CLOSER THAN CLOSE This is the fifth U.S. Open to be played at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, and the 12th in California. The championships at Olympic have been tightly contested – after 72 holes, the leaders were separated by a total of two strokes.
YEAR WINNER (SCORE)
JACK FLECK (76-69-75-67–287) PLAYOFF WIN OVER BEN HOGAN, 69-72
BILLY CASPER JR. (69-68-73-68–278) PLAYOFF WIN OVER ARNOLD PALMER, 69-73
SCOTT SIMPSON (71-68-70-68–277) BEAT TOM WATSON (278)
LEE JANZEN (73-66-73-68–280) BEAT PAYNE STEWART (281)
ROBERT T. JONES JR.
(1923, ’ 26, ’ 29, ’ 30)
(1948, ’ 50, ’51, ’53)
(1962, ’67, ’72, ’80)
PART OF THEIR LEGEND
SAM SNEAD – at age 61 – is the oldest player to make the cut at the
U.S. Open. He finished T29 in 1973 at Oakmont (Pa.) CC. The other
golfer at 60-plus to make the cut was Tom Watson, who also
finished T29 but in 2010 at Pebble Beach.
THE U.S. OPEN’S FIRST
SEVEN-FIGURE WINNER’S SHARE
WENT TO TIGER WOODS, WHO WON
$1 MILLION IN 2002
(BETHPAGE PARK BLACK COURSE, FARMINGDALE, N. Y.).
LAST YEAR’S WINNER’S SHARE
and BEN HOGAN
are the only golfers
since World War II to
U.S. OPEN TITLE.
Hogan turned two in 1950
(Merion G.C., Ardmore, Pa.)
and 1951 Oakland Hills C.C.
(Birmingham, Mich.); Strange
did it in 1988 (The Country Club,
Brookline, Mass.) and 1989
(Oak Hill C.C., in Rochester, N. Y.).
ON THE CLOCK: RORY McILROY
WITH A JUNE 16 BIRTHDAY, PHIL MICKELSON
REGULARLY CELEBRATES HIS AT THE OPEN. BUT HE
HAS FINISHED SECOND A RECORD FIVE TIMES
(1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009) AND HAS NOT YET WON.
MAKE A WISH
SOURCES www.usopen.com www.pgatour.com