2005 U.S. Open Film: “Campbell Conquers”


Now a year later Americas Championship returns to an old and familiar place Pinehurst number two the scene of a championship one in a moment that will be remembered Was here six years ago the pain Stuart left his mark on this championships rich history And this week the game’s best Buy to claim the 105th US Open title For more than a century it has tested the game’s greatest players This week on one of the storage stages of American golf another champion will be crowned in the 105th United States Open Three two-time winners of golf’s most prestigious championship came to Pinehurst looking to further edged their name in the history books a three-time major champion and 2004 Player of the Year was looking to win his first ever US Open and One of golf’s most popular figures returned to the scene of one of his most heartbreaking defeats winning the Open is the dream of every golfer and virtually unknown and unheralded players were looking to use golf’s greatest stage to make a name for themselves a Select few ranked among the sports immortals and just a handful of courses reached the same legendary status Like golf found its home at st. Andrews the game lives and breathes here in America at Pinehurst. Number two it is still an icon of American golf a Century after its creation and one of the toughest tests the sport has ever known Those left in her wake warn, you don’t play Pinehurst Pinehurst plays you It represents the complete open test Golfers who kept their tee shots in the fairway would have a better chance of reaching the perplexing greens in regulation And that’s where the final key to unlocking Donald Ross’s masterpiece can be found Here in the sand hills of North Carolina is where the next champion would emerge a champion capable of handling all the elements physical and mental that are truly unique to a US Open champion Day one began under pristine conditions as Carolina blue skies prevail Looking to become the first repeat champion in 16 years with South Africa and Retief Goosen Golf’s seemingly. Most unflappable player was also aiming to win his third Open in five years an accomplishment shared by only a handful of players Goosen at the 10th showed why he’s one of the game’s premier iron players in thinking who’s got to be careful about going through the Green on that side. Well, he was tried to just launch a nine air What a beautiful shot that left him with a good opportunity for birdie And with that he improved to 2-under bit on 13 is uphill approach to the par-4 And it would be another great chance for birdie Juice into 3-under at the time before finishing with an opening round of 68 2 under par Hoping to avenge his second-place finish to Goosen Last year was Phil Mickelson, but at the first after an errant Drive the 2004 Masters champion was in trouble We said earlier you don’t see the ball the pine needles much but That’s a little bit of magic that shot enabled Mickelson to two-putt and save par Then scrambling at the second at the par 4 with his third from behind the green His deft touch would save another par and Mickelson was even after – then I’m a short par-4 3rd his tee shot found the bunker near the green and From there. He got it up and down to record his first birdie of the championship Mickelson to 1-under Then on the next hole he again was putting for birdie Back-to-back birdies but Mickelson to 2-under Following a bogey at the 7th he was looking to get that stroke right back at 8 His third birdie on the front nine got him back to 2-under And then at the night a chance for three straight birdies With that near miss Mickelson finished with a frontside score of two under After bogeys at 15 and 16 dropped him back to even Mickelson with another birdie try at 18 His fourth birdie of the day capped a fine opening round of 69 1-under and very much in contention Looking to improve at his third-place finish six years ago at Pinehurst the world’s top ranked player Tiger Woods got up to a quick start at the 10th a Birdie at his very first hole for the reigning Masters champion and Tiger was quickly 2-1 His fortunes are often tied to his tee shots and at 16 He sprayed his Drive and would wind up making bogey dropping him to 1 over and the pressure of Pinehurst Began to take its toll Then at the 18th his ninth hole of the day woods was looking for birdie But instead who remained at +1 On the par-5 4th he was looking to score but bound himself hitting his third shot from the bunker But that would enable woods to sink a birdie putt and get back to even He was seemingly on the brink of disaster all day, but had a chance to break par on his final hole The birdie Miss met the two-time Open champion survived his opening round at even par Still an imposing figure near the top of the leaderboard Braking Tigers for years stranglehold at number one last year was Vijay Singh Like Tiger Singh started his round on the backside and right away put himself in contention He made birdie to start his day at the 10th after making par at 11 Vijay showed yt2 green he’s one of the game’s greatest And spin it from there That led to an easy birdie and Singh was at minus 2 through 3 But he found himself at even par when he stood over this eagle putt on the par-5 4th He would convert for birdie and improve to 1-under But a bogey later at the 7th at an opening round of 74 sing Another of golf’s fab, 5 is the two-time US Open champion Ernie else, but nothing at Pinehurst came easy for the Big Easy He would settle for par there at the 2nd +1 a Weary slightly beaten else. However, had a chance to get one shot back at the 6th It would be his only birdie all day as L settled for an opening round at 71 Hoping to become the first player to win the Open after winning the prior week with Spain’s Sergio Garcia The brilliant 25 year old still in search of his first major with a birdie chance at the 3rd Garcia to 1-under But that didn’t last he bogeyed 6 and then his third shot another disaster here at 8 another bogey put the Spaniard and +1 On the next hole. He was again facing a likely bogey But the long par putt kept Garcia at just +1 and seemed to reverse his downward spiral at 13 Garcia with a short iron to the green Using the slope he would convert for birdie and finish the day at just +1 The first player from Korea to win on the PGA Tour is the powerful 5 foot 8 inch KJ Choi He started this round on the back nine and was at +1 when he teed off 17 That would lead to a birdie and get Choi back to even Then at 3 Sherwood continued his assault on the leaderboard. Thanks to one club Choi was feeling it and rolling it the birdie to 1-under then he was on in – in the par-5 4th So eagle-3 improved choi to 3-under and at that moment he was on top of the leaderboard but He found himself in trouble at the 5th No problem his third putt up at least 40 feet or more in three holes kept him at 3-under Before giving two strokes back to finish and 1-under for the day Great Britain’s Lee Westwood has had five top 10 finishes and majors in his career and was right in the thick of things on day one a birdie chance at 14 Westwood to 1-under been on the top bar for 16 for birdie And Westwood had finished with an impressive first round 68 Looking to announce. His intentions was PGA Tour veteran Brandt Jobe Still looking for his first victory in the States after five holes He was 2 under and looking for more this to tie for the lead Barry’s in Good at 13 shot Take advantage of the slope right there Right back to the hole excellent position that led to another of his six birdies as Jobe finished with a startling 68 Plagued by injuries for much of the time since he finished fourth in the 2001 US Open is Rocco Mediate Mediate was 1-under through nine and on the par-5 10th into The long eagle putt propelled him to the top of the leaderboard at 3-under After a bogey at 14 mediate to save par at 15 a 25 footer kept him at 2-under with three holes remaining At 16 Rocco took aim for the green on the most difficult hole on the course that day Oh, yeah, oh, yeah So he would have this to get back into a tie for the lead That move mediate to 3-under par and that’s how he finished his opening round a Two-time Tour winner who shot a 59 on his final round of qualified for the Open was Olin Browne and his hot play Continued on Thursday. He was at even par behind the green for birdie at 13 That got him to 1-under, but he was just warming up He was again putting for birdie at 14 Back-to-back birdies improved him to 2-under In all he had five birdies and route to a 67 3-under par and a share of the lead at the US Open So after 18 holes a surprising duo set atop the leaderboard But just a shot behind Olin Browne and Rocco Mediate loomed the defending champion Retief Goosen along with Lee Westwood and Brandt Jo For golfers were at 69 two shots off the pace Including Phil Mickelson and still lurking just three behind at even par Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh It’s been said you can’t win a major championship on the first day you can only lose it Well after the first 18 holes of the 105th United States Open the Fab five were all in good position to contend for the championship Retief Goosen Phil mickelson ernie else Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods all at Pinehurst number two yesterday within striking distance of the lead as the hundred and fifty US Open continued What truly distinguishes Pinehurst number two from other golf courses are it’s baffling greens their myriad of slopes and fall off areas produce a unique challenge Trying to land a golf ball on top of these Donald Ross greens test. The game’s best skills and patience In this game of inches coming up short here can be doing it all over again After a solid opening round 69 phil mickelson would become what a Pinehurst third round victim’s a bogey five at the par-4 13th His putter was ice-cold at 15 another short par putt misses another bogey recorded Mickelson one of the favorites to win here at Pinehurst endured a painful seven hole stretch with six bogeys He needed 33 putts missing five from closer than eight feet 41 on the first nine for Mickelson and an alarming 77 for the day Six shots over par and now a long shot to be a factor come the weekend Another member of the big five was also having his share of troubles Vijay Singh just couldn’t get his putter going bogey at 16 Singh hit all but two greens in regulation Friday including here at the finishing hole But once again his putter let him down Still sing wasn’t out of contention at even par at the halfway mark Tiger Woods’s day was much like Vijay’s he too had no problems getting on the greens. He just had a hard time converting once there After bogeying six Tigers frustration began to mount on the ninth green We just rape the green there Gary that back uphill that Mars the putt You see some groundskeeping here Not good after a 37 on the front nine Tiger wit to work at 15 They feed me But again, his Potter would get the best of him He again settle for par and remained at +2 at 16 for birdie at the difficult par-4 It was one of three birdies in a day for Tiger who was won over for the round and after 36 holes Ernie else’s chances for a third US Open title suffered greatly Friday when like Tiger and Vijay He couldn’t find the right speed He got off to a horrible start three putting the first Then at the third this putt typify his second round You cannot get any closer A second-round 76 Pharrell’s plus seven through two rounds Corey Pavin had the longest day of anyone in the field after shooting an opening round of 73 He flew home to San Diego for his son’s high school graduation Then took the red-eye back in time for his second round tee time and made the most of it The second shot at the par 4 467 yard eighth hole is picture-perfect The 1995 US Open champion would shoot a second round of 72 5 shots over par at the halfway mark Looking for his second open title was 2003 champion Jim Furyk After a birdie at the 3rd, he was again putting for birdie at the 4th His second straight birdie and proved him 2-1 But at the 9th his final hole of the day Pinehurst showed its teeth Furyk made bogey and finished with a 70 and was 1 over for the championship At just 25 years old Sergio Garcia is unquestionably one of the most talented players on tour and here at 18. He shows why The whole out for birdie and halfway through his second round he was plus one That at seven again putting for birdie And again Garcia till one over Then on his final hole the night he had this to get to even par The birdie 1a4 on the day for Garcia whose round of 69 left him at even par for the championship First round co-leader Rocco Mediate began his round with three parras before putting for birdie at 13 That improved into four under and at the time he was the outright leader But things began to unravel at 15 A bogey dropped him to 3-under and at 16. This was his fourth to the par-4 The fine chip-enabled mediate to drop just one on the hole He made five bogeys in a seven hole stretch. Oh that miss Shot 74 and was at plus one for the championship Failing to make the cut here in 99 was 2001 PGA champion David Toms Quietly he stood at 2-under par one shot off the pace at six That long birdie gave him a share of the lead at 3-under but it didn’t last long a Double bogey at 8 and Tom’s felt quickly 2-1 then on his final haul tonight things went from bad to worse That is long that is over the green The wrath of Donald Ross once again disrupts an otherwise stellar round All right, David Tom’s fourth shot. Yes. That is correct. His fourth shot He would triple bogey the hole and go from 3-under to two over on his final two holes Best known for being the 54 hole leader in the 1995 British Open his New Zealand’s Michael Campbell Since then he is battled injuries and missed five straight cuts earlier this year at 11 Campbell was 1-under looking for birdie But he would miss the par putt and make bogey dropping to even on the next hole He was faced with this long putt to save par That miss cost him another stroke dropping him to one over At 17 the Kiwi was faced with another long putt this time for birdie This time he got it to fall camping a fantastic round of 69 and after 36 holes in the hunt and he’s been far KJ Choi who was 1 under Thursday continue to make brilliant shots Friday Right at the hole Pretty shot of the day I’ve been An easy birdie at 12 to get to 2-under at 17 he was in trouble But thanks to the good bunker shot Choi would only dropped war on the hole But on the next hole he get a chance to get it right back His third birdie of the day wiped out three bogeys and Troy finished with a 36-hole score of 1-under Plane in his first US Open after finishing tied for fifth at the Masters was Australian mark hens B He was in constant trouble throughout the first two rounds hitting an astounding Hilo six out of 28 fairways But shots like this on 16 kept him in the mix He was even par after 35 holes but putting for birdie at 18 His third birdie of the round left him with a two day total of one under One of the surprise performances in the field was Jason Gore ranked 800 and 18th in the world the happy-go-lucky Californian immediately endeared himself to the gallery That birdie at 12 his third hole of the day improved him to even par Then after playing par golf for nine holes Gore was putting for birdie at 4 That got him back to one under another scoring opportunity lay ahead at 6:00 He needed only 24 putts Friday and after that birdie he had a share of the lead at 2-under But up ahead at 9 he was in trouble But the clutch bunker shot helped him to par the final hole and capped a phenomenal round of 67 for the unheralded 31 year old First round co-leader Roland Brown began Friday at 10:00 and immediately was looking for a birdie a Miss would lead him at 3-under. He bogeyed 14 and was looking to get that shot back at 16 Settle for par and remained it – under that on the second ground was putty to get back into the lead Then at six Round from the bunker look how deep that is and look at this all that I might have buried on the back lip Finally on the green he needed this long putt to salvage a double bogey And he Rams that home that shows you something right there Brown with regroup and finish the day at 71 to wonder for the championship is still very much in contention The defending champion Goosen was a 2 under Thursday and threw his first nine holes when he went to work at the first The beautiful approach left him with this for birdie Goosen took three under But at the sixth after his tee shot filled to reach the green he got this great pitch shot to get up and down save par Goosen would shoot a second-round 70 for a two day total of two under With just 36 holes remaining Goosen was in great shape to capture his third US Open title Also at 2-under her first round co-leader Olin Browne along with a biggest surprise of the championship Jason Gore KJ Choi and mark hens B were both a stroke behind the leaders at 1-under Michael Campbell Vijay Singh Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood were all two strokes back at even par While six golfers finished one over at the midway point including Tiger Woods and first round co-leader Rocco Mediate The story chorus had delivered a few knockout blows on day two Most notably to Phil Mickelson and Ernie else with just 36 holes of golf left The question was who could survive two more days at Pinehurst number two? He was such a patriotic guy that US Open then everything to him Painting and I had a unique relationship and I don’t know that I’ll ever find that again Nothing will ever top the thrill we had here 99 Just the joy, you know the elation that you know, you’ve just won the US Open That’s that’s as good as it gets the mocking That’s all I said You kept looking at me in the face going you beauty you beauty he’s just you know He couldn’t believe that he’d just won the US Open You win here you are true champion as it will test every aspect of your game Six years later amid the same towering Pines on the same timeless masterpiece. Another champion will emerge Pinehurst number two Just the name itself Branded in our American golfing conscience forever The familiar icon ready again to add to the unique and storied history That is the US Open I just feel like the luckiest man alive It’s not too bad a Father’s Day present isn’t And waiting I guess it pays off the United States Open, this is the greatest golf tournament in the world I’m proud to win And this weekend in the sand hills of North Carolina the open legacy lives on a Lawn were the spirit of a man who embodied it Treasured it The names on this trophy are reserved for those with a fearless passion and that’s what makes them and him unforgettable This week who dares to dream like he did at pinehearst Day three at the open usually has a habit of separate in the field To begin the weekend 16 golfers were still within four shots of the three leaders One of the most charismatic players on tour and the rain in u.s. Senior Open champion is Peter Jacobsen? He was four over for the championship, but he stood at the tee at nine Peter Jacobsen with a 7-iron good swing saying get up it did and it does It was the 16th hole in one of Jake’s career and just the 39th an open history a 32 in the front nine for Jacobson helped into a wonderful round of 69 on the day and a very respectable pour over for the championship As for Mickelson He finally ended 21 consecutive holes without a birdie when he got this putt to fall on 16 He would finish with a score of 72 while safe through 54 and barring a miracle out of contention Earnie else found himself with a slim chance to win Watch what this ball does folks that was probably a foot within making birdie L shot 72 Saturday to follow full 9 shots over for the championship Corey Pavin survived his travel and the cut Shot even par Saturday to remain at plus five for the championship Tiger Woods reached 16 of 18 greens in regulation, but his putter let him down again It would be a bogey at the first for Tiger then at the third Played that ball on the edge crammed it right through the break You tiger moves to +3 Then after seven straight pars Tiger with a birdie chance at 11 Races that one And with that Tiger improved to +2, but he didn’t stay there for long Another uncharacteristic mistake and Tiger felt a +2 me again Then at the 16th Tiger for his second birdie of the round Left all the way looks good looks good Tigers body language would tell the story of his day a 72 at 3 over heading into Sunday’s final round Those who had yet to tee off were all at par or better but they still have 36 pressure fill polls remaining and Some in this group have never experienced intensity like this there are two in the group who have been in this position at the Open Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia But neither has won this championship But there’s one other golfer who’s not only experienced his pressure he’s overcoming Thirty-six holes remain in the 105th US Open Vijay Singh’s bid for the elusive title took an immediate turn for the worse This ball going right going way right? Let’s get hitting the gallery here It does Roger and then skips further into the paji But showing his never-say-die spirit singh came up with this second shot He would manage to save par and avoid disaster for the time being that is a lot of spin coming off that surface Two holes later though Vijay found himself flirting with danger again This is carrying deep Oh, what a mistake That would produce a double-bogey A74 for BJ left him for over after three rounds BJ’s plain competitor Sergio Garcia wouldn’t fare any better? It would make par at one to stay it even but then a short approach from the rough at 13 That would lead to one of five bogeys on the day and Garcia finished his third round and five over KJ Choi was relying on his putter here at 12 to save bogey Joy would remain at plus warning and then at 16 he was putting for birdie Joy would finish +4 for the round 3 over for the championship Lee Westwood’s hopes of a first ever major took a hit with three bogeys on the front But at 11 he looked to get one back The birdie got him 2+2 Then on the next hole Westwood again was looking to score another one That birdie got into +1, but he finished his third round and three over Trying to put aside Friday’s disastrous finish was David Toms The birdie at the 3rd gotten to just one over a Triple bogey ended his round Friday Saturday he finished strong that good carry there and then that might do it. Look at this bird a birdie It’s an omen look at this He’s got to make that pass too Watching the birdie with a golf ball now this stroke for one here at 18. He’s just gotta make it And he did to finish the day at even par to over for the championship Mark hens B began the day at 1-under and was looking for a share of the lead at the second. He’s got the pace But then at the third he found trouble But the bunker shot left him in position to save par But when he missed it took him out of the tie for the lead at 10 he was again putting for birdie Just like that hens beat was it 1 under B for the par at 17 But he bogeyed two of his last six holes and finished with a three-day score of plus one Michael Campbell started the day at even par and wasted no time making his bid for the championship The birdie at the first got under 1-under But on the third hole, mr. Campbell came face-to-face with mr. Ross Boy is that speedy or what? He’d make bogey falling back to even par He was at plus-2 an in danger of giving back more and the bunker at 17 The shot of the day for Campbell kept his dreams of winning the US Open alive with a three-day score of 1 over par For two rounds journeyman Olin Browne tamed the fierce greens of Pinehurst Saturday the course got even at the third. He had a pretty good line Murph this one hit very high Be serious that’s how close it is Brown would slip to even par with a second bogey in the first three holes Refusing to cave Brown had a birdie chance at six To reach red numbers again Brown was up and down all day here at 17 with another birdie chance Back birdie kept his US Open dreams alive and Brown was an even par with 18 holes to play Jason Gore was supposed to fade into oblivion Saturday, but he refused to succumb to the pressure That bunker shot left him with a chance to save bar That’s got to make him feel really good and gore at 2-under through six He found the fucker again at the ninth Nicely done Nicely done Five sand saves for the week for Jason Gordon bigger than that Gore hit only five fairways Saturday, but his ability to scramble like here at 17 was amazing Again he got up and down for par Then on the finishing hole he closed his round like a champion Jason Gore is going to go to Sunday Now Gor was the clear fan favorite and at even par through three rounds he was writing a most unlikely script After playing even par and his front nine defending champion Retief Goosen was putting for birdie at the difficult 11th And with that Goosen improved a 3-under and he had a two-shot lead Last year at Shinnecock Hills Goosen sank. Numerous are saving putts on his final round But here at 12 no such luck the bogey dropped in to 2-under Been faced with this third shot at the par-4 13th Jumped off the green And suddenly Goossens bid for a third title was very much in jeopardy double-bogey put the defending champion and even par But just when it seemed like the machine-like Goosen was fallible he responded like the champion he is And with that amazing scramble for birdie Goosen improved to 1-under Then on 15 his resurgence continued Back-to-back birdies and the defending champion was at 2-under Then on the finishing hole one last mark of brilliance Three birdies in his final five holes and the two-time champion searched back to 3-under and a commanding lead on a host demanding course Three shots back were two unlikely successors to the king’s throne Jason Gore and Olin Browne Michael Campbell and Marc hens B were four shots off the lead and David Toms was five back Seemingly out of contention for the world’s top two players Tiger Woods six behind Goosen and Vijay Singh’s seven back Three other top players Garcia Mickelson and Ellis were already looking forward to Wingfoot and the 106 US Open It’s aura is unmistakable, it’s Beauty undeniable But what brings the truest about Pinehurst is what it stands for, but it’s always been An American icon Deep and passionate about what it truly believes that this is the best game ever played And now for the second time it will crown a national champion a title already realized twice Who knows full well how great it is to hold it And today at Pinehurst there’s that familiar feeling that he’s about to grab it again His formula comes in a machine light rhythm a trance-like unemotional state But it beats up open trophies at Southern Hills in o1 and when the field folded last year at Shinnecock The silent South African once again ended up making the most noise And so far this week nothing’s changed in fact if it’s possible he looks even better So what are the chances of him losing his title? About the same as this guy winning it Jason Gore with his bare like game and Teddy bear-like Disposition has been on track to one of the most unlikely stories in Open history And today with that silver trophy in the balance on the hallowed grounds of Pinehurst we find out If Retief Goosen takes his place there will be a handful of men have ever been Or if he can pull off the most improbable at pinehearst No golf fan will ever forget the final round that was played here six years ago As Payne Stewart won the 99th US Open in remarkable fashion Just the latest in a rich history of play at this American treasure The USGA honored Stewart by putting his silhouette on the flag at 18 one moment in time that will last forever The man Stewart beat that day by a shot was Phil Mickelson who after an opening round of 69 Was never again in contention this year After four birdies on Thursday Mickelson would make only three more over the final 54 holes and finished the championship with a very disappointing total of 12 over par Like Mickelson a lot was expected of Ernie else and like Mickelson. He left Pinehurst bruised and battered night over for the championship for else Plain a Nelson Goosen shadow another brilliant South Africa, Tim Clark If not for an opening-round 76 Clark would have been very much in contention He fired a 70 on Sunday and finished the four rounds plus five Thanks to his red hot putter first round co-leader Rocco Mediate had a memorable open That for a par 13 and then again for par at 15 The popular Mediate shot a final-round 71 six over for the championship Vijay Singh started the fourth round seven shots off the lead needing a memorable final round performance He made it back-to-back birdies with that effort on five then at the 6th he continued to mount a challenge From there, he made it three straight birdies and was a to over trailing by five But that would be as close as he would get A double bogey at 8:00 started his slide and a world 2nd ranked player left Pinehurst at six over par Sergio Garcia was at +7 at the 7th Sunday Before the birdie got the Spaniard 2 plus 6 If not for Saturday 75 Garcia would have been in contention for the title The birdie at 16 helped Garcia to where he finished the championship five over Golf indeed is a game of inches mark ends B starts Sunday proved that for birdie at the first And is be And then for par at the second And then at 5:00 to stay one over His heartbreaking bogey dropped into two over Hens bees chances were fading but at 11 he hoped to turn his luck around That Furby help ends be shoot 74 and he finished the open at five over There were still five golfers who had yet to tee off that had a realistic shot at winning the championship ranging from the number one player in the world Who’s won nine majors to the 800 and 18th ranked player who had to qualify just to gain entry into the field Cheers greeted the 31 year-old at every turn To other unlikely challenges loom a Journeyman qualifier and a new zealanders still recovering from letting a major slip from his grasp a decade ago But make no mistake There was one golfer who was the huge odds on favorite to win his third title in five years Retief Goosen all week long had looked and played like a champion, but now with a three shot lead He had to prove it once again Tiger Woods began the final round six behind Goosen and needed to play nearly mistake-free golf But that led to a bogey on the very first hole and then on the second – stunning mistakes by the world’s top player Tiger Woods opened his round bogey bogey and appeared to have fallen out of contention as Woods was stumbling camel was surging a Perfect start to his open quest birdie at the first moving him to even Pau Olin Brown’s amazing assault on find her as seemed to continue as he approached the first Hole too far Pinehurst greens got the best of brown a bogey at the first Then on the next green Brown was putting to save par a Heartbreaking 80 Sunday drop Brown 210 over for the championship Jason Gore arrived at pinehearst Sunday in a position to write for the golf’s most improbable stories His newfound celebrity status was even greater than his burly frame In an era where too often we judged by wins and losses gore proved. It really is how you play the game that matters most What he succumbed to the pressure of plane in the final pairing here at the second he was staring double bogey square in the eye But the beautiful pitch enabled Gore to only lose one shot Up at the third. However, he couldn’t find his way out of trouble He would make a double bogey and was quickly +3 after 3 At the 5th, we stopped the bleeding if only for a moment That would be the only birdie on the day for Gore who led the field and cutting through 54 holes Then at the night the most popular player at Pinehurst suffered a knockout blow It would be a cruel twist to the storybook camping Gore and others had hoped for nonetheless Gore left Pinehurst and his fans Memories will never forget After a par to open his final round Goosen made an uncharacteristic mistake at the second The Eretz shot would be disastrous From there, he would three-putt for double-bogey cutting his score to just 1-under On the next tool the Man of Steel showed, he truly was human after all This is not the same person we’ve seen for three days guys Just like that Goosen was back to even and a Championship up for grabs Then at the fifth Goosen surrendered the lead He dropped to one over a shock behind Campbell the new leader But Ferguson it was just the start of a nightmarish day The unthinkable had happened a 41 on the front nine bogies on the day after only six for the first three rounds Retief Goosen would not defend this US Open title Instead it would turn out to be an unlikely duel between Michael Campbell and Tiger Woods as the top ranked player looked to track down the underdog And as expected Tiger quickly put Campbell in the crosshairs A birdie at the 7th and all of a sudden Tiger was within three of Campbell’s League Then with the stands eerily empty due to a weather warning Tiger took dead aim at the 11th Tiger would make the birdie get to two over and creep within one of camel And at the 10th Campbell with a chance for birdie And with that he was back to even and a 2-shot lead Following an amazing drive would said only 49 yards to the 13th and in position to score If he doesn’t win this championship, he’s gonna look back to that shot right there Tigers errant approach led to an eventual par opportunity lost At 14 he flirted with disaster off the tee Oh, it gets a nice kick off that knob and gets back into the fairway brick for tiger The lucky bounce may have saved Tiger two shots, he made par to remain two behind Campbell Knowing he had the world’s best golfer chasing him gambled knew he had to keep making shots for birdie at the 12th Got enough steam as it does With six holes to go Campbell now had a three shot lead But there’s nothing scarier for a golfer in the lead the hot tiger on your tail at 15 Tiger turned up the heat A birdie at 15 Tiger to +1 and back to within 2 But every time Woods would make a move Campbell would shoot right back Good-looking shot here shot in water response This for birdie to increase the lead But instead he would settle for par to remain to up So who would blink first the answer came at 16 A shocking bogey by tiger and Campbell’s lead is back to three So, all he had to do to win the championship was avoid disaster no easy feat at Pinehurst I’d say he did it pretty well Johnny that test Dodges a bullet at 15 making hard to remain three up on woods On his final hole of the Championship Tiger needed to sink this putt to have any hope Yes Now two strokes back Tiger needed Campbell to bogey is final two holes Instead at 17 Campbell is flooding for birdie Looking every bit the part of the US Open champion Campbell with a picture-perfect fish at 18 And even had a chance to make the walk to the green there a few ever experienced But after missing a short putt for par Michael Campbell only made it to Pinehurst because of a first ever qualifying event held in England Now he was the unlikely winner of the 105th US Open Bob Costas, spoke to the champ Michael congratulations, you were immensely emotional after holding out on 18 Can you collect your thoughts and tell us what you were thinking at that moment? I Was I was thinking about all my family back home in? England my wife Julie and the two boys Jordan and Thomas and my family and ttohi by one interred in New Zealand who are watching Live right now, I believe Happy Father’s Day dad it’s just a Work worked really hard for this, you know ups and downs through my whole career, but it’s worth It’s worth of work, you know it’s a long long way back from 1995 when you were the 54-hole leader at the British Open You missed the playoff which John Daly won by a single stroke it got to the point We had to qualify to make it here and now you’re holding the cup. It’s amazing. I wasn’t going to come actually It’s just completely changed my whole career now. I mean, this is what I practice for I’ve been working really hard on myself and my game And I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy. I Can just walk away right now and just think okay people back home if I can do it So can you at any time today? Did you feel the pressure obviously there was pressure throughout but at any point, did you feel that it was getting to you? The last nine holes I was telling I was I was telling myself 20 times a whole keep my fuckers keep my fuckers keep my focus is talking to myself and You know what? Michael congratulations a great great victory. Thank you. Thank you It was a true test of man versus golf course and pine has prevailed with one exception as champion Michael Campbell was the only player in the field to shoot par For runner-up Tiger Woods a third US Open title would have to wait at least another year The 105th US Open was truly memorable One more chance to say goodbye to a dearly missed friend a Reminder to expect the unexpected a reminder to savor the moment It was proof that everyone is human and the best don’t always win And at any moment in time no matter how unlikely a new champion can be ground You

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