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PGA - U.S. Open Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th
SITE: Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
COURSE ARCHITECT: Hugh Wilson (1912), Tom Fazio (2000)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,996
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 350 yds10 - Par 4 303 yds
2 - Par 5 556 yds11 - Par 4 367 yds
3 - Par 3 256 yds12 - Par 4 403 yds
4 - Par 5 628 yds13 - Par 3 115 yds
5 - Par 4 504 yds14 - Par 4 464 yds
6 - Par 4 487 yds15 - Par 4 411 yds
7 - Par 4 360 yds16 - Par 4 430 yds
8 - Par 4 359 yds17 - Par 3 246 yds
9 - Par 3 236 yds18 - Par 4 521 yds
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36 3,736 yds34 3,260 yds
 
Annual:  113th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (et), 5-7 p.m. (ET),
  NBC - Thursday/Friday -- 3-5 p.m. (ET),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-7:30 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion:  Webb Simpson
Runner-Up:  Michael Thompson, Graeme McDowell
Tournament Record:  268 (Rory McIlroy, 2011 - Congressional C.C., Blue Course)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Rory McIlroy, 2011 - Congressional C.C., Blue Course)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Rory McIlroy, 2011 - Congressional C.C., Blue Course)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Johnny Miller, 1973 - Oakmont Country Club;
  Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, 1980 - Baltusrol Golf Club;
  Vijay Singh, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
Course Record:  64 (Lee Mackey Jr, 1950; Ben Crenshaw, 1981)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd place - $865,000; 3rd place - $545,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Webb Simpson281Padraig Harrington283
Michael Thompson282Jason Dufner283
Graeme McDowell282John Peterson283
Jim Furyk283Ernie Els284
David Toms283Five players at285
 
Past United States Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Webb Simpson (281) -- Michael Thompson, Graeme McDowell
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
2011Rory McIlroy (268) -- Jason Day
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
2010Graeme McDowell (284) -- Gregory Havret
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
2009Lucas Glover (276) -- Ricky Barnes, David Duval, Phil Mickelson
Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
2008*Tiger Woods (283) -- Rocco Mediate
Torrey Pines Golf Club (South Course), La Jolla, California
2007Angel Cabrera (285) -- Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
2006Geoff Ogilvy (285) -- Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
2005Michael Campbell (280) -- Tiger Woods
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2), Pinehurst, North Carolina
2004Retief Goosen (276) -- Phil Mickelson
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York
2003Jim Furyk (272) -- Stephen Leaney
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course), Olympia Fields, Illinois
2002Tiger Woods (277) -- Phil Mickelson
Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
2001*Retief Goosen (276) -- Mark Brooks
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2000Tiger Woods (272) -- Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1999Payne Stewart (279) -- Phil Mickelson
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2), Pinehurst, North Carolina
1998Lee Janzen (280) -- Payne Stewart
The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
1997Ernie Els (276) -- Colin Montgomerie
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
1996Steve Jones (278) -- Tom Lehman, Davis Love III
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1995Corey Pavin (280) -- Greg Norman
Shinnecock Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1994*Ernie Els (279) -- Loren Roberts, Colin Montgomerie
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1993Lee Janzen (272) -- Payne Stewart
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1992Tom Kite (285) -- Jeff Sluman
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1991*Payne Stewart (282) -- Scott Simpson
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
1990*Hale Irwin (280) -- Mike Donald
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1989Curtis Strange (278) -- Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, Ian Woosnam
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Rochester, New York
1988*Curtis Strange (278) -- Nick Faldo
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1987Scott Simpson (277) -- Tom Watson
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1986Raymond Floyd (279) -- Lanny Wadkins, Chip Beck
Shinnecock Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1985Andy North (279) -- Dave Barr, T.C. Chen, Denis Watson
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1984*Fuzzy Zoeller (276) -- Greg Norman
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1983Larry Nelson (280) -- Tom Watson
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1982Tom Watson (282) -- Jack Nicklaus
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1981David Graham (273) -- George Burns, Bill Rogers
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1980Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Isao Aoki
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1979Hale Irwin (284) -- Gary Player, Jerry Pate
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1978Andy North (285) -- Dave Stockton, J.C. Snead
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1977Hubert Green (278) -- Lou Graham
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1976Jerry Pate (277) -- Tom Weiskopf, Al Geiberger
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Duluth, Georgia
1975*Lou Graham (287) -- John Mahaffey
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1974Hale Irwin (287) -- Forrest Felzer
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1973Johnny Miller (279) -- John Schlee
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1972Jack Nicklaus (290) -- Bruce Crampton
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1971*Lee Trevino (275) -- Jack Nicklaus
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1970Tony Jacklin (281) -- Dave Hill
Hazeltine Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
1969Orville Moody (281) -- Deane Beman, Al Geiberger, Bob Rosburg
Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek Course), Houston, Texas
1968Lee Trevino (275) -- Jack Nicklaus
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1967Jack Nicklaus (275) -- Arnold Palmer
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1966*Billy Casper (278) -- Arnold Palmer
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1965*Gary Player (278) -- Kel Nagle
Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
1964Ken Venturi (278) -- Tommy Jacobs
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Washington, D.C.
1963*Julius Boros (293) -- Jacky Cupit, Arnold Palmer
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1962*Jack Nicklaus (283) -- Arnold Palmer
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1961Gene Littler (281) -- Bob Goalby, Doug Sanders
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1960Arnold Palmer (280) -- Jack Nicklaus
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1959Billy Casper (282) -- Bob Rosburg
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1958Tommy Bolt (283) -- Gary Player
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1957*Dick Mayer (282) -- Cary Middlecoff
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1956Cary Middlecoff (281) -- Ben Hogan, Julius Boros
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Rochester, New York
1955*Jack Fleck (287) -- Ben Hogan
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1954Ed Furgol (284) -- Gene Littler
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1953Ben Hogan (283) -- Sam Snead
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1952Julius Boros (281) -- Ed Oliver
Northwood Country Club, Dallas, Texas
1951Ben Hogan (287) -- Clayton Heafner
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1950*Ben Hogan (287) -- Lloyd Mangrum, George Fazio
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1949Cary Middlecoff (286) -- Sam Snead, Clayton Heafner
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1948Ben Hogan (276) -- Jimmy Demaret
Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, California
1947*Lew Worsham (282) -- Sam Snead
St. Louis Country Club, Clayton, Missouri
1946*Lloyd Mangrum (284) -- Vic Ghezzi, Byron Nelson
Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1945No championship (World War II)
1944No championship (World War II)
1943No championship (World War II)
1942No championship (World War II)
1941Craig Wood (284) -- Denny Shute
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
1940*Lawson Little (287) -- Gene Sarazen
Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1939*Byron Nelson (284) -- Craig Wood, Denny Shute
Philadelphia Country Club (Spring Mill Course), Philadelphia, PA
1938Ralph Guldahl (284) -- Dick Metz
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1937Ralph Guldahl (281) -- Sam Snead
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1936Tony Manero (282) -- Harry Cooper
Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1935Sam Parks Jr. (299) -- Jimmy Thomson
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1934Olin Dutra (293) -- Gene Sarazen
Merion Cricket Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1933Johnny Goodman (287) -- Ralph Guldahl
North Shore Country Club, Glenview, Illinois
1932Gene Sarazen (286) -- Phil Perkins, Bobby Cruickshank
Fresh Meadows Country Club, Flushing, New York
1931*Billy Burke (292) -- George Von Elm
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1930Robert T. Jones Jr. (287) -- Macdonald Smith
Interlachen Country Club, Hopkins, Minnesota
1929Robert T. Jones Jr. (294) -- Al Espinosa
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1928*Johnny Farrell (294) -- Robert T. Jones Jr.
Olympia Fields Country Club (Number 4), Matteson, Illinois
1927*Tommy Armour (301) -- Harry Cooper
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1926Robert T. Jones Jr. (293) -- Joe Turnesa
Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
1925*Willie Macfarlane (291) -- Robert T. Jones Jr
Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts
1924Cyril Walker (297) -- Robert T. Jones Jr.
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1923*Robert T. Jones Jr. (296) -- Bobby Cruickshank
Inwood Country Club, Inwood, Long Island, New York
1922Gene Sarazen (288) -- John L. Black, Robert T. Jones Jr
Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Illinois
1921James M. Barnes (289) -- Walter Hagen, Fred McLeod
Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland
1920Edward Ray (295) -- Harry Vardon, Jack Burke, Leo Diegel,Jock Hutchison
Inverness Country Club, Toledo, Ohio
1919*Walter Hagen (301) -- Mike Brady
Brae Burn Country Club, West Newtown, Massachusetts
1918No championships (World War I)
1917No championships (World War I)
1916Charles Evans Jr. (286) -- Jock Hutchison
Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1915Jerome Travers (297) -- Tom McNamara
Baltusrol Golf Club (Revised Course), Short Hills, New Jersey
1914Walter Hagen (290) -- Charles Evans Jr.
Midlothian Country Club, Blue Island, Illinois
1913*Francis Ouimet (304) -- Harry Vardon, Edward Ray
The Country Club (Original Course), Brookline, Massachusetts
1912John McDermott (307) -- Tom McNamara
Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
1911*John McDermott (307) -- Mike Brady, George Simpson
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1910*Alex Smith (289) -- John McDermott, Macdonald Smith
Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martin's Course), Chestnut Hill, PA
1909George Sargent (290) -- Tom McNamara
Englewood Golf Club, Englewood, New Jersey
1908*Fred McLeod (322) -- Willie Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1907Alex Ross (302) -- Gil Nicholls
Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martin's Course), Chestnut Hill, PA
1906Alex Smith (295) -- Willie Smith
Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Illinois
1905Willie Anderson (314) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1904Willie Anderson (303) -- Gil Nicholls
Glen View Club, Golf, Illinois
1903*Willie Anderson (307) -- David Brown
Baltusrol Golf Club (Original Course), Short Hills, New Jersey
1902Laurie Auchterlonie (307) -- Stewart Gardner
Garden City Golf Club, Garden City, Long Island, New York
1901*Willie Anderson (331) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1900Harry Vardon (313) -- JH Taylor
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1899Willie Smith (315) -- George Low, Val Fitzjohn, WH Way
Baltimore Country Club (Roland Park Course), Baltimore, Maryland
1898Fred Herd (328) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1897Joe Lloyd (162) -- Willie Anderson
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1896James Foulis (152) -- Horace Rawlins
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1895Horace Rawlins (173) -- Willie Dunn
Newport Golf Club, Newport, Rhode Island

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Webb Simpson------------------------T-14Won
Graeme McDowell------T-80T-48T-30---T-18WonT-14T-2
Michael Thompson---------------T-29---------T-2
Padraig HarringtonT-10T-31mc5thmcT-36mcT-22T-45T-4
Jim FurykWonT-48T-28T-2T-2T-36T-33T-16mcT-4
Jason Dufner---------T-4062nd------T-33mcT-4
John Peterson---------------------------T-4
David TomsT-5T-20T-15WDT-5T-60mcT-33mcT-4
Ernie ElsT-5T-9T-15T-26T-51T-14mc3rdmc9th
Lee Westwood---T-36T-33---T-363rdT-23T-16T-3T-10
Kevin Chappell------------------------T-3T-10
John Senden---mc---------------mcT-30T-10
Casey Wittenberg---T-36mc---------mc------T-10
Steve Stricker---mc---T-6T-13T-29T-23T-58T-19T-15
Martin Kaymer---------------T-53mcT-8T-39T-15
Adam ScottmcmcT-28T-21mcT-26T-36mcmcT-15
Nick Watney------------mcT-60mc76thmcT-21
Justin RoseT-5mc------T-10mcmc---mcT-21
Tiger WoodsT-20T-172ndmcT-2WonT-6T-4---T-21
Matt Kuchar------mcmc---T-48mcT-6T-14T-27
Robert Karlsson------mc---mcT-4---T-27T-45T-29
Sergio GarciaT-35T-20T-3mcmcT-18T-10T-22T-7T-38
Charl Schwartzel---------T-48T-30---mcT-16T-9T-38
Hunter Mahanmc---------T-13T-18T-6mcmcT-38
Zach Johnson---T-48mcmcT-45mcmcT-77T-30T-41
Ian Poulter---mcT-57T-12T-36wdT-18T-47mcT-41
Rickie Fowler---------------T-60mc---mcT-41
Matteo Manassero------------------------T-54T-46
Angel CabreraT-3516thT-33T-26WonmcT-54T-22mcT-46
Jason Day------------------------2ndT-59
Phil MickelsonT-552ndT-33T-2mcT-18T-2T-4T-54T-65
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-68
Rory McIlroy------------------T-10mcWonmc
Y.E. Yang------mc------------mcT-3mc
Robert Garrigus---mc---------mc------T-3mc
Peter Hanson------mc---T-30---T-18T-16T-7mc
Louis Oosthuizen---------------------mcT-9mc
Dustin Johnson---------------T-48T-40T-8T-23mc
Bill HaasmcT-40------------------T-23mc
Lucas Glover---------mcmc---WonT-58T-42mc
Luke Donald------T-57T-12mcwdmcT-47T-45mc
Bubba Watson---mc------T-5mcT-18---T-63mc
Geoff Ogilvymc---T-28WonT-42T-9T-47mcmcmc
Michael CampbellmcmcWonmcT-58mcmcmcmcmc
Tim ClarkmcT-13T-3mcT-17T-48T-40T-12---mc
Brandt Snedeker------mc---T-23T-9mcT-8T-11---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Hunter Mahan
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Stallings) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Rollins) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Can Tiger Woods win his 15th major title and first since winning the U.S. Open in 2008? Will Rory McIlroy bounce back from recent poor play to win his second U.S. Open title and third major championship? Will Phil Mickelson win his fifth major and first U.S. Open? Can Adam Scott win his second straight major after winning the Masters in April? Will Webb Simpson become the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win two straight U.S. Opens? Can Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson or Steve Stricker break through and win their first major championship? These questions will all be answered this week as the world's best make the trek to Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania as it hosts the U.S. Open for the fifth time.

World No.1 Woods is coming off his worst finish of the year last week at the Memorial, where he tied for 65th. However, he already has four victories on the season and is having his best year since 2009.

McIlroy is still looking for his first victory of 2013, following a brilliant 2012 in which he claimed five wins worldwide. He finished tied for 57th in his last start at the Memorial.

Scott won the Masters in April for his first major championship. He has a chance to become only the sixth player ever to win the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year. Ben Hogan (1951, 53) did it twice. The others were Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Woods (2002).

Kuchar is in outstanding form coming into the U.S. Open. He won the Memorial for his second victory of the season. Kuchar and Woods are the only multiple winners on tour this year. It is the first time in his career that Kuchar has won multiple times in one season. He is currently ranked No. 4 in the world, the highest he has been in his career.

The last back-to-back winner of the championship was Strange, who titled in 1988-89. Since 1991, only Graeme McDowell, Woods and Retief Goosen have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their Open crowns. McDowell finished tied for 14th in 2011; Goosen finished tied for 11th in 2005 after holding a 3-stroke lead after 54 holes; Woods finished 12th in 2001; he was tied for 20th in 2003; and tied for sixth in 2009.

An American has won this event in 22 of the last 31 years. Only South Africa's Ernie Els (1994, 97) and Goosen (2001, 04), New Zealand's Michael Campbell (2005), Australia's Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Argentina's Angel Cabrera (2007) and Northern Ireland's McDowell (2010) and McIlroy (2011) have won the title in that span. In the last 59 years, American players have captured 47 U.S. Opens.

Ten past champions are in the field - Cabrera, Campbell, Els, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, McDowell, McIlroy, Ogilvy, Simpson and Woods.

Not only will the winner receive a check for $1,440,000, but the victor also receives an Open exemption for the next 10 years, an invitation to the next five Masters, an invitation to the next five British Opens, an invitation to the next five PGA Championships, an invitation to the next five Players Championships and exempt status on the PGA Tour for the next five years.

The championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries was April 24th. The USGA accepted 9,860 entries this year, the highest total in history. The previous mark was set in 2009 when 9,086 entries were received for Bethpage Black.

Last year, Simpson carded his second straight 2-under 68 in the final round to come from behind and win. Simpson finished at 1-over-par 281 to win by one stroke over Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell. He started the weekend tied for 29th, which means he came from farther back than any other champion since 1934.

In 2011, McIlroy rewrote the U.S. Open history book at Congressional. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman shot four rounds in the 60s and won by a staggering eight shots. He finished at 16-under 268, which set records for lowest score and lowest score in relation to par in U.S. Open history. McIlroy reached 17-under par, which was a first at the U.S. Open. He became the youngest winner of this championship since Bobby Jones in 1923. All totaled for the week, McIlroy broke or tied 12 U.S. Open records. He joined Lee Trevino and Lee Janzen as the only players ever to shoot four rounds in the 60s in regulation -- Trevino in 1968 and Janzen in 1993.

The 20 sub-par totals for 72 holes at Congressional Country Club in 2011 were the second-most all-time in U.S. Open history behind 28 sub-par totals at Medinah Country Club in 1990. The 108 sub-par rounds recorded were the second- most all-time behind the 124 at Medinah in 1990. The 32 sub-par scores in the final round are the most all-time, breaking the previous record of 18 at Baltusrol Golf Club in 1993.

Northern Ireland's McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win in 2010, shooting rounds of 71-68-71-74 for a 1-shot victory over Gregory Havret of France. Tony Jacklin was the last European player to win when he captured the event in 1970.

In 2009, Glover won exactly two weeks to the day after he qualified to play in it. Glover never even made a U.S. Open cut before 2009. Scratching his way to a 3-over 73 in the final round, he beat Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes by two shots at 4-under 276. Glover became only the sixth qualifier since 1960 to win. It was the second time Mickelson took runner-up on the Black course at Bethpage State Park, as he lost to Woods in 2002. Glover, No. 71 in the world when he arrived at Bethpage, became the fourth-lowest ranked golfer to win this event since the rankings were instituted in 1986.

Woods finally beat Rocco Mediate on the 91st hole on Monday's 2008 championship, ending a classic major championship with a par at the 19th hole of a playoff. Woods made a birdie to send the scheduled 18-hole playoff into sudden-death, then needed only a routine par at the next hole after Mediate bounced a bunker shot off the cart path and against the bleachers. It brought to an end one of the longest U.S. Opens in history, a tournament whose first four rounds played out in primetime on the East Coast. Millions watched one of Woods' most compelling victories. With his win in 2008, Woods recorded his ninth USGA national championship title, matching the record set by Bobby Jones.

Cabrera, from Argentina, won in 2007 with a 1-under 69 in the final round to hold off Woods and Furyk for his country's first major championship in 40 years. Cabrera ended at 5-over 285, carding two of the eight sub-70 rounds yielded by tough Oakmont all week, to beat Woods and Furyk by a shot. Roberto DeVicenzo won Argentina's only previous major championship at the 1967 British Open at Hoylake, but is probably best remembered for a scoring gaffe that cost him a chance to win the 1968 Masters. Furyk became the first player to post back-to-back second-place finishes since Palmer in 1966-67.

In 2006, Mickelson found a trash can, a tent, and yet another way to finish runner-up. Mickelson's try for a third straight major championship ended in a collapse at Winged Foot when he double-bogeyed the 18th hole to all but hand Ogilvy the win. Ogilvy chipped in for par at 17, made par from a sand divot on 18 and closed with a 2-over 72 to become the first Australian since David Graham in 1981 to win. He celebrated in front of a television monitor, having finished one group ahead of Mickelson. Ogilvy won by one shot over Mickelson, Furyk and Colin Montgomerie, who all stumbled down the stretch.

New Zealand's Campbell overcame a 4-shot deficit in 2005 and a hard charge from Woods in the final round to capture the title at Pinehurst No. 2. Campbell was the only one in the championship to finish at par or better with a 4-round total of even-par 280. It was Campbell's first major victory and first title in the United States. Campbell joined Bob Charles as the only players from New Zealand to win major championships. Charles captured the 1963 British Open.

It's happened seven times, but only six players have won wire-to-wire: Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Hogan (1953), Jacklin (1970), Woods (2000, 2002) and McIlroy (2011)

The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut next week for the Travelers Championship, where Marc Leishman captured his first PGA Tour title last year.

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