2008 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 12–16, 2008|
|Location||La Jolla, California|
|Course(s)||Torrey Pines Golf Course,
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,643 yards (6,989 m)|
|Field||156 players, 80 after cut|
|283 (−1), playoff|
The 2008 United States Open Championship was the 108th U.S. Open, played June 12–16 at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Open championship and 14th major title by beating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of sudden-death playoff following an 18-hole playoff. With this victory, Woods joined Jack Nicklaus as the only two in golf history to win the career grand slam three times. The U.S. Open was held at the Torrey Pines for the first time, and took place on the South Course.
It was an unlikely victory for Woods, who entered the tournament considerably short of match practice and was plagued throughout the week by an ailing left knee. Two days after the championship, Woods revealed that he would miss the remainder of the 2008 season after undergoing knee surgery. Through 2016, this is his last win in a major championship.
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 2008 U.S. Open. Each player is classified according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:
2. Top two finishers in the 2007 U.S. Amateur
Michael Thompson (runner-up). (2007 U.S. Amateur champion Colt Knost turned professional, thereby forfeiting his invitations to the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.)
8. Top 15 finishers and ties in the 2007 U.S. Open
Stephen Ames (17), Aaron Baddeley (9,17), Paul Casey (11,17), Nick Dougherty (11), Niclas Fasth (11,17), Jerry Kelly, Hunter Mahan (9,17), Justin Rose (9,11,17), Steve Stricker (9,17), David Toms, Scott Verplank (9,17), Bubba Watson
9. Top 30 leaders on the 2007 PGA Tour official money list
Robert Allenby (17), Woody Austin (17), Mark Calcavecchia, K. J. Choi (13,17), Stewart Cink (12,17), Tim Clark (17), Luke Donald (17), Ernie Els (11,17), Steve Flesch (13), Charles Howell III, John Rollins, Rory Sabbatini (17), Adam Scott (17), Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker (17), Boo Weekley (12,17) (Brett Wetterich withdrew prior to the tournament.)
13. Winners of multiple PGA Tour events from April 25, 2007 through June 1, 2008
16. Top 2 on the 2007 PGA Tour of Australasia official money list, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Rankings at that time
None (neither Craig Parry nor David Smail were ranked in the top 75)
17. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings list, as of May 26
Stuart Appleby, J. B. Holmes, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, Justin Leonard, Rod Pampling, Ian Poulter, Mike Weir (Sean O'Hair withdrew prior to the tournament.)
18. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
Japan: Artemio Murakami, Craig Parry; Europe: Phillip Archer, Robert Dinwiddie, Johan Edfors, Ross Fisher, Alastair Forsyth, Thomas Levet, Ross McGowan; USA: Michael Allen, Eric Axley, Craig Barlow, Rich Beem, Jason Bohn, D. J. Brigman, Bart Bryant, Chad Campbell, Ben Crane, Robert Garrigus, Mathew Goggin, Jason Gore, Fredrik Jacobson, Brandt Jobe, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Michael Letzig, Davis Love III, Jarrod Lyle, John Mallinger, Steve Marino, Rocco Mediate, John Merrick, Jon Mills, Joe Ogilvie, Mark O'Meara, Jesper Parnevik, Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson, Brett Quigley, Patrick Sheehan, Kyle Stanley (a), Scott Sterling, Nick Taylor (a), D. J. Trahan, Kevin Tway (a), Nick Watney, Dean Wilson
Local and sectional qualifiers
USA: Charlie Beljan, Yohann Benson, Brian Bergstol, Travis Bertoni, Jeffrey Bors, Garrett Chaussard, Jay Choi, Bobby Collins, Jordan Cox (a), Chris Devlin, Andrew Dresser, John Ellis, Sean English, Derek Fathauer (a), Fernando Figueroa, Philippe Gasnier, Robert Gaus, Michael Gilmore, Hunter Haas, David Hearn, Jimmy Henderson (a), Justin Hicks, Chris Kirk, Brian Kortan, Joey Lamielle, Ian Leggatt, Scott Piercy, D. A. Points, Michael Quagliano (a), Rob Rashell, Kevin Silva, Kevin Streelman, Chris Stroud, Peter Tomasulo, Jon Turcott, Jeff Wilson (a), Casey Wittenberg
- Rickie Fowler (a) (sectional) - replaced Shaun Micheel
- Gary Wolstenholme (a) (sectional) - replaced Sean O'Hair
- Andrew Svoboda (local & sectional) - replaced Brett Wetterich
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2000, 2002||72||68||70||73||283||−1||1|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||2001, 2004||76||69||77||67||289||+5||T14|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||1994, 1997||70||72||74||73||289||+5||T14|
|Jim Furyk||United States||2003||74||71||73||75||293||+9||T36|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Lee Janzen||United States||1993, 1998||75||78||153||+11|
|Michael Campbell||New Zealand||2005||78||83||161||+19|
The U.S. Open is played over four days with an 18-hole round being played each day, for a total of 72 holes plus practice rounds. Players outside the top 60 and ties and outside ten strokes of the leader will be "cut" after 36 holes.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The leaders after the first round were two little-known American players, Justin Hicks, a 33-year-old Nationwide Tour player, and Kevin Streelman, a 29-year-old PGA Tour rookie. They both shot 3 under-par 68s to lead four other players at 69 (−2), including the 2006 champion, Geoff Ogilvy. The top three ranked players in the world were paired together for the first two rounds, but none of them broke par for the day: Woods 72 (+1), Phil Mickelson 71 (E), Adam Scott 73 (+2). Woods was playing his first event since the Masters, after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, and Scott was playing with a broken little finger on his right hand. The World Golf Rankings were also used for three other pairings, making four pairings include the top 12 golfers in the world. Defending champion Ángel Cabrera shot 79 (+8). Mark Calcavecchia withdrew after playing nine holes with an injured knee and foot. In all, 11 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average was 75.58.
|T1||Justin Hicks||United States||68||−3|
|Kevin Streelman||United States|
|Eric Axley||United States|
|Rocco Mediate||United States|
|Ernie Els||South Africa|
|Rickie Fowler (a)||United States|
Friday, June 13, 2008
The first round co-leaders both fell well down the leaderboard: Justin Hicks shot an 80 (+9) to drop to a tie for 49th and Kevin Streelman shot 77 (+6) to drop to tied for 22nd. Stuart Appleby carded a 70 (−1) to take the lead at 139 (−3), one stroke ahead of Robert Karlsson, Mediate, and Woods. Woods shot a 30 on the front nine, one stroke more than the U.S. Open record for nine holes set by Vijay Singh in 2003. Singh made his 14th consecutive cut at the U.S. Open, the longest current streak. Miguel Ángel Jiménez shot the low round of the day −5 (66) and moved into a tie for 5th.
The cut was at +7 (149), 10 strokes from the leader, and 80 players made the cut. Defending champion Cabrera shot a 76 (+5) for at total of 155 (+13) to miss the cut by six shots. Ian Poulter withdrew with a wrist injury after playing 15 holes. Three amateurs made the cut: Derek Fathauer (+4), Michael Thompson (+5), and Rickie Fowler (+7).
In all, 19 players shot sub-par second rounds. The scoring average was 74.96 for round two and 75.27 overall.
|Rocco Mediate||United States||69-71=140|
|Tiger Woods||United States||72-68=140|
|T5||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||75-66=141||−1|
|Davis Love III||United States||72-69=141|
|D. J. Trahan||United States||72-69=141|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||70-72=142|
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Overnight leader Stuart Appleby shot 79 (+8) to slip back to T-19 at 218 (+5), while playing partner Rocco Mediate shot 72 (+1) to finish two strokes behind at 212 (−1). Many of the leaders struggled on day three. Karlsson and Jiménez dropped back to 215 (+2), Davis Love III to 4 over-par and D. J. Trahan to 1 over-par. Lee Westwood finished at 211 (−2) after a round of 70, the only one to shoot par or better in all three rounds. Woods, despite struggling with his knee injury, dazzled on the back nine with some improbable shots, resulting in two eagles and a chip-in birdie from the rough on the 17th to take the 54-hole lead at 210 (−3), a stroke ahead of Westwood. Brandt Snedeker shot the low round of the day at 68 (-3). In total, 11 players shot sub-par rounds and the scoring average for the round was 74.36 and 75.08 overall.
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||72-68-70=210||−3|
|3||Rocco Mediate||United States||69-71-72=212||−1|
|D. J. Trahan||United States||72-69-73=214|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||75-66-74=215|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||72-74-69=215|
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Woods had previously won each of the thirteen major championships in which he entered the final round with at least a share of the lead, and his fourteenth was no different. He lost his lead on the first hole, double-bogeying the hole for the third time in the tournament, and followed that with a bogey on the second, but regained two of the shots with birdies on 9 and 11. He also bogeyed 13, the same hole on which he had sunk an eagle putt the previous day.
Mediate had put together a solid round, only scoring one bogey over the final 13 holes. However, he barely missed a birdie putt on 17 and hit a wedge too strong on 18; his pars on the two final holes kept both Woods and his playing partner Westwood in contention. Both came to the par-5 final hole one shot behind Mediate, who was in the clubhouse at 283 (−1).
Woods and Westwood both hit their drives into bunkers and had to lay up. Woods' second shot went into the rough; Westwood laid up in the fairway. Both reached the green with their third shots, leaving them with birdie putts to force an 18-hole playoff with Mediate. Westwood's 15-foot (4.6 m) putt, which had a severe break to the right, was not successful. Woods' putt was closer at 12 feet (3.7 m), with a much less severe break; his putt lipped the hole before dropping and putting him in the playoff. Both Woods and Mediate became the first to finish under par at the U.S. Open since 2004.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Tiger Woods||United States||72-68-70-73=283||−1||Playoff|
|Rocco Mediate||United States||69-71-72-71=283|
|D. J. Trahan||United States||72-69-73-72=286|
|John Merrick||United States||73-72-71-71=287|
|Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||75-66-74-72=287|
|T9||Heath Slocum||United States||75-74-74-65=288||+4||160,769|
|Eric Axley||United States||69-79-71-69=288|
|Brandt Snedeker||United States||76-73-68-71=288|
Amateurs: Thompson (+8), Fowler (+13), Fathauer (+15).
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Monday, June 16, 2008
The 18-hole playoff was the first playoff for the U.S. Open since 2001. After trading the lead three times on the front nine, Woods built a three stroke lead through ten holes. Mediate rallied on the back nine with three consecutive birdies which gave him a one stroke lead heading to the 18th hole. Like the day before, Woods birdied to tie Mediate and forced the playoff into sudden-death, the third in U.S. Open history (1990, 1994: prior to 1990 extra full rounds were played, the last in 1946). The sudden death playoff started and ended at the par-4 7th hole, with Woods scoring a par to Mediate's bogey.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Sudden death||Money ($)|
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||71||E||4||1,350,000|
|2||Rocco Mediate||United States||71||E||5||810,000|
With the win, Woods kept his unbeaten streak alive when he has at least a share of the lead heading into the final round of a major championship (14−0). The streak ended at the PGA Championship in 2009.
On April 15, 2008, Tiger Woods had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. During his rehab, Woods sustained a double stress fracture of his left tibia. Throughout the tournament it was clear Woods was in pain, and the general feeling was that he was just returning from the initial surgery too soon. He did not reveal the news about the double stress fracture until two days after the U.S. Open was complete. He had surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and needed time to rehab that and the stress fracture. He announced on his website that he would miss the remainder of the 2008 golf season, which meant he would miss the final two majors: the British Open and the PGA Championship.
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- Rickie Fowler Gains Spot In U.S. Open Field
- Svoboda Replaces Wetterich
- O'Hair withdraws citing chest injury
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- Tiger puts away Mediate on 91st hole to win U.S. Open
- Tiger Woods Has Arthroscopic Surgery, Will Miss A Month
- Woods set to have season-ending knee surgery
- 2008 U.S. Open official site
- U.S. Open official site
- USOpen.com - 2008
- About.com: – 2008 U.S. Open
- Torrey Pines official site
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
2008 Open Championship