The Best of Past US Opens

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 3, 2008, 4:00 pm
2008 U.S. OpenAs the United States Open contests its 108th edition at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif., GOLF CHANNEL celebrates past U.S. Open championships by looking back at some of the greatest of all time.
 

 

 

 

2006: Ogilvy Wins as Mickelson, Monty Melt

Australian Geoff Ogilvy claimed his maiden major title at Winged Foot. But this one will forever be remembered as the one Phil Mickelson - and Colin Montgomerie, for that matter -- lost. ...more

2004: Lightning Strikes Twice for Goosen

Retief Goosen shot a 1-over 71 on Sunday to hang on for the win at the 104th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills. Goosen finished at 4-under-par 276 for his second U.S. Open title. ...more

2003: Jim Furyk - A Very Happy Father's Day

Jim Furyk wraps his crazy swing around the golf ball to near perfection. Its the one hes always used. The one his father taught him. ...more

2002: Tiger Woods - The People's Champion

Phil Mickelson put up a fight. Mother Nature even forced a standing 8-count. But no one, or no thing, could prevent Tiger Woods from winning the 2002 U.S. Open ' not even himself...more

2001: Goosen Seizes U.S. Open in Battle Against Brooks

Carpe diem ' seize the day, Retief Goosen! Goosen seized the day against Mark Brooks, winning the 2001 U.S. Open playoff Monday with an even-par 70 against Brooks 72. ..more

2000: Tiger Makes History at Pebble Beach

His only competitor, the course. His biggest competitor, the history books. ..more

1999: Stewart's Putt Makes Last Win the Greatest

This one was destiny. On one of the all-time great courses, Pinehurst No. 2, one of golf's all-time popular players, the late Payne Stewart, made one of the all-time strokes, ..more

1995: Pavin's Major 4-Wood Defines His Career

No shot is as synonymous with Corey Pavin as the 228-yard 4-wood he hit to the 18th hole of the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. ..more

1989: Strange Wins Two Straight, Barely Misses a Third

Curtis Strange had only one dream - he wanted to be the second person in U.S. Open history to win three championships in a row. ..more

1986: Floyd Stares Down Field, Shinnecock

Raymond Floyd came to Shinnecock in 1986. at age 43. Most observers thought his best golf was already behind him ' and it was. ..more

1982: Watson's Glorious Chip Wins at Pebble

Tom Watson at Pebble Beach - it make such sense when the U.S. Open came in 1982 to the Monterey Peninsula because he had gone to college up the road at Stanford University, ..more

1980: Jack is Back

Jack Nicklaus won four U.S. Opens, but the most memorable may have been his last. He shattered the record by three strokes in an incredible display of golf. ..more

1966: Arnie Loses Seven-Shot Lead, Casper Wins

Arnold Palmer had it won. Period. 'Nuff said. Or did he? The year was 1966, the site was the Olympic Club. ..more

1960: Palmer Makes Believers Out of Sportwriters, Fans

Arnold Palmer sat in the lunchroom between final 18s at the U.S. Open Sunday, wolfing a sandwich while chatting with sportwriters Bob Drum and Dan Jenkins. It was 1960 at Cherry Hills, ..more

1951: Hogan Conquers a Brutal Oakland Hills

Ben Hogan called it 'the toughest 18 holes I've ever seen.' Then he proceeded to go out and whip it. Hogan was talking about Oakland Hills near Detroit in 1951, known as 'Oakland Hells,' or more simply, 'The Thing.'...more

1939: Snead's Best Chance Foiled in Sands at 18

Sam Snead is one of the legendary golfers of all time. He's also one of the unluckiest, at least as far as the U.S. Open is concerned. ..more

1930: Miracles Lift Jones to Open En Route to Slam

Bobby Jones was halfway home to the Grand Slam when he came to Interlachen outside Minneapolis, Minn., for the U.S. Open. It was the last year he would play competively, the last time for an adoring nation to see their idol. ..more

1913: An American Finally Wins the U.S. Open

The most unusual thing happened at Brookline in 1913 ' an American amateur won the U.S. Open. The first 18 winners of the U.S. Open were professionals, mostly British by birth. And in the Open of 1913, two of the most powerful names in golf were ready to make it another...more

1896: Shinnecock's Enduring Legacy - Shippen

The 1896 Open is not remembered for its winner ' a gent named James Foulis. It is remembered primarily because the USGA allowed a black man and an Indian to play in the event ' the first time such an occurrence had happened in the U.S...more

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Honda leaders face daunting final day

By Randall MellFebruary 25, 2018, 12:46 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The winner may need a cut man in his corner more than he needs a caddie on his bag in Sunday’s finish to the Honda Classic.

Smelling salts might come in handy, too.

“It just feels like you are getting punched in the face every single hole here,” Daniel Berger said of the test PGA National’s Champion Course offers. “Every single shot is so hard.”

Final rounds have been especially rough and tumble since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National in 2007.

That usually makes Sundays here as much about who can figuratively take a punch as who can throw one.

Luke List will have his jaw tested after taking sole possession of the lead Saturday with a second consecutive round of 4-under-par 66, but he can take comfort in the fact that punishment is doled plentifully around here.

“Just realizing that everyone is facing the same obstacles out there is huge,” List said. “You're not alone out there, if you make a bogey or a bad swing here or there.”

At 7-under 203, List is one shot ahead of a pair of major championship winners, Justin Thomas (65) and Webb Simpson (66). He is two ahead of Tommy Fleetwood (67), the reigning European Tour Player of the Year, and Jamie Lovemark (68).

List, 33, is seeking his first PGA Tour title in his 104th start. He will have to hold off some heavyweights, including Tiger Woods (69), who is seven shots back but feeling like he has a chance again. Woods closed with a 62 here six years ago when he finished second to Rory McIlroy.

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here,” Woods said. “A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.”

Amen.


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Crazy things have happened here.

Three years ago, Padraig Harrington was five shots down with eight holes to play and won. He made two double bogeys in the final round but ended up beating Berger in a playoff.

Berger, by the way, was nine shots back entering the final round.

That was the year Ian Poulter took a share of lead into Sunday, hit five balls in the water and still finished just a shot out of the playoff.

Last year, Rickie Fowler made four bogeys and a double bogey in the final round and still won by four shots.

List will have a heavyweight playing alongside him in the final pairing, with 24-year-old Justin Thomas looking to claim his eighth PGA Tour title. Thomas was last season’s PGA Tour Player of the Year.

List has never held a 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour event.

“You guys build up certain players,” List said. “I know I'll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

There is some inspiration for List in what Ted Potter Jr. did two weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Potter, largely unknown even though he already had a PGA Tour title to his credit, held off stars Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day in the final round to win. 

Thomas earned the right to play alongside List in the final pairing Sunday with his 65, which equaled the low round of the tournament.

Thomas makes his home in nearby Jupiter and knows the punishment the Champion Course can dish out.

“It's a difficult course,” Thomas said. “If you let it get to you, it can be frustrating, but if you go into it understanding and realizing it's difficult, you just kind of embrace it and deal with it.”

Thomas played the Bear Trap’s trio of daunting holes (Nos. 15-17) in 2 under on Saturday. He birdied the 15th and 17th holes.

Fleetwood got in contention Saturday with a pair of eagles. He’s a four-time European Tour winner.

“I would love to get my first win on the PGA Tour this week,” he said. “It’s just great to be out here. It's great to be playing on courses like this that are such a test of every part of your game.”

Alex Noren, a nine-time European Tour winner, is also seeking his first PGA Tour title. He is three shots back. He lost in a playoff to Day at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

Though this is just Noren’s second start at the Honda Classic, he knows how wildly momentum can swing on the Champion Course. He shot 65 Saturday after shooting 75 on Friday.

“I’m a few back, but anything can happen,” Noren said.

That’s the theme around here.

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Thomas: Winning hometown Honda would 'mean a lot'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:53 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas is trying to join Rickie Fowler as a winner of his hometown event.

Thomas will play in the final group alongside Luke List on Sunday at the Honda Classic after matching the low round of the week with a 5-under 65. He is at 6-under 204, one shot back of List.

The reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is one of several residents of nearby Jupiter. After Fowler won last year, Thomas (who missed the cut) returned to the course to congratulate his neighbor on his fourth Tour title.

“I hope I give him the opportunity or the choice to come back,” Thomas said. “But I’ve got a lot of golf in front of me before I worry about him coming here.”


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More important to Thomas, however, is winning this event, which is played at PGA National, one of the most difficult non-major courses on Tour.

“It would mean a lot,” he said. “It means a lot to win any golf tournament, but it would mean more because of how prestigious this golf tournament is and the list of winners that have won this event, how strong of a field it is, how difficult of a golf course.

“A decent number of my wins have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

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Woods paired with hotshot rookie Burns at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 24, 2018, 11:38 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rookie Sam Burns will be in the biggest spot of his career Sunday – playing alongside Tiger Woods.

Burns, the reigning Nicklaus Award winner who turned pro after two standout years at LSU, will go off with Woods at 12:45 p.m. at the Honda Classic.

Burns, 20, who earned his Web.com Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the Web.com money list this year, after a tie for second two weeks ago in Colombia.


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Burns and Woods are tied for 11th, at even-par 210.

Sunday is an important round for Burns, who can earn a spot into the Valspar Championship with a top-10 finish here.

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List leads Honda; Thomas one back

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 11:25 pm

Luke List, one of a legion of PGA Tour players who live in Jupiter, just two exits up I-95 from PGA National, shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the Honda Classic. Here's how things stand going into the final round at PGA National:

Leaderboard: Luke List (-7), Justin Thomas (-6), Webb Simpson (-6), Tommy Fleetwood (-5), Jamie Lovemark (-5), Alex Noren (-4) 

What it means: Leader List has played well this season, with no finish lower than T-26 in six starts. Thomas, of course, is the reigning Player of the Year. The next best pedigree among the leaders belongs to Simpson, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open and three other PGA Tour titles.

Round of the day: Thomas and Noren both shot 5-under 65s. Thomas made two of his six birdies in the Bear Trap (at the par 3s, Nos. holes 15 and17), while Noren played that stretch (15-17) in 1 over. Noren made his hay elsewhere, including an eagle at the last that canceled out his two bogeys.


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Best of the rest: List, Simpson and Kelly Kraft all shot 66.

Biggest disappointment: After an opening 76, Jimmy Walker probably thought he was back on track with a 68 that allowed him to make the cut. Alas, the improvement was temporary, as he ballooned back to a 74 on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Tommy Fleetwood hit a fairway wood from 282 yards to within 8 feet of the cup on the 18th hole. He then made the putt for his second eagle of the day.

Quote of the day: "The course played a fair bit easier with not as much wind." - Thomas

Biggest storyline going into Sunday: List may be in the lead, but most eyes will be on Thomas, a five-time winner last year who has yet to lift a trophy in 2018. And of course, more than a few people will be keeping tabs on Tiger Woods. He'll begin the day seven shots back, trying to channel Tiger of 2012 - when he posted a 62 on Sunday at PGA National (which was good only for a runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy).