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  Monday, 12 August, 2002, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
Hazeltine's Major hits
Tony Jacklin became the first Briton to win the US Open in 50 years
Jacklin was enjoying some of the best years of his life
BBC Sport Online recalls Hazeltine's moments in the Major spotlight.

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It is startling to think that Tony Jacklin is the last European to have won the US Open.

When he did win at Hazeltine, the first time a Major had been played at the venue, it was during a golden period for the player.

Jacklin had won the Open the previous year, at the age of 25 - the first Briton to do so for 18 years.

The task that awaited him at the 1970 US Open was a greater one - no British player had won the championship for half a century.

The Scunthorpe-born golfer was faced with a Hazeltine course deemed as "difficult" by Jack Nicklaus and at 7,151 yards also carried the tag of being the second longest in Open history.

A windy first round meant few players produced good scores, but Jacklin made a superb 71 - aided by three birdies on the front nine - and in doing so, became the only player to break par.

The second day saw the weather calm down, meaning there were more players recording lower totals, including Jacklin who carded a 70.

Behind him was American Dave Hill who had shot a superb 69 to put himself at level par and three strokes adrift of the leader.

Jacklin rode his luck in the third round having made a number of poor shots, but recovered brilliantly with most of them.

He made another 70, as the chasers fell away.

On the last day, Hill, who had lost ground on Jacklin, brought himself back to within three again with a birdie on the first.

But Jacklin remained unnerved and consistent to the end, holing a 30-foot birdie on the last to win by seven strokes.

His margin of victory was the greatest in Open competition since 1921.

Little did the public at Hazeltine know that a thrilling finish to the 1991 US Open awaited them.

Payne Stewart celebrates victory
Stewart celebrates victory
American Payne Stewart, famed for his extrovert fashion sense on the golf course, began his championship with a five-under-par 67, tied for first place with Nolan Henke.

A 70 from Stewart saw him go one ahead of Henke, who was joined by Corey Pavin and Scott Simpson.

The conditions turned blustery for the third round. Pavin fell away from the chasing pack after a disappointing 79.

Simpson shot a 72 and Stewart a 73, as both players tied for the lead at six-under par, four shots ahead.

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On the final day, Simpson took a two-stroke advantage over Stewart going to the 16th - the Hazeltine Guillotine.

Stewart made par while Simpson suffered his third bogey on the 16th at the championship.

Then, Stewart missed a 12-footer for a birdie at the next, and it came down to the 18th.

Simpson stuttered to a bogey while Stewart had a 20-foot downhill putt for victory.

He missed but made his par, while Simpson had a four-footer to force a play-off - which he made.

The 18-hole play-off followed a similar fashion to that of the last round.

Nerves were evident again. Birdies were few and bogeys were aplenty.

Scott Simpson was beaten by Payne Stewart in the playoff
Simpson could not find the extra geat in the play-off
Simpson was two shots ahead coming to the 16th. While Stewart sunk a remarkable 18-foot putt, Simpson missed from four feet for par.

On the par-three 17th, Stewart hit a glorious tee shot that landed 18 feet from the pin - he made par.

His rival, however, found the water and managed a bogey to leave himself now a shot behind.

Both players played poor tee and second shots on the final hole.

Simpson knew he would have to hole his downhill putt from the edge of the green. But he missed and did the same with the follow-up as Stewart pulled off a two-shot victory.

Stewart won with a 75, the worst winning score in a US Open play-off since 1927.


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