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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Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Piller pregnant, no timetable for LPGA return

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 4:22 pm

Gerina Piller, the American Olympian golfer and three-time Solheim Cup veteran, is pregnant and will not be rejoining the LPGA when the 2018 season opens, the New York Times reported following the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Piller, 32, who is married to PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, is due with the couple’s first child in May, Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz reported.

Piller declined an interview request when GolfChannel.com sought comment going into the CME Group Tour Championship.

Piller told the New York Times she has no timetable for her return but that she isn’t done with competitive golf.

“I’m not just giving everything up,” Piller said.

As parity reigns, LPGA searching for a superstar

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

Apologies to the LPGA’s golden eras, but women’s golf has never been deeper.

With the game going global, with the unrelenting wave of Asian talent continuing to slam the tour’s shores, with Thailand and China promising to add to what South Korea is delivering, it’s more difficult than ever to win.

That’s a beautiful and perplexing thing for the women’s game.

That’s because it is more difficult than ever to dominate.

And that’s a magic word in golf.

There is no more powerful elixir in the sport.

Domination gets you on the cover of Sports Illustrated, on ESPN SportsCenter, maybe even on NBC Nightly News if the “D” in domination is dynamic enough.

The women’s best chance of moving their sport to another stratosphere is riding the back of a superstar.

Or maybe a pair of superstar rivals.


Photos: 2017 LPGA winners gallery


A constellation of stars may be great for the devoted regular supporters of the women’s game, but it will take a charismatic superstar to make casual fans care.

The LPGA needs a Serena Williams.

Or the reincarnation of Babe Zaharias.

For those of us who regularly follow the LPGA, this constellation of stars makes for compelling stories, a variety of scripting to feature.

The reality, however, is that it takes one colossal story told over and over again to burst out of a sports niche.

The late, great CBS sports director Frank Chirkinian knew what he had sitting in a TV production truck the first time he saw one of his cameras bring a certain young star into focus at the Masters.

It’s this player coming up over the brow of the hill at the 15th hole to play his second shot,” Chirkinian once told me over lunch at a golf course he owned in South Florida.  “He studies his shot, then flips his cigarette, hitches up his trousers and takes this mighty swipe and knocks the shot on the green. It was my first experience with Arnold Palmer, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, who is this guy?’

“The thing about golf, more than any other sport, it’s always looking for a star. It’s the only sport where people will root against the underdog. They don’t want the stars to lose. They’re OK with some unknown rising up to be the story on Thursday or Friday, but they always want to see the stars win.”

And they go gaga when it’s one star so radiant that he or she dominates attention.

“It didn’t matter if Arnold was leading, or where he was, you had to show him,” Chirkinian said. “You never knew when he might do something spectacular.”

The LPGA is in a healthy place again, with a big upside globally, with so much emerging talent sharing the spotlight.

Take Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship.

The back nine started with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie making the turn tied for the lead. There is no more powerful pairing to sell in the women’s game today, but there would be no duel. It would have been too far off script as the final chapter to this season.

Parity was the story this year.

Sunday in Naples started with 18 players within two shots of the lead.

Entering that back nine, almost a dozen players were in the mix, including Ariya Jutanugarn.

The day ended with Jutanugarn beating Thompson with a dramatic birdie-birdie finish after Thompson stunned viewers missing a 2-foot putt for par at the last.

The day encapsulated the expanding LPGA universe.

“I’ve never seen such crazy, brilliant golf from these ladies,” said Gary Gilchrist, who coaches Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Rolex world No. 1 Shanshan Feng. “It was unbelievable out there. It was just like birdie after birdie after birdie, and the scoreboard went up and down. And that’s why it’s so hard to be No. 1 on this tour. There’s not one person who can peak. It’s all of them at a phenomenal level of golf.”

If Thompson had made that last 2-footer and gone on to win the CME, she would have become the sixth different world No. 1 this year. Before this year, there had never been more than three different No. 1s in a single LPGA season.

Parity was the theme from the year’s start.

There were 15 different winners to open the season, something that hadn’t happened in 26 years. There were five different major championship winners.

This year’s Rolex Player of the Year Award was presented Sunday to So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park. It’s the first time the award has been shared since its inception in 1966.

Thompson won twice this year, with six second-place finishes, with three of those playoff losses, one of them in a major championship. She was close to putting together a spectacular year. She was close to dominating and maybe becoming the tour’s one true rock star.

Ultimately, Thompson showed us how hard that is to do now.

She’s in a constellation we’re all watching, to see if maybe one star breaks out, somebody able to take the game into living rooms it has never been, to a level of popularity it’s never been.

The game won’t get there with another golden era. It will get there with a golden player.

Love's hip surgery a success; eyes Florida swing return

By Rex HoggardNovember 22, 2017, 3:31 pm

Within hours of having hip replacement surgery on Tuesday Davis Love III was back doing what he does best – keeping busy.

“I’ve been up and walking, cheated in the night and stood up by the bed, but I’m cruising around my room,” he laughed early Wednesday from Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., where he underwent surgery to replace his left hip. “[Dr. James Flanagan, who performed the surgery] wants me up. They don’t want me sitting for more than an hour.”

Love, 53, planned to begin more intensive therapy and rehabilitation on Wednesday and is scheduled to be released from the hospital later this afternoon.

According to Love’s doctors, there were no complications during the surgery and his recovery time is estimated around three to four months.

Love, who was initially hesitant to have the surgery, said he can start putting almost immediately and should be able to start hitting wedges in a few weeks.

Dr. Tom Boers – a physical therapist at the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus, Ga., who has treated Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and Brad Faxon – will oversee Love’s recovery and ultimately decide when he’s ready to resume normal golf activity.

“He understands motion and gait and swing speeds that people really don’t understand. He’s had all of us in there studying us,” Love said. “So we’ll see him in a couple of weeks and slowly get into the swing part of it.”

Although Love said he plans to temper his expectations for this most recent recovery, his goal is to be ready to play by the Florida swing next March.