1983 Open at Oakmont - one of Seve's best

Posted May 10, 2011 - Jeff Rivard, Executive Director - Contact

Among five major titles in the resume of Seve Ballesteros--no US Opens, but three British Opens and two Masters. One of his best finishes in the US Open was 1983 at Oakmont. He shot 69-74-69-74--286, tying Calvin Peete for fourth, six strokes behind Larry Nelson. His check--just under $18,000.

This began his best run in America's national championship in odd numbered years. He finished t-5 at Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Hills, MI, in 1985, with Lanny Wadkins and Payne Stewart, two strokes behind Andy North, then 3rd in 1987 at The Olympic Club, San Francisco, five behind Scott Simpson.

Longer rough at Opens and PGA Championships, as contrasted to The Masters and British Opens may have had something to do with his wins at two sites and absence of victories at the others. Spectacular recoveries are more difficult at US Opens and PGA's. I attended the 1983 Open at Oakmont, and recall that Ballesteros drew large galleries as one of the game's most exciting players.