The combination of the length of the course, thick rough and difficult greens will make this U.S. Open one of the most difficult in recent memory. . Gary Player: I'd love to see an Open like that again. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. I imagine I wasn't the only one who putted off that green that day. If I'd known, I might have been nervous. Colbert was pretty intense; he kind of scared me at first. 2020 U.S. Open Betting Odds: Favorites, Props And Picks To Win At Corporate tents and automatic sellouts were not yet part of the landscape for the Open, though IBM provided a new level of statistical analysis. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: An exclusive, hole-by-hole drone tour of Winged Foot (West), Sally Irwin (Hale Irwin's wife): I was taking Hale to the airport to go back on tour three weeks before Winged Foot. Amateur champion and current muscleman, powered and putted his way to a 68, the lowest score on a day Winged Foot played to an average score of 75.25.. After an opening round in which 21 players broke par, Winged Foot allowed only three players under par. I wasn't convinced it had happened. We double-cut the greens by hand every morning and cut them with triplex mowers in the afternoon. Peter McGarey: Hale told me afterward when it was getting frenzied to protect the clubs. It always causes problems at Winged Foot. Bob Sommers (former USGA communications official): I'll never forgive Schaap for that. Patrick Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau after the second round of the U.S. Open. The top betting news and picks for all the big games delivered directly to your inbox daily. Hale Irwin: I remember going to the last day and thinking, You've got a solid chance to win this thing, but you've got to avoid the costly mistake. I can't remember if it was a practice round or the actual tournament, but Hale came and grabbed me. I just came up a little short.''. Most of them did. How many times do you hear that the U.S. Open is too easy? THE COURSE — WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB Par: 70 Yardage: 7,477 yards. Steve Garagiola (son of former baseball player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, caddie for Jim Colbert, and a newscaster): I was 19 years old and either playing golf or caddieing every day. My family went to Mexico for vacation that week; I went to Winged Foot and drew Hale Irwin in the pool. Winged Foot is a mammoth par 70 measuring in at 7,469 yards. He told me, "Don't ever tell me what club to hit, because I hit every one of them 10 different ways. See all of the bets Action Network experts are making in real-time, covering the big games and the hidden gems. When I walked into the locker room, I bumped into Watson. And 7,477-yard, par-70 Winged Foot, to which 213 yards were added for this year’s tournament, already plays plenty long and notoriously hard. Some of my friends hoisted me on their shoulders and carried me around in a victory lap like you would a coach or something. That was 200 . Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. To put in perspective of where that ranks among the best golfers in the world, the last time the U.S. Open was held at Winged Foot was in 2006, when Geoff Ogilvy won it shooting five-over-par… Tom had his struggles during the day and was in the rough quite a bit. I made $500 for the week. The caddiemaster was a cranky Irishman named Gene Hayden, and he thought I looked like Johnny Miller, used to call me Johnny Miller. Jay FitzGerald (Winged Foot member and former Golf Digest president and CEO): I was sitting in the grandstands when McGee's group came through. I mean, I just screamed. '', He could see that I knew the course, so we started reading greens together. With its sixth U.S. Open, only Oakmont Country Club and Baltusrol Golf Club have hosted the tournament more times. It was a different era in golf, with persimmon and balata for equipment and local youngsters as caddies. Played in five. The responsibility for the setup at Winged Foot was thoroughly mine, and I was never uncomfortable with it. Did the course change? Bryson DeChambeau recaps his third-round, even-par 70 at the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot. The [New York] Daily News ran a picture of us one day on the back page, reading a putt. Put that in there maybe 12 feet and holed one of the best putts I ever had, broke about a foot and a half. Leonard Thompson: Hale rode from Philadelphia [the previous tour stop] with me. You know it had to be conditions. Take 1965 and 1966, when I won the Masters both years. “Never seen a green that fast,” he says. I was having a difficult pregnancy and staying home in St. Louis. Sandy Tatum: I went out to investigate and could find no evidence on the green. Below, I’ve reported overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed. Palmer struggled early before shooting a 73 to fall three strokes out of the lead, but Player shot himself out of it with a 77. I was headed toward the drinking fountain, and Watson said, "Great win, great win. one of them said. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Woods wondered if it might be … Then he said he liked how I handled myself, liked my golf swing. I hit my 5-iron on the green, a good shot. Players and caddies at Winged Foot were picked by lottery. He thought Arnold was going to snap out of it. In 1970, he published PRO: Frank Beard on the Golf Tour, a candid chronicle of the previous year’s leading money-winner week by week. Arnold Palmer, among others, moved into contention with a 70. Tom scorched his drive on the ninth [a par 4 converted from a par 5 for the Open], hit a 3-wood second and couldn't reach the green with it. And the majority said they'd rather see players struggle, because they could relate to it. Arnold Palmer: My experience wasn't the rough so much as my putting let me down. The golf course opened in 1923. There’s a reason Tiger Woods put Winged Foot squarely in the top three most difficult courses he’s ever played, alongside Oakmont and Carnoustie. Dave Stockton: They put out a sign informing players there was damage to the first green, so I started to worry about it. Sally Irwin: I was home in Frontenac [a St. Louis suburb], where we had recently moved, watching the tournament on TV with my 2½-year-old daughter, Becky, and surrounded by boxes. In January 2013, the United States Golf Association announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would host the 120th U.S. Open in 2020. It was just conditions. Peter McGarey (Hale Irwin's caddie, then age 16, and later a real estate developer in Cincinnati): I had been caddieing at Winged Foot since I was 9 years old growing up in Larchmont. It was pretty intense trying to watch the golf as well. That's how firm and fast those greens were that week. A particularly goyish house behind the green also highlights OB lurking, though such a costly outcome seems unlikely on a hole of this length. Reed takes lead as Winged Foot bites back at U.S. Open. Hearing all the complaints—I shouldn't say complaints, but observing the behavior and most of the comments—it was going to be extremely taxing on patience, and over par was going to win. Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Harris English each had a 70 and were at 2-under 138. Nice going." I stood up again to see what happened. In 2017, there was a meticulous restoration by Gil Hanse. Byron Nelson approached me. This service is intended for adult users only. Hale suggested I'd better get some tennis shoes. Hale Irwin: I knew I was either in the lead or near the lead, but they didn't have leader boards all around like they do now. SG: Approach tells us how close a golfer is getting to the hole on his approach to the green. Oakmont was supposed to be the hardest course in America. He was late one day and got chastised for that and kind of learned a lesson, but it was fine. Ted Horton: I was out there watching Jack. Irwin also had a share of the lead, and Watson was a stroke behind. Many players had blocked out the damage, but others were willing to revisit painful memories. 1. I've still got a photocopy of that check. Tom Weiskopf: There was a lot of betting going on about what the winning score might be. We played a practice round at Winged Foot, and I remember hitting it like 15 feet, 10 feet or 12 feet from the hole and putting it 10 or 12 feet past every time. Turned out, I could've cut that green without telling anyone, and no one would've ever known that a car had driven across it. … His even-par 70 gave him a one-shot lead as only six golfers end the second round in red numbers. That tournament was the last major championship that any golfer has won without shooting under par for any of the four rounds. We got to the first tee, and Bert Yancey walked up and said, "Mind if I join you?" Reed started on No. The “Massacre of Winged Foot” is known for Hale Irwin winning at 7-over par in 1974. Jack said, "What did you hit?" It was hilarious. That's what a major championship is supposed to find out: Who is the best striker? He said, "I thought I was the greatest player in the world. Frank (Sandy) Tatum (then chairman of the USGA's championship committee): It has come up fairly frequently, but what happened the year before had nothing whatsoever to do with the setup of Winged Foot. Sure, there was some heartbreak in losing at the time, but something good came of it. Right over the flag. Guess who won the tournament that week? He said, "Five-iron? Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. I hadn't hit one out of play, but I was done after 7½ holes. Reed started on No. I don't get out to tournaments anymore at my age [94]. Boy, was I sheltered. I can testify absolutely to that, because it was my setup. Chris Mara, then age 17, now a member of the New York Giants front office: My family were members, and I caddied in that tournament. That will come when I'm dead and gone. Butch Harmon (son of Claude Harmon, Winged Foot's head professional at the time): Dad was convinced nobody would break par. I would have paid to be around guys like that. Bill Erfurth (whose 88-84 was the highest score for anyone who finished 36 holes): That was the last Open I tried to qualify for. Steve Melnyk: I remember starting a practice round on the 10th hole with six balls in my bag. Before that I was just trying to finish in the top 16 so I could get back in the Open and play in the Masters the following year. 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. Hale Irwin: I know I've had that feeling several times in my career. A couple of years later, I did. Tillinghast layouts that rank among the best in the world. Further complicating matters, the rough will be extremely thick and penal. Winged Foot most recently hosted the 2006 U.S. Open, won by Geoff Ogilvy (+5). For Byron to come up and offer his services -- not his services, but his friendship -- has been a blessing to me and my career, my life. Tom Callahan (Cincinnati Enquirer columnist, now at Golf Digest): I remember how happy the members were at the devastation. Winged Foot, which is a par-70 with only two par-5s, presents a tall challenge this weekend. It was just unheard-of rough. It was quicker than I thought, and all of a sudden the ball got away from me. Hale Irwin said of his 1974 U.S. Open win: "I've come away bloodied, bruised and kicked, but I've enjoyed Winged Foot.". Arnold Palmer led by two strokes on Saturday and remained the fan favorite at age 44 as he attempted to win his first major title in a decade. Let’s take a look at several key metrics for Winged Foot to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds. One of my fondest memories as a kid is running those 300 yards so we could get in position to see the champion crowned. Dad was in the men's grill one day and said, "I'm taking all bets, all comers.". Winged Foot and Johnson would seem to be a perfect fit. Measuring 7,477 yards, Winged Foot is a par-70 with just two par-5s. I was pretty much out of my league at that stage. Being able to get up and down from off of the green is a must at this year’s U.S. Open. Peter McGarey: I tell stories about that week all the time, and a lot of times guys say, "Yeah, right.". One player under par: I'm sure others have screamed as well. Chris Mara: To this day I call that Johnny Miller's bunker. Back then the USGA didn't allow pros to use their tour caddies at the Open; players were required to use club caddies (a practice that ended after the next year's Open at Medinah). Reed started on No. Players vowed they would never come back. I said, "Yeah, I was pretty fortunate." Steve Garagiola: Nicklaus got this look, a twinkle in his eyes. I happened to be in the gallery in 1974 watching my first U.S. Open, having driven from Philadelphia after high school graduation and staying overnight in an orange VW pop-up camper somewhere in Westchester County in New York. Par at Winged Foot is 70. But Winged Foot was sort of a different beast. And Hale Irwin, 29, was about to win the first of his three Opens. Geez if he doesn't three-putt that. If Hale doesn't want to tell you, I'll keep it between us. I kept hitting the lip. When Jack hit his putt, at impact we both said, "Jack is.". The 2006 U.S. Open also produced the fewest average birdies per round of any major in the past 14 years (1.8). It was his last hurrah. I'd won twice prior to that. I was stationed in the scoring tent at that time as players finished and signed their cards. They started calling me Anvil Hands. It varied from six to a legitimate 10 inches. Hubert Green: It was like going against Ali in his prime; you keep getting knocked down, and you get back up. 1. I kept putting up Watson and Irwin, and he kept asking for Palmer, and I couldn't figure out why. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: 11 things that make Winged Foot truly special. Gary Player led at even-par 70, but what most everyone at Winged Foot was talking about that day was Jack Nicklaus putting a ball off the front of the first green. Ah, the rough. But it's the U.S. Open; it's not Hartford. I hit my tee shot on 9, and it was cutting back across the fairway when a guy ran from the long rough across the fairway, and the ball just nailed him. I was positioned in the last row of the grandstand to the right of the 18th green the last day. He was a great guy, but I don't think he'd seen rough like that in Des Moines. The cut was a whopping 14-over-par 154 after 43 more rounds in the 80s. If I take a guest out to the club and he takes a couple shots to get out, I'll say, "You're two better than Johnny Miller.". Let's put it this way: It was plenty of money for a 16-year-old to enjoy for the entire summer. Tom was polite, but he was still a little upset in a way—not that he was acting up, but he didn't say much, even though he heard me. He grabbed my arm and pulled me over to him and said, "Fortunate, my ass; you just gutted it out." . He turned around and walked right back down the fairway saying, "Where in the hell can I find a USGA official?" He never got flustered by bogeys and made enough birdie putts and key saves for an even- Andy Bean: I was a junior in college, hitting the ball really good and had a share of the lead after 26 holes; I'd birdied the fifth hole in the second round to tie for the lead. I'm not defending myself; if I'd done something I regretted, I'd be telling you. And I remember Pat Fitzsimons talking to himself [after an 81]. Irwin had the 54-hole lead 10 years later, by one shot over Fuzzy Zoeller, and shot 79. Somebody from the stands cried out, "Geez, I can shoot 25 over par." 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. Back then, including tip, you'd get about eight bucks when you caddied for a member. . September 19, 2020. It was the sixth time the U.S. Open had been held on West Course at Winged Foot, regarded as one of the toughest courses in major championship golf. Bogeys at the 15th and 16th pushed Irwin to seven over par, cutting the lead over Fezler to one stroke. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: Ranking the top 100 golfers competing at Winged Foot. Back then, the par-70 course measured just 6,998 yards—the 2020 U.S. Open version of Winged Foot will stretch to 7,477 yards. It was like he was hallucinating. Byron Nelson: I'd been around long enough to know how tough it would be on him. . Mark Mulvoy (then a writer at Sports Illustrated, and later the managing editor): I had been Jack's ghostwriter for five or six years on some instruction articles and was following him the first day. Hale had the disposition to take the golf course as he found it and deal with it accordingly. The players started arriving Saturday and Sunday, but Miller wasn't there yet. Hard but still great. Now this is the greatest Open player of all time, right? Everybody thought the fix was going to be in, and I was going to be the one who got Johnny Miller. Bill Erfurth (club pro from Glencoe, Ill.): I was 30 to 40 feet above that hole and rolled it right off the green and four-putted. And that’s not the only change players will face. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Steve Melnyk: I played behind Nicklaus and saw what happened to him and thought, Well, I think we're in for a long day . McIlroy is in a group on three-over-par which includes world number one and FedEx Cup champion Dustin Johnson, who salvaged his US Open hopes … Jim Colbert (paired with Nicklaus and Hubert Green): I remember getting on the green and having a 30-footer for par. Peter McGarey: He must be talking about the day I was trying to sneak a peek at Arnold Palmer coming up the ninth hole. The pin was front-center, and he hit it about 30 feet behind the hole and putted it right off the green. After Winged Foot, it was time for me to hang it up. A two-putt par from 20 feet clinched Irwin's two-stroke victory. Gary Player led at even-par 70, but what most everyone at Winged Foot was talking about that day was Jack Nicklaus putting a ball off the front of the first green. Hale Irwin: It wasn't just Leonard; we were all dumbfounded by how difficult it was. I came back to Arizona, and one of the things I did with the money was buy my mom new tires for her car. Tom's a Kansas City boy, just like me. It was a different era for caddies in 1974. Jack Nicklaus: "It was a downhill putt, behind the hole, and the pin was on a crest. Golfers will need to put their approach shots close in order to be on the correct level of the green. Both driving distance and driving accuracy will be important this week. Forrest Fezler: I didn't realize Hale had bogeyed those two holes coming in until later that night. Winged Foot doesn’t present much in the way of hazards. Reed started on No. DISCLAIMER: This site is 100% for entertainment purposes only and does not involve real money betting. And if they didn't play it effectively, they were going to pay a penalty. The A. W. Tillinghast designed course underwent renovations starting in 2017 under … The first-round carnage produced a scoring average of nearly eight shots over par; 44 players shot 80 or worse. Hale Irwin: I remember in one practice round hitting it over the second green on the other side of the bunkers and picking up the grass with my hands. It was supposed to be difficult. [Bean finished with a 76 before rounds of 83 and 81 left him a shot out of last place among those who made the cut.]. Arnold Palmer shared the 36-hole lead and much of the crowd of 17,000 followed him on Saturday. The only reason he knew it was me was because my jumpsuit had his name on the back. No question, these were automobile tire tracks. If they played a hole at an extraordinarily effective level, a birdie was available. A brute of a course that last graced our screens on the US Open rota in 2006, the key here will be patience. Often overlooked is that 24-year-old Tom Watson shot 41 on the back nine for a 79 and lost the 54-hole lead. Ted Horton (Winged Foot course superintendent in 1974): It was the most consistent, deepest rough in an Open up until then. Johnny Miller: I like to measure U.S. Open rough by how far you'd be able to advance 100 balls if you hit into 100 different lies. I gave him a club in a practice round that still had a clump of mud from his last shot, and he said, "Son, the only thing I told you was to always give me a clean club. Short hitters facing long approach shots will have a hard time keeping the golf ball on fast and firm greens, while golfers playing from the rough will have to hack it out unpredictably. "If you ever need any help with your game, give me a call." Hale Irwin: At that point I didn't have a regular caddie on tour. Reed takes lead as Winged Foot bites back at U.S. Open. Jim Jennett (an ABC director): Our producer, Chuck Howard, thought the storyline was Arnold Palmer because the course was playing so difficult it would favor a more experienced player. 10 … different web browser. Patrick Reed led the 120th US Open as "brutal" Winged Foot lived up to its fearsome reputation and Tiger Woods missed the halfway cut. I remember him telling me later, "I wasn't in much of a mood to talk." And another of them said, "You'd be tired, too, if you were out all night waxing the greens on your hands and knees.". And he did. I had it in my head, if this is it, baby, I need to either really improve or find something else to do. Hubert Green: When Jack putts the ball off the green, you say, "My God, what are we mere mortals going to do out here?". In my mind and heart I was convinced it would be the ultimate test of what the elite players could do. Tom Watson: I didn't even think about that, didn't pay attention. Hale Irwin: I've come away bloodied, bruised and kicked, but I've enjoyed Winged Foot. Hale got $35,000 for winning, and I didn't get 10 percent, but I definitely got more than 2 percent [the normal fee for many at the time, which would have been $700]. This will be very important this week due to the the undulating putting surface. It was well over a foot long; just a tangled mess. My two tasks during the Open were to cut three or four greens in the morning, and then go with USGA officials to cut holes for the day's play. U.S. Open: Reed takes lead as conditions get much tougher. Bryson DeChambeau, a former U.S. When Palmer came through 10, I was able to stand up, turn around and see him hit his tee shot. It seems likely that the 2020 U.S. Open will prove to be an excruciatingly difficult test for the best golfers in the world. None of this is new to Winged Foot, which boasts a pair of A.W. I drove out to cut the first green early Friday, and I see tire marks right down the center of the green. It has a brutal finishing stretch of five straight par-4s, none less than 425 yards. On Sunday in the final round, I positioned myself in the last row of the grandstand beside the 18th green, where I could stand up and look back at the classic par-3 10th hole to see Arnold Palmer, then 44 and still in the hunt, hole a bunker shot for a 2 and shake the poles beneath the stands with an eruption of cheers. A par 70 measuring 7477 yards Winged Foot is an old school style US Open test where par is your friend. Reed started on No. I don't think I complained about it. Our family moved to Scottsdale after that, but I wrote the club and said I wanted to come back and caddie in the Open. Jim Colbert: He putted across the green, toward the hole, and as it started going down the hill it rolled right over my coin. Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, hosted the U.S. Open for the sixth time n 2020, and first since 2006. Check our our projections for all 50 states. It's been good to me. No. On Thursday, 21 players broke par. Five players shot even par. Watson's 69 gave him a one-stroke lead over Irwin. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. After rain ended earlier in the final round -- part of the reason the crowd was estimated at no more than 13,000 -- the West Course continued to assert itself, chopping away at the field. It was as if somebody had dropped a bomb on the place. In this configuration the 514-yard (470 m) converted par five ninth hole … Tom Watson, 24, seeking his first victory of any kind on tour, led entering the final round. Winning was not an altogether unheard of thing. Believe me, I was very satisfied with what I got. It was fine. Adding to the frenzy, word circulated that overnight before the second round a car had somehow been driven across the first green. The guy could barely advance it. We celebrated by having room service in my room. He was still away, maybe 35 feet. There were a lot of media people asking very provocative questions. Par 70: Par 70: Round 1: Round 2: Total: 1: Chris Troy & James Nicholas (Winged Foot Golf Club) 70: 62: 132-8: 2: Jason May & Jimmy Chestnut (Detroit Golf Club) 63: 70: 133-7: 3: Parker Smith & Dan Crockett (Winged Foot Golf Club) 69: 65: 134-6 1 on the West Course had somehow gotten onto the service road that ran behind the first green. I felt the best way to play aggressively was to putt 20 feet uphill rather than 10 feet downhill. It kind of shocked the world. I think what happened was someone who'd parked in the field between No. With a final-round, 3-under-par 67 – he was the only player to break par in the last round – DeChambeau outmuscled bruising Winged Foot and toppled Matthew Wolff by six shots. This is often a strong indicator of which golfers are in the best form heading into any given tournament. Reed started … It was Schaap’s technique that led to another ground-breaking format for Golf Digest in which the magazine previews major championships by interviewing as many as 50 or 60 journalists, fans, officials, members, caddies and players who recall intimate and iconic moments from past events at the venue. They stood and watched me cut the green, and after I was done you would not have known that a car had driven across it. Emerging on the victorious side gave me an awful lot of credibility, but I've never been too worried about how the outside world considered me. A lot of players got so upset they were fighting the golf course instead of just taking it and dealing with it as Hale did. I'd paced off the course: every tree, bench, ball washer–everything. Jim Colbert: Probably the hardest course of all time. Isn't that what we're all striving for? It was not in a formal setting but in response to their allegations—"What are you trying to do, embarrass the best players in the world? These rankings are comprised of SG: APP (23%), Off the Tee: (23%), SG: ARG (18%), Bogeys Avoided (18%), GIR (18%). Reed started on No. I hit two tee shots on 17 into the right rough and couldn't find either one of them, and I was out of balls. A moment after I sat back down, there was this amazing eruption of cheers, and the grandstand literally shook. One of them said, "Boy, Sandy, you look tired." Easily calculate your winnings for straight bets and parlays using American, Decimal, or Fractional odds. Tom Kite: Around the same time, a bunch of newspapers were doing surveys asking the fans, "What would you rather see, people struggle and shoot high scores, or a birdie-fest?"
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