95th U.S. Open/June 15-18, 1995
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
|Corey Pavin, United States||72||-||69||-||71||-||68||—||280|
|Greg Norman, Australia||68||-||67||-||74||-||73||—||282|
|Tom Lehman, United States||70||-||72||-||67||-||74||—||283|
|Bill Glasson, United States||69||-||70||-||76||-||69||—||284|
|Jay Haas, United States||70||-||73||-||72||-||69||—||284|
|Neal Lancaster, United States||70||-||72||-||77||-||65||—||284|
|Davis Love III, United States||72||-||68||-||73||-||71||—||284|
|Jeff Maggert, United States||69||-||72||-||77||-||66||—||284|
|Phil Mickelson, United States||68||-||70||-||72||-||74||—||284|
In Los Angeles, Corey Pavin was known at UCLA by three letters — “G.L.B.”
Gritty Little Bruin.
But on this blustery day in New York, he was the big shot-making Bruin, hitting one of the classic approach shots to a finishing hole in U.S. Open history.
Pavin’s 4-wood at the uphill par 4 had a nice right-to-left shot shape. It cleared all trouble. It landed on the front apron. And it took one bounce onto the green and tracked back to the pin, leaving him 5 feet away.
“It’s the most pressure I ever felt on a golf course,” Pavin said.
Once he struck the shot from the right side of the fairway, about 210 yards out, he knew he had hit it well. And he broke out in a run up the hill to see how close it was on the green, hearing cheers of “Corey! Corey! Corey!” from the greenside gallery members.
Pavin missed the birdie putt, but it mattered little as Greg Norman was busy punting his championship chances with a horrible 17th hole.
At the par 3, Norman — trailing by one stroke — dumped his tee shot in the bunker left of the green. He blasted out to 10 feet short, but never really got his putt on line to save a par, and give himself a chance to tie Pavin on the 18th hole.
Norman’s putter let him down all afternoon — starting with a short one for par at the second that he missed. He also bogeyed the 12th and 13th holes.
Pavin took the lead for good with a 12-foot putt for birdie on the 15th hole.
Neal Lancaster, who shot a final-round 65 to tie for fourth, set a nine-hole scoring mark with his 29 on the back nine.
Also, Tiger Woods played in his first national open as the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. He withdrew during the second round with a wrist injury.