DUBLIN, Ohio -- Raymond Floyd will be honored at the 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Floyd joins an eclectic list of Memorial Tournament honorees that includes this year’s inductee, Tom Watson, as well as Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Judy Bell, Andy North, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, Tony Jacklin and Sean Connery, among others.
Floyd won three of the four major championships, and a total of four -- missing out only on the British Open. The closest he came to adding the Claret Jug to his trophy case was in 1978 where he finished second to Jack Nicklaus. Floyd’s final major championship title came in 1986 when he beat Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck at Shinnecock Hills – at the age of 44.
Floyd, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989, won 22 PGA TOUR titles -- in four different decades -- and 14 more times on the Champions Tour. In 1992 he became the first player to win on both Tours.
BETHESDA, Md. -- The USGA announced Wednesday that Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., has been selected as the site of the 2018 U.S. Open Championship.
The dates of the championship are June 14-17, 2018. It will be the fifth U.S. Open to be hosted by the club, which is the only venue to host the championship in three centuries.
Shinnecock Hills hosted the second U.S. Open in 1896, and James Foulis won the championship by three strokes over Horace Rawlins. In 1986, Raymond Floyd shot a final-round 66 to break out of a tightly bunched field and win by two strokes over Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins. Nine years later, Corey Pavin clinched his two-stroke victory over Greg Norman with a memorable 4-wood approach to the final green. Retief Goosen outlasted Phil Mickelson by two strokes to claim his second U.S. Open title in 2004.
“We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country’s most-storied venues,” said USGA President Jim Hyler. “We are confident that Shinnecock Hills will provide a true challenge for the world’s premier players, as it has for more than a century.”
Shinnecock Hills opened in 1891, and the present course was designed by William Flynn and opened in 1931. The 2018 championship will mark the 19th time the U.S. Open will have been played in the state of New York and the 10th time on Long Island. As of the 2011 season, New York has hosted 66 USGA championships, which ranks third among all states.
Shinnecock Hills was one of the founding clubs of the USGA in 1894 along with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Newport (R.I.) Country Club, Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club and Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Shinnecock Hills had America's first golf clubhouse (complete with locker room, showers and grill room), which was designed by Stanford White. It was also the first 18-hole golf course on the East Coast.