1984 US Open: Fuzzy's Norman Conquest

Fuzzy Zoeller of the USA plays a shot during the U.S Open 1984 held in June 1984 at Winged Foot, in New York, USA
1984 US Open winner Fuzzy Zoeller plays a shot during the tournament. Brian Morgan/Getty Images

Fuzzy Zoeller and Greg Norman pulled away from the field at the 1984 U.S. Open, and then Zoeller ran away from Norman in a playoff.

This is the tournament where Zoeller waved the white flag, then forced Norman's surrender the next day. Zoeller and Norman finished tied at 4-under 276, five strokes ahead of everyone else.

Hale Irwin was the first to surrender, however. Irwin held or shared the lead following the first, second and third rounds, but blew up in the final round with a 79.

As the final round wore on, it became clear that it was a two-man race between Zoeller and Norman. Norman was playing one group ahead of Zoeller, who was in the final pairing. Zoeller had a 3-stroke lead after nine holes of the final round, but Norman got back into a tie by the 17th.

On the 18th hole, Norman hit his approach to the green into the grandstands. After getting free relief, he chipped to 45 feet, and then holed that long par putt to remain in a tie. Zoeller, standing back in the 18th fairway, waved a white towel in mock surrender after Norman's long par-saver.

Then Zoeller parred the 72nd hole to force an 18-hole playoff the following day. That playoff was really no contest; Norman made double-bogey on the second hole to fall three behind. Zoeller lead by five after nine holes, and wound up winning by eight strokes, shooting 67 to Norman's 75.

On the final green of the playoff, Norman waved a white towel himself, only this time the surrender was real.

It was Zoeller's second major championship victory (his first was the 1979 Masters), and the sixth of his 10 PGA Tour wins.

Arnold Palmer's streak of playing in 31 consecutive U.S. Opens ended here. Palmer had played every U.S. Open since 1953. This was also the last U.S. Open at which Gary Player made the cut.

Player, the 1965 U.S. Open winner, tied for 43rd place.

1984 US Open Golf Tournament Scores

Results from the 1984 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-70 West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York (x-won playoff; a-amateur):

x-Fuzzy Zoeller71-66-69-70--276$94,000
Greg Norman70-68-69-69--276$47,000
Curtis Strange69-70-74-68--281$36,000
Jim Thorpe68-71-70-73--282$22,335
Johnny Miller74-68-70-70--282$22,335
Hale Irwin68-68-69-79--284$16,238
Peter Jacobsen72-73-73-67--285$14,237
Mark O'Meara71-74-71-69--285$14,237
Fred Couples69-71-74-72--286$12,122
Lee Trevino71-72-69-74--286$12,122
Lanny Wadkins72-71-72-72--287$9,891
Jay Haas73-73-70-71--287$9,891
Tom Watson72-72-74-69--287$9,891
Andy Bean70-71-75-71--287$9,891
Tim Simpson72-71-68-76--287$9,891
Mark McCumber71-73-71-73--288$7,799
Tom Purtzer73-72-72-71--288$7,799
Isao Aoki72-70-72-74--288$7,799
Hal Sutton72-72-74-70--288$7,799
Lennie Clements69-76-72-71--288$7,799
Gil Morgan70-74-72-73--289$6,575
Chip Beck72-74-71-72--289$6,575
David Graham71-72-70-76--289$6,575
Jack Nicklaus71-71-70-77--289$6,575
Joe Hager74-73-71-72--290$5,717
Bill Glasson72-75-71-72--290$5,717
Scott Simpson72-75-74-69--290$5,717
Peter Oosterhuis73-71-71-75--290$5,717
Mike Sullivan70-73-70-77--290$5,717
Seve Ballesteros69-73-74-75--291$5,031
Hubert Green68-75-72-76--291$5,031
John Mahaffey72-74-77-68--291$5,031
Jim Albus77-69-74-71--291$5,031
George Burns72-74-74-72--292$4,573
Gary Koch74-71-75-72--292$4,573
Tony Sills73-72-76-71--292$4,573
Mike Donald68-78-74-72--292$4,573
David Ogrin74-72-74-73--293$4,060
Steve Hart73-73-72-75--293$4,060
D.A. Weibring76-71-73-73--293$4,060
Jim Colbert71-73-77-72--293$4,060
Pat McGowan74-72-77-70--293$4,060
Sto Liebler71-75-73-75--294$3,373
Mark Balen71-75-75-73--294$3,373
Mark Hayes72-74-75-73--294$3,373
a-Rick Fehr73-74-72-75--294 
Barry Jaeckel75-72-73-74--294$3,373
Gary Player74-72-72-76--294$3,373
Jack Renner73-71-73-77--294$3,373
a-Jay Sigel69-72-78-75--294 
Phil Blackmar74-71-71-78--294$3,373
Mike Reid70-72-77-76--295$2,801
Raymond Floyd72-72-77-74--295$2,801
Morris Hatalsky70-73-69-83--295$2,801
Griff Moody76-71-76-73--296$2,544
Nick Faldo71-76-77-72--296$2,544
Bill Rogers71-73-76-77--297$2,471
Mitch Adcock73-72-79-74--298$2,443
Mike Nicolette73-72-74-80--299$2,413
Bill Britton73-74-77-77--301$2,373
Dan Forsman72-73-80-76--301$2,373
Rafael Alarcon72-71-79-80--302$2,325
David Canipe69-69-81-83--302$2,325

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