|Dates||June 12–15, 1980|
|Location||Springfield, New Jersey|
|Course(s)||Baltusrol Golf Club,|
|Length||7,076 yards (6,470 m)|
|Field||156 players, 63 after cut|
The 1980 U.S. Open was the 80th U.S. Open, held June 12–15 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey, west of New York City. Jack Nicklaus set a new tournament scoring record to win his fourth U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Isao Aoki.
Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf began the tournament by shooting a record-tying 63 in the first round on the Lower Course on Thursday. Weiskopf, however, did not shoot better than 75 in any other round and finished 37th. After a second round 71, Nicklaus owned a two-stroke lead over Isao Aoki. Aoki, however, carded a third consecutive round of 68 in the third to tie Nicklaus.
In the final round on Sunday, Nicklaus birdied the 3rd after Aoki recorded a bogey on 2, taking a two-shot lead. Nicklaus, however, could not separate himself from his challenger. After he hit his approach to 3 feet on 10, Aoki made a long putt from the fringe for a birdie. On the 17th Nicklaus holed a 22-footer for birdie while Aoki made his own 5-footer for birdie. And at the 18th Nicklaus rolled in another birdie from 10-feet to win the championship, his sixteenth major title as a professional.
Nicklaus' winning total of 272 established a new U.S. Open standard, breaking the record 275 he set in 1967 on the same Lower Course. He also tied Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, and Ben Hogan by winning his fourth U.S. Open title. Nicklaus had failed to win a tournament in 1979 for the first time in his career, and at 40 many believed his best days were behind him. He won four more times on the PGA Tour with two majors, including the PGA Championship two months later and the Masters in 1986.
Lengths of the course for previous major championships:
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967, 1972||63||71||70||68||272||−8||1|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974, 1979||70||70||73||69||282||+2||T8|
|Andy North||United States||1978||68||75||72||67||282||+2||T8|
|Lee Trevino||United States||1968, 1971||68||73||69||74||284||+4||T12|
|Hubert Green||United States||1977||73||73||65||77||288||+8||T32|
|Gene Littler||United States||1961||72||68||75||75||290||+10||T38|
|Lou Graham||United States||1975||73||71||72||77||293||+13||T51|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||1960||73||73||77||78||301||+21||63|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Johnny Miller||United States||1973||72||75||147||+7|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1965||77||72||149||+9|
|Jerry Pate||United States||1976||77||73||150||+10|
Thursday, June 12, 1980
|T1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||63||−7|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States|
|T3||Keith Fergus||United States||66||−4|
|Mark Hayes||United States|
|Lon Hinkle||United States|
|T6||Raymond Floyd||United States||67||−3|
|Jay Haas||United States|
|Calvin Peete||United States|
|Mark Lye||United States|
|Andy North||United States|
|Lee Trevino||United States|
Friday, June 13, 1980
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||63-71=134||−6|
|Keith Fergus||United States||66-70=136|
|Lon Hinkle||United States||66-70=136|
|Mike Reid||United States||69-67=136|
|6||Mark Hayes||United States||66-71=137||−3|
|T7||Pat McGowan||United States||69-69=138||−2|
|Tom Weiskopf||United States||63-75=138|
|T9||Peter Jacobsen||United States||70-69=139||−1|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-68=139|
Amateurs: Hallberg (+2), Clampett (+6), Sigel (+7), Sindelar (+7), Wagner (+9), Wood (+10), Blake (+11), Sutton (+11), Rassett (+13), Sluman (+15), Clearwater (+16), Mudd (+16), Norton (+16), O'Meara (+16), Bergin (+17), Landers (+20), Chalas (+21), Glickley (+22).
Saturday, June 14, 1980
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||63-71-70=204|
|3||Lon Hinkle||United States||66-70-69=205||−5|
|T4||Keith Fergus||United States||66-70-70=206||−4|
|Mark Hayes||United States||66-71-69=206|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-68-67=206|
|7||Craig Stadler||United States||73-67-69=209||−1|
|T8||Mike Morley||United States||73-68-69=210||E|
|Lee Trevino||United States||68-73-69=210|
|Hubert Green||United States||73-73-65=211|
|Jay Haas||United States||67-74-70=211|
|Peter Jacobsen||United States||70-69-72=211|
|Pat McGowan||United States||69-69-73=211|
|Mike Reid||United States||69-67-75=211|
|Bill Rogers||United States||69-72-70=211|
Sunday, June 15, 1980
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Jack Nicklaus||United States||63-71-70-68=272||−8||55,000|
|T3||Keith Fergus||United States||66-70-70-70=276||−4||17,400|
|Lon Hinkle||United States||66-70-69-71=276|
|Tom Watson||United States||71-68-67-70=276|
|T6||Mark Hayes||United States||66-71-69-74=280||E||11,950|
|Mike Reid||United States||69-67-75-69=280|
|T8||Hale Irwin||United States||70-70-73-69=282||+2||8,050|
|Mike Morley||United States||73-68-69-72=282|
|Andy North||United States||68-75-72-67=282|
|Ed Sneed||United States||72-70-70-70=282|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
- "Site of 1980 U.S. Open". Chicago Tribune. June 12, 1980. p. 6, section 4.
- "Jack is back!". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. June 16, 1980. p. 15.
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- Jenkins, Dan (June 23, 1980). "The Owner of the Open". Sports Illustrated. p. 22.
- Loomis, Tom (June 13, 1980). "Nicklaus, Weiskopf fire twin record-tying scores". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 23.
- "Nicklaus' putter turns Open into tie". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. June 15, 1980. p. 3C.
- Loomis, Tom (June 16, 1980). "Nicklaus wins fourth Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 13.
- Etzel, Pete (June 16, 1980). "Nicklaus resurrected amid wave of love". Milwaukee Journal. p. 8, part 2.
- Lyon, Bill (June 14, 1980). "USGA says adios, Seve". Chicago Tribune. Knight-Ridder News Service. p. 2, section 2.
- "Ballesteros disqualified in Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. June 13, 1980. p. 23.
- "Golf: U.S. Open". Chicago Tribune. June 14, 1980. p. 4, section 2.
- "U.S. Open History". USGA. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1980 Open Championship