The U.S. Open is one of the four major golf champions played during a year and certainly the toughest. It is the dream of every golfer to play U.S. Open, at least once. No doubt, there would be many golfers who would be dreaming to lift the trophy at the 2017 U.S. Open. Though, looking at the challenging Erin Hills course, the dream would require tremendous ability and skills coupled with precision and consistency to become reality.
Indeed, there are players who have swung their shots to perfection and have earned this coveted trophy in the past. DSPORT bring to you a list of four such players who have won the U.S. Open Championship four times. The list includes greats like Ben Hogan, Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus.
Let’s discuss about them one by one.
Anderson was born in North Berwick, in East Lothian, Scotland. In the year 1896 at age of 16, Anderson emigrated from Scotland to the United States. He played in the U.S. Open the following year, finishing in second place by one stroke after Joe Lloyd eagled the final hole. In the 14 straight Opens that he played, Anderson won four in the years 1901, 1903, 1904 and 1905.
Anderson’s accuracy with all clubs, combined with his concentration under pressure, made him a formidable and highly respected competitor.
Bobby was an American amateur golfer, probably most successful amateur golfer ever to compete at a national and international level. During his peak from 1923 to 1930, he dominated the top-level amateur competition and competed very successfully against the world’s best professional golfers. Bobby often beat stars such as Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen, the era’s top professionals.
Bobby won the U.S. Open title in the years 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930. Bobby is also the only player to ever win the pre-Masters, or all four major championships, in the same calendar year. He did it in the year 1930.
Hogan was also an American professional golfer. He is often considered as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Hogan is remembered for his profound influence on golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability.
Hogan won the U.S. Open Championships in the years 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953. Between the years of 1938 through 1959, Hogan won 63 professional golf tournaments, despite his career being interrupted in its prime by World War II and a near-fatal car accident.
Similar to Bobby and Hogan, Jack was also from America. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a record 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes, over a span of 25 years.
Jack conquered the U.S. Open turfs in the years 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980. Even though he played a selective schedule of regular PGA Tour events, still, he could manage finish with 73 victories, third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79).