32 U.S. Open Champions Gather for USGA ‘Reunion of Champions’
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 12, 2019) – The USGA hosted 32 of the 36 living U.S. Open champions Tuesday night for a “Reunion of Champions” at Pebble Beach Golf Links as part of its week-long celebration of golf.
Those in attendance included (in alphabetical order, with years won in parentheses):
|Angel Cabrera (2007)||Dustin Johnson (2016)||Jerry Pate (1976)|
|Michael Campbell (2005)||Steve Jones (1996)||Gary Player (1965)|
|Ernie Els (1994, 1997)||Martin Kaymer (2014)||Justin Rose (2013)|
|Jim Furyk (2003)||Tom Kite (1992)||Scott Simpson (1987)|
|Lucas Glover (2009)||Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018)||Webb Simpson (2012)|
|Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)||Graeme McDowell (2010)||Jordan Spieth (2015)|
|David Graham (1981)||Rory McIlroy (2011)||Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)|
|Lou Graham (1975)||Johnny Miller (1973)||Lee Trevino (1968, 1971)|
|Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990)||Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)||Tom Watson (1982)|
|Tony Jacklin (1970)||Andy North (1978, 1985)||Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008)|
|Lee Janzen (1993, 1998)||Geoff Ogilvy (2006)|
Raymond Floyd (1986), Larry Nelson (1983) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1984) were unable to participate due to prior commitments. Corey Pavin (1995) was scheduled to attend but had to cancel due to illness.
The USGA last held a similar gathering in 2013 before the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
A link with photos from the gathering can be found here.
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