Activities Sports & Athletics 1995 U.S. Open: Pavin Comes Through in the Clutch Share PINTEREST Email Print 1995 US Open champion Corey Pavin (center). David Cannon/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Golf Tournaments Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated November 04, 2019 The 1995 U.S. Open was the 100th anniversary of the tournament's first playing in 1895. And what an anniversary present Corey Pavin gave himself. After years of trying, the golfer who was one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour won his first — and, as it turned out, only — major championship title. Quick Bits Winner: Corey Pavin, 280 (scores below)Dates: June 15-18, 1995Golf course: Shinnecock Hills Golf ClubU.S. Open number: This was the 95th time the U.S. Open was played. How Corey Pavin Won the 1995 US Open Corey Pavin was one of the better players on the PGA Tour in the early 1990s, but as the 1995 U.S. Open arrived, he had yet to win a major championship. Pavin's name often came up in discussions of the "best player without a major." Greg Norman was a superstar in golf, and he did have major wins under his belt prior to the 1995 U.S. Open, but he also had a history of heartbreaking close calls and collapses in majors. When the final round began, Norman and Tom Lehman were tied for the lead. But at the end of the day, it was Pavin who finally had his major victory. Norman started fast, opening with rounds of 68 and 67. Norman increased to a 74 in the third round, while Lehman fired a 67 to tie Norman at the top. Pavin was three strokes behind following rounds of 72, 69 and 71. But in the final round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Pavin surged with a 68, compared to a 73 from Norman and a 74 from Lehman. While Norman and Lehman began faltering on the back nine, Pavin held steady. He took the lead after a birdie on No. 15, then made a tricky par putt on the 17th. After teeing off on the final hole, Pavin, one of the shortest hitters in the game at that time, still needed a 4-wood to reach the elevated final green. He struck the ball pure, and began racing after the shot, running up the fairway until he was able to see the ball on the green. He raised his arms over his head in celebration — at that point, Pavin knew the 1995 U.S. Open championship was his. He got the ball down for par and claimed the trophy. 1995 U.S. Open Scores Results from the 1995 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 Shinnecock Hills Country Club in Shinnecock Hills, N.Y. (a-amateur): Corey Pavin 72-69-71-68—280 $350,000 Greg Norman 68-67-74-73—282 $207,000 Tom Lehman 70-72-67-74—283 $131,974 Bill Glasson 69-70-76-69—284 $66,633 Jay Haas 70-73-72-69—284 $66,633 Neal Lancaster 70-72-77-65—284 $66,633 Davis Love III 72-68-73-71—284 $66,633 Jeff Maggert 69-72-77-66—284 $66,633 Phil Mickelson 68-70-72-74—284 $66,633 Frank Nobilo 72-72-70-71—285 $44,184 Vijay Singh 70-71-72-72—285 $44,184 Bob Tway 69-69-72-75—285 $44,184 Brad Bryant 71-75-70-70—286 $30,934 Lee Janzen 70-72-72-72—286 $30,934 Mark McCumber 70-71-77-68—286 $30,934 Nick Price 66-73-73-74—286 $30,934 Mark Roe 71-69-74-72—286 $30,934 Jeff Sluman 72-69-74-71—286 $30,934 Steve Stricker 71-70-71-74—286 $30,934 Duffy Waldorf 72-70-75-69—286 $30,934 Billy Andrade 72-69-74-72—287 $20,085 Pete Jordan 74-71-71-71—287 $20,085 Brett Ogle 71-75-72-69—287 $20,085 Payne Stewart 74-71-73-69—287 $20,085 Scott Verplank 72-69-71-75—287 $20,085 Ian Woosnam 72-71-69-75—287 $20,085 Fuzzy Zoeller 69-74-76-68—287 $20,085 David Duval 70-73-73-72—288 $13,912 Gary Hallberg 70-76-69-73—288 $13,912 Mike Hulbert 74-72-72-70—288 $13,912 Miguel Angel Jimenez 72-72-75-69—288 $13,912 Colin Montgomerie 71-74-75-68—288 $13,912 Jose Maria Olazabal 73-70-72-73—288 $13,912 Jumbo Ozaki 69-68-80-71—288 $13,912 Scott Simpson 67-75-74-72—288 $13,912 Guy Boros 73-71-74-71—289 $9,812 Curt Byrum 70-70-76-73—289 $9,812 Steve Elkington 72-73-73-71—289 $9,812 Raymond Floyd 74-72-76-67—289 $9,812 Bernhard Langer 74-67-74-74—289 $9,812 Bill Porter 73-70-79-67—289 $9,812 Curtis Strange 70-72-76-71—289 $9,812 Hal Sutton 71-74-76-68—289 $9,812 Barry Lane 74-72-71-73—290 $8,147 John Daly 71-75-74-71—291 $7,146 Nick Faldo 72-68-79-72—291 $7,146 Bradley Hughes 72-71-75-73—291 $7,146 Jim McGovern 73-69-81-68—291 $7,146 Christian Pena 74-71-76-70—291 $7,146 Omar Uresti 71-74-75-71—291 $7,146 Bob Burns 73-72-75-72—292 $5,842 Matt Gogel 73-70-73-76—292 $5,842 Peter Jacobsen 72-72-74-74—292 $5,842 Eduardo Romero 73-71-75-73—292 $5,842 Ted Tryba 71-75-73-73—292 $5,842 Greg Bruckner 70-72-73-78—293 $4,833 Brad Faxon 71-73-77-72—293 $4,833 Scott Hoch 74-72-70-77—293 $4,833 Steve Lowery 69-72-75-77—293 $4,833 Chris Perry 70-74-75-74—293 $4,833 Tom Watson 70-73-77-73—293 $4,833 John Cook 70-75-76-73—294 $3,969 David Edwards 72-74-72-76—294 $3,969 Jim Gallagher Jr. 71-75-77-71—294 $3,969 Paul Goydos 73-73-70-78—294 $3,969 Brandt Jobe 71-72-76-75—294 $3,969 Tommy Armour III 77-69-74-75—295 $3,349 Mike Brisky 71-72-77-75—295 $3,349 Tom Kite 70-72-82-71—295 $3,349 John Connelly 75-71-74-76—296 $3,039 Ben Crenshaw 72-71-79-75—297 $2,806 John Maginnes 75-71-74-77—297 $2,806 Joey Gullion 70-74-81-76—301 $2,574 Tiger Woods' Debut and More Notes On the 1995 U.S. Open Another notable thing about this tournament is that it was the site of Tiger Woods' first appearance in a U.S. Open tournament. Woods, 19 years old at the time of the tournament, qualified by winning the 1994 U.S. Amateur Championship. His tournament ended early, however. After scoring 74 in the first round, Woods suffered a wrist injury and withdrew during the second round. Woods went on to win the U.S. Open in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Other notables: While this was the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Open, it was only the 95th time the tournament was played. Why the discrepancy? The tournament skipped a few years during the two world wars of the 20th century.In the final round, Neal Lancaster became the first golfer to score 29 for nine holes in a U.S. Open, recording that score on his back nine. He shot 65 and finished four strokes behind Pavin.Andy North, winner of the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Opens, played this tournament for the final time. He missed the cut. It was North's last appearance in any of the four majors.Phil Mickelson finished tied for fourth place, his first Top 10 finish in a U.S. Open. 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