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Golf Australia Express : Issue 40—The US Open
NUMB3RS THE BIRTHDAYS 1969 The year Orville Moody was told by a course marshal—believing he was a spectator—to get behind the ropes. Orville, who was playing his last hole of his last round, was leading the event and went on to capture his only PGA Tour win. Sam Snead’s age in 1973 when he became the oldest player in history to make the US Open cut. The US Open was the only major Slammin Sam didn’t win in a legendary career. Check out the video above for a short bio on a great man with the smoothest of swings. 61 NO.1 Men's World Rankings Women's World Rankings US Money List LPGA Money List LET Money List The number of shots Jack Fleck played during the 1955 US Open 18-hole playoff to defeat Ben Hogan. Fleck—an Iowa club pro—used Hogan’s signature putter to cause one of golf’s biggest upsets. 69 11 The number of players who contested the first US Open on October 4, 1895. Ten pros and a lone amateur teed it up over the 36-hole one-day event at the nine-hole Newport Golf Club. Horace Rawlings, 21, won after shooting 91 and 82. 4 The four winners of US Opens at the Olympic Club have won a combined seven majors. Another four players who have finished second have a combined 27 majors. Justin Leonard on June 15 Phil Mickelson on June 16 Anthony Kim on June 19 Paul Goydos (above) on June 20 0The number of times Tiger Woods has defended his US Open title. It is the only major that Woods—a three-time US Open champion—hasn’t won in consecutive years. 1924 The year Willie Watson and Sam Whiting designed the Lake Course at the Olympic Club. 19 The number of strokes taken by Ray Ainsley at the par-4 16th during the 1938 US Open at Cherry Hills. It remains the worst single hole score in the event’s history. 16 The number of consecutive international winners before John McDermott became the first and youngest American to win the US Open in 1911 at age 19. Since then, there have been just 16 international winners in total—six of who have come in the last eight Opens.