Bringing the U.S. Open back to Merion Golf Club, where Bobby Jones completed the sport’s only Grand Slam and Ben Hogan’s 1-iron shot became one of its most enduring images, will result in an unusual outcome for the U.S. Golf Association: a loss.
Tiger Woods entered the Masters Tournament with perhaps his best chance at a major championship victory in the past five years. He didn’t win, and golf analysts said he left with a mark against his reputation.
Rory McIlroy became the youngest major champion since Tiger Woods in 1997 with an eight-stroke win at the U.S. Open, where he set 12 records, including the lowest score in the golf tournament’s 111-year history.