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PGA - U.S. Open Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st
SITE: Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: A.W. Tillinghast (1936), Rees Jones (1997-2001-renovation);
         Rees Jones with Greg Muirhead (2007-09)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,445
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 430 yds10 - Par 4 508 yds
2 - Par 4 389 yds11 - Par 4 435 yds
3 - Par 3 232 yds12 - Par 4 504 yds
4 - Par 5 517 yds13 - Par 5 605 yds
5 - Par 4 478 yds14 - Par 3 158 yds
6 - Par 4 408 yds15 - Par 4 458 yds
7 - Par 4 525 yds16 - Par 4 490 yds
8 - Par 3 230 yds17 - Par 3 207 yds
9 - Par 4 460 yds18 - Par 4 411 yds
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35 3,669 yds35 3,776 yds
 
Course Set-Up:  The fairways will range in width from roughly 24 to 33 yards.
  On either side of the fairways, a 6-foot wide swath of intermediate rough
  running the length of each hole will be set to 1 3/4 inches. Next, a 20-foot
  band of first cut of primary rough will be grown to approximately 2 1/2
  inches, and the second cut of deepest rough left and right of the landing
  areas will be 5 inches. Some spectator ropes will be moved back to allow for
  this plan, where the "penalty now fits the crime." The further off line a
  drive is, the tougher the recovery shot will be. (This is the third year of
  this USGA set-up style). The greens will be set to run at 13 to 13 1/2 feet on
  the Stimpmeter for the duration of the Championship. The primary rough for 11
  feet around the putting greens will be maintained at 3 inches. Outside of
  that, the rough will be grown to 4-5 inches (instead of 2 1/2 inches as
  alongside the fairways).
Annual:  109th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (et), 5-7 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Thursday/Friday -- 3-5 p.m. (et),
  Saturday -- 2-8 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 1:30-7:30 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Tiger Woods
Runner-Up:  Rocco Mediate
Tournament Record:  272 (Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Lee Janzen, 1993 - Baltusrol GC;
  Tiger Woods, 2000 - Pebble Beach Golf Links;
  Jim Furyk, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Jim Furyk, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, 2003 - Olympia Fields CC)
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:  66 (Nick Faldo, 2002)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000 (2008 figures)
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd place - $810,000; 3rd place - $491,995
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tiger Woods *283Miguel Angel Jimenez287
Rocco Mediate283Carl Pettersson287
Lee Westwood284John Merrick287
D.J. Trahan286Five players at288
Robert Karlsson286

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past United States Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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

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Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk
Darkhorses - Rory McIlroy, Jeev Milkha Singh, Thomas Levet
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Justin Leonard) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jason Day) - Finished tied for 23rd
 
NOTES:
Will Tiger Woods win his 15th major championship and defend his U.S. Open title? Will Phil Mickelson win his first major since his collapse at Winged Foot three years ago? Can Ernie Els win his third U.S. Open? Will Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia or Henrik Stenson break through and win their first major championship? These questions will all be answered next week as the world's best make the trek to Bethpage State Park in New York, as the Black Course hosts its second U.S. Open.

When the U.S. Open was held in 2002 at Bethpage State Park, it marked the first time in event history that the tournament was staged on a publicly owned facility and that a two-tee (1 and 10) start was employed for the first two rounds.

Last year, Woods finally beat Rocco Mediate on the 91st hole of the U.S. Open on Monday, 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. Both players shot even-par 71s through the first 18 holes of the playoff on Monday. It was the same score posted by Mediate on Sunday when Woods carded a 73 and needed a birdie putt at the 18th hole to force the playoff. Mediate rebounded from an early three-shot deficit to take the lead with three holes remaining in the playoff, only to hit a bunker with his 18th tee shot of the day. He missed an 18-foot birdie putt on the No. 18 green with a chance to win the tournament outright. Then he missed a 20-footer at No. 7 in sudden-death that would have extended the tournament one more hole. Mediate was the only player in the field who did not go above par at any point during the 72 holes of regulation.

Woods hadn't played competitively in two months since having surgery to clean out his left knee on April 15, two days after he finished second at The Masters. Sometimes grimacing, other times using his club as a cane, Woods wrestled with pain through the weekend as he produced three electric finishes in three days to make the playoff. Woods did not play again in 2008 after the U.S. Open due to knee surgery. With his win last year, Woods recorded his ninth USGA national championship title, matching the record set by Bobby Jones.

In 2007, Angel Cabrera from Argentina won the U.S. Open with a one-under 69 in the final round to hold off Woods and Jim Furyk for his country's first major championship in 40 years. Cabrera ended at five-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 at the U.S. Open since Arnold Palmer in 1966-67.

Cabrera won The Masters in April for his second 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), Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Woods (2002).

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 Australian Geoff Ogilvy the win. Ogilvy chipped in for par at 17, made par from a sand divot on 18 and closed with a two-over 72 to become the first Australian since David Graham in 1981 to win the U.S. Open. He celebrated in front of a television monitor, having finished one group ahead of Mickelson. Ogilvy's five-over-par 285 winning score was the highest since Hale Irwin's seven-over at Winged Foot in 1974. He won by one shot over Mickelson, Furyk and Colin Montgomerie, who all stumbled down the stretch.

It's been 20 years since there was a repeat champion at the U.S. Open. The last back-to-back winner of the U.S. Open was Curtis Strange, who titled in 1988-89.

Since 1991, only Woods and Retief Goosen have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their Open crowns. Goosen finished tied for 11th in 2005 after holding a three-stroke lead after 54 holes. Woods finished 12th in 2001 after winning in 2000. He was tied for 20th in 2003 after winning in 2002.

In 2005, New Zealand's Michael Campbell overcame a four-shot deficit and a hard charge from world No. 1 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 four-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. Campbell became the first qualifier to win the U.S. Open since Steve Jones in 1996.

In 2003, Furyk set numerous records in winning his first major. His 36-hole mark of 133, along with Vijay Singh, broke the record of 134 set by Nicklaus in 1980, TC Chen in 1985, Lee Janzen in 1993 and Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000. Furyk's 54-hole mark of 200 was also a new record, breaking the score of 203 set by George Burns in 1981 at Merion, Chen's 1985 score at Oakland Hills and Janzen's 1993 mark at Baltusrol. Finally, Furyk's tournament total of 272 matched Nicklaus' 1980 and Janzen's 1993 marks at Baltusrol and Woods' score of 272 at Pebble Beach in 2000.

An American has won this event in 20 of the last 27 years. Only South Africa's Els (1994, 97) and Goosen (2001, 04), New Zealand's Campbell (2005), Australia's Ogilvy (2006) and Argentina's Cabrera (2007) have won the title in that span. In the last 55 years, American players have captured 45 U.S. Opens. Tony Jacklin was the last European player to win the U.S. Open when he captured the event in 1970. Lee Trevino and Janzen are the only players ever to shoot four rounds in the 60s in regulation -- Trevino in 1978 and Janzen in 1993.

Not only will the winner receive a check for $1,350,000, 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 PLAYERS Championships, an invitation to the next five PGA Championships and exempt status on the PGA Tour for the next five years.

It's happened seven times, but only five players have won this event wire-to- wire: Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Hogan (1951 & 1953), Jacklin (1970) and Woods (2000 & 2002).

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 29th. The USGA has accepted a record 9,086 entries for the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black this year. The previous record for entries was 9,048 for the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. For the 23rd consecutive year, the U.S. Open is a sellout.

The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut June 25-28 for the Travelers Championship, where Stewart Cink captured his fifth PGA Tour title last year.

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