Great Moments of the U.S. Open

Great Moments of the U.S. Open


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Great Moments of the U.S. Open by Robert Williams, Michael Trostel

The most exciting stories in the tournament's history.

Great Moments of the U.S. Open is a compilation of the most unforgettable chip shots, birdies and putts witnessed in the 111-year history of the U.S. Open, America's greatest and oldest golf tournament. Long-standing rivals, stalwart champions and comeback heroes go wood to iron on the green, leading to the most memorable, knuckle-biting displays of skill in the history of the majors.

From American Francis Ouimet's shocking victory over top British professionals in 1913, to Jack Nicklaus' edging of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first Open win, to Tiger Woods' breathtaking comeback on a broken leg to capture the 2008 Open -- the gutsiest, classiest and most improbable victories are recounted here.

Great Moments of the U.S.
contains 28 memorable victories. These include:

  • Billy Burke in 1931; 144 holes to defeat George Von Elm in playoff
  • Ken Venturi in 1964; holds on at Congressional after suffering heat stroke
  • Gary Player in 1965; the first international champ in 45 years
  • Tony Jacklin in 1970; wins by seven strokes and is the first European champ in 50 years
  • Tom Watson in 1982; miraculous chip-in on the 71st hole to win
  • Tiger Woods in 2000; dominating performance to win by 15 strokes at Pebble Beach
  • Rory McIlroy in 2011; sets scoring record in rout of field.

For all its hushed moments and idyllic settings, golf is about passion, prowess and thrills. These 28 stories go beyond the leader boards directly to the heart of the game. Five chapters encapsulate the tournament's colorful history through its great stories. These are the victories that heralded significant changes in the sport. They are the underdogs who had to overcome injuries and sickness to become champions. And they are the comeback heroes and the dominant champs who make it look easy.

The book is lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of the championship artifacts held by the USGA Museum. Readers will also enjoy some of the world's best golf action and course photography.

Complete with essays focusing on U.S. Open course design, history, international players and near misses and collapses, Great Moments of the U.S. Open provides readers a unique and authoritative view on the best of America's most prestigious golf tournament.

Great Moments of the U.S. Open is broken down into five chapters: Turning Points, Perseverance, Underdogs, Comebacks and Dominance.

Turning Points focuses on golfers whose victories heralded significant changes or gains for the golf world. Golfers profiled here are:

  • Harry Vardon in 1900
  • Johnny McDermott in 1911
  • Walter Hagen in 1914
  • Bob Jones in 1930
  • Jack Nicklaus in 1962
  • Gary Player in 1965
  • Tom Watson in 1982.

Perseverance focuses on those golfers who overcame injuries, sickness and early-round setbacks to finally become champions. Golfers profiled here include:

  • Billy Burke in 1931
  • Ken Venturi in 1964
  • Tom Kite in 1992
  • Corey Pavin in 1995
  • Payne Stewart in 1999
  • Tiger Woods in 2008.

Underdogs focuses on those golfers that everyone had counted out (or didn't even consider) and still hung on for remarkable victories. Golfers profiled here are:

  • Gene Sarazen in 1922
  • Johnny Goodman in 1933
  • Jack Fleck in 1955
  • Lee Trevino in 1971
  • Hale Irwin in 1990.

Comebacks features the best come-from-behind victories in Open history, from early-round disappointment to life-threatening circumstances. Golfers profiled here include:

  • Byron Nelson in 1939
  • Ben Hogan in 1950
  • Arnold Palmer in 1960
  • Johnny Miller in 1973
  • Jack Nicklaus in 1980.

Dominance features those players who picked apart the field and made winning the country's toughest tournament look easy. Golfers profiled here are:

  • Willie Anderson in 1905
  • Tony Jacklin in 1970
  • Tiger Woods in 2000
  • Rory McIlroy in 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770851887
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 05/12/2013
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 982,654
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Williams is the Director of the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J., the world's premier institution for the preservation and celebration of golf's rich history. He is a former professional golfer and lighting designer who has spent many years managing the design, construction and operation of museums and other non-profit organizations.

Michael Trostel is the Senior Curator and Historian of the USGA Museum. He is responsible for developing historical content and managing research activities at the Museum and serves as a writer at several championships each year.

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