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Washington Golfers at the US Open

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

See also: 18 Holes in Chambers Bay

This month the US Open will be in Washington for the first time ever, but Washington golfers have been in the US Open many times before.  None have won it yet, but Seattle native Fred Couples came close.  He finished 3 under par (and 3 strokes behind the leaders) at Hazeltine in 1991.

2015 news (updated): Several Washington golfers are competing in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. See the bonus list below for names and opening round tee times.

We thought it fitting to craft a list honoring some of the pro golfers from our state.  Below are the Top Ten US Open finishes by PGA golfers from the state of Washington, including three by Fred Couples and two by Bud Ward.

WASHINGTON GOLFERS WITH TOP TEN FINISHES IN THE US OPEN

  • Tied for 3rd:  Fred Couples, 1991.  (Born in Seattle, 1959)
  • Tied for 4th:  Bud Ward, 1939.  (Born in Elma, 1913-1968)
  • Tied for 5th:  Ken Still, 1970.  (Born in Tacoma, 1935)
  • Tied for 5th:  Don Bies, 1968.  (Born in Idaho, 1937; grew up in Seattle)
  • 5th:  Bud Ward, 1947.
  • 6th:  Kermit Zarley, 1972.  (Born in Seattle, 1941)
  • Tied for 7th:  Kirk Triplett, 2001.  (Born in Moses Lake, 1962)
  • Tied for 9th:  Rick Fehr, 1985.  (Born in Seattle, 1962)
  • Tied for 9th:  Fred Couples, 1984.
  • Tied for 10th:  Ryan Moore, 2009.  (Born in Tacoma, 1982)
  • Tied for 10th:  Fred Couples, 1988.
  • Tied for 10th:  Rod Funseth, 1977.  (Born in Spokane, 1933-1985)
  • Tied for 10th:  Buddy Allin, 1974.  (Born in Bremerton, 1944-2007)

Three other Washingtonians just missed the list: George Bayer (1964), Charles Congdon (1948), and Al Mengert (1954) finished tied for 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.


BONUS LIST: WASHINGTON GOLFERS AT CHAMBERS BAY, 2015

  • Troy Kelly. Born in Tacoma, 1978. This will be his first US Open.
    Chambers Bay score:  +6 (72 73 72 69).
  • Cheng-Tsung Pan. Born in Chinese Taipei, 1991; played golf for UW. This will be his pro debut.
    Chambers Bay score:  +13 (71 72 76 74).
  • Michael Putnam. Born in Tacoma, 1983; grew up in University Place. He finished tied for 55th in the 2007 US Open and tied for 45th in 2011.
    Chambers Bay score:  +7 (70 77). Cut after 2 rounds.
  • Ryan Moore. Born in Tacoma, 1982; grew up in Puyallup. He finished 48th in last year’s Open, but had a Top Ten finish in 2009.
    Chambers Bay score:  +9 (75 74). Cut after 2 rounds.
  • Richard Lee. Born in Chicago, 1987; lives in Bellevue.
    Chambers Bay score:  +14 (74 80). Cut after 2 rounds.

Tee times for all golfers available on the US Open website.


PHOTO of Fred Couples, 2006 by Flickr user Steven Newton.

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