Sunday, June 21, 2009

U.S. Open Golf Courses - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Springfield, New Jersey. The Lower Course was used every thirteen years from 1954 to 1993, with Jack Nicklaus triumphing in the two middle years, setting a record with a 272 in 1980.
  • A2) St. Louis, Missouri. South Africa's Gary Player won his only U.S. Open in 1965, the only time Bellerive hosted.
  • A3) Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Arnold Palmer won his only U.S. Open in 1960 and Andy North the first of two in 1978.
  • A4) Bethesda, Maryland. Ken Venturi was victorious on the Blue Course in 1964 and Ernie Els in 1997, his second U.S. Open in four years.
  • A5) Chaska, Minnesota. Tony Jacklin became the most recent Englishman to capture a U.S. Open in 1970.
  • A6) Medinah, Illinois. Course No. 3 was used in 1949, 1975, and 1990, with Hale Irwin taking the third of his three U.S. Opens the last time.
  • A7) Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The East Course has seen both Ben Hogan (1950) and Lee Trevino (1971) win their second U.S. Opens here, and David Graham became the first Australian winner in 1981.
  • A8) Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The South Course has hosted four times from 1951 to 1996, including Andy North's second title in 1985.
  • A9) Pinehurst, North Carolina. Course No. 2 was the site of Payne Stewart's last major victory before perishing in a plane crash just four months later in 1999, while Michael Campbell became the only New Zealander to capture a U.S. Open in 2005.
  • A10) Shinnecock Hills, New York. Retief Goosen won his second U.S. Open in four years in 2004, while Raymond Floyd and Corey Pavin took their only titles in 1986 and 1995 respectively.
  • A11) Brookline, Massachusetts. Eleven years after winning his first U.S. Open, Julius Boros added a second in 1963, while Curtis Strange won the first of two consecutive titles in 1988.
  • A12) La Jolla, California. Tiger Woods earned his third U.S. Open title and fourteenth career major in dramatic fashion in 2008, playing on a left leg that would require anterior cruciate ligament surgery only two days later.

The other courses used since World War II, which cancelled four events, have been Olympic Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Riviera Country Club in California; Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois; Oak Hill Country Club and Winged Foot Golf Club in New York; Canterbury Golf Club and Inverness Club in Ohio; Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma; Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania; and Champions Golf Club and Northwood Club in Texas.

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