USGA Program Covers Through the Years at Winged Foot
September 4, 2020
In 1929, the U.S. Open visited Winged Foot Golf Club for the first time. The 33rd edition saw Bob Jones hole a clutch 12-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to force a 36-hole playoff with Al Espinosa, which Jones won by a whopping 23 strokes.
The U.S. Amateur was contested at Winged Foot Golf Club for the first time in September 1940. Dick Chapman, a Winged Foot member, claimed the title with an 11-and-9 victory over W.B. McCullough Jr., in the 36-hole final.
The 1959 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club turned into a putting exhibition by Billy Casper, who totaled just 114 over 72 holes to win the championship by one stroke over Bob Rosburg. It was the first of two U.S. Open titles for Casper.
Susie Maxwell Berning opened the 1972 U.S. Women's Open on the East Course at Winged Foot Golf Club with a 79, but rallied to post a one-stroke victory, the second of her three titles.
Dubbed the "Massacre at Winged Foot" by sportswriter Dick Schaap, the 1974 U.S. Open turned into a survival test for the field. Hale Irwin emerged the victor at 7-over 287, two strokes ahead of Forrest Fezler.
The inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980 was contested on Winged Foot's East Course, and Argentinian Roberto De Vincenzo won by four strokes over amateur William C. Campbell.
The 1984 U.S. Open at Winged Foot might be best remembered for Fuzzy Zoeller waving a white towel at Greg Norman after the Australian holed a long par putt on the 72nd hole that wound up forcing a tie. Zoeller then won the Monday playoff by 8 strokes.
In 2004, Ryan Moore completed one of the greatest summers by an amateur golfer since Bob Jones by winning the U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot. Moore had already won the NCAA, the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur titles.
The 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot is probably better known for who didn't win than who actually hoisted the trophy. Phil Mickelson's double-bogey 6 on the 72nd hole left him a shot behind winner Geoff Ogilvy.
The 2nd U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship came to Winged Foot in 2016, with both courses hosting stroke play, and the matches contested exclusively on the East Course. SMU teammates Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan claimed the title.