US Open Timeline

By Chris LewisJune 11, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 U.S. OpenSince 1895 the U.S. Open has been conducted at some of the nations greatest golf venues. During the past century, the championship has also created some of the most memorable moments in golf history. GolfChannel.com looks back at many of the most captivating moments and endearing champions of the United States National Championship.
 
1900: Harry Vardon captures his first and only U.S. Open title by two shots over rival J.H. Taylor. Vardon would finish his career with seven professional major championship victories.
 
1905: Willie Anderson wins his third consecutive U.S. Open, a record which has not yet been matched. In all, Anderson won four U.S. Opens during his short, yet prolific career.
 
1913: During a championship which helped golf become established in the United States, relatively unknown 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet defeats two of the top golfing professionals of the era, Ted Ray and Vardon, in an 18-hole playoff.
 
1917-1918: No U.S. Open is played due to World War I.
 
1921: Englishman Jim Barnes wins the championship in dominating fashion by defeating Walter Hagen and Fred McLeod by nine strokes.
 
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Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open the last time it was hosted at Bethpage, in 2002. (Getty Images)
1930: Bobby Jones wins the third leg of his historic grand slam after defeating Macdonald Smith by two strokes. After winning the U.S. Amateur, Jones would retire from the game at the age of 28.
 
1938: Ralph Guldahl wins his second consecutive U.S. Open by six strokes to become the fourth person in U.S. Open history to win consecutive championships.
 
1942-1945: No U.S. Open is played due to World War II.
 
1950: In perhaps the greatest comeback in golf history, Ben Hogan wins his second U.S. Open 16 months after a near deadly automobile accident. Due to the accident, Hogan played with discomfort, but still defeats Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in an 18-hole playoff.
 
1951: One year later, Hogan becomes only the fifth golfer to successfully defend the championship as he wins by two strokes over Clayton Heafner. Hogans closing 67 at Oakland Hills Country Club is considered to be one of the greatest final rounds in U.S. Open history. After claiming the trophy, Hogan described Oakland Hills when he said, I am glad that I brought this course, this monster, to its knees.
 
1955: In one of the greatest underdog stories in golf history, municipal-course pro Jack Fleck defeats four-time U.S. Open champion Hogan in an 18-hole playoff by three strokes. Neither Hogan nor Fleck would win another major championship.
 
1960: By shooting a final-round 65, including a front nine of 30, Arnold Palmer captures his only U.S. Open title by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus. Palmer began the final round seven shots behind Mike Souchak, but birdied six of his first seven holes to begin one of the greatest come-from-behind victories in major championship history.
 
1962: Nicklaus battles Palmer in an 18-hole-playoff for his first professional victory and wins his first of four U.S. Opens by three shots. This playoff would lead to one of the most well-known rivalries in the history of golf, as Nicklaus would soon replace Palmer as the greatest golfer in the world.
 
1964: In one of the greatest examples of endurance in major championship history, Ken Venturi battles extreme heat and dehydration to win his first and only major championship by four strokes over Tommy Jacobs.
 
1966: Billy Casper defeats Palmer in an 18-hole-playoff for his second U.S. Open title, even though Palmer had a seven-stroke lead with nine holes left in regulation. The defeat would be remembered as one of the most heartbreaking for Palmer, who was hoping to set the all-time U.S. Open scoring record before his collapse during the last nine holes of his final round.
 
1971: Before defeating Nicklaus in an 18-hole-playoff, Lee Trevino tosses a rubber snake at Nicklaus as part of a practical joke and then shoots a 68 to win the playoff by three shots for his second U.S. Open title.
 
1973: Johnny Miller shoots a major championship record, final-round 63 to defeat John Schlee by one shot. Miller began the final round six shots behind four leaders, who included Palmer and Julius Boros.
 
1980: After shooting a first-round 63, Nicklaus defeats Isao Aoki by two strokes for his record-tying fourth U.S. Open victory. Nicklaus held at least a share of the lead throughout the entire championship.
 
1982: In one of the most memorable moments in U.S. Open history, Tom Watson holes a difficult chip shot for birdie on Pebble Beachs par-3 17th during the final round. Watson would then birdie the 72nd hole as well to defeat Nicklaus by two strokes.
 
1989: Curtis Strange becomes only the sixth man to win consecutive U.S. Opens. Strange defeats Mark McCumber, Chip Beck and Ian Woosnam by one stroke.
 
1990: At age 45, Hale Irwin becomes the oldest U.S. Open champion, as well as the fifth player to win three or more U.S. Opens, by defeating Mike Donald in an 18-hole playoff.
 
1999: Payne Stewart claims his second U.S. Open victory of the decade after defeating Phil Mickelson by one stroke, saving par on the final hole from 15 feet. Stewart would pass away just months later in a tragic airplane crash.
 
2000: In the most dominating performance in U.S. Open history, Tiger Woods defeats Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez by 15 strokes. Leading from start to finish, Woods was the only player to end the tournament under par as he tied the all-time U.S. Open scoring record of 272. The fifteen-stroke victory remains the largest in major championship history.
 
2002: While winning his second U.S. Open in three years, Tiger Woods establishes himself as the Open golfer of the decade as he defeats Mickelson by two strokes at Bethpage Black in New York. This Open will also be remembered as The Peoples Open for its enthusiastic crowds.
 
2006: In a championship that may be remembered more for who lost than for who won, Geoff Ogilvy obtains his first major championship by a single stroke over Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie and Jim Furyk. Needing a par to win and a bogey to enter a playoff with Ogilvy, Mickelson double-bogeys the 72nd hole to lose. Meanwhile, Montgomerie also scores a double bogey-6 on the 72nd hole, while Furyk bogeys the last to lose by one.
 
2008: Woods defeats Rocco Mediate in perhaps the most memorable playoff in U.S. Open history. After both Mediate and Woods shot an even-par 71 during the 18-hole playoff, Woods captures his third U.S. Open title on the first hole of sudden death. Woods played the entire championship in pain and would have knee surgery within weeks after the Open. This U.S. Open will also be remembered for Woods 12-foot putt on the 72nd hole of regulation play, which he made to tie Mediate at 283 (1 under par).
 
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    CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.06 million

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

    1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
    2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
    T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
    T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
    T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
    T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
    T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
    T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
    T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
    T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
    T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
    T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
    T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
    T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
    T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
    T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
    T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
    T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
    T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
    T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
    T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
    T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
    T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
    T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
    T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
    T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
    T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
    T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
    T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
    T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
    T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
    T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
    T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
    T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
    T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
    T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
    T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
    T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
    T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
    T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
    T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
    T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
    T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
    T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
    T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
    T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
    T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
    T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
    T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
    T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
    T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
    T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
    T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
    T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
    T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
    T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
    T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
    T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
    T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
    T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
    T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
    T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
    T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
    T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
    T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
    T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
    T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
    T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
    T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
    T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
    T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
    T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
    T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
    T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
    75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
    76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
    77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.