Remembering Ouimet: Timeline

By Al TaysJune 4, 2013, 12:10 pm

Significant dates in the life of Francis Ouimet:

May 8, 1893 – Born in Brookline, Mass., to Arthur and Mary Ellen Ouimet, second of their four children.

1900 – At age 7, watches Harry Vardon, on a promotional tour of the U.S., hit balls at Jordan, Marsh & Co. department store in Boston.

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1902 – Begins caddying at The Country Club at age 9.

1909 – Stops caddying before 16th birthday to preserve amateur status.

1909 – Earns first tournament win, capturing Greater Boston Interscholastic Championship.

1910 – U.S. Amateur is played at The Country Club. In 36-hole qualifier, Ouimet misses cut by one shot.

1910 – Plays in The Country Club's annual tournament. Shoots 76, which ties for medalist honors, then wins playoff to become official medalist. Loses in first round of match play, 2 and 1.

1911 – Reaches second round of Mass. Amateur.

1911 – Enters U.S. Amateur for second time, fails to qualify by one stroke.

1912 – Reaches final of Mass. Amateur.

Francis Ouimet in 1910

1912 – Enters U.S. Amateur for third time, again fails to qualify by one stroke.

June 1913 – Wins Mass. Amateur, taking semifinal match with six consecutive birdies and winning final, 10 and 9.

First week of September 1913 – Enters U.S. Amateur for fourth time. Qualifies with 75-76, missing medalist honors by three shots. Wins first-round match, 4 and 3, then despite playing well, loses to defending champion Jerry Travers, 3 and 2.

Sept. 20, 1913 – After being entered in U.S. Open without his knowledge, wins championship, beating Englishmen Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff.

1914 – Wins U.S. Amateur, becoming first American to win a U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. Defends his U.S. Open title, tying for fifth.

1915 – Starts own sporting-goods store. USGA strips his amateur eligibility, ruling that anyone who sells golf equipment for a living cannot be an amateur.

1916 – Attends first meeting of newly formed PGA of America.

1917 – Joins U.S. Army, performing in fund-raising golf outings during World War I.

1918 – Marries Stella Sullivan, sister of his business partner and former schoolboy golf rival. Is presented with American Red Cross Prize Medal “in recognition of aid to humanity in World War I.”

1919 – USGA reinstates Ouimet's amateur status.

1920 – Runner-up to Chick Evans in U.S. Amateur, beating Bobby Jones in earlier round.

1922-30 – Plays in first six Walker Cups between U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland.

1923 – On the 10th anniversary of his 1913 Open win, plays in his third Open. Ties for 29th.

1925 – Wins sixth and final Mass. Amateur. Enters his last U.S. Open, leading field after first round and eventually tying for third, one shot out of two-man playoff.

1926 – Loses to Bobby Jones in semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1927 – Again loses to Bobby Jones in semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1929 – Reaches semifinals of U.S. Amateur.

1931 – Wins second U.S. Amateur. Named president of Boston Bruins.

1932 – Reaches semifinals of U.S. Amateur. Is principal speaker at 50th anniversary of The Country Club. Publishes autobiography, 'A Game of Golf.'

1932, '34 – Playing-captain of U.S. Walker Cup team.

1936, '38 – Nonplaying captain of U.S. Walker Cup teams.

March 20, 1937 – Harry Vardon dies at age 66

1940 – Joins Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen as one of four original members of PGA Golf Hall of Fame.

1940-47 – Serves as USGA committeeman, vice president of organization during last two years. Declines opportunity to become president.

1941 – Becomes vice president of Boston (now Atlanta) Braves baseball team.

Aug. 26, 1943 – Ted Ray dies at age 66.

1947 – Nonplaying captain of U.S. Walker Cup team.

1949 – Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship Fund is organized. Captains final U.S. Walker Cup team.

Francis Ouimet and 1963 U.S. Open winner Julius Boros

1951 – Becomes first American to be named captain of Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

1953 – The Country Club names him honorary member for life.

1963 – Serves as honorary chairman of U.S. Open, played at The Country Club on 50th anniversary of 1913 win. Presents trophy to winner Julius Boros (right).

1965 – Stella Ouimet dies.

Sept. 2, 1967 – Francis Ouimet dies at age 74 after suffering heart attack.

1974 – Joins Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen as one of four original members of PGA/World Golf Hall of Fame.

1980 – Members of The Country Club donate trophy named after Ouimet to USGA for Senior Open Championship.

May 4, 1984 – Ouimet's 1913 Open caddie, Eddie Lowery, dies at age 81.

1988 – U.S. Postal Service isues a Ouimet commemorative $.25 stamp. Only other golfers to be so honored were Bobby Jones and Babe Zaharias (Arnold Palmer became fourth golfer). Curtis Strange wins Open at The Country Club.

1995 – USGA chooses silhouettes of Ouimet and Lowery as its centennial celebration logo.

July 19, 1999 – Statue of Ouimet and Lowery is dedicated at The Country Club.

Sept. 24-26, 1999 – 33rd Ryder Cup Matches are held at The Country Club. U.S. stages record rally from four points down going into singles to win. Clinching putt is made by Justin Leonard on 17th green. U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw says he believes Ouimet's spirit guided Leonard's lengthy putt into cup.

2002 – Mark Frost's definitive book about Ouimet, 'The Greatest Game Ever Played,' is published.

2005 – Frost's book is made into a movie. Shia LaBeouf plays Ouimet.

2013 – 100th anniversary of Ouimet's win.

Aug. 12-18, 2013 – U.S. Amateur to be held at The Country Club.

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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.”


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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 Tour card via Q-School, is playing this week on a sponsor exemption, his fourth of the season. He is 13th on the 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).