1996 U.S. Open: Jones Goes from Injured List to Winners List

Grand Slam Jones
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Playing in his first U.S. Open since 1991, the injury-plagued Steve Jones recorded the biggest win of his career.

The 1996 U.S. Open was played on the South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club. Jones arrived having advanced through sectional qualifying. He had four PGA Tour wins by this point, but none since 1989. Late in 1991, Jones suffered damage to various ligaments and joints in a dirt biking accident and didn't get back into a PGA Tour event until 1994.

After winning here, Jones won three more times for a total of eight career PGA Tour victories.

Tom Lehman and Davis Love III tied for second, one behind Jones. Each had his chances in the final round. Lehman, the third-round leader, had a three-stroke lead after the first nine holes of the final round. But while Jones advanced from that point, Lehman lost strokes, culminating with a bogey on the final hole.

Love, meanwhile, made a charge on the back nine of the final round, only to miss a 3-foot par putt on the final hole. Jones didn't miss, making a 2-putt par on the 72nd green to seal the victory.

In his final U.S. Open as an amateur, Tiger Woods placed in a tie for 82nd.

1996 U.S. Open Scores

Results from the 1996 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich. (a-amateur):

Steve Jones $425,00074-66-69-69--278
Davis Love III $204,80171-69-70-69--279
Tom Lehman $204,80171-72-65-71--279
John Morse $111,23568-74-68-70--280
Ernie Els $84,96572-67-72-70--281
Jim Furyk $84,96572-69-70-70--281
Scott Hoch $66,29573-71-71-67--282
Vijay Singh $66,29571-72-70-69--282
Ken Green $66,29573-67-72-70--282
Lee Janzen $52,59168-75-71-69--283
Greg Norman $52,59173-66-74-70--283
Colin Montgomerie $52,59170-72-69-72--283
Dan Forsman $43,72572-71-70-71--284
Tom Watson $43,72570-71-71-72--284
Frank Nobilo $43,72569-71-70-74--284
Nick Faldo $33,18872-71-72-70--285
David Berganio $33,18869-72-72-72--285
Mark O'Meara $33,18872-73-68-72--285
Mark Brooks $33,18876-68-69-72--285
John Cook $33,18870-71-71-73--285
Stewart Cink $33,18869-73-70-73--285
Sam Torrance $33,18871-69-71-74--285
Brad Bryant $23,80673-71-74-68--286
Peter Jacobsen $23,80671-74-70-71--286
Billy Andrade $23,80672-69-72-73--286
Woody Austin $23,80667-72-72-75--286
Curtis Strange $17,80974-73-71-69--287
Peter Jordan $17,80971-74-72-70--287
Jack Nicklaus $17,80972-74-69-72--287
Payne Stewart $17,80967-71-76-73--287
John Daly $17,80972-69-73-73--287
Mike Swartz $14,07172-72-74-70--288
Tom Purtzer $14,07176-71-71-70--288
Billy Mayfair $14,07172-71-74-71--288
Brett Ogle $14,07170-75-72-71--288
Steve Gotsche $14,07172-70-74-72--288
Michael Campbell $14,07170-73-73-72--288
Anders Forsbrand $14,07174-71-71-72--288
Sean Murphy $14,07171-75-68-74--288
Lucas Parsons $9,91875-71-73-70--289
J.L. Lewis $9,91876-69-73-71--289
Bob Ford $9,91869-77-72-71--289
Scott Simpson $9,91870-71-76-72--289
Wayne Riley $9,91873-69-74-73--289
Steve Elkington $9,91872-70-74-73--289
Tommy Tolles $9,91877-68-71-73--289
Corey Pavin $9,91873-70-72-74--289
Kirk Triplett $9,91870-73-72-74--289
Loren Roberts $9,91872-73-69-75--289
Wayne Westner $6,61972-75-74-69--290
Bob Gilder $6,61973-72-75-70--290
Kenny Perry $6,61973-71-75-71--290
Jeff Sluman $6,61970-74-74-72--290
Joey Gullion $6,61973-72-73-72--290
Hale Irwin $6,61972-71-73-74--290
Alexander Cejka $6,61974-70-72-74--290
Michael Bradley $6,61971-74-71-74--290
Kelly Gibson $6,61971-73-71-75--290
Justin Leonard $6,61971-76-67-76--290
Steve Stricker $5,82574-71-75-71--291
Steve Lowery $5,82573-74-73-71--291
Bill Porter $5,82573-75-72-71--291
Bill Murchison $5,82576-68-74-73--291
a-Randy Leen77-71-70-73--291
David Gilford $5,82574-69-74-74--291
Dennis Harrington $5,82575-71-71-74--291
David Duval $5,64575-72-75-70--292
Andrew Morse $5,64576-72-74-70--292
Paul Azinger $5,64569-74-78-71--292
Frank Lickliter II $5,64575-71-73-73--292
Jumbo Ozaki $5,64569-72-77-74--292
Costantino Rocca $5,64571-74-73-74--292
Wayne Grady $5,64571-75-72-74--292
David Ogrin $5,64572-74-72-74--292
Peter O'Malley $5,64575-73-70-74--292
Curt Byrum $5,64570-76-71-75--292
Jim Gallagher Jr. $5,64571-72-73-76--292
Bob Tway $5,64572-75-68-77--292
a-Trip Kuehne79-69-73-72--293
Michael Christie $5,50572-75-72-74--293
Ian Woosnam $5,50572-72-74-75--293
a-Tiger Woods76-69-77-72--294
John Huston $5,41573-72-76-73--294
Kent Jones $5,41571-74-76-73--294
Skip Kendall $5,41577-71-73-73--294
Scott McCarron $5,41572-72-75-75--294
Tom Kite $5,41576-71-72-75--294
Brad Faxon $5,41570-72-76-76--294
Neal Lancaster $5,41574-67-74-79--294
Craig Parry $5,30570-76-75-74--295
Javier Sanchez $5,30571-76-74-74--295
Jack O'Keefe $5,30572-71-76-76--295
Jay Haas $5,30573-72-74-76--295
Anthony Rodriguez $5,23571-77-76-72--296
Tom Pernice Jr. $5,23574-72-74-76--296
Phil Mickelson $5,23576-71-73-76--296
Jeff Maggert $5,16575-69-81-72--297
Jim Thorpe $5,16575-71-78-73--297
Blaine McCallister $5,16571-75-76-75--297
Philip Walton $5,16569-73-78-77--297
Omar Uresti $5,10576-72-74-76--298
Olin Browne $5,10573-70-76-79--298
Gary Trivisonno $5,07569-75-78-77--299
Mark Wiebe $5,05574-74-75-77--300
a-Steve Scott71-73-81-76--301
Rich Yokota $5,03579-67-76-79--301
Mike Burke, Jr $5,01578-70-77-77--302
Shawn Kelly $5,00073-75-79-82--309