If Phil Mickelson can manage to stick around until the year 2020, he’s going to get another chance to conquer Winged Foot in the U.S. Open. Yesterday, the U.S. Golf Association announced that the West Course at Winged Foot will host the championship seven years from now.
As you might remember, the last time the U.S. Open was held at the New York club was 2006, and it was a doozy. It might be one of the most memorable U.S. Open events of all time. In the end, Mickelson blew a golden opportunity to pull out a major championship victory when he double bogeyed the 18th hole and Geoff Ogilvy got the win.
The closing hole was a comedy of errors for “Lefty”. His drive hit the hospitality tents to the left of the fairway. His second shot, a 3-iron, hit a tree and came straight down. The third shot plugged deep in a bunker. Voila, double bogey and a second place finish.
“Look back at what happened in 2006,” club president John Schneider said. “Four individuals could have won and two double-bogeyed the last hole and one bogeyed the last hole. The champion made par. That’s pretty good stuff.”
The course has been around since 1923 and held its first U.S. Open just six short years later, when Bobby Jones, then an amateur won in a 36-hole playoff. Winged Foot is known for severely sloped greens, deep bunkers and doglegs. All of these attributes are sure to be much more dramatic by the time the championship gets there in 2020
“Winged Foot offers the best players in the world a spectacular test of golf and delivers to spirited New York golf fans one of the most exciting venues in the game,” said USGA executive director Mike Davis.
It’s only seven years away, time to start getting your prop bets in.