The Best of Past US Opens


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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