US OPEN ’22: Key US Open moments wanting on the final century

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A capsule take a look at key anniversaries for this yr’s U.S. Open championship at The Nation Membership outdoors Boston on June 16-19:

100 years in the past (1922)

Gene Sarazen gained the primary of his seven main championships within the 1922 U.S. Open at Skokie Nation Membership within the north Chicago suburbs, an Open that first launched a younger beginner from Georgia named Bobby Jones. This was a good affair from the beginning. Walter Hagen, coming off a British Open victory, opened with a 68 to take the lead. John Black took the lead after the second spherical that very same day. Within the third spherical, the 20-year-old Jones shot 70 to share the 54-hole lead with Invoice Melhorn, with Hagen and Sarazen one other shot behind. The 20-year-old Sarazen closed with a 2-under 68. Black was tied for the lead when he hit his tee shot out-of-bounds on the seventeenth and made double bogey. He made birdie on the ultimate gap to hitch Jones because the runner-up. A month later, Sarazen gained the PGA Championship at Oakmont. Jones would win the primary of his seven majors the next yr on the U.S. Open.

75 years in the past (1947)

Lew Worsham gained his solely main within the 1947 U.S. Open at St. Louis Nation Membership in a playoff over Sam Snead, and with Britain will recovering from World Warfare II, it marked the seventeenth consecutive main gained by an American. However this U.S. Open was all in regards to the runner-up. The U.S. Open was the one main Snead by no means gained, and the heartache was most extreme in 1939 when he made triple bogey on the ultimate gap to overlook a playoff by one shot. This one was simply as unhealthy, and so much awkward. Within the 18-hole playoff, Snead had a two-shot lead with three holes to play. Worsham made a 25-foot birdie on the sixteenth. Snead missed the inexperienced and made bogey on the seventeenth. On the ultimate gap, Snead had 15 toes for birdie and Worsham was 40 toes away simply off the inexperienced. He chipped to about 2½ toes. Snead’s birdie for the win got here up 30 inches brief. He went to faucet in when Worsham interrupted to ask for a ruling on who was farther away. Out got here the tape measure, and Snead was away by an inch. After which he missed the putt. Worsham rapped in his par for a 69 to win by one.

50 years in the past (1972)

Jack Nicklaus, the Masters champion, had a one-shot lead within the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Seashore over defending champion Lee Trevino and two others, with Arnold Palmer one other shot behind going into the ultimate spherical. With clouds within the forecast, the USGA determined to not water the greens, however sturdy westerly winds dried out the course and took a toll on the leaders. Nicklaus was in management till a gust almost knocked him off his toes throughout his swing on No. 10, and his drive wound up on the seaside. He took double bogey. Nicklaus was three photographs forward on the par-3 seventeenth when he hit a 1-iron into the wind. The ball landed a foot in entrance of the outlet, hit the pin and stopped 6 inches away for birdie, some of the iconic moments at Pebble Seashore. He closed with a 74 for a three-shot victory over Bruce Crampton for the second leg of the Grand Slam and his third U.S. Open title.

25 years in the past (1997)

Ernie Els gained the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional, his second U.S. Open title, in a serious that was misplaced as a lot because it was gained. Tom Lehman had the 54-hole lead for the third straight U.S. Open and was one shot behind the Large Simple when he pulled his method on the seventeenth gap off the facet of the inexperienced and into the water, masking his head along with his palms. He made bogey, shot 73 and completed two photographs behind. Colin Montgomerie was within the penultimate group with Els and was tied till he stood over a 5-foot par putt for the longest time till lacking. Els closed with a 69, no shot extra memorable than a 5-iron from 212 yards on the seventeenth to 12 toes. He needed to accept par, however in contrast with Lehman and Montgomerie, it was the distinction in profitable. It was the primary main since Tiger Woods broke 20 data in profitable the Masters. On the U.S. Open, Woods completed 10 photographs behind in a tie for nineteenth.

20 years in the past (2002)

Thirty years after Jack Nicklaus acquired midway to the Grand Slam, Tiger Woods matched him. He gained the Masters, after which added the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, the primary time the U.S. Open was staged on a really public course. It was billed because the “Individuals’s Open.” It got here down to 1 particular person. Woods had a 2-over 72 on the ultimate day for a three-shot victory over Phil Mickelson, and he was the one participant to complete beneath par. Not like the Masters, he needed to work for this one due to Mickelson’s late cost. The defining second got here on the par-5 thirteenth when Woods smoked a 2-iron from 263 yards onto the inexperienced that arrange a two-putt birdie and ended the ultimate problem. Woods gained wire-to-wire for the second time in a U.S. Open. He led by three photographs over Padraig Harrington after 36 holes and by 4 holes over Sergio Garcia going into the ultimate spherical. Mickelson, 5 behind firstly, closed to inside two photographs till Woods made his birdie on the thirteenth. It was the second of a document six runner-up finishes for Mickelson within the U.S. Open.

10 years in the past (2012)

Webb Simpson gained his solely majors within the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Membership, the course generally known as the “Graveyard of Champions.” It claimed a couple of extra main champions at this one. Simpson began the ultimate spherical 4 photographs behind, and after a pair of early bogeys, he performed the ultimate 13 holes with out a bogey and shot 68. After which it was time to attend. Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and Graeme McDowell, who gained his Open at Pebble Seashore two years earlier, had been tied for the 54-hole lead and nonetheless tied for the lead on the again 9. McDowell bogeyed the thirteenth and 14th holes and by no means caught up. Furyk was tied at 1-over par by way of 15 holes and had back-to-back par 5s in entrance of him. However on the sixteenth, the USGA moved the tee ahead by some 100 yards. Furyk hooked a fairway steel off the tee and wound up making bogey. He did not birdie the seventeenth. And needing birdie on the ultimate gap to power a playoff, he made bogey. McDowell birdied he seventeenth, however his 25-foot birdie probability on the 18th stayed left of the cup. Of the opposite casualties at Olympic — Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Payne Stewart — solely Stewart went on to win a serious. Furyk was a runner-up in two extra majors, however by no means gained one other.


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