1991 US Open: It's Payne in a Playoff

A plaque indicates that a bridge was named in honor of 1991 U.S. Open Champion Payne Stewart at Hazeltine National Golf Club
A plaque commemorating Payne Stewart's 1991 US Open victory is at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Scott Simpson and Payne Stewart finished three strokes clear of the remainder of the field in the 1991 U.S. Open, played at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Both closed with 72s in the final round, but Simpson had led by one stroke as he reached the 72nd tee. However, Simpson missed the fairway and from deep rough could only manage a bogey, dropping a stroke. So both Simpson and Stewart finished at 6-under 282.

In the 18-hole Monday playoff, Simpson led by two strokes as the twosome reached the 16th hole, but over the final three holes there was a four-stroke swing in Stewart's favor, giving Stewart his first U.S. Open title and second major championship title.

Stewart won the playoff, 75 to 77. Simpson had been going for his second - he won the 1987 U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson finished tied for 55th, but for the second straight year was low amateur.

1991 U.S. Open Scores

Results from the 1991 U.S. Open golf championship played at Hazeltine National Golf Club (par 72) in Chaska, Minnesota (a-amateur; p-won 18-hole playoff):

p-Payne Stewart67-70-73-72--282$235,000
Scott Simpson70-68-72-72--282$117,500
Larry Nelson73-72-72-68--285$62,574
Fred Couples70-70-75-70--285$62,574
Fuzzy Zoeller72-73-74-67--286$41,542
Scott Hoch69-71-74-73--287$36,090
Nolan Henke67-71-77-73--288$32,176
Jose Maria Olazabal73-71-75-70--289$26,958
Raymond Floyd73-72-76-68--289$26,958
Corey Pavin71-67-79-72--289$26,958
Craig Parry70-73-73-74--290$20,909
Jim Gallagher Jr.70-72-75-73--290$20,909
Hale Irwin71-75-70-74--290$20,909
Davis Love III70-76-73-71--290$20,909
D.A. Weibring76-71-75-68--290$20,909
Nick Faldo72-74-73-72--291$17,186
Sandy Lyle72-70-74-75--291$17,186
Tom Watson73-71-77-70--291$17,186
Mark Brooks73-73-73-73--292$14,166
Tom Sieckmann74-70-74-74--292$14,166
Peter Persons70-75-75-72--292$14,166
John Cook76-70-72-74--292$14,166
Craig Stadler71-69-77-75--292$14,166
Billy Ray Brown73-71-77-71--292$14,166
Nick Price74-69-71-78--292$14,166
Mike Reid74-72-74-73--293$11,711
Bob Tway75-69-75-74--293$11,711
Tim Simpson73-72-76-72--293$11,711
Jodie Mudd71-70-77-75--293$11,711
Rick Fehr74-69-73-77--293$11,711
Peter Jacobsen72-73-74-75--294$10,133
Lance Ten Broeck72-73-74-75--294$10,133
Chris Perry72-73-75-74--294$10,133
Dave Rummells72-73-77-72--294$10,133
Ed Humenik72-70-78-74--294$10,133
Brian Kamm69-73-73-79--294$10,133
Tom Kite71-75-74-75--295$8,560
Buddy Gardner74-72-74-75--295$8,560
Keith Clearwater70-76-74-75--295$8,560
Billy Mayfair72-73-76-74--295$8,560
Andy North71-71-77-76--295$8,560
Tom Purtzer77-68-77-73--295$8,560
Mark Calcavecchia69-74-78-74--295$8,560
Jim Hallet72-74-73-77--296$7,477
Ian Baker-Finch77-70-75-74--296$7,477
Jack Nicklaus70-76-77-74--297$6,875
Blaine McCallister72-72-76-77--297$6,875
Rodger Davis74-68-81-74--297$6,875
Mike Harwood71-74-77-76--298$6,033
Steve Pate72-75-77-74--298$6,033
Wayne Levi72-72-76-78--298$6,033
Loren Roberts75-70-74-79--298$6,033
John Inman72-72-77-78--299$5,389
Larry Rinker72-72-77-78--299$5,389
Steve Gotsche72-75-76-77--300$5,164
Steve Elkington77-69-76-78--300$5,164
Larry Mize73-73-79-75--300$5,164
Ian Woosnam73-68-79-80--300$5,164
a-Phil Mickelson73-72-80-75--300 
David Graham74-71-80-77--302$5,008
Stan Utley73-71-81-78--303$4,958
John Adams72-75-78-79--304$4,958
Wayne Grady73-74-78-80--305$4,958
Terry Snodgrass74-73-80-78--305$4,958
Lanny Wadkins76-70-80-79--305$4,958

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