Major events at Hazeltine
U.S. Women's Open
Hazeltine opened in 1962 and hosted its first professional championship four years later. The course proved to be a challenge, with only one round under par: Mickey Wright's 1-under 71 on the first day. Sandra Spuzich claimed her first pro victory with a 9-over 297, one stroke ahead of Carol Mann and two strokes ahead of Wright. It was the only major won by Spuzich.
England's Tony Jacklin became the first British golfer to win the U.S. Open in 50 years, but the tournament was more memorable for the harsh criticism of Hazeltine. "Just because you cut the grass and put flags doesn't mean you have a golf course,'' Dave Hill said. "What does it lack? Eighty acres of corn and a few cows.'' Jacklin defeated runner-up Hill by seven strokes.
U.S. Women's Open
After the scathing criticism of 1970, Hazeltine altered 12 holes before hosting its next major. Hollis Stacy, just 23, led from start to finish and carded a 72-hole total of 292 — two strokes better than Nancy Lopez, who had turned professional just before the tournament. Stacy had a one-stroke lead heading into the final round, and her winning score was five strokes lower than Spuzich's in 1966.
U.S. Senior Open
The '83 Senior Open was a test run for changes to the course mandated by the USGA. Billy Casper and Rod Funseth waged a bitter battle for the title — fan favorite Arnold Palmer shot a first-round 73 and never contended — tying at 4-over 288 in regulation, then each shooting 4-over 75 in a Monday playoff. Casper finally won with a birdie on the first sudden-death hole.
This was to be Hazeltine's coming-out party after the negative reviews of 1970. But the first round was interrupted by a severe thunderstorm that resulted in six people being struck by lightning, one fatally. Scott Simpson and Payne Stewart tied with a 6-under 282 in regulation, and Stewart shot a 75 in Monday's playoff, but nonetheless won by two strokes over Simpson.
Rich Beem and Tiger Woods had one of the most memorable final-round battles in PGA Championship history. Beem shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to hold off Woods, who shot a final-round 67, making birdies on the last four holes. Beem finished with a 10-under 278, one stroke better than Woods. Beem, who had quit golf in 1995 for a sales job, never won another PGA Tour event.
Tiger Woods entered the final round with the lead and a career 14-0 majors record when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. But South Korean Yong-Eun (Y.E.) Yang shot a final-round 2-under 70 while Woods shot a 75. Yang's 280 over 72 holes defeated Woods by three shots. Yang has not won on the PGA Tour since that come-from-behind victory.