1997 US Open: Els Is First for a Second Time

Ernie Els of South Africa tees off on the 18th green at the end of the third round watched by Tom Lehman of the USA during the 1997 US Open
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The 1997 U.S. Open was played on the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club, whose par-3 closing hole is unusual in major championship golf. This was the first U.S. Open as a pro for Tiger Woods, who was coming off a record-setting victory at the 1997 Masters. Woods wasn't a factor here, however, finishing tied for 19th.

Tom Lehman was the third-round leader, and Lehman was in the mix until hitting into the water on the next-to-last hole of the tournament.

He finished in third place.

That left Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie - who had been part of an 18-hole playoff at the 1994 U.S. Open, won by Els - to battle it out. But Monty bogied the 71st hole to Els' par, and that proved the difference. Els finished as the champion, one stroke ahead of Montgomerie.

It was Els' second win a major, his fourth overall win on the PGA Tour.

1997 U.S. Open Scores

Results from the 1997 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland (a-amateur):

Ernie Els $465,00071-67-69-69--276
Colin Montgomerie $275,00065-76-67-69--277
Tom Lehman $172,82867-70-68-73--278
Jeff Maggert $120,45473-66-68-74--281
Bob Tway $79,87571-71-70-70--282
Jim Furyk $79,87574-68-69-71--282
Olin Browne $79,87571-71-69-71--282
Jay Haas $79,87573-69-68-72--282
Tommy Tolles $79,87574-67-69-72--282
Scott McCarron $56,94973-71-69-70--283
Scott Hoch $56,94971-68-72-72--283
David Ogrin $56,94970-69-71-73--283
Loren Roberts $47,34872-69-72-71--284
Stewart Cink $47,34871-67-74-72--284
Billy Andrade $45,34875-67-69-73--284
Bradley Hughes $40,08675-70-71-69--285
Jose Maria Olazabal $40,08671-71-72-71--285
Davis Love III $40,08675-70-69-71--285
Nick Price $31,91571-74-71-70--286
Lee Westwood $31,91571-71-73-71--286
Tiger Woods $31,91574-67-73-72--286
Paul Stankowski $31,91575-70-68-73--286
Hal Sutton $31,91566-73-73-74--286
Len Mattiace $24,17371-75-73-68--287
Scott Dunlap $24,17375-66-75-71--287
Edward Fryatt $24,17372-73-73-69--287
Steve Elkington $24,17375-68-72-72--287
Paul Goydos $17,44373-72-74-69--288
Paul Azinger $17,44372-72-74-70--288
Payne Stewart $17,44371-73-73-71--288
Mark McNulty $17,44367-73-75-73--288
Hideki Kase $17,44368-73-73-74--288
Fuzzy Zoeller $17,44372-73-69-74--288
Kelly Gibson $17,44372-69-72-75--288
Jeff Sluman $17,44369-72-72-75--288
Justin Leonard $13,48369-72-78-70--289
Grant Waite $13,48372-74-72-71--289
Steve Stricker $13,48366-76-75-72--289
Mark O'Meara $13,48373-73-71-72--289
Stuart Appleby $13,48371-75-70-73--289
John Cook $13,48372-71-71-75--289
Frank Nobilo $13,48371-74-70-74--289
Darren Clarke $10,49173-74-73-70--290
Phil Mickelson $10,49175-68-73-74--290
Fred Funk $10,49173-70-72-75--290
Chris Perry $10,49170-73-71-76--290
Craig Parry $10,49170-74-69-77--290
Jesper Parnevik $8,49672-75-73-71--291
David Duval $8,49674-73-70-74--291
Nick Faldo $8,49672-74-69-76--291
David White $7,78670-72-73-77--292
Lee Janzen $7,13872-73-75-73--293
Jack Nicklaus $7,13873-71-75-74--293
Hale Irwin $7,13870-73-76-74--293
Fred Couples $7,13875-72-72-74--293
Peter Teravainen $7,13871-73-74-75--293
Paul Broadhurst $7,13877-69-72-75--293
Larry Mize $6,53070-74-76-74--294
Clarence Rose $6,53072-71-73-78--294
Chris Smith $6,27077-69-74-75--295
Duffy Waldorf $6,27073-73-73-76--295
Rodney Butcher $6,27073-74-70-78--295
Steve Jones $6,27072-75-69-79--295
Tom Watson $6,12072-74-72-78--296
Dave Schreyer $6,00068-73-82-74--297
Ben Crenshaw $6,00073-74-76-74--297
Brad Faxon $6,00072-74-76-75--297
Tom Kite $5,74275-69-82-72--298
Mike Hulbert $5,74273-73-77-75--298
Greg Kraft $5,74277-69-76-76--298
John Morse $5,74271-74-76-77--298
Stephen Ames $5,74273-73-75-77--298
Thomas Bjorn $5,74271-75-73-79--298
Jimmy Green $5,55075-72-79-73--299
Randy Wylie $5,46771-76-77-76--300
Andrew Coltart $5,46774-71-76-79--300
Dick Mast $5,27573-69-83-76--301
Greg Towne $5,27571-73-83-74--301
Vijay Singh $5,27571-76-77-77--301
Perry Parker $5,27575-71-77-78--301
Donnie Hammond $5,27575-71-76-79--301
Jacob Ferenz $5,11072-75-80-76--303
Marco Dawson $5,05575-71-80-78--304
Slade Adams $5,00071-74-78-83--306