June 10, 2013
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- With a win, Tiger Woods would join Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus with four career U.S. Open wins. (Halleran/Getty Images)
Harris English made some key putts from distance en route to winning his first PGA TOUR title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. We'll take a look at that and some interesting U.S. Open figures by going inside the numbers ...
4 Four players are tied for the most career U.S. Open victories. Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930) and Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905) all won the U.S. Open four times. Tiger Woods has three wins and is certainly one of the favorites to win No. 4.
5 The number of times a player has won the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season. … Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002) have accomplished this task. Will Adam Scott add his name to this prestigious list?
7 That would be the crooked number Shawn Stefani posted on the 11th hole in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude for a quadruple bogey on the par 3. … Stefani had quite the third round. He made eight birdies, nine pars and the quad for a 4-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead entering the final round. Stefani went on to post a final-round 76 and finished T7. Only three players have won a PGA TOUR event since 1983 after carding a quadruple bogey. They are David Toms at the 2003 Wells Fargo Championship, Phil Mickelson at the 2009 TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola and David Graham at the 1983 Houston Coca-Cola Open.
50 percent Harris English made 5 of 10 putts from 15 to 25 feet to lead the field at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. … This went a long way in lifting English to his first PGA TOUR title. The average player in the field made just 17.6 percent of their putts from 15 to 25 feet at TPC Southwind.
61 The oldest player to make the U.S. Open cut is Sam Snead, who was 61 during the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. Snead finished T29. … The oldest player in the field at this week’s U.S. Open in Jay Don Blake at age 54. Blake owns a pair of runner-up finishes this season on the Champions Tour. His best U.S. Open finish is T6 in 1992 at Pebble Beach, won by Tom Kite. The oldest U.S. Open champion was Hale Irwin at age 45 in 1990.
1989 That’s the last time a player has successfully defended a U.S. Open crown. It was Curtis Strange, who won by making up a three-shot deficit entering the final round at Oak Hill. … Webb Simpson will have the next shot at it. He has three top 10s this season, but is coming off a missed cut at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. He also missed the cut there before the U.S. Open last season.