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U.S. Open - June 09, 2008


Torrey Pines Golf Course (South)

La Jolla, CA
Par: 35-36—71Yards: 7,541
FedExCup Points: 27,500Winner: 4,950
Purse: $7,000,000*Winner: $1,260,000*
2007 Champion: Angel Carbrera (285, +5)

U.S. Open Notes

Earlier this season, Trevor Immelman won the Masters Tournament. Only five players have won the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year. The players who have done that are Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002). Thirteen players have won both events in their professional careers, the most recent being Woods.

The youngest winner of the U.S. Open was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911. Eight players age 21 or younger have won the Open but none that young since Bobby Jones was victorious in 1923. Since then, Jack Nicklaus is the youngest winner at 22 years, 4 months in 1962. Jerry Pate was 22 years, 9 months in 1976. The oldest winner is Hale Irwin, who was 45 when he won in 1990.

Seventy-two players are fully exempt into the 156-player Open field, including eight past champions. They are Michael Campbell (2005), Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994,1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Lee Janzen (1993,1998), Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002). A champion receives a full exemption into the field for 10 years folowing his victory.

Since 1991, only Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their Open crowns. Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 after holding a three-stroke lead through 54 holes. Woods finished 12th in 2001 after winning in 2000. He tied for 20th in 2003 after winning in 2002.

Kevin Tway, the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur champion and son of current PGA TOUR player Bob Tway, qualified for this week’s tournament. The elder Tway, an eight-time PGA TOUR winner, will caddie for his son.

Torrey Pines, located in La Jolla, CA, is a municipal golf facility bounded by mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Fog, rain and wind often sweep the seaside courses that were designed by William Bell, Sr. in 1957. Prior to becoming golf courses, the land was Camp Callan, a naval training area. The torrey pine tree is well known to this area and to Santa Rosa Island. The tree is distinguished by having clusters of five needles.

The 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship was conducted on Torrey Pines’ South Course. Trevor Immelman, 18, of Cape Town, South Africa, won the title, defeating Jason Dufner, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole match-play final. Bubba Watson, also in this week’s field, played in that same tournament. Watson lost in the first round of match play.

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