Discover Golf : Vol 15
Image Credit: Donald Miralle / Getty Images Five golfers have enjoyed victory at the US Open when staged at Pebble Beach. Here is a snapshot of their success. 1972: JACK NICKLAUS Nicklaus secured victory with one of the most famous golf shots of all time. Facing deteriorating weather and a brisk wind on the challenging par-3, 17th hole, Nicklaus hit a 1-iron that bounced once and struck the flagstick; it came to rest next to the cup for a tap-in birdie. 1982: TOM WATSON Tom Watson birdied the final two holes including a seemingly miraculous chip-in at the 17th to defeat Jack Nicklaus by two shots. 1992: TOM KITE Tom Kite overcame Jeff Sluman by two shots. The final-round scoring average was 77.3, the third highest in post-World War II US Open history. 2000: TIGER WOODS Tiger Woods was the only player to finish under par. Woods set a US Open record by finishing 12 under par, 15 shots ahead of the runners- up—the largest margin of victory ever in a major championship. WINNERS AT PEBBLE FEATURE | THE US OPEN 18 2010: GRAEME MCDOWELL Graeme McDowell won in 2010 by one stroke over Grégory Havret. McDowell, from Northern Ireland, became the first European to win the US Open in forty years. In his last US Open, 1982 champion Watson at age 60 became the second- oldest player to make a US Open cut (after Sam Snead, age 61 in 1973), and finished tied for 29th.