US OPEN ’20: A hole-by-hole of Winged Foot and key photographs


MAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — A hole-by-hole take a look at the West Course at Winged Foot Nation Membership, website of the 120th U.S. Open with memorable events from majors performed there:

NO. 1, 450 YARDS, PAR 4: A delicate dogleg to the left with a fairway that will get extra slender the longer the drive. The problem approaching the inexperienced. It’s severely pitched towards the entrance with two pronounced undulations working down the inexperienced. The method should be left under the opening.

Main second: Jack Nicklaus had a 25-foot birdie putt above the opening within the first spherical of the 1974 U.S. Open. He ran it almost 30 ft by the cup and off the inexperienced.

N0. 2, 484 YARDS, PAR 4: A slight dogleg to the precise, with a bunker on the left that gives one of the best angle to the inexperienced. Something to the precise probably will imply pitching out to the green. The inexperienced is protected by two deep bunkers, and branches from a 110-foot elm tree behind the inexperienced make a again left gap location tough.

Main second: Fuzzy Zoeller holed a 60-foot birdie putt in his 18-hole playoff towards Greg Norman within the 1984 U.S. Open, sending him on his solution to a 67 to win by eight photographs.

NO. 3, 243 YARDS, PAR 3: Bunkers guard the left and proper sides of the closely contoured inexperienced. The secret’s to maintain the ball under the opening.

Main second: Billy Casper purposely laid up in need of the inexperienced and bought up-and-down all 4 rounds in profitable the 1959 U.S. Open.

NO. 4, 467 YARDS, PAR 4: A slight dogleg to the left that’s partially blind, so it will likely be necessary to hit the green, which tightens with two fairway bunkers. The inexperienced was expanded throughout a 2016 renovation and is guarded by two deep bunkers on the entrance corners.

Main second: Phil Mickelson went into the ultimate spherical within the 2006 U.S. Open tied with Kenneth Ferrie. He made birdie on this gap — considered one of solely 13 birdies Sunday — for his first lead of the ultimate spherical. That didn’t final lengthy, nevertheless, as Mickelson chopped his solution to two straight bogeys and the sport was on. It didn’t finish nicely for Lefty.

NO. 5, 502 YARDS, PAR 4: This performed as a par 5 for the 2006 U.S. Open, and now the ninth gap will swap to a par 4. It’s one of many more durable tee photographs on the course, with the touchdown space slanting to the precise on a gap that bends to the left. Each side of the inexperienced are protected by bunkers.

Main second: Arnold Palmer was main by one within the third spherical of the ’74 U.S. Open. He pulled his tee shot into the timber, then determined to play out to the fourth fairway. His 3-wood caught the highest of the timber and dropped down, resulting in bogey. He misplaced his lead and by no means bought it again.

NO. 6, 321 YARDS, PAR 4: The shortest par 4, and maybe most fun gap at Winged Foot. Relying on the opening location and wind, some gamers may attempt to drive the kidney-shaped inexperienced that’s guarded by a deep bunker within the entrance and a stream that meanders to the left and behind the inexperienced. The tough will likely be exceptionally deep on his gap. Selections may result in a birdie or bogey.

Main second: Invoice Melhorn seemed to be on his solution to profitable the 1929 U.S. Open till taking an 11. He by no means recovered.

NO. 7, 162 YARDS, PAR 3: The shortest and sure probably the most straightforward of the par 3s, this may require not more than a brief iron. The inexperienced is elevated. Entrance gap areas are guarded by a steep false entrance and bunkers which are 7 ft under the floor.

Main second: Johnny Miller took 4 photographs to get out of a greenside bunker within the ’74 U.S. Open. “I stored telling myself, ‘I’m a superb bunker participant.’ However after the third strive, I made a decision perhaps I’m not,” he stated.

NO. 8, 490 YARDS, PAR 4: After two pretty straightforward holes, gamers face a frightening stretch the place par is valued. This lengthy dogleg to the precise has a really undulating inexperienced. The tee shot ought to hug the precise tree line. The inexperienced has a pronounced ridge working diagonally throughout, leaving no straightforward putts.

Main second: Ernie Els drove into the tough and tried to succeed in the inexperienced within the first spherical of the 1997 PGA Championship. The ball moved about Eight ft, resulting in double bogey. “Fairly embarrassing, to say the least,” he stated.

NO. 9, 565 YARDS, PAR 5: In 2006, this was the primary the time the U.S. Open had a par Four over 500 yards. Now it’s a par 5. The inexperienced is open on the entrance, permitting for photographs to run onto the undulating inexperienced. A mound in the course of the inexperienced impacts method photographs and chipping.

Main second: Hale Irwin hit a fairway wooden into 35 ft and made the birdie putt as he started his cost into the lead within the remaining spherical of the ’74 U.S. Open.

NO. 10, 214 YARDS, PAR 3: One of many hardest holes at Winged Foot, with an elevated inexperienced that slopes towards the entrance. Lacking the inexperienced makes par unlikely, and even photographs on the inexperienced are tough due to the pronounced slope and rolls. The bunkers are almost 9 ft under the placing floor.

Main second: Ben Hogan described this shot as “a 3-iron into some man’s bed room.”

NO. 11, 384 YARDS, PAR 4: Tee shot probably will likely be an iron or utility membership to remain in need of the bunker on the left, and a bigger bunker farther away on the precise. A wedge or quick iron will likely be left to a comparatively docile inexperienced, leaving a good probability at making birdie.

Main second: Fred {Couples} made eagle by holing out a 9-iron from 140 yards within the second spherical of the ’97 PGA Championship.

NO. 12, 633 YARDS, PAR 5: After a straight tee shot, the opening bends sharply to the left, and gamers should calculate the gap of their layup with cross bunkers looming. Any second shot to the left is in large hassle. The second shot should clear an 80-foot tree on the flip of the dogleg.

Main second: John Daly hit driver over the timber and into the adjoining fairway within the third spherical of the ‘97 PGA Championship. Disgusted, he hurled his driver over the fence. Marshals later retrieved it for him.

NO. 13, 212 YARDS, PAR 3: Comparatively benign par Three with bunkers on the left and proper of the inexperienced, though par turns into tough if the inexperienced is missed. Something to the left leaves participant just about no probability at getting the chip shut. The entrance third of the inexperienced acts like a false entrance, sending balls down the hill.

Main second: Davis Love III was main by three within the remaining spherical of the ‘97 PGA Championship when he pulled a 4-iron left of the inexperienced, with solely about 10 ft of inexperienced between the tough and the flag. His pitch lipped out for a tap-in par, a shot Love later stated “saved the championship.”

NO. 14, 452 YARDS, PAR 4: The tee shot is partially blind, and should be performed over or round a bunker on the left facet. Shifting the ball from right-to-left will assist gamers maintain tee photographs within the fairway of this dogleg left. The inexperienced is elevated and slopes from the again left to the entrance proper, and it’s well-guarded by bunkers.

Main second: Gary Participant tried to hit his tee shot over the shamrock bunker on the left. He discovered the sand, and his shot out almost hit Arnold Palmer. His third shot went into the timber and he made a double bogey within the ‘74 U.S. Open.

NO. 15, 426 YARDS, PAR 4: The tee shot should keep in need of a stream that crosses the green at about 295 yards. Most gamers will drive to the highest of the hill. Taking part in simply in need of the stream leaves a downhill method with a wedge. The green slopes severely down and to the left, and may ship balls into the tough. The inexperienced is diagonally formed with a false entrance and loads of bumps and ridges.

Main second: Bobby Jones’ slide within the remaining spherical of the ‘29 U.S. Open was punctuated on this gap when he made triple bogey hitting into the timber, pitching out, going over the inexperienced, flubbing a chip and two-putting for 7. His six-shot lead was down to 1 shot, and he finally wound up in a playoff.

NO. 16, 498 YARDS, PAR 4: This tends to play because the hardest gap on the again 9, demanding a protracted, exact tee shot for a sensible probability of hitting the inexperienced. The left facet is protected by timber, together with a big Maple quick and left of the inexperienced. The entrance half of the inexperienced could be very quick towards the entrance.

Main second: In a gradual rain, Davis Love III hit an impressive drive and a 6-iron to 10 ft for a straightforward par and primarily clinched his victory within the ‘97 PGA Championship.

NO. 17, 504 YARDS, PAR 4: A dogleg proper that requires precision with the tee shot and the method. A left-to-right drive is right for a slanted fairway. The kidney-shaped inexperienced could be very slender, making it robust to avoid wasting par with something left or proper of the inexperienced. A mound on the middle proper of the inexperienced enormously influences placing.

Main second: Geoff Ogilvy chipped in for par from left of the pin within the remaining spherical. A par on the closing gap changed into a one-shot victory within the 2006 U.S. Open.

NO. 18, 469 YARDS, PAR 4: A sweeping dogleg to the left requires precision as a result of something too lengthy and straight may undergo the green into the tough. The complicated inexperienced is likely one of the most demanding at Winged Foot. It’s elevated, and intensely fast from again to entrance. Any method in need of the entrance ridge may find yourself on the backside of the hill due to the 6-foot slope on the entrance.

Main second: Bobby Jones holed a 12-foot par putt with a few foot of break to power a playoff within the ’29 U.S. Open, beating Al Espinoza by 23 photographs over 36 holes the following day. The putt was so exceptional that members known as the following day a “miracle playoff.” Extra not too long ago, that is the place Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie made double bogey to complete one shot behind within the 2006 U.S. Open.


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