The 1986 U.S. Open was the 86th U.S. Open,…which was held June 12–15 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. Raymond Floyd won his fourth and final major….finishing two strokes ahead of runners-up Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins….as It was Floyd’s only U.S. Open title….and he became its oldest winner in a record he held for four years.
Greg Norman led after 36 holes….and took the lead into the final round….one stroke ahead of Lee Trevino and Hal Sutton…. but a 75 dropped him back six strokes to 12th place. …for Norman had led each of the four major championships in 1986 after 54 holes….but won just once at the British Open. This was the second U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills….which had previously hosted 90 years earlier in 1896….as the championship would return in 1995 and 2004.
The leaderboard at the top of the start of the 3rd round looked like this…..Greg Norman was leading at Even Par….followed by Hal Sutton and Lee Trevino at +1….with Bob Tway, Raymond Floyd and Mark McCumber at +2…. who were followed by a group of Mike Reid, Payne Stewart, Denis Watson, Lennie Clemensts and Ben Crenshaw at +3….and Scott Verplank, Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson at +4….for at the end of this 3rd round….there were 9 different golfers close enough to the top to be leaders at one time or another throughout the final round of the 1986 US Open