2005 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 16–19, 2005|
|Location||Pinehurst, North Carolina|
Course No. 2
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,214 yards (6,596 m)|
|Field||156 players, 83 after cut|
Michael Campbell won his only major title in a surprising collapse by two of the best players in the world. It was the second of three U.S. Opens at the course, which first hosted in 1999, when Payne Stewart won his second U.S. Open four months before his death in an aviation accident. Six years was the shortest gap between U.S. Opens at the same site since 1946. The total purse was $6.25 million with a winner's share of $1.17 million.
History of U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2
It was only the second U.S. Open at Pinehurst, because of past concerns of high temperatures and its distance from a major populated area. At the first in 1999, Payne Stewart won his second U.S. Open (and third major) in one of the most remarkable U.S. Open victories ever. He trailed playing partner Phil Mickelson by one stroke as they played the 16th hole, where he made an amazing 25-foot (8 m) putt for par while Mickelson missed his from 7 feet (2 m). Stewart birdied 17 to take the lead and holed a 15-foot (5 m) par putt on 18 in one of the most dramatic finishes ever. After helping the U.S. regain the Ryder Cup in late September, he died in a plane crash a month later at age 42. Stewart was honored at the 2005 edition with a silhouette of his 1999 victory pose on the flag of the 18th green, also captured in a bronze statue overlooking the 18th green.
Course No. 2
Past champions in the field
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2002||70||71||72||69||282||+2||2|
|Corey Pavin||United States||1995||73||72||70||73||288||+8||T11|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||2001, 2004||68||70||69||81||288||+8||T11|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||1994, 1997||71||76||72||70||289||+9||T15|
|Jim Furyk||United States||2003||71||70||75||75||291||+11||T28|
|Lee Janzen||United States||1993, 1998||74||74||74||74||296||+16||T57|
|Steve Jones||United States||1996||69||74||74||79||296||+16||T57|
All seven former champions in the field made the cut.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Qualifiers Olin Browne and Rocco Mediate stole the first round lead at Pinehurst No. 2. While Masters champion Tiger Woods battled to an even-par 70 and two time winner Ernie Els ground out a 71. Retief Goosen launched his title defense with a three-birdie 68 for a three-way tie for third, 2004 Masters winner Phil Mickelson returned a 69 after holing a 20-foot birdie putt at the last and world number two Vijay Singh opened with a 70.
|T1||Olin Browne||United States||67||−3|
|Rocco Mediate||United States|
|T3||Retief Goosen||South Africa||68||−2|
|Brandt Jobe||United States|
|T6||K.J. Choi||South Korea||69||−1|
|Steve Jones||United States|
|Phil Mickelson||United States|
|T10||Tommy Armour III||United States||70||E|
|Bob Estes||United States|
|David Toms||United States|
|Tiger Woods||United States|
Friday, June 17, 2005
Two-time champion Retief Goosen shared the lead in the U.S. Open second round after most of the field struggled on Friday. Trailing by one at the start of the day, the South African carded an even-par 70 to finish on two-under 138, level with overnight leader Olin Browne and unheralded Jason Gore. Gore, who missed the cut in his only previous U.S. Open appearance in 1998, vaulted up the leaderboard late in the day with a five-birdie 67. South Korea's K. J. Choi (70) and Australian Mark Hensby (68), who were tied for fourth at one under. World number two Vijay Singh was a further shot back in a four-way share of sixth after a second successive 70, alongside Spaniard Sergio García and New Zealand's Michael Campbell, who fired matching 69s, and England's Lee Westwood, after a 72. Of the other big names, Tiger Woods was one over after a 71, while Phil Mickelson (77) and Ernie Els (76) just made the halfway cut which fell at eight-over 148. Nine players finished under par after the opening round but only five were still in red figures after day two.
|T1||Olin Browne||United States||67-71=138||−2|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||68-70=138|
|Jason Gore||United States||71-67=138|
|T4||K. J. Choi||South Korea||69-70=139||−1|
|T6||Michael Campbell||New Zealand||71-69=140||E|
|Jim Furyk||United States||71-70=141|
|Brandt Jobe||United States||68-73=141|
|Rocco Mediate||United States||67-74=141|
|Tiger Woods||United States||70-71=141|
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Retief Goosen took a three-shot lead after the U.S. Open third round on Saturday. The world number five recovered from a double-bogey six at the 13th with three birdies in the last five holes to card a one-under-par 69. Goosen finished at three-under-par, the only man to end the day in red figures. Tied for second at even par 210 were Goosen's playing partner Olin Browne and Jason Gore, both carding 72s. Michael Campbell, another qualifier, registered a 71 to share fourth place at one-over 211 with Mark Hensby (72). David Toms, the 2001 PGA champion, was a further shot back after a 70 while Tiger Woods recorded a 72 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh at three over.
|1||Retief Goosen||South Africa||68-70-69=207||−3|
|T2||Olin Browne||United States||67-71-72=210||E|
|Jason Gore||United States||71-67-72=210|
|T4||Michael Campbell||New Zealand||71-69-71=211||+1|
|6||David Toms||United States||70-72-70=212||+2|
|T7||K. J. Choi||South Korea||69-70-74=213||+3|
|Tiger Woods||United States||70-71-72=213|
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Michael Campbell held off a charging Tiger Woods to clinch his only major title by two shots on Sunday. The 36-year-old Campbell, four off the pace overnight, collected four birdies and three bogeys to close with a one-under-par 69, the best of the day. Woods, who had been chasing his 10th career major, rallied from a bogey-bogey start and reeled off four birdies in the last nine holes to secure second place with a matching 69. He missed an eight-footer (2.5 m) for par on 16 and three-putted for bogey on 17. Sergio García and South Africa's Tim Clark both carded 70 to tie for third at five over, level with Mark Hensby who registered a 74. Retief Goosen, three strokes clear overnight, threw away his chance of a third U.S. Open title by dropping six shots in the first nine holes. Five more bogeys after the turn led to a dismal 81 (+11) and a share of 11th place at eight-over 288. Jason Gore ballooned to a 14-over 84 to tie for 49th while Olin Browne returned an 80 for a share of 23rd. David Toms shot a 77 to finish tied for 15th. Ernie Els fired his lowest score of the week, a level-par 70 earning him a share of 15th at nine-over 289 while Phil Mickelson returned a 74 to finish at 12 over in a tie for 33rd.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Michael Campbell||New Zealand||71-69-71-69=280||E||1,170,000|
|2||Tiger Woods||United States||70-71-72-69=282||+2||700,000|
|T3||Tim Clark||South Africa||76-69-70-70=285||+5||320,039|
|T6||Davis Love III||United States||77-70-70-69=286||+6||187,813|
|Rocco Mediate||United States||67-74-74-71=286|
|T9||Arron Oberholser||United States||76-67-71-73=287||+7||150,834|
"I was telling myself 20 times a hole, 'keep your focus'" – Michael Campbell
"If I had putted normally, I would be looking a lot better right now" – Tiger Woods
"I figured if I could just get to even par I might be able to get into a playoff. Unfortunately, I made those two bogeys on 16 and 17 and that kind of put me out of that equation." – Tiger Woods
"It's completely changed my whole career. I can't believe I'm holding this trophy." – Michael Campbell
"I almost gave up golf in 1998. I had had injuries, I had lost my card. I had nowhere to play but invitations came in and it got me started again. I've won 10 times since '99." – Michael Campbell
"So I had a three-shot lead going to the last and I thought to myself: 'just keep your focus, keep your focus'. And it worked." – Michael Campbell
"I got off to a bad start and from there on it pretty much went downhill the whole way," – Retief Goosen
"I played rubbish at the end of the day. There is nothing else to say." – Retief Goosen
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|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2005 Open Championship