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Winged Foot to host 2020 U.S. Open

AFP-JIJI

Winged Foot Golf Club in suburban Mamaroneck was named host of the 2020 U.S. Open on Monday by the U.S. Golf Association, marking the sixth time the club has hosted the major championship.

The most recent time the U.S. Open was staged at Winged Foot was in 2006, when Australian Geoff Ogilvy edged Colin Montgomerie, Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson by a stroke after an epic collapse by Mickelson on the final hole.

Seeking his third major title in a row, Mickelson had only to par the 72nd hole to claim the crown, but sent his tee shot way left off a tent. He then struck a tree out of the rough and put his third into a bunker on the way to a double bogey.

The average winning score at Winged Foot for the five prior U.S. Opens is five-over par, with Fuzzy Zoeller’s 1984 triumph at four-under par the only sub-par winning score at a U.S. Open there.

Other U.S. Open winners at Winged Foot include Bobby Jones in 1929, Billy Casper in 1959 and Hale Irwin in 1974.