|U.S. Open Championship - June 14, 2010
U. S. OPEN
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, CA
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,014
Winner's FedExCup Points Share: 600
Purse: $7,500,000*Winner: $1,350,000*
2009 Champion: Lucas Glover (276, -4)
Pebble Beach Again Hosts U.S. Open
As Glover Looks to Repeat Heroics
Prior to 2009, Lucas Glover had only played in three U.S. Opens, and in those previous three starts, he had never made the cut. Then came last year’s U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in New York. Glover opened with rounds of 69-64 then survived a 3-over weekend to win the title by two strokes over Ricky Barnes, David Duval and Phil Mickelson.
This week, the U.S. Open is at Pebble Beach Golf Links for a fifth time, with Glover defending his title at a course that last hosted the tournament in 2000. That year, Tiger Woods began a streak of winning four consecutive major championships by rolling to a 15-stroke victory over Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez. Woods, the world’s No. 1-ranked player, is back at the seaside course looking for his initial win of the 2010 campaign.
Meanwhile, Glover has had a solid season despite not winning. His best finish was a third-place showing at THE PLAYERS Championship in May, and he added a tie for ninth at the Farmers Insurance Open for his other top-10. Overall, he’s made 13 starts in stroke-play events and has played on the weekend in 10 of those tournaments. Glover is 45th in the FedExCup.
U. S. Open Notes
Making his 167th career PGA TOUR start, Lucas Glover recorded a 3-over 73 during the Monday-finish win at the 2009 U.S. Open. At 4-under 276, Glover finished two strokes ahead of Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes.
Five past U.S. Open champions made the cut at the 2009 event, but only Tiger Woods was able to put together a top-10 finish. He tied for sixth. The other past champions who played on the weekend were Retief Goosen (tied for 16th), Jim Furyk (tied for 33rd), Geoff Ogilvy (tied for 47th) and Angel Cabrera (tied for 54th).
Four players had bogey-free rounds at last year’s tournament at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course. Lucas Glover, Ricky Barnes, Geoff Ogilvy and James Nitties all did it in the second round, and Bubba Watson pulled it off in the third round.
This week’s U.S. Open will be the 10th contested in California, and Pebble Beach Golf Links leads the way with the most events hosted. This will be the fifth time the venerable Monterey Peninsula course is hosting the tournament. The first came in 1972, followed by tournaments in 1982, 1992 and 2000. San Francisco’s Olympic Club has hosted the 1955, 1966, 1987 and 1998 tournaments, while Pacific Palisades’ Riviera Country Club and La Jolla’s Torrey Pines Golf Course’s South Course have each been the site of one U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson has yet to win the U.S. Open despite several close calls, most recently in 2009 when he tied for second, two strokes behind Lucas Glover. Mickelson’s first runner-up finish at the U.S. Open came in 1999, when he lost by one to Payne Stewart. In 2002, he was second to Tiger Woods and again in 2004, losing to Retief Goosen. He also tied for second in 2006, the year Geoff Ogilvy won.
There has been quite a variety of winning scores in the previous four U.S. Opens contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In the inaugural event there, Jack Nicklaus shot a 2-over 290 to win. Ten years later, Tom Watson fashioned a 6-under 282. Tom Kite won with a 3-under 285, and Tiger Woods broke all U.S. Open scoring records in 2000 when he won by 15 strokes with a 12-under 272 when officials reduced the course to a par 71.
International players have had great success at the U.S. Open in recent years. Since 2000, international players have won five tournaments, including four consecutive between 2004 and 2007. South Africa’s Retief Goosen, who won his first Open in 2001, was the 2004 winner, followed by Michael Campbell’s win representing New Zealand a year later. Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy prevailed in 2006, and Argentina’s Angel Cabrera won the 2007 tournament.