Last time at the Olympic Club . . .

Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998

Last time at the Olympic Club . . .

Stanford grad Tom Watson looked like a winner as he took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the 1987 U.S. Open, the last time this country's national championship was held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Watson, however, bogeyed three of the first five holes on the final day and wound up in a five-way tie for the lead after making par at No. 6. Watson surged into a one-stroke lead over Scott Simpson while the rest of the field did a disappearing act. The two traded leads until Simpson took it for good with a 15-foot birdie put on No. 16. A magnificent bunker shot saved par on No. 17, which proved to be the deciding margin when Watson missed a tough birdie putt on No. 18 to tie. Recent Stanford products like Casey Martin, Tiger Woods and Joel Kribel don't remember much about that '87 tournament, which had a purse of $868,605. Martin was 15, Woods was 11 and Kribel just 10 years of age.

--Keith Peters



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