Tom Kite - June 16, 2012


World Golf Hall of Fame Member Tom Kite won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. One thing that stands out the most from his 1992 U.S. Open win was how the weather impacted the condition of the course, especially the wind. The wind is also having a big impact on the condition of The Olympic Club this year.

When asked about his chip-in at the 7th hole in the final round of the 1992 U.S. Open, Kite admitted that he remembers that moment fondly and he remembers it often. It was such a difficult shot in a big moment and to be able to pull it off was really special.

In 1980, Dave Pelz advised him to add a wedge with higher loft to his set of clubs and he did that in the summer of that year. There is no question that wedges with higher loft have changed the game of golf and he recalled that he hit his L-Wedge 9 of 10 times during his final round although it felt like he used it on every hole that day.

The first time that he noticed that Colin Montgomerie was in contention was when he saw Colin’s name on the leaderboard on the 12th green. At Pebble Beach that year there were no leaderboards between 8 and 12 and when he saw that Montgomerie had posted even par, he knew what he needed to do and he was able along with Jeff Sluman to finish under par. Looking at the scores this year as well as the weather forecast, Kite thinks that it is possible that we will have only 1 or 2 players finish under par at The Olympic Club.