Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||71-75=146|
Saturday, June 17, 1972
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-73-72=216||E|
|Kermit Zarley||United States||71-73-73=217|
|Lee Trevino||United States||74-72-71=217|
|T5||Arnold Palmer||United States||77-68-73=218||+2|
|Johnny Miller||United States||74-73-71=218|
|T7||Homero Blancas||United States||74-70-76=220||+4|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-74-73=220|
|T9||Don January||United States||76-71-74=221||+5|
|Gary Player||South Africa||72-74-75=221|
Sunday, June 18, 1972
In high winds, Nicklaus was even par on the front nine; after a double-bogey at the tenth, Arnold Palmer and Bruce Crampton trailed by just two shots. Palmer had a chance to tie Nicklaus at the 14th, but he missed a 10-footer (3 m) for birdie. Down by one stroke, Palmer bogeyed the next two holes and finished with a final-round 76, four shots behind.
With a three-shot lead over Crampton on the tee of the par-3 17th, Nicklaus hit one of his most famous shots. His 1-iron went directly at the pin, bounced once, struck the flagstick, and settled inches from the hole for a tap-in birdie. With the lead at four strokes on the final tee, he bogeyed for 74 (+2) and the win.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||71-73-72-74=290||+2||30,000|
|3||Arnold Palmer||United States||77-68-73-76=294||+6||10,000|
|T4||Homero Blancas||United States||74-70-76-75=295||+7||7,500|
|Lee Trevino||United States||74-72-71-78=295|
|6||Kermit Zarley||United States||71-73-73-79=296||+8||6,000|
|7||Johnny Miller||United States||74-73-71-79=297||+9||5,000|
|8||Tom Weiskopf||United States||73-74-73-78=298||+10||4,000|
|T9||Chi-Chi Rodríguez||United States||71-75-78-75=299||+11||3,250|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
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|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1972 Open Championship