2009 U.S. Open

Bethpage State Park – Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.

The U.S. Open-the second major of the 2009 season.
About the course:
Original architect A.W. Tillinghast (1936)
Par value is 71
Hosted 2 tour events including 2009
Yardage 7,426 in 2009, in 2002 played 7,214
Grass – Ryegrass (tees, fairways, rough, greens)
Course record 66 Nick Faldo 2002 3rd round
Aces 3, one each on 3, 14 & 17
The most difficult hole in 2002 was the 15th the scoring average was more than a half stroke over par at 4.599. It is now a 389-yard par 4. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 0 eagles, 28 birdies, 188 pars, 185 bogeys, 44 double bogeys, 9 others
The easiest hole was the 14th the scoring average was slightly under par at 2.905. It is a 161-yard par 3 with severe bunkering around the front of the elevated green. In 2002 scoring was as follows: 1 eagle, 99 birdies, 302 pars, 46 bogeys, 6 double bogeys and 0 others

Course origins Bethpage State Park is a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses including the world-renowned Black Course, which was the site of the U.S. Open in 2002 and again will host the U.S. Open in 2009.
Bethpage State Park was developed from an estate owned by the Yoakum family and other properties. The Yoakum family leased their estate to the Lenox Hills Corporation, which subsequently used the property to build the Lenox Hills Country Club. In the early 1930s, the Bethpage Park Authority purchased the Lenox Hills Country Club and other adjacent properties to build what we now know as Bethpage State Park.
Famed golf course architect A.W. Tillinghast was hired to design and oversee construction of three new golf courses (Black, Red and Blue) as well as modify the Lenox Hills Course, which became the Green Course. Due to the increased demand for golf, the Yellow Course designed by Alfred Tull was opened in 1958. Approximately 300,000 rounds are played annually on the five courses at Bethpage, all of which start from the Clubhouse area. —Source: New York State Parks

Tournament history: The U.S. Open began in 1895, has been played every year with the exception of the war years of 1917, 1918, 1942, 1943, 1944, & 1945.

Inside the field: U.S. Open
As you might imagine the best golfers in the world will be competing in the second major of 2009. Trevor Immelman, Robert Karlsson, Dudley Hart and Shingo Katayama have withdrawn from competition. The top ten players in the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA Tour Money List and Fed-Ex Cup point standings are all entered. These include: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Geoff Ogilvy, Henrik Stenson, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair, Brian Gay, Nick Watney, and Zach Johnson. Note: only 14 names because most of these players are in each category, i.e. TW is 1 in OWGR, 4 in PGA Tour Money list and 5 in Fed-Ex Cup points. Phil Mickelson 2 in OWGR, 3 in PGA Tour Money list and 7 in Fed-Ex Cup standings. 2009 tournament winners not in the top 10’s but entered in the tournament are Dustin Johnson, Retief Goosen, Angel Cabrera, and Rory Sabbatini. Past winners of the U.S. Open not previously listed but entered in the tournament are Michael Campbell and Ernie Els. Major winners entered in the tournament but not previously listed are Padraig Harrington, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Todd Hamilton, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, David Toms and Mike Weir. International Players, listed by country but not previously listed that are entered in the tournament are Argentina’s Andres Romero and Eduardo Romero, Australia’s Steve Allan, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Matt Jones, James Nitties, Rod Pampling, Adam Scott and Michael Sim, Canada’s Stephen Ames, Andrew Parr, and Nick Taylor, Columbia’s Camilo Villegas, Denmark’s Soren Hansen and Soren Kjedlsen, England’s Richard Bland, David Horsey, Luke Donald, Simon Dyson, Ross Fisher, Simon Khan, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson, France’s Jean-François Lucquin, Raphael Jaceulin, and Thomas Levet, Germany’s Martin Kaymer, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, Japan’s Shintaro Kai, Ryuji Imada, Azuma Yano, Kaname Yokoo, Korea’s KJ Choi, Charlie Wi, Sang-moon Bae, New Zealand’s Douglas Batty and David Smail, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy, Philippines Angelo Que, Scotland Martin Laird, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark and Andrew McLardy, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Manuel Lara and Alvaro Quiros, Sweden’s Johan Edfor, Peter Hannson, and Carl Pettersson, Amateurs Tyson Alexander, Clark Klaasen, Ben Martin, Matt Nagy, Vaughn Snyder, Kyle Stanley, Josh Brock, Rickei Fowler, Drew Kittleson, Bronson Burgoon, Cameron Tringale, Drew Weaver and Kyle Peterman. American’s Ryan Moore, James Kamte, JB Holmes, Hunter Mahan, John Merrick, Chris Stroud, Nathan Tyler, Peter Tomasulo, Shawn Stefani, Michael Welch, Kevin Sutherland, Greg Kraft, Ken Duke, Jeff Brehaut, Craig Bowden, Rocco Mediate, Billy Mayfair, Fred Funk, JP Hayes, Ricky Barnes, Brandt Snedeker, Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover, John Mallinger, Courtland Lowe, Charlie Beljam, Trevor Murphy, Kevin Silva, Ryan Blaum and Colby Beckstrum. My apologies if I’ve inadvertently left anyone off the list. The Amateurs and American’s in particular as I was unable to find a specific list for either category.
Tiger Woods has a rare opportunity to not only be defending U.S. Open Champion but he is the only player to have won a U.S. Open at Bethpage Black as well. So not only can he defend his crown but the venue as well. Not sure if that has ever been done before? U.S. Opens are particularly difficult to predict, not that any professional tournament is, but an unknown can always come out of the pack. Who could ever forget the 1913 cinderella story of Francis Ouimet who as an amateur defeated British favorites Harry Vardin and Ted Ray.
Sources: New York State Parks

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One Response to “2009 U.S. Open”

  1. Dorin says:

    They played the US Open challenge yesterday. For some reason I thought it was to be played today. Ben Rothlesburger (sp?) shot an 81 which is +11, Michael Jordan shot an 86 (+16), Justin Timberlake an 88 (+18) and the police LT who won the Golf Digest contest and got to round out the group shot a 101 (+31) so he just missed his goal of breaking 100. The celebrity’s are used to crowds and media attention, still they scored better than I anticipated, the police LT had to be awestruck which I am sure hurt his score. It was supposed to be the same set up the pro’s will use on day 1, so it will be interesting to see what they do with it.

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