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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 196
Last year’s surprise victor David Lingmerth [pictured above], who held off Justin Rose in a three-hole playoff, didn’t even contest the US Open after failing to make it through qualifying. The previous year, Hideki Matsuyama failed to turn his Memorial form into anything meaningful at Pinehurst, finishing tied for 35th after a disappointing pair of 74s on the weekend. The 2013 Memorial winner, Matt Kuchar, ended tied for 28th at Merion, while even Tiger himself wasn’t immune after winning in 2012 before going on to finish T21 at the Olympic Club with weekend rounds of 75 and 73. And 2007 and 2006 champions K.J. Choi and Carl Peterson had Opens they’d rather forget, with both missing the cut after carding opening rounds of 77. Five-time winner Woods – the last man to overcome the Memorial curse at the US Open in his devastatingly dominant 2000 season – won’t be there this year, of course, with his return date from injury still a mystery, so it’ll be left to someone else to prove the records wrong. Whoever wins at Muirfield will understandably have their US Open odds slashed. But if history is any guide, that’s proven to be a false economy. E YEAR WINNER US OPEN 2015 David Lingmerth Did not qualify 2014 Hideki Matsuyama T35 2013 Matt Kuchar T28 2012 Tiger Woods T21 2011 Steve Stricker T19 2010 Justin Rose DNP 2009 Tiger Woods T6 2008 Kenny Perry DNP 2007 K.J. Choi Missed cut 2006 Carl Pettersson Missed cut MEMORIAL WINNERS Tiger Woods is the only Memorial winner in the past 10 years to card a top-10 at the US Open weeks later.
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