Reed started on No. They started calling me Anvil Hands. Chris Mara, then age 17, now a member of the New York Giants front office: My family were members, and I caddied in that tournament. He grabbed my arm and pulled me over to him and said, "Fortunate, my ass; you just gutted it out." Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Tom Kite: Around the same time, a bunch of newspapers were doing surveys asking the fans, "What would you rather see, people struggle and shoot high scores, or a birdie-fest?" Hubert Green: When Jack putts the ball off the green, you say, "My God, what are we mere mortals going to do out here?". 1 on the West Course had somehow gotten onto the service road that ran behind the first green. The responsibility for the setup at Winged Foot was thoroughly mine, and I was never uncomfortable with it. Now this is the greatest Open player of all time, right? Amateur champion and current muscleman, powered and putted his way to a 68, the lowest score on a day Winged Foot played to an average score of 75.25.. After an opening round in which 21 players broke par, Winged Foot allowed only three players under par. Often overlooked is that 24-year-old Tom Watson shot 41 on the back nine for a 79 and lost the 54-hole lead. I was pretty much out of my league at that stage. I was positioned in the last row of the grandstand to the right of the 18th green the last day. It's important to recognize what happened at Oakmont. Peter McGarey: I tell stories about that week all the time, and a lot of times guys say, "Yeah, right.". I thought he might go up in the stands to challenge the guy. © 2020 DISCOVERY GOLF, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, The Massacre at Winged Foot: An oral history of the 1974 U.S. Open, USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OUR. Some fans had had a few beers and gave it a few tee-hees: "These are supposed to be professional golfers?" 10 … "If you ever need any help with your game, give me a call." It was directly over the area where the 18th and 10th holes are located close together, and we saw the scoring standards going past with these huge scores. AD It turns out, there’s a good reason that 62 … Reed started on No. You know it had to be conditions. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. 1. RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: 11 things that make Winged Foot truly special. Pictured: Dustin Johnson. Johnny Miller, the defending champion, was still in contention on Friday until he found the front-right bunker on the seventh hole and took four shots to get out, making a quadruple-bogey 7. Catch up on earlier installments. I said, "Good, honey.". The 120th U.S. Open will be begin on Sept. 17 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Hale Irwin: I knew I was either in the lead or near the lead, but they didn't have leader boards all around like they do now. No. I was stationed in the scoring tent at that time as players finished and signed their cards. In fact, my guess is quite a few did. Gary Player led at even-par 70, but what most everyone at Winged Foot was talking about that day was Jack Nicklaus putting a ball off the front of the first green. Measuring 7,477 yards, Winged Foot is a par-70 with just two par-5s and has a brutal finishing stretch of five straight par-4s, none less than 425 yards. Hubert Green: Jim and I were trying to decide who'd putt next after Jack. I kept putting up Watson and Irwin, and he kept asking for Palmer, and I couldn't figure out why. I knelt down and touched the putting surface before a marshal chased me away; I’d not imagined such perfection was possible in grass. This will be very important this week due to the the undulating putting surface. Frank Hannigan (then the USGA assistant director, later executive director): I don't care what Sandy said or says, I loved seeing them humiliated. It was hilarious. Irwin also had a share of the lead, and Watson was a stroke behind. Winged Foot doesn’t present much in the way of hazards. Then he said he liked how I handled myself, liked my golf swing. YEAR: SITE: SCORES: TO PAR: FINISH: 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) 68-72-70-74--284 +4: 5th: 2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links: 66-73-71-67--277-7: T-3: 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Jay FitzGerald (Winged Foot member and former Golf Digest president and CEO): I was sitting in the grandstands when McGee's group came through. It was a typical knee-jerk reaction by the USGA. He was out of the bag and running. Everybody I meet these days says the same thing: "Why don't they have a requirement for straight hitting?" That tournament was the last major championship that any golfer has won without shooting under par for any of the four rounds. Steve Melnyk: I played behind Nicklaus and saw what happened to him and thought, Well, I think we're in for a long day . I just told him, "If there's ever anything I can do for you, let me know," and it went from there. Winged Foot is a mammoth par 70 measuring in at 7,469 yards. I spoke to Hale only one time after that week; it might've been the very next year in Arizona. Tom scorched his drive on the ninth [a par 4 converted from a par 5 for the Open], hit a 3-wood second and couldn't reach the green with it. 10 … . But it's the U.S. Open; it's not Hartford. I was maybe three or four yards ahead of Jack. Measuring 7,477 yards, Winged Foot is a par-70 with just two par-5s. I gave him a club in a practice round that still had a clump of mud from his last shot, and he said, "Son, the only thing I told you was to always give me a clean club. Year: Site: Scores: To Par: Finish: 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) 73-72-72-74--291 +11: 30: 2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links: 72-70-74-72--288 +4: T-52: 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club After the first hole, he bogeyed the next two. It was not in a formal setting but in response to their allegations—"What are you trying to do, embarrass the best players in the world? Hale Irwin: At that point I didn't have a regular caddie on tour. Back then, the par-70 course measured just 6,998 yards—the 2020 U.S. Open version of Winged Foot will stretch to 7,477 yards. In June 2006, one of the most memorable of these anniversary pieces was drawn again from the 1974 U.S. Open, but this time retold by veteran reporter Peter McCleery through the words of the observers. Winged Foot and Johnson would seem to be a perfect fit. Only three players break par in the second round at Winged Foot, and an even-par 70 is enough to put Patrick Reed atop the leaderboard. Nice going." I just came up a little short.''. Tom had his struggles during the day and was in the rough quite a bit. I don't get out to tournaments anymore at my age [94]. I was involved with some of the early holes, and in those days I could feed him only two golfers at a time. But Winged Foot was sort of a different beast. Hubert Green: The members at Winged Foot said, "This [63] isn't going to happen to our golf course." Peter McGarey: I'd rather not say how much I got paid. It was the sixth time the U.S. Open had been held on West Course at Winged Foot, regarded as one of the toughest courses in major championship golf. In order to save par at a tough course, players must hit fairways and greens. The players started arriving Saturday and Sunday, but Miller wasn't there yet. . Andy Bean: I was a junior in college, hitting the ball really good and had a share of the lead after 26 holes; I'd birdied the fifth hole in the second round to tie for the lead. The greens will be exceptionally fast and undulated. If they played a hole at an extraordinarily effective level, a birdie was available. Reed started on No. different web browser. He hits the ball, and it looks like a great shot, but that thing goes over the heads of the people behind the green. He thought Arnold was going to snap out of it. It was well over a foot long; just a tangled mess. Steve Garagiola (son of former baseball player and broadcaster Joe Garagiola, caddie for Jim Colbert, and a newscaster): I was 19 years old and either playing golf or caddieing every day. That was 200 . Before that I was just trying to finish in the top 16 so I could get back in the Open and play in the Masters the following year. Jim Colbert (paired with Nicklaus and Hubert Green): I remember getting on the green and having a 30-footer for par. The golf course opened in 1923. There were a lot of media people asking very provocative questions. Palmer struggled early before shooting a 73 to fall three strokes out of the lead, but Player shot himself out of it with a 77. I approached him in the locker room upstairs. Reed started … Tom Watson: Hale hit the most pure 2-iron you've ever seen. It was easily the most difficult golf course I had ever seen. Isn't that what we're all striving for? Short hitters facing long approach shots will have a hard time keeping the golf ball on fast and firm greens, while golfers playing from the rough will have to hack it out unpredictably. Further complicating matters, the rough will be extremely thick and penal. We played a practice round at Winged Foot, and I remember hitting it like 15 feet, 10 feet or 12 feet from the hole and putting it 10 or 12 feet past every time. Winged Foot, which is a par-70 with only two par-5s, presents a tall challenge this weekend. 1. Sandy Tatum contended that Winged Foot was not made to be more brutal because of the results the year before at Oakmont, where Johnny Miller shot 63. Reed started on No. The “Massacre of Winged Foot” is known for Hale Irwin winning at 7-over par in 1974. Ted Horton: I was out there watching Jack. For USGA championships, the West Course has been typically set up at par 70. A particularly goyish house behind the green also highlights OB lurking, though such a costly outcome seems unlikely on a hole of this length. Being on the green in regulation will be a key indicator of success at Winged Foot. I was grateful to still be within shouting distance. I hit my tee shot on 9, and it was cutting back across the fairway when a guy ran from the long rough across the fairway, and the ball just nailed him. Forrest Fezler is presented his check for finishing second to Hale Irwin. Chris Mara: To this day I call that Johnny Miller's bunker. Far more than any other modern Open, Winged Foot was remembered not for shotmaking but for how damn hard it played. Both driving distance and driving accuracy will be important this week. Forrest Fezler: I didn't realize Hale had bogeyed those two holes coming in until later that night. He lost ground. On the fourth hole the pin was in the back middle right, a really tough location, and Jack put a brilliant shot in there right of the hole. That's when I kind of knew we had done something right, from my perspective. That's how the week started. Reed started on No. I got Jim to autograph it years later. I didn't care; it was OK with me. Dick Schaap, the late sports journalist, wrote two diary-like books that changed the genre of golf writing. Jim Colbert: I was so angry and frustrated, after I signed my card I walked to the parking lot, got into my car and screamed for 15 minutes. Tom Callahan (Cincinnati Enquirer columnist, now at Golf Digest): I remember how happy the members were at the devastation. Just beautiful. He had one of the better scores [72], but before he sat down I remember him pointing at Cullenward and saying, "I know how you play, Nelson, and there's no [expletive] way you could break 100 here today." oh, i added instead of sub- tracted.” This is Nicklaus, the guy who taught everybody about yardages. The guy could barely advance it. “Never seen a green that fast,” he says. Back then the USGA didn't allow pros to use their tour caddies at the Open; players were required to use club caddies (a practice that ended after the next year's Open at Medinah). It wasn't like he was mad, but puzzled, amused, frustrated. There’s a reason Tiger Woods put Winged Foot squarely in the top three most difficult courses he’s ever played, alongside Oakmont and Carnoustie. I just wasn't a strong enough player. On Sunday in the final round, I positioned myself in the last row of the grandstand beside the 18th green, where I could stand up and look back at the classic par-3 10th hole to see Arnold Palmer, then 44 and still in the hunt, hole a bunker shot for a 2 and shake the poles beneath the stands with an eruption of cheers. Reed only hit five fairways on a tough scoring day at Winged Foot but made a slew of stunning recoveries and needed only 25 putts en route to an even-par 70 that left him at … Bryson (70): 'One of my governors broke down'. Reed started on No. How many times do you hear that the U.S. Open is too easy? I had him sign a copy of that book, Massacre at Winged Foot. I thought Jerry was going to go after one of them. George Zahringer (2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and member of the 2003 U.S. Walker Cup team): I had worked full-time on the Winged Foot greens crew in the summer of 1973, and the next year Ted Horton asked me to come back when I got out of school. Boy, was I sheltered. I was having a difficult pregnancy and staying home in St. Louis. Hale Irwin: I've come away bloodied, bruised and kicked, but I've enjoyed Winged Foot. The golfer who can minimize mistakes and find ways to save difficult pars will be able to seperate themselves from the field. I think what happened was someone who'd parked in the field between No. Winged Foot has been waiting while world No. Johnny Miller: I kept trying to get cute with it; it was only a 25-foot bunker shot. His mouth was just crimson; I hope he had a good dental plan. … When I walked into the locker room, I bumped into Watson. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Gary Koch: I got there Monday and played a practice round with Andy. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images. The seven-over-par winning total remains the second-highest in an Open in more than half a century, matching Merion (1950), Oakland Hills (1951) and Olympic (1955) behind the weather-related nine-over-par 293 by Julius Boros at Brookline in 1963. We were very proud of the fact that that was the first Open that had uniform six-inch rough. Byron Nelson: I'd been around long enough to know how tough it would be on him. It was like he was hallucinating. I'd won twice prior to that. He turned around and walked right back down the fairway saying, "Where in the hell can I find a USGA official?" Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Many players had blocked out the damage, but others were willing to revisit painful memories. Tom Watson, 24, seeking his first victory of any kind on tour, led entering the final round. Emerging on the victorious side gave me an awful lot of credibility, but I've never been too worried about how the outside world considered me. Tom Watson: I remember finishing on Friday [at four over par, one shot off the lead] and going to the upstairs locker room. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. Players vowed they would never come back. These rankings are comprised of SG: APP (23%), Off the Tee: (23%), SG: ARG (18%), Bogeys Avoided (18%), GIR (18%). Did the course change? Hale got $35,000 for winning, and I didn't get 10 percent, but I definitely got more than 2 percent [the normal fee for many at the time, which would have been $700]. The caddiemaster was a cranky Irishman named Gene Hayden, and he thought I looked like Johnny Miller, used to call me Johnny Miller. I said, "He's probably going to do the same thing." Bryson DeChambeau recaps his third-round, even-par 70 at the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Bill Erfurth … I made $500 for the week. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a Guess who won the tournament that week? one of them said. A crowd estimated at 17,000 converged on Winged Foot for the third round, and it seemed that most in the gallery followed Palmer and co-leader Gary Player. I didn't know for a fact until I got down in the fairway after hitting my tee shot. A muny player who had never seen a country club course up until that time, I was astounded by the length and depth of the rough. He hits it down the middle of the fairway and has a 6-iron to the green. Johnny Miller: I like to measure U.S. Open rough by how far you'd be able to advance 100 balls if you hit into 100 different lies. Winning was not an altogether unheard of thing. He told me, "Don't ever tell me what club to hit, because I hit every one of them 10 different ways. I should have just taken my medicine, but I was a little stubborn back then. Steve Melnyk: I remember starting a practice round on the 10th hole with six balls in my bag. It was fine. We double-cut the greens by hand every morning and cut them with triplex mowers in the afternoon. In January 2013, the United States Golf Association announced that Winged Foot Golf Club would host the 120th U.S. Open in 2020. In this configuration the 514-yard (470 m) converted par five ninth hole … RELATED: U.S. Open 2020: This exclusive drone tour of Winged Foot will show you exactly how brutal it will play. The tracks ran from the back of the green to the front, right down the middle. Hale dreams a lot, and they're very vivid. One of them said, "Boy, Sandy, you look tired." 2020 U.S. Open Betting Odds: Favorites, Props And Picks To Win At Bryson DeChambeau, a former U.S. When Hale hit his tee shot on 18, we were off to the left side. And the majority said they'd rather see players struggle, because they could relate to it. And 7,477-yard, par-70 Winged Foot, to which 213 yards were added for this year’s tournament, already plays plenty long and notoriously hard. I mean, hey, it was Arnold Palmer. Sandy Tatum: It was a very satisfying result. No question, these were automobile tire tracks. Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Harris English each had a 70 and were at 2-under 138. Hale Irwin: I remember going to the last day and thinking, You've got a solid chance to win this thing, but you've got to avoid the costly mistake. Corporate tents and automatic sellouts were not yet part of the landscape for the Open, though IBM provided a new level of statistical analysis. This is the U.S. Open everyone expected. I happened to be in the gallery in 1974 watching my first U.S. Open, having driven from Philadelphia after high school graduation and staying overnight in an orange VW pop-up camper somewhere in Westchester County in New York. I didn't hit a green coming in, but I made some great saves on 15, 16 and 17. George Zahringer: I don't remember if there were Stimp readings back then, but if I had to guess, I'd say they were rolling at 13 or 14 compared with today. You are using an unsupported version of Internet Explorer. The greens will be exceptionally fast and undulated. And I remember Pat Fitzsimons talking to himself [after an 81]. There was still a lot of dew on the grass, so it was easy to see. As a caddie at Winged Foot, current New York Giants Vice President Chris Mara was dubbed as a Johnny Miller lookalike by the club's caddiemaster. It always causes problems at Winged Foot. You could have driven a tank across those greens and it wouldn't have hurt them. Peter McGarey: He must be talking about the day I was trying to sneak a peek at Arnold Palmer coming up the ninth hole. I hadn't hit one out of play, but I was done after 7½ holes. Jack said, "What did you hit?" Somebody from the stands cried out, "Geez, I can shoot 25 over par." With a final-round, 3-under-par 67 – he was the only player to break par in the last round – DeChambeau outmuscled bruising Winged Foot and toppled Matthew Wolff by six shots. It was as if somebody had dropped a bomb on the place. While hitting fairways and greens is the recipe to contend at Winged Foot, even the best players won’t be able to do that on every hole. I hit two tee shots on 17 into the right rough and couldn't find either one of them, and I was out of balls. After 36 holes, Arnold Palmer shared the lead of the United States Open. Reed started on No. Jay Haas (low amateur at 27-over-par 307): I played 72 holes and made only one birdie. The course features Poa Annua greens, which often play differently on the East Coast compared to the West Coast. Arnold Palmer: My experience wasn't the rough so much as my putting let me down. In the locker room afterward I was having a beer and commiserating with John Mahaffey. It was quicker than I thought, and all of a sudden the ball got away from me. I mean, I just screamed. He doesn't do that. Made nine bogeys. It varied from six to a legitimate 10 inches. Jim Nantz (then 15 years old, now an announcer for CBS Sports and a Winged Foot member): That was my first major sporting event as a spectator; came up from the Jersey shore for the day with my dad. That gave the USGA carte blanche to do what they wanted with the course. And Hale Irwin, 29, was about to win the first of his three Opens. No. Bobby Jones won the … Reed started on No. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800 GAMBLER. I felt the best way to play aggressively was to putt 20 feet uphill rather than 10 feet downhill. Bill Erfurth (whose 88-84 was the highest score for anyone who finished 36 holes): That was the last Open I tried to qualify for. Frank (Sandy) Tatum (then chairman of the USGA's championship committee): It has come up fairly frequently, but what happened the year before had nothing whatsoever to do with the setup of Winged Foot. Additional reporting by Craig Bestrom, Pete McDaniel and John Strege. Hale Irwin: I remember in one practice round hitting it over the second green on the other side of the bunkers and picking up the grass with my hands. That's just a hosel-wrapper. When Palmer came through 10, I was able to stand up, turn around and see him hit his tee shot. The PGA TOUR gets ready for its second major in just five weeks as they make their way to Mamaroneck, New York, for the U.S. Open at The 2006 U.S. Open also produced the fewest average birdies per round of any major in the past 14 years (1.8). Winged Foot is a mammoth par 70 measuring in at 7,469 yards. It must've been one of them. After Winged Foot, it was time for me to hang it up. Maybe they'd had a few beers, or maybe not, but I think it was pure accident. Gary Player, 38, had Grand Slam aspirations after winning the Masters and taking the first-round lead at Winged Foot; later that year he would win the British Open and finish seventh in the PGA. Six years later Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open there. A 2½-year-old takes a lot of attention already. He said, "Five-iron? With its sixth U.S. Open, only Oakmont Country Club and Baltusrol Golf Club have hosted the tournament more times. Par 70: Par 70: Round 1: Round 2: Total: 1: John Brellenthin & Pat Stayer (Dallas National Golf Club) 69: 66: 135-5: Todd ... (Winged Foot Golf Club) 73: 79: 152 +12: 26: Bob Howe & Michael Murr (Winged Foot Golf Club) 81: 72: 153 +13 #= won playoff - 3 teams for 1 spot . I was headed toward the drinking fountain, and Watson said, "Great win, great win. See all of the bets Action Network experts are making in real-time, covering the big games and the hidden gems. Take 1965 and 1966, when I won the Masters both years. That’s not an atypical response to this Tillinghast gem that dates to 1923, which has been lengthened 213 yards and will play as a 7,477-yard par 70. In 2017, there was a meticulous restoration by Gil Hanse. Below, I’ve reported overall model rankings using a combination of the five key statistical categories previously discussed. Coming off an opening-round 66, Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau. In one way or another, all of those events left a mark. I went back and told Ted Horton, and we drove back out there with one of the USGA officials. The top betting news and picks for all the big games delivered directly to your inbox daily. Reed started on No. And another of them said, "You'd be tired, too, if you were out all night waxing the greens on your hands and knees.". Let’s take a look at several key metrics for Winged Foot to determine which golfers boast top marks in each category over their last 24 rounds. Then in 1974, Schaap enlisted a dozen reporters, including Dave Anderson, who later won the Pulitzer Prize, to help record a minute-by-minute account of the pivotal U.S. Open called Massacre at Winged Foot, which led USGA championship chairman Sandy Tatum to say for the first time: “We’re not trying to embarrass the best players in the world; we’re trying to identify them.”. I drove out to cut the first green early Friday, and I see tire marks right down the center of the green. And that’s not the only change players will face. Jerry Tarde (editor, Golf Digest, and Winged Foot member): I'd just graduated high school and drove up from Philadelphia to see my first U.S. Open. He was still away, maybe 35 feet. Believe me, I was very satisfied with what I got. It was a different era in golf, with persimmon and balata for equipment and local youngsters as caddies. When that thing quit rolling, he was stark white, the color of my shirt. His even-par 70 gave him a one-shot lead as only six golfers end the second round in red numbers. Further … 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. I didn't realize there were 88 keys on a piano. Oakmont was supposed to be the hardest course in America. Total strokes gained in category in past 24 rounds: Winged Foot is very long and narrow. Led by Justin Thomas’ 5-under 65 – the lowest round ever recorded in a U.S. Open contested at Winged Foot – 21 players posted sub-70 scores on the 7,416-yard, par-70 West Course designed by A.W. Arnold Palmer led by two strokes on Saturday and remained the fan favorite at age 44 as he attempted to win his first major title in a decade. A par 70 measuring 7477 yards Winged Foot is an old school style US Open test where par is your friend. Sally Irwin: I was home in Frontenac [a St. Louis suburb], where we had recently moved, watching the tournament on TV with my 2½-year-old daughter, Becky, and surrounded by boxes. A marshal told me that Fezler had bogeyed 18, but how does he know? I wasn't convinced it had happened. I came back to Arizona, and one of the things I did with the money was buy my mom new tires for her car. Patrick Reed shot an even-par 70 at Winged Foot on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau after the second round of the U.S. Open. Hard but still great. If I take a guest out to the club and he takes a couple shots to get out, I'll say, "You're two better than Johnny Miller.". When will sports betting be legal in your state? We both knew Bert, and he was kind of different. He wrote, "Steve, you did a great job. McGee's ball was 25 yards from the green, and he told the guy, "I'll give you three swings, give you $100 if you can hit one of them on." I'm sitting out there about 180 thinking I'm probably going to hit a 5-iron. A couple of years later, I did. 10 and turned in 1-over 36 and opened his back nine by stuffing it close for birdie on No. This U.S. Open will be a strong test off the tee that will suit the best overall drivers. Reed started on No. After 27 holes, guys were something like 28, 29 over par. Peter McGarey (Hale Irwin's caddie, then age 16, and later a real estate developer in Cincinnati): I had been caddieing at Winged Foot since I was 9 years old growing up in Larchmont. 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