2007 U.S. Open (golf)

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2007 U.S. Open
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Tournament information
Dates June 14–17, 2007
Location Oakmont, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Oakmont Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,230 yards (6,611 m)
Field 156 players, 63 after cut
Cut 150 (+10)
Prize fund $7,000,000
5,241,402
Winner's share $1,260,000
€943,183
Champion
Argentina Ángel Cabrera
285 (+5)
Oakmont CC is located in United States
Oakmont CC
Oakmont CC
Location in the United States

The 2007 United States Open Championship was the 107th U.S. Open, played from June 14 to June 17 at Oakmont Country Club.[1] The U.S. Open returned to Oakmont for the first time since 1994 when Ernie Els captured his first major championship. Ángel Cabrera won the championship after Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods were unable to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Cabrera's victory marked the first U.S. Open championship won by an Argentine or a South American. The event took place in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, located 12 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The purse was $7.0 million (5,241,402) and Cabrera earned $1.26 million (€943,183).

History of the U.S. Open at Oakmont[edit]

The USGA Championship Committee chose Oakmont Country Club as the host on October 2, 2001. The USGA had also recently decided to award Oakmont its 13th USGA national championship, the U.S. Amateur, only four years before the 14th national championship to be held at Oakmont. Oakmont's prestige in the golf community was irrefutable as the list of champions includes Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks, Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), and Ernie Els (1994).[2] Oakmont had already provided the golf world with some of the most exciting championships of golf history including Johnny Miller's record for the lowest score shot in a USGA championship, a 63(-8), and the latest Open's dramatic Monday finish between Ernie Els, Loren Roberts, and Colin Montgomerie.

Preparation for the 2007 U.S. Open[edit]

The 107th U.S. Open has been in its preparation stage for many months as the club prepares to host its first USGA event since the U.S. Amateur in 2004. The USGA, American Golf's governing body, has found setting up and preparing for the Open easier than other locations. Rob Zalzneck, the director of the 2007 Open for the USGA commented on the readiness of the course saying, "We're so far ahead with our plans and what we need to get done, Oakmont is just such an ideal situation for us. The club welcomes us with open arms, and we've had such great championships here in the past. What everyone will see, though, is the unbelievable difference in the size of the event from 1994 (when Oakmont last hosted the Open) and this year."[3] The usual Open conditions will still exist including the lightning fast greens and unusually high rough as many of these features are common year round at Oakmont Country Club. In fact, Oakmont's greens are so fast that the USGA directed the club to slow them down for the Open, although they were still much faster than what would be found at a normal tour event.[4] Preparation began in 2002 and 2003 and since then has included minor renovation to the course, most notably the lengthening of the course for the world's best players, small renovations to the clubhouse, and also the deepening of Oakmont's storied bunkers.[3] Other changes to the course since the last Open in 1994 include the addition of a bridge to connect holes 2-8 which posed as a major problem causing player and pedestrian jams over the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The USGA will recruit 5,000 volunteers in order to insure the event will go smoothly. The event is expected to, like the last Open at Oakmont, attract record breaking sell-out crowds. Crowd control was also a major problem for the USGA and its volunteers as huge crowds filled the course during the tournament creating traffic problems. The USGA began selling tickets to the general public on June 15, 2006. The USGA is expected to sell out all of their tickets for the competitive rounds by their deadline for purchase on August 15, 2006. After the sale of all tickets for the competitive rounds, all post-deadline purchases will be settled by a lottery.[5]

Partnership with American Express[edit]

For the first time in its history, the United States Golf Association entered into a commercial partnership. It entered into an agreement with American Express for an undisclosed amount, which allowed American Express to set up a special "Trophy Room" area at the 2007 U.S. Open for American Express cardholders. Jud Linville, president of American Express U.S. Consumer Card Services, addressed concern about the arrangement commercializing the USGA Championship, saying, “We’re not going to be slapping logos all over the place, we’re trying to broaden the appeal of the game.” Long-time American Express sponsoree Tiger Woods told the media in response to the deal, “It’s a tremendous opportunity, this is two enormous brands coming together to help golf.”[6]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jim Furyk  United States 2003 71 75 70 70 286 +6 T2
Tiger Woods  United States 2000, 2002 71 74 69 72 286 +6 T2
Lee Janzen  United States 1993, 1998 73 73 73 73 292 +12 T13
Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 2006 71 75 78 75 299 +19 T42
Ernie Els  South Africa 1994, 1997 73 76 74 78 301 +21 T51
Michael Campbell  New Zealand 2005 73 77 75 79 304 +24 T58

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Retief Goosen  South Africa 2001, 2004 76 77 153 +13

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Oakmont Country Club
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 482 341 428 609 382 194 479 288 477 3,680 435 379 667 183 358 500 231 313 484 3,550 7,230
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 35 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35 70

Source:[7]

The 9th hole was previously played as a par 5; before 1962, the 1st hole was also played as a par 5.

Lengths of the course for previous major championships:

Summary[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, June 14, 2007

In the difficult course conditions, only Nick Dougherty and Ángel Cabrera broke par during the first round. Tiger Woods shot a 1-over 71, and Phil Mickelson, with the wrist injury, shot a 4-over 74.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Nick Dougherty  England 68 –2
2 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 69 –1
T3 José María Olazábal  Spain 70 E
Bubba Watson  United States
T5 Olin Browne  United States 71 +1
Ben Curtis  United States
Jason Dufner  United States
Niclas Fasth  Sweden
Fred Funk  United States
Jim Furyk  United States
Lucas Glover  United States
Anders Hansen  Denmark
Peter Hanson  Sweden
J. J. Henry  United States
Pablo Martín  Spain
Geoff Ogilvy  Australia
Justin Rose  England
Vijay Singh  Fiji
Brandt Snedeker  United States
Tiger Woods  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ángel Cabrera birdied the 18th hole after hitting an approach to within two feet to take a one-shot lead at the halfway point. The shot moved the cut line from +11 to +10, eliminating 19 players (including Phil Mickelson, who had had the longest current streak of making cuts at major championships at 30).

Paul Casey had the low round of the day, shooting a superb 66 on a day when the average score was 76.933, the highest since the final round at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 2004. Stephen Ames was the only other player under par for the day with a score of 69.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 69-71=140 E
2 Bubba Watson  United States 70-71=141 +1
T3 Stephen Ames  Canada 73-69=142 +2
Aaron Baddeley  Australia 72-70=142
Niclas Fasth  Sweden 71-71=142
Justin Rose  England 71-71=142
7 Paul Casey  England 77-66=143 +3
T8 Tom Pernice, Jr.  United States 72-72=144 +4
Carl Pettersson  Sweden 72-72=144
Brandt Snedeker  United States 71-73=144
David Toms  United States 72-72=144
Scott Verplank  United States 73-71=144

Amateurs: Harrell (+11), Ramsay (+12), Kokrak (+16), Davies (+17), Kelly (+18), Kuehne (+19), Golden (+20), Condello (+22), Pettitt Jr (+23), Prugh (+23), Ureta (+23), Lee (WD).

Third round[edit]

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Aaron Baddeley continued his strong play with a second straight even-par round of 70, including a birdie on the 18th hole, to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round. Tiger Woods hit the first 17 greens in regulation en route to a 1-under 69, barely needing to work to save par until his only bogey on the last hole, and finished in second place two shots behind Baddeley. It was one of just two under-par rounds on the day (Steve Stricker shot a 68), and placed Woods in the final pairing on Sunday. Woods has still not won a major championship by coming from behind, which he would have had to do to win his third U.S. Open. Four players finished one stroke behind Woods.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 72-70-70=212 +2
2 Tiger Woods  United States 71-74-69=214 +4
T3 Stephen Ames  Canada 73-69-73=215 +5
Paul Casey  England 77-66-72=215
Justin Rose  England 71-71-73=215
Bubba Watson  United States 70-71-74=215
T7 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 69-71-76=216 +6
Jim Furyk  United States 71-75-70=216
Steve Stricker  United States 75-73-68=216
T10 Stuart Appleby  Australia 74-72-71=217 +7
Niclas Fasth  Sweden 71-71-75=217
David Toms  United States 72-72-73=217

Final round[edit]

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ángel Cabrera shot a 1-under 69 to become the first Argentinian to win the U.S. Open. He entered the final round four shots behind, after shooting a disappointing 76 on Saturday. This gave him a 2:20 pm tee time on Sunday, 40 minutes ahead of the final pairing, which included Tiger Woods. After a birdie on the 15th hole, Cabrera was 3-under for the round, with a three stroke lead over Woods and a surging Jim Furyk. After bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes that reduced his lead to one, Cabrera parred the difficult 18th hole and then had to wait in the clubhouse for Furyk and Woods to finish. Both needed to birdie the 72nd hole to force a Monday playoff but neither did, giving Cabrera the victory by a single stroke. Cabrera and Anthony Kim (67) were the only players to post sub-par scores during the final round. Aaron Baddeley started the round as the leader but opened with a triple bogey seven and shot 80. The field broke par for only eight rounds during the tournament, just two players per day on the difficult Oakmont layout, and Cabrera was the only player to break par twice.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 69-71-76-69=285 +5 1,260,000
T2 Jim Furyk  United States 71-75-70-70=286 +6 611,336
Tiger Woods  United States 71-74-69-72=286
4 Niclas Fasth  Sweden 71-71-75-70=287 +7 325,923
T5 David Toms  United States 72-72-73-72=289 +9 248,948
Bubba Watson  United States 70-71-74-74=289
T7 Nick Dougherty  England 68-77-74-71=290 +10 194,245
Jerry Kelly  United States 74-71-73-72=290
Scott Verplank  United States 73-71-74-72=290
T10 Stephen Ames  Canada 73-69-73-76=291 +11 154,093
Paul Casey  England 77-66-72-76=291
Justin Rose  England 71-71-73-76=291

Full final leaderboard
The top eight finishers at the U.S. Open were automatically invited to the 2008 Masters and the top fifteen automatically qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4
Argentina Cabrera +6 +6 +6 +5 +4 +5 +5 +4 +5 +5 +4 +4 +4 +4 +3 +4 +5 +5
United States Furyk +6 +7 +7 +7 +7 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +7 +8 +7 +6 +5 +5 +6 +6
United States Woods +4 +4 +6 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6 +6
Australia Baddeley +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +5 +7 +8 +8 +9 +10 +10 +10 +10 +11 +11 +11 +12

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[8]

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Preceded by
2007 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
2007 Open Championship

Coordinates: 40°31′34″N 79°49′37″W / 40.526°N 79.827°W / 40.526; -79.827