The U.S. Open Begins This Week!

June 14, 2012

The U.S. Open begins this week and we’re excited about how close to home the tournament is this year! Taking place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, the U.S. Open is guaranteed to attract the usual pros like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler – and we’re certain there will be a few new faces in the mix.

And even though some of the most accomplished players will be in attendance to play this course, don’t count the underdogs and new names out just yet! For example, like in 1966 when Arnold Palmer returned to the Olympic Club for his second U.S. Open there and he had to battle to the end with underdog Billy Casper. After being hotly pursued by Casper, the pair battled it out in an 18-hole playoff, which ended with Palmer posting a 73 to Casper’s 69.

Then, in 1987, Tom Watson, U.S. Open Pebble Beach winner from the previous year, was dethroned by Scott Simpson. Watson had struggled early in the final round where he birdied eight and nine to remain ahead by one. But Simpson played steadily throughout. And after the pair tied at the 15th hole, Simpson surged ahead with a birdie at the par five 16th hole and Watson missed a two-footer for birdie to match him. Eventually, Watson ran out of holes and Scott Simpson won the 1987 U.S. Open.

And most recently, although Tiger Woods displayed a dominating victory at the 1997 Masters, he finished 18th on the Olympic Club course at the 1998 U.S. Open. That week, all eyes were on Payne Stewart – at least for the first three rounds.

Checking out the game in person and watching the world’s best players compete may just ignite your itch to play as you make your way to San Francisco for the big match. So take some time to check out the award-winning golf course we have here at TPC Stonebrae. Named by Travel + Leisure Golf as “One of the Best New Golf Courses for 2007,” the par-72, 7,200-yard layout was designed by world-renowned Scottish golf course architect David McLay Kidd to blend harmoniously with its unspoiled surroundings of the East Bay, promising a game that you won’t soon forget.

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