With the first major championship of the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season set to get underway on Thursday, Sept. 17, now is a perfect time to take a look at the history of Winged Foot Golf Club.
Located in Westchester, New York, Winged Foot was founded in 1921 by a handful of members of The New York Athletic Club and opened in 1923. The club’s namesake and logo were inspired from a sculpture in the lobby floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Winged Foot features two courses (East and West).
The West Course is a par 72 that measures 7,264 yards. The East Course is a par 72 that measures 6,750 yards.
Majors at Winged Foot
There have been five US Opens played at Winged Foot since its inception. Now, as Winged Foot gets set to host its sixth US Open, only two other clubs have hosted the event more times.
Here is a look at every major held at Winged Foot:
Year – Course – Major – Winner – Score
2006 – West Course – US Open – Geoff Ogilvy – 285
2004 – West and East Courses – US Amateur – Ryan Moore
1997 – West Course – PGA Championship – Davis Love III – 269
1984 – West Course – US Open – Fuzzy Zoeller – 276
1980 – East Course – US Senior Open – Roberto De Vicenzo – 285
1974 – West Course – US Open – Hale Irwin – 287
1972 – East Course – US Women’s Open – Susie Berning – 299
1959 – West Course – US Open – Billy Casper – 282
1957 – East Course – US Women’s Open – Betsy Rawls – 299
1940 – West Course – US Amateur – Dick Chapman
1929 – West Course – US Open – Bibby Jones – 294
Now, let’s take a look at some of the recent past winners of the US Open.
Past US Open Winners
2019 – Gary Woodland
2018 – Brooks Koepka
2017 – Brooks Koepka
2016 – Dustin Johnson
2015 – Jordan Spieth
2014 – Martin Kaymer
2013 – Justin Rose
2012 – Webb Simpson
2011 – Rory McIlroy
2010 – Graeme McDowell
Five Golfers To Back at Winged Foot
No. 5 Jon Rahm
The 25-year-old Rahm is still looking for his first major title, but the FedEx No. 4 recorded eight Top-10 finishes in 2019-20 while winning the Memorial and BMW Championships. Rahm finished a stupendous second in scoring average and could very well win the 2020 US Open – if he doesn’t succumb to pressure that is!
No. 4 Xander Schauffele
Not many golf experts are mentioning the 26-year-old FedEx No. 2 as a top favorite to win, but I am. The sweet-swinging Californian has finished inside the Top 10 in six of his career 12 appearances in a major and that kind of success leads me to believe it’s only a matter of time before Schauffele eventually wins one. Schauffele racked up an impressive seven Top-10 finishes this past season while finishing a stellar fifth in scoring average (69.2). Oh, did I forget to mention that Schauffele finished T2 in the 2018 British Open and an identical T2 in the 2019 Masters?
No. 3 Tiger Woods
Sure, Woods might be an ‘ancient’ 44-years-old now, but I genuinely believe he’s always going to be one of the top favorites to win any major as long as he has a heartbeat. Woods has three US Open wins in his career (2000, 2002, 2008) and can still hit it long enough (299.4) at Winged Foot to contend with the PGA Tour’s young guns!
No. 2 Collin Morikawa
Morikawa won his first major by taking home the hardware at the 2020 PGA Championship last month and now, the 23-year-old Californian looks poised to contend at the very least in the US Open. Morikawa recorded a stellar, seven Top-10 finishes this past season with two victories. This young gun is poised beyond his years and has an all-around game that is good enough to contend with anyone.
No. 1 Dustin Johnson
Right now, there’s no other pick to win the 2020 US Open if you ask me. Johnson closed out the 2019-20 season with seven Top-10 finishes and three victories, one of which came at last week’s season-ending TOUR Championship. Johnson won the US Open in 2016 and comes into this year’s event absolutely on fire! Right now, this title is DJ’s to lose!