2004 U.S. Open (golf)

2004 U.S. Open (Golf)

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2004 U.S. Open (golf)

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The 2004 United States Open Championship was the 104th U.S. Open, played from June 17 to June 20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Shinnecock Hills, New York. The U.S. Open returned to Shinnecock Hills for the first time since 1995. Retief Goosen won his second U.S. Open Championship and second major championship; his first win came in 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club. Goosen’s birdie on the 16th combined with Phil Mickelson’s double bogey on 17th gave Goosen a two shot win. The purse was $6.25 million and Goosen earned $1.125 million.

History of U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

The 2004 U.S. Open Golf Championship was the fourth U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. The former champions were James Foulis (1896), Raymond Floyd (1986) and Corey Pavin (1995). The second U.S. Open Championship was held at Shinnecock in 1896, but the course saw a 90 year drought before it hosted the tournament again. The 1986 U.S. Open was held on a completely revamped course. Floyd found himself one back entering into the final round, and on a day where an under-par round was nearly impossible Floyd shot a final round 67 to win. The conditions were almost the same in 1995 with no one scoring under par. The conditions were especially challenging on Sunday with only three golfers carding under-par rounds, most importantly Pavin, who played the final 10 holes three-under-par on a way to a 68 for the win. Pavin hit a memorable 4-wood to the 18th green to within 5......
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