|Dates||June 18–21, 1992|
|Location||Pebble Beach, California|
|Course(s)||Pebble Beach Golf Links|
|Length||6,809 yards (6,226 m)|
|Field||156 players, 66 after cut|
The 1992 U.S. Open was the 92nd U.S. Open, held June 18–21 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Tom Kite, long considered one of the best players to never win a major, finally broke through with a U.S. Open title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Jeff Sluman.
Gil Morgan was the story of the opening two rounds. He took the first-round lead with a 66, then recorded a second-round 69 for the 36-hole lead. After a birdie at the 3rd hole of the third round, Morgan was at 10-under, becoming the first in U.S. Open history to reach double-digits under-par. He got as low as 12-under after a birdie at the 7th, but then collapsed. He made three double-bogeys the rest of the round, but still held the lead by one over Kite, Ian Woosnam, and Mark Brooks. Morgan finally fell out of the lead after a double-bogey at the 6th in the final round. He eventually finished in 13th place, playing his final 29 holes in 17-over par. As Morgan was falling, Kite played steady golf, recording two birdies at 12 and 14 to offset bogeys at 16 and 17. He finished with an even-par 72 and a 3-under total of 285 for a two-stroke win over Jeff Sluman.
Windy conditions combined with lightning-fast greens made scoring conditions in the final round extremely difficult. Morgan shot an 81, Woosnam, one back at the start of the round, shot 79, Brooks, also one back, shot 84, and Nick Faldo, two back at the start, carded a 77. Colin Montgomerie shot 70 for the joint lowest score of the round and jumped over 25 players to finish in 3rd place. The final-round scoring average was 77.3, the third-highest in post-World War II U.S. Open history.
Previous course lengths for major championships
- 6,825 yards (6,241 m) - par 72, 1982 U.S. Open
- 6,806 yards (6,223 m) - par 72, 1977 PGA Championship
- 6,812 yards (6,229 m) - par 72, 1972 U.S. Open
This was the last U.S. Open for a quarter-century to be played at a par-72 course. Since then, it has most often been played to a par of 70, and occasionally 71. Pebble Beach played to par 71 at all three of its subsequent U.S. Opens (2000, 2010, and 2019). The next par-72 course to host the U.S. Open, and the only one to date, was Erin Hills in 2017.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Curtis Strange||United States||1988, 1989||67||78||76||74||295||+7||T23|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1986||71||69||76||81||297||+9||T44|
|Hale Irwin||United States||1974, 1979, 1990||73||70||78||77||298||+10||T51|
|Payne Stewart||United States||1991||73||70||72||83||298||+10||T51|
|Scott Simpson||United States||1987||76||71||68||88||303||+15||T64|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Tom Watson||United States||1982||75||73||148||+4|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1962, 1967,
|Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||1984||73||79||152||+8|
|Andy North||United States||1978, 1985||77||76||153||+9|
|Larry Nelson||United States||1983||77||76||153||+9|
Thursday, June 18, 1992
|1||Gil Morgan||United States||66||-6|
|2||Curtis Strange||United States||67||-5|
|T3||Andy Dillard||United States||68||-4|
|Phil Mickelson||United States|
|Steve Pate||United States|
|6||Tom Lehman||United States||69||-3|
|T7||Paul Azinger||United States||70||-2|
|Jay Don Blake||United States|
|Mark Brooks||United States|
|Mark Calcavecchia||United States|
|Jay Haas||United States|
|Mark McCumber||United States|
|Tom Purtzer||United States|
|Willie Wood||United States|
Friday, June 19, 1992
|1||Gil Morgan||United States||66-69=135||-9|
|2||Andy Dillard||United States||68-70=138||-6|
|T3||Raymond Floyd||United States||71-69=140||-4|
|Gary Hallberg||United States||71-70=141|
|T8||Fred Couples||United States||72-70=142||-2|
|Dan Forsman||United States||72-70=142|
|Tom Purtzer||United States||70-72=142|
|Duffy Waldorf||United States||72-70=142|
Saturday, June 20, 1992
|1||Gil Morgan||United States||66-69-77=212||-4|
|T2||Mark Brooks||United States||70-74-69=213||-3|
|Tom Kite||United States||71-72-70=213|
|Gary Hallberg||United States||71-70-73=214|
|Joey Sindelar||United States||74-72-68=214|
|T8||Tom Lehman||United States||69-74-72=215||-1|
|Scott Simpson||United States||76-71-68=215|
|Craig Stadler||United States||71-72-72=215|
|Payne Stewart||United States||73-70-72=215|
Sunday, June 21, 1992
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Tom Kite||United States||71-72-70-72=285||−3||275,000|
|2||Jeff Sluman||United States||73-74-69-71=287||−1||137,500|
|T6||Billy Andrade||United States||72-74-72-74=292||+4||32,316|
|Jay Don Blake||United States||70-74-75-73=292|
|Bob Gilder||United States||73-70-75-74=292|
|Mike Hulbert||United States||74-73-70-75=292|
|Tom Lehman||United States||69-74-72-77=292|
|Joey Sindelar||United States||74-72-68-78=292|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
1992 Open Championship