2007 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 14–17, 2007|
|Course(s)||Oakmont Country Club|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,230 yards (6,611 m)|
|Field||156 players, 63 after cut|
Ángel Cabrera won his first major championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods, who were unable to birdie the 72nd hole to force a Monday playoff. Cabrera's victory marked the first U.S. Open won by an Argentine or a South American. It was the first of his two major titles; he won the Masters in a playoff in 2009.
This was the eighth U.S. Open and eleventh professional major held at Oakmont.
- 1 History of the U.S. Open at Oakmont
- 2 Preparation for the 2007 U.S. Open
- 3 Partnership with American Express
- 4 Field
- 5 Past champions in the field
- 6 Course layout
- 7 Round summaries
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
History of the U.S. Open at Oakmont
The championship committee of the United States Golf Association chose Oakmont Country Club as the host for 2007 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). Oakmont had already provided the golf world with some of the most exciting championships of golf history including Miller's record for the lowest score shot in a USGA championship, a 63 (−8) in 1973, and the dramatic Monday finish in 1994 between Els, Loren Roberts, and Colin Montgomerie.
Preparation for the 2007 U.S. Open
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." 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.
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. Other changes to the course since the last Open in 1994 include the addition of a bridge to connect to 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.
Partnership with American Express
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 sponsorship recipient 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.”
About half the field each year consists of players who are fully exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. Below is the list of the 72 players that were fully exempt for the 2007 U.S. Open. Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:
- 1. Last 10 U.S. Open Champions
- 2. Top two finishers in the 2006 U.S. Amateur
- 3. Last five Masters Champions
- 4. Last five British Open Champions
- 5. Last five PGA Champions
- 6. The Players Champion
- 7. The U.S. Senior Open Champion
- 8. Top 15 finishers and ties in the 2006 U.S. Open
Paul Casey (10,16), Luke Donald (9,10,11,16), Kenneth Ferrie, Pádraig Harrington (10,16), Ryuji Imada, Colin Montgomerie (10,16), Nick O'Hern (15,16), Ian Poulter (10,16), Jeff Sluman, Steve Stricker (16)
- 9. Top 30 leaders on the 2006 PGA Tour
Stephen Ames (16), Stuart Appleby (16), Chad Campbell (16), K. J. Choi (12,16), Stewart Cink (16), Joe Durant (16), Lucas Glover (16), J. J. Henry, Trevor Immelman (16), Davis Love III (16), Arron Oberholser (16), Rod Pampling (16), Tom Pernice, Jr., Carl Pettersson (16), Brett Quigley, Rory Sabbatini (16), Adam Scott (12,16), David Toms (16), Brett Wetterich (16), Dean Wilson
- 10. Top 15 on the 2006 European Tour
- 11. Top 10 on the PGA Tour official money list, as of May 28
- 12. Winners of multiple PGA Tour events from April 26, 2006 through June 3, 2007
- 13. Top 2 from the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit, as of May 28
- 14. Top 2 on the 2006 Japan Golf Tour, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Rankings at that time
- 15. Top 2 on the 2006 PGA Tour of Australasia, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Rankings at that time
- 16. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings list, as of May 28
- 17. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
- Sectional qualifiers
- Japan: Nobuhiro Masuda, Toru Taniguchi, Kaname Yokoo
- England: Christian Cévaër, Nick Dougherty, Darren Fichardt, Marcus Fraser, Peter Hanson, Søren Kjeldsen, Graeme McDowell, Miguel Rodríguez, Sam Walker
- United States
- Murrieta, California: Michael Block, Andrew Buckle, Richard T. Lee (a), Kevin Sutherland
- Columbine Valley, Colorado: Jason Allen
- Tequesta, Florida: Chris Condello (a), Jeff Golden (a)
- Ball Ground, Georgia: Jason Dufner, Mark Harrell (a), Lee Williams
- North Riverside, Illinois: Jeff Brehaut, Martin Laird, Andy Matthews, Jon Mills, Mike Small
- Mission Hills, Kansas: Michael Berg
- Rockville, Maryland: Rhys Davies (a), Fred Funk, Luke List, Philip Pettitt Jr. (a), Joey Sindelar, Martin Ureta (a)
- Purchase, New York: Ricky Barnes, Frank Bensel, Geoffrey Sisk
- Columbus, Ohio: Woody Austin, Eric Axley, Joe Daley, Ken Duke, Todd Fischer, Harrison Frazar, Nathan Green, Craig Kanada, Jerry Kelly, Anthony Kim, John Koskinen, Trip Kuehne (a), Steve Marino, Pablo Martín, George McNeill, Ryan Moore, Sean O'Hair, Pat Perez, Warren Pineo, Michael Putnam, Camilo Villegas, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley
- Galena, Ohio: Kyle Dobbs, Tom Gillis, Jason Kokrak (a), Jacob Rogers
- Memphis, Tennessee: D. J. Brigman, Olin Browne, Tom Byrum, Steve Elkington, Bob Estes, Mathew Goggin, Paul Goydos, Tripp Isenhour, Tim Petrovic, Todd Rossetti, Brandt Snedeker, Adam Speirs, Darron Stiles, Chris Stroud, Kirk Triplett, Johnson Wagner
- Dallas, Texas: Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Ryan Palmer
- Bremerton, Washington: Alex Prugh (a)
Nationalities in the field
|North America (96)||South America (4)||Europe (28)||Oceania (14)||Asia (7)||Africa (7)|
|Canada (5)||Argentina (2)||England (9)||Australia (12)||India (1)||South Africa (7)|
|United States (91)||Chile (1)||Northern Ireland (1)||Fiji (1)||Japan (5)|
|Colombia (1)||Scotland (3)||New Zealand (1)||South Korea (1)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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|
|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
|Player||Country||Years won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||2001, 2004||76||77||153||+13|
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:
Thursday, June 14, 2007
In the difficult course conditions, only Nick Dougherty and Ángel Cabrera broke par during the first round. World number one Tiger Woods shot a 1-over 71, and #2 Phil Mickelson was at 74, playing with a wrist injury.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Ángel Cabrera birdied the 477-yard (436 m) 9th hole (his 18th) after hitting an approach with a sand wedge to within two feet (0.6 m) 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 shot a 66 for the low round of the day when the average score was 76.933, the highest since the final round in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills. Stephen Ames' 69 was the only other score under par for the third round. The cut was at 150 (+10) and no amateurs advanced to the weekend.
|2||Bubba Watson||United States||70-71=141||+1|
|T8||Tom Pernice, Jr.||United States||72-72=144||+4|
|Brandt Snedeker||United States||71-73=144|
|David Toms||United States||72-72=144|
|Scott Verplank||United States||73-71=144|
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 were one stroke behind Woods at 215 (+5).
|2||Tiger Woods||United States||71-74-69=214||+4|
|Bubba Watson||United States||70-71-74=215|
|Jim Furyk||United States||71-75-70=216|
|Steve Stricker||United States||75-73-68=216|
|David Toms||United States||72-72-73=217|
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 was the 54-hole leader, but opened with a triple bogey and shot 80 (+10). 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 ($)|
|T2||Jim Furyk||United States||71-75-70-70=286||+6||611,336|
|Tiger Woods||United States||71-74-69-72=286|
|T5||David Toms||United States||72-72-73-72=289||+9||248,948|
|Bubba Watson||United States||70-71-74-74=289|
|Jerry Kelly||United States||74-71-73-72=290|
|Scott Verplank||United States||73-71-74-72=290|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+
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- About.com – 2007 U.S. Open
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
2007 Open Championship