2004 U.S. Open: Goosen Outlasts Mickelson

Retief Goosen tees off on the ninth hole and wins the 2004 U. S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, June 20, 2004
Champion Retief Goosen tees off during the 2004 US Open. A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Retief Goosen overcame difficult golf course conditions — and Phil Mickelson — to win the 2004 U.S. Open, the South African golfer's second win in this major championship.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Retief Goosen, 276; runner-up, Phil Mickelson, 278
  • Dates: June 17-20, 2004
  • Location: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York
  • Tournament number: This was the 104th time the U.S. Open was played.

How Goosen Grabbed the Trophy at the 2004 US Open

Brutal course conditions at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club are what many remember about the 2004 U.S. Open. Those brutal conditions weren't the fault of the club itself, but a combination of the USGA's desire for testing conditions — particularly for extremely closely mowed greens and very fast green speeds — with a stiff, very dry wind that began blowing during the tournament. By the final round, many of the greens appeared on the edge of playability and greenkeepers began watering some greens in-between playing groups.

Regardless of the conditions, however, all golfers play the same course. There were plenty of player complaints during the week, especially the final round, but they all faced the same issues. And those issues helped lead to a final round in which not a single golfer broke par.

Retief Goosen began that final round with a 2-stroke lead over Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, and Goosen ended the day with a 2-stroke victory over Mickelson.

Els carded an 80 in the final round, but Goosen and Mickelson both recorded 1-over-par scores of 71. (In addition to Els, other past or future major championship winners who failed to break 80 in the final round were Sergio Garcia, Shaun Micheel, Zach Johnson, Trevor Immelman and Tom Kite.)

Mickelson, playing one group in front of Goosen, birdied the 15th and 16th holes to take a 1-stroke lead. But Goosen also birdied the 16th to tie, and then Mickelson double-bogeyed the 17th. Mickelson had a five-foot par putt on the 17th green, but three-putted from that distance.

It was Goosen's second U.S. Open victory and the third time that Mickelson finished as runner-up. Goosen previously won the 2001 U.S. Open.

Final Scores at the 2004 US Open

Results from the 2004 U.S. Open golf tournament played at the par-70 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, N.Y. (a-amateur):

Retief Goosen 70-66-69-71--276 $1,125,000
Phil Mickelson 68-66-73-71--278 $675,000
Jeff Maggert 68-67-74-72--281 $424,604
Shigeki Maruyama 66-68-74-76--284 $267,756
Mike Weir 69-70-71-74--284 $267,756
Fred Funk 70-66-72-77--285 $212,444
Robert Allenby 70-72-74-70--286 $183,828
Steve Flesch 68-74-70-74--286 $183,828
Stephen Ames 74-66-73-74--287 $145,282
Chris DiMarco 71-71-70-75--287 $145,282
Ernie Els 70-67-70-80--287 $145,282
Jay Haas 66-74-76-71--287 $145,282
Tim Clark 73-70-66-79--288 $119,770
Tim Herron 75-66-73-74--288 $119,770
a-Spencer Levin 69-73-71-75--288
Angel Cabrera 66-71-77-75--289 $109,410
Skip Kendall 68-75-74-73--290 $98,477
Corey Pavin 67-71-73-79--290 $98,477
Tiger Woods 72-69-73-76--290 $98,477
Mark Calcavecchia 71-71-74-75--291 $80,644
Sergio Garcia 72-68-71-80--291 $80,644
David Toms 73-72-70-76--291 $80,644
Kirk Triplett 71-70-73-77--291 $80,644
Daniel Chopra 73-68-76-75--292 $63,328
Lee Janzen 72-70-71-79--292 $63,328
Tim Petrovic 69-75-72-76--292 $63,328
Nick Price 73-70-72-77--292 $63,328
Shaun Micheel 71-72-70-80--293 $51,774
Vijay Singh 68-70-77-78--293 $51,774
Ben Curtis 68-75-72-79--294 $46,089
K.J. Choi 76-68-76-75--295 $41,759
Padraig Harrington 73-71-76-75--295 $41,759
Peter Lonard 71-73-77-74--295 $41,759
David Roesch 68-73-74-80--295 $41,759
Bo Van Pelt 69-73-73-80--295 $41,759
Charles Howell III 75-70-68-83--296 $36,813
Hidemichi Tanaka 70-74-73-79--296 $36,813
Lee Westwood 73-71-73-79--296 $36,813
a-Casey Wittenberg 71-71-75-79--296
a-Bill Haas 72-73-71-81--297
Jerry Kelly 76-69-71-81--297 $30,672
Stephen Leaney 72-70-71-84--297 $30,672
Spike McRoy 72-72-72-81--297 $30,672
Joe Ogilvie 70-75-74-78--297 $30,672
Pat Perez 73-67-76-81--297 $30,672
Geoffrey Sisk 72-72-71-82--297 $30,672
Scott Verplank 71-71-72-83--297 $30,672
Kris Cox 68-74-77-79--298 $23,325
Jim Furyk 72-72-75-79--298 $23,325
Zach Johnson 70-73-75-80--298 $23,325
Chris Riley 72-71-72-83--298 $23,325
John Rollins 76-68-76-78--298 $23,325
Dudley Hart 71-73-70-85--299 $19,390
Scott Hoch 75-70-73-81--299 $19,390
Tom Carter 74-71-70-85--300 $18,405
Trevor Immelman 69-70-79-82--300 $18,405
Joakim Haeggman 74-69-76-83--302 $17,304
Tom Kite 72-71-75-84--302 $17,304
Phillip Price 70-73-75-84--302 $17,304
Alex Cejka 75-70-73-85--303 $16,353
Craig Parry 70-73-75-85--303 $16,353
Cliff Kresge 72-73-77-82--304 $15,888
a-Chez Reavie 73-72-71-88--304
J.J. Henry 75-69-86-76--306 $15,630
Kevin Stadler 68-72-82-85--307 $15,372
Billy Mayfair 70-70-81-89--310 $15,089

Comings and Goings at the 2004 U.S. Open

  • This was the last appearance in the U.S. Open by 1992 champion Tom Kite, and also his final time playing any of the four majors. He made the cut and finished tied for 57th place.
  • Raymond Floyd, who won the 1986 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, also made his final U.S. Open start here. He missed the cut.
  • And 6-time major winner Nick Faldo missed the cut in his final U.S. Open appearance.
  • Future major winners Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson made their first starts in any of the majors here. Johnson finished tied for 48th, Watson missed the cut.