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Top 10 hardest U.S. Opens

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The U.S. Open has been known as the toughest test in golf throughout the years, and ahead of this week’s championship from Winged Foot, we thought it’d be fun to take a look at the top 10 bloodbaths in the history of the event.

Over the last 70 years, the U.S. Open has thrown up several brutal tests that have made the best in the world look like mere mortals, so here are the top 10 hardest U.S. Opens from 1950 onwards in relation to the winning score to par.

Top 10 hardest U.S. Opens

10. 1975 U.S. Open

Course: Medinah CC

Winner: Lou Graham

Winning Score: +3

Cut Line: +6

Lou Graham would win his first and only major title at the 1975 U.S. Open, after defeating John Mahaffey in an 18-hole Monday playoff. Graham made four birdies in the playoff, and his level par round of 71 gave him the championship.

9. 1958 U.S. Open

Course: Southern Hills CC

Winner: Tommy Bolt

Winning Score: +3

Cut Line: +14

Tommy Bolt went wire-to-wire for his solo major victory at the 1958 U.S. Open. Bolt beat Gary Player by four strokes to win, in a championship where a +10 four day score was good enough for a top-4 finish.

8. 1954 U.S. Open 

Course: Baltusrol GC

Winner: Ed Furgol

Winning Score: +4

Cut Line: +11

Ed Furgol came to Baltusrol in 1954 having missed the cut on his last four consecutive trips to the U.S. Open but would triumph in New Jersey by a margin of one stroke over Gene Littler. Furgol did not break par once on his way to victory at Baltusrol in 1954.

7. 2006 U.S. Open

Course: Winged Foot GC

Winner: Geoff Ogilvy

Winning Score: +5

Cut Line: +9

Australian Geoff Ogilvy was the last man standing at Winged Foot in 2006, managing to close with four straight pars to seal his maiden major title. Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie both double-bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a playoff by one stroke, with the former having only needed a par on the last to win the title outright.

6. 2007 U.S. Open

Course: Oakmont CC

Winner: Angel Cabrera

Winning Score: +5

Cut Line: +10

Angel Cabrera claimed his first of two major titles back in 2007 at Oakmont, and he did it the hard way by staring down Tiger Woods down the stretch on Sunday. The Argentine was the only player in the top-10 on Sunday to shoot under par (-1) for the final round.

5. 1950 U.S. Open

Course: Merion GC

Winner: Ben Hogan

Winning Score: +7

Cut Line: +9

Ben Hogan won his second of four U.S. Open titles at Merion GC in 1950 in an event that went to a three-man playoff finish. Hogan’s round of one under par gave him a comfortable victory in Sunday’s playoff, with his competitors Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio struggling to playoff rounds of three over and five over, respectively.

4. 1951 U.S. Open

Course: Oakland Hills CC

Winner: Ben Hogan

Winning Score: +7

Cut Line: +12

Hogan went back-to-back in 1951, and it was a winning score of +7 that was able to give him the victory without the need of a playoff this time. Hogan won by two strokes over Clayton Heafner, thanks to a final round of 67 – eclipsing his second-best score for the week by four strokes.

3. 1974 U.S. Open

Course: Winged Foot GC

Winner: Hale Irwin

Winning Score: +7

Cut Line: +13

Nicknamed ‘The Massacre at Winged Foot’, Hale Irwin survived the war of attrition in New York in 1974 to claim what would be the first of three major victories for the Missouri native. Irwin finished two strokes ahead of Forrest Fezler to win the title, in a year where not one single player broke even par during round one.

2. 1955 U.S. Open

Course: Olympic Club

Winner: Jack Fleck

Winning Score: +7

Cut Line: +15

In a massive upset, municipal course pro Jack Fleck won his only major title at the 1955 U.S. Open and he did so by defeating the great Ben Hogan in a playoff. Both Fleck and Hogan finished five strokes better than anyone else in regulation, and on Sunday’s playoff finish on the west coast, Flecks’s round of one-under-par was enough to secure his victory by a margin of three strokes.

1. 1963 U.S. Open

Course: Brookline 

Winner: Julius Boros

Winning Score: +9

Cut Line: +10

Julius Boros’ +9 total gave him victory at the 1963 U.S. Open, prevailing in a three-man playoff against Jacky Cupit and Arnold Palmer. Boros shot 70 in the playoff to finish one stroke better off than Cupit to secure victory. His +9 four-round total is the highest winning score at the U.S. Open since World War II.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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Ian Poulter repays USGA after U.S. Open locker smash

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The U.S. Open is the event which often makes players see red, and two years ago at Shinnecock Hills that was certainly the case for Ian Poulter.

Ahead of this week’s test at Winged Foot, the Englishman took to Instagram to reveal the damage he did to a U.S. Open locker after the event back in 2018, where he announced he had now reimbursed the USGA for the incident while also issuing a lighthearted apology.

“2 years ago at Shinnecock Hills… I must have tripped and fallen against my locker causing it to fall apart… 
Robbie felt I was still a little warm last year so left it 2 years before asking for reimbursement for the damage…Today I repaid Robbie for my mishap.”

In 2018 following the third round of the U.S. Open, several players criticised the course set up and one of the most vocal that day was Ian Poulter who produced a Twitter tirade after the brutal Saturday.

Thankfully all has been resolved now, although Poulter will need a solid Friday at Winged Foot to see the third round of the U.S. Open this week after stumbling to a round of 5-over par on Thursday.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (9.18.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

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Sweet looking ferrules on these Miura irons.

Dropping today from Sugar Skull.

Not sure about that outfit Tommy!

Cool looking wedges from Ballistic Golf.

Olson hard at work.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Building U.S. Open greens: A look behind the restoration at Winged Foot

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As much as the hot topic for this year’s fall U.S. Open at the famed Winged Foot Golf Club has been the rough, the true test for the players in the field this week is going to been the A.W. Tillinghast greens, which were restored to their pristine glory in 2018 by Gil Hanse and his team.

If you have never been involved in course construction or restoration, it is an amazing process to witness, and thanks to the USGA, along with Winged Foot, and Gil Hanse, you can see the effort unfold like never before. They have produced a three-part video series showcase the history of the greens, the restoration process, and a spotlight piece on the 18th hole.

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