Picks and Pans Review: The 1988 U.s. Open (golf) Championship

updated 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/09/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

If you're going to own a video of a major golfing championship, this should be the one. It takes place at one of the oldest golf courses in America, the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. You don't have to sit out the long lightning delay that held up the third round, and you also get to see one of the best shots in history when American Curtis Strange blasts out of a green-side bunker on the 72nd hole to within a foot or so of the cup, saving his par and getting himself into an 18-hole play-off with Brit Nick Faldo. Other highlights include Strange's first-round eagle on the 14th hole, which helped give him a 70. There is also Scott Simpson's second-day surge of 66 as he tried to become the first repeating champ since Ben Hogan in 1951. There are other interesting trivia noted, such as the fact that Jack Nicklaus missed the cut for only the fifth time in his record 32 consecutive appearances at the Open—two of them at the Country Club. Most of all there's that still-compelling fourth round battle between Faldo and Strange, who were never more than a stroke apart. One serious problem with this tape is that the ball is hard to see, probably due to the heavy haze during the tournament. (V.I.E.W., $29.95; 800-843-9843)

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