The US Open in the Decades: History and Memorable Moments
Jun13

The US Open in the Decades: History and Memorable Moments

Now that the 2014 US OPEN has arrived, it brings us back to the history of the most memorable moments through the years. We will bring this to you through the official Major website to reminiscence on the greatest moments in US OPEN golf history. 2013 — Justin Rose needed to make a par on Merion’s difficult par-18th hole to win his first major championship, and he came through. After a good drive in the fairway, Rose striped a 4-iron from 229 yards out that landed on the green and rolled past the flagstick to the back collar. He got up and down to become the first English champion of the U.S. Open since 1970.   2011 — The Rory runaway at Congressional was in evidence at the halfway mark, when McIlroy shot 65-66 to set a scoring record for the first 36 holes of a U.S. Open. The Northern Irishman followed that up with two more rounds in the 60s to post a 72-hole total of 268, breaking the previous record by four strokes. At 22 years/1 month/15 days, McIlroy also became the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923.   2008 —Tiger Woods converted a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to tie Rocco Mediate and force an 18-hole playoff the following day, which he would win on the first extra hole. That do-or-die putt in front of a raucous gallery surrounding the 18th green at Torrey Pines, and Woods’ victory on what later turned out to be a fractured leg, represent one of the most dramatic championship weeks in U.S. Open history.   2000 — Dominance was the word most associated with Tiger Woods’ performance at Pebble Beach, as he posted a 12-under-par winning total of 272 and won by a whopping 15 strokes. Woods played his first 22 holes and last 26 holes without a bogey. A microcosm of his week came on the second day, as play was about to conclude due to darkness. Facing a long birdie putt at the par-3 12th hole, Woods stepped up and drained the 50-footer.   1999 —The final round at Pinehurst No. 2 began with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Payne Stewart all in contention. Mickelson’s presence was magnified by the fact that his wife, Amy, was due to give birth to the couple’s first child at any moment. At 18, Stewart faced a 15-foot par putt for the win, which he calmly holed before celebrating with caddie Mike Hicks and giving encouraging advice to the would-be father and runner-up, Mickelson. 1995 — Shinnecock Hills isn’t overly long by modern standards, but...

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