June 16 2013
Notes by Elias Sports Bureau
• Justin Rose found the fairway 75 percent of the time and hit 69.4 percent of his greens during his victory at the U.S. Open this week. It’s the first time in Rose’s U.S. Open career that he has posted numbers this strong in both categories while making the cut. His previous best showing in these categories came at last year’s championship, when Rose found the fairway and greens 60.7 and 66.7 percent, respectively.
The last champion at the U.S. Open to find the fairway to a rate of 75.0 percent or higher was Payne Stewart in 1999, who found Pinehurt’s short grass off the tee 78.6 percent of the time. Ironically, the same year of Phil Mickelson’s first second-place finish at the U.S. Open.
• Rose recorded four three-putts this week at Merion Golf Club. He’s the first champion at the U.S. Open to have four three-putts since Michael Campbell in 2005 at Pinehurst, who also recorded four three-putts.
• Mickelson recorded an eagle on the par-4, 290-yard 10th hole during today’s final round of the U.S. Open. It’s the second eagle on a par-4 in Mickelson’s U.S. Open career. In 2000 at Pebble Beach, Mickelson holed one out on the 15th hole during the second round.
• Hunter Mahan, playing in the final group in today’s closing round of the U.S. Open, began the round by carding just one score over-par through his first 14 holes of play. Since 2003, only two players playing in the final group have recorded just one score over-par through their first 14 holes of play. Ironically, both came in the same season. In 2011 at Congressional, both Rory McIlroy and Y.E. Yang each recorded just one score over par through the first 14 holes of play.
• Shawn Stefani recorded a hole in one on Merion’s 246-yard, par-3 17th hole during today’s final round of the U.S. Open. Over the past 25 years on the PGA TOUR, only two aces have occurred on longer par-3 holes. At the 2008 Wells Fargo Championship in the second round, Jay Williamson aced Quail Hollow’s 250-yard sixth hole and Jesper Parnevik on the 248-yard eighth hole at TPC Sugerloaf during Round 2 of the 2002 BellSouth Classic.
• Tiger Woods carded an 8 on Merion’s par-5, 525-yard second hole during the final round of the U.S. Open today. It was the fourth time in Woods’ PGA TOUR career that he has recorded a score of 8 or higher on a par-5 hole. The other came earlier this year during the second round of the Masters on Augusta’s 15th hole, in the final round of the 1999 WGC-Cadillac Championship and in the opening round of the 1999 Masters.