With the U.S Open quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the best and most memorable moments in U.S Open history. These incredible moments will never be forgotten and have helped to make this tournament one of the best in golf each and every year.
1. Arnold Palmer’s 1960 U.S Open Comeback
Largely seen as on of the best golfers of all time, the 1960 U.S Open was not going so well for ol Arnie in the early going. Leading into the final round on Sunday, Palmer was 7 shots back of the leader as was thought to not really have a chance. But after chipping away at the lead, Palmer eventually was able win and thus complete the greatest comeback in U.S Open history, in what would be his first and only U.S Open win.
2. Woods Goes Back and Forth with Mediate in 2008
This was a completely epic tournament from start to finish. Tiger Woods, who was still among the greatest players at the time, was basically playing on one leg, while Rocco Mediate was playing the tournament of his life. This tournament was a back and ofrth affair between the two that took 91 holes to finally decide the winner. Ultimately, the hobbling Tiger Woods won the tournament, and it still remains his final win at a major tournament.
3. Tiger Woods Dominates in 2000
Out of all the huge and impressive wins that Tiger Woods had in his career, this is arguably the best. In fact, the word impressive hardly does it justice. Woods won the U.S Open in 2000 with a score of -12 and was actually the only person to finish under par. The second place score was +3 and Woods’ 15 stroke win is still the largest victory in majors history.
4. Payne Stewart vs. Phil Mickelson in 1999
This was just iconic in every sense of the word. Stewars, Mickelson and Tiger Woods were neck and neck, and it all came down to the final putt on 18. Stewart made an 18 foot putt on the final hole to take home his second U.S Open win. The final putt was so iconic that it was actually honored with a statue that sits near the 18th green at Pinehurst. Unfortunately, Stewart passed away four months after the tournament in a horrific lear jet accident.
5. Ben Hogan Comes Back After an Accident that Almost Killed Him
In what is always called the “the Miracle at Merion”, this is probably one of the best U.S Open moments ever. Just over a year after having a near fatal head on collision with a greyhound, Ben Hogan pulled off an incredible victory in the U.S Open. He came to the final hole needing par to force a playoff, he did, and then won the following day. To pull something like this off only a year and change after almost getting killed in a horrific auto accident is unbelievable.