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2009


Lucas Glover

Lucas Glover sank a 4-foot par putt on the 72nd hole of the rain-filled U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., to capture his first major championship title.

Glover, a Greenville, S.C., native and past USA Walker Cup Team member, shot three over par in the final round but birdied the par-4 16th ( his only birdie of the round ) to stretch his lead to two strokes over runners-up Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes.

I knew I needed a birdie on 16, said Glover of wanting to create some breathing room.

The 29-year-old, who went through sectional qualifying to earn a spot in the championship, opened with rounds of 69 and 64, sitting in second behind Barnes through two rounds. He found trouble in the third round when he went four over par during a three-hole stretch (Nos. 6-8), but the always-serious Glover held it together, finishing the back nine at three under par to shoot even-par 70 and remain in second.

I've never been [in contention] in a major, said Glover, who had not made a cut in three previous U.S. Opens and had never finished better than 20th in a major. And maybe that was motivation for me to prove it to myself that I did belong.

Barnes followed a first-round 67 with a 65 to post the lowest 36-hole total in U.S. Open history. He looked to be running away with the title in the third round when he eagled the par-5 fourth to move to 11 under, becoming only the fourth player ever to reach a doubledigit under par score at a U.S. Open. But he slowly spiraled back to the pack and, by the end of 54 holes, the 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie held a one-shot lead over Glover, which quickly disappeared with a bogey 5 at the first hole of the fourth round.

It was a great week, Barnes said. If you told me I would have been two under, if you would have told me I was second, bridesmaid isn't too bad. But when you know you're right there, it's a tough one to swallow. But I would say a lot, lot more good came out of this week than bad.

It was a week of stops and starts as inclement weather saturated the 7,426-yard layout ( the second-longest course in Open history ) and delayed the final round to force just the third Monday regulation finish ever. Barnes, Duval, Glover and Mickelson all emerged from Thursday's afternoon wave, which actually began play on Friday because play was suspended Thursday after a little more than three hours of golf. By the championship's end, only one of the top eight finishers, Tiger Woods, came from Thursday's unlucky side of the draw. Woods tied for sixth.

Mickelson had charged to the top of the leaderboard in the final round with a birdie at No. 12 and an eagle at 13 but bogeys at 15 and 17 ended his chance for his first U.S. Open title. It was his record fifth runner-up U.S. Open finish (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009).

Duval, ranked No. 882 in the Official World Golf Ranking, made a run of his own, carding three consecutive birdies from No. 14 but bogeying the 17th. It was his first top-10 finish since 2002.

I stand before you certainly happy with how I played, but extremely disappointed in the outcome, said Duval. I had no question in my mind I was going to win the golf tournament today.

In the end it was Glover who held on.

It's an honor to be on the trophy with names such as that, said Glover, referring to the golfing greats whose names appear on the U.S. Open Trophy. I hope I don't downgrade it or anything with my name on there. It's an honor, and I'm just excited and happy as I can be to be on here.

OPEN RECORDS


Starts - 12

Best Finish - Winner 2000, 2002, 2008

Rds - 51

Cuts Made - 12

Top 3 - 6

Top 5 - 6

Top 10 - 6

Top 25 - 11

Avg. 71.24

Scores in 60s - 15

Rds Under Par - 16

Earnings - $4,988,257.10

Current Leaders
PosPlayerTodayThruTotal
1W. Simpson-2F+1
T2M. Thompson-3F+2
T2G. McDowell+3F+2
T4D. Toms-2F+3
T4P. Harrington-2F+3
T4J. PetersonEF+3
T4J. DufnerEF+3
T4J. Furyk+4F+3
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Historical Notes
On Oct. 4, 1895, the first U.S. Open Championship was conducted by the United States Golf Association on the nine-hole course of Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club.
The first U.S. Open was considered something of a sideshow to the first U.S. Amateur, which was played on the same course and during the same week. Both championships had been scheduled for September but were postponed because of a conflict with a more established Newport sports spectacle, the America's Cup yacht races.
Ten professionals and one amateur started in the 36-hole competition, which was four trips around the Newport course in one day. The surprise winner was Horace Rawlins, 21, an English professional who was the assistant at the host course. Rawlins scored 91-82-173 with the gutta-percha ball.
Prize money totalled $335, of which Rawlins won the $150 first prize. He also received a gold medal and custody of the Open Championship Cup for his club for one year.
In its first decade, the U.S. Open was conducted for amateurs and the largely British wave of immigrant golf professionals coming to the United States.
As American players began to dominate the game, the U.S. Open evolved into an important world golf championship. Young John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner in 1911 and repeated as champion in 1912.
In 1913, the U.S. Open really took off when Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old American amateur, stunned the golf world by defeating famous English professionals, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in a playoff.
Another surge in the championship's popularity coincided with the amazing career of Georgia amateur Bob Jones, who won the U.S. Open four times (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930). Spectator tickets were sold for the first time in 1922 and a boom in entries caused the USGA to introduce sectional qualifying in 1924.
In 1933, John Goodman became the fifth and last amateur to win the U.S. Open. The others were Ouimet, Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr., (1916), and Jones.
In each era, the world's greatest players have been identified by surviving the rigorous examination provided by the U.S. Open. Ben Hogan's steely determination boosted him to four victories (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953). Arnold Palmer's record comeback win in 1960, when he fired a final round of 65 to come from seven strokes off the lead, cemented his dashing image. Jack Nicklaus' historic assault on the professional record book began when he won the first of his four U.S. Open Championships in 1962, his rookie season as a professional.
Nicklaus, who also won in 1967, 1972, and 1980, is one of only four golfers to win four U.S. Opens. The others are Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), Jones and Hogan.
In 1954, the U.S. Open course was roped from tee to green for the first time. That year also marked the first national television coverage. Coverage was expanded by ABC Sports in 1977 so that all 18 holes of the final two rounds were broadcast live. In 1982, on the ESPN cable network, the first two rounds were broadcast live for the first time. NBC began televising the U.S. Open in 1995.
The format of the U.S. Open has changed several times. The USGA extended the championship to 72 holes in 1898, with 36 holes played on each of two days. In 1926, the format was changed to 18 holes played each of two days, then 36 holes on the third day. In 1965, the present format of four 18-hole daily rounds was implemented for the first time.
In 2002, a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start was used for the first and second rounds. In addition, Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., was the first facility owned by the public to host a U.S. Open. International qualifying sites were added in 2005 and the champion at Pinehurst Resort in N.C. was Michael Campbell, who qualified in England.