The First U.S. Open was Played in 1895 in October at Newport Country Club, which was contested on the original 9-hole course at the club. The winner was Horace Rawlins from England who had just accepted the position of assistant pro at Newport Country Club. The Open in modern days now has the final round each year on Sunday, Father Day. Unless of course there is a playoff, which has happened 33 times in the history of the championship, the last being 2008 when Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines, it was Tiger’s last major win, Tiger was 32 years old in the prime of his career.
The Open this year is at Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA, it is the 9th time the Open will be held at the course, more than any other course. Well known players who won at Oakmont were Tommy Armour 1927, Ben Hogan 1953, Jack Nicklaus 1962 and Johnny Miller in 1973. Millers final round on Sunday of 63 for -8 under par and eventual win at -5 under par record lead the USGA to make all Opens much more difficult. In 1974 The Massacre at Wingfoot was won by Hale Irwin, his winning score was 8 over par.
There have been many great moments in Open history on Fathers Day and this year should provide more. I for one hope Tiger returns to competitive golf at Oakmont, it would be great for the game. I will be at this years Open providing day to day coverage on mynegm.com and look forward to another great finish on Fathers Day.