From Tiger to Justin Rose: A Look Back at the Past 5 U.S. Open Champions

Winning the U.S. Open is a very big deal within the golf world. It’s a golf tournament that’s been played since 1895, and it’s one of the four major championships, aka “majors,” that PGA Tour golfers play each year.

Over the years, some of the biggest names in golf have been named U.S. Open champions. There have been some memorable U.S. Open golf champions, from Willie Anderson in the early 1900s and Bobby Jones throughout the 1920s to Tiger Woods in 2000 and 2002 to Justin Rose in 2013.

This year, you should visit Bout Time Pub and Grub to see who the 2023 U.S. Open golf champion will be. But it’d be worth learning about the last five U.S. Open champions before you do. Find out more about them below.

2018: Brooks Koepka

It’s been rare to see golfers named U.S. Open champions after failing to shoot under par. But that’s what Brooks Koepka did in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka shot one over par for the tournament to narrowly beat Tommy Fleetwood. But it was still impressive, seeing as how Koepka had also won the 2017 U.S. Open. He shot 16 under par in that tournament to take home the U.S. Open championship.

2019: Gary Woodland

In 2019, Koepka was once again in the running to be named a U.S. Open champion. But he couldn’t get the best of Gary Woodland, who up until that point had never finished in the Top 20 in a U.S. Open.

Woodland shot 16 under par at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California to win his first major title. In doing so, he beat Koepka by three strokes, stopping him from becoming the first golfer to win three straight U.S. Opens in over a century.

2020: Bryson DeChambeau

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 U.S. Open was postponed until September. It was also played without any spectators in attendance at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

Bryson DeChambeau was named the U.S. Open champion after shooting six under par in the tournament. He overcame a two-stroke deficit heading into the final round by outclassing then-21-year-old Matthew Wolff.

It was DeChambeau’s first major title. It also robbed Wolff of becoming the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones back in 1923.

2021: Jon Rahm

After winning the 2020 U.S. Open, DeChambeau was once again in contention to take home another U.S. Open in 2021 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in California. But Jon Rahm added his name to the list of U.S. Open champions with a masterful final-round performance that saw him birdie the two final holes to best Louis Oosthuizen by a stroke.

During the tournament, Richard Bland, in his 40s, briefly became the oldest golfer ever to hold the lead after 36 holes. But like DeChambeau, he faded down the stretch, and Rahm won his first major title with a six-under-par score.

2022: Matt Fitzpatrick

Matt Fitzpatrick won his first PGA Tour event and his first major by becoming the U.S. Open champion in 2022. He shot a six under par at The Country Club in Massachusetts.

Fitzpatrick barely beat Will Zalatoris, who had a chance to send the tournament to a playoff with a putt on the final hole. But Zalatoris missed the putt and allowed Fitzpatrick to add his name to U.S. Open champions golf history.

Who Will Add Their Name to the U.S. Open Champions List in 2023?

The 2023 U.S. Open will occur at the Los Angeles Country Club from June 15 through June 18. If the last five years have shown us anything, expect the unexpected from the 2023 U.S. Open. Almost anyone could have their name added to the list of U.S. Open champions.

Are you looking forward to seeing who will win it all? Then, come out to Bout Time Pub and Grub to keep up with all the action.

Check out our hours and locations now and plan your 2023 U.S. Open weekend accordingly.

PGA Championship Greats of the Past

Did you know the PGA Championship has existed for more than a century? Established in 1916, this prestigious golf tournament has become a stage where the best golfers in history showcase their talents. 

Here, we’ll explore the fascinating history of the PGA Championship, its past winners, and the significance of their victories. So join us as we relive the memorable moments of the past PGA Championship greats.

PGA Championship: A Brief History

The PGA Championship is one of the four major championships in professional golf, including the U.S. Open, the Masters, and The Open Championship. It was first held in 1916, and since then, it has been an annual event, except during the World Wars. 

The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA of America) conducts the tournament and is part of the PGA Tour. The history of the PGA Championship is full of incredible moments and outstanding achievements by some of the best golfers in history.

The Significance of Past Champions

Winning the PGA Championship is a monumental achievement for any golfer. However, past champions have not just etched their names into the annals of golf history. 

They have also inspired future generations of players. These golf legends have showcased their skill, determination, and resilience in conquering competitors’ challenging courses and fields.

Walter Hagen: A Trailblazer

Walter Hagen was a dominant force in the early days of the PGA Championship. Hagen claimed victory five times between 1921 and 1927. This achievement makes him one of the most successful golfers of his era. 

His aggressive playing style and charismatic personality drew crowds and popularized the sport of golf.

Ben Hogan: A Symbol of Perseverance

Ben Hogan is another standout name in the history of the PGA Championship. Despite suffering from a near-fatal car accident in 1949, Hogan made a remarkable comeback and won the PGA Championship in 1946 and 1948. Hogan’s determination and unwavering focus have made him an icon of resilience in golf.

Jack Nicklaus: The Golden Bear

Jack Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest golfers, with 18 major championship wins, including five PGA Championship titles. Nicklaus’ consistent performance and exceptional skill earned him the nickname “The Golden Bear.” His impressive PGA Championship results continue to inspire golfers today.

Tiger Woods: A Modern-Day Legend

Tiger Woods is undoubtedly one of the most famous golfers in history. With four PGA Championship wins under his belt, Woods has demonstrated his prowess on the golf course time and time again. 

His victories have transcended the sport. They make him a household name and an inspiration for aspiring golfers worldwide.

The Modern Era of the PGA Championship

In recent years, the PGA Championship has continued to produce exceptional champions. Think of greats like Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and Collin Morikawa. However, these modern-day greats have shown that the rich history of the PGA Championship is far from over, with each new winner adding their own chapter to the storied legacy of the tournament.

Celebrating Golf’s Greatest

The PGA Championship has been home to some of the most memorable moments in golf history. From Walter Hagen’s trailblazing victories to Tiger Woods’ modern-day dominance, the tournament has produced countless greats shaping the sport. 

As we look to the future, let us remember the past champions who have left their mark on the world of golf. So, gather your friends and head to Bout Time Pub to tune in to future PGA Championships and witness history in the making.

Masters Tournament Facts, Trivia, and Predictions for This Year

The Masters Tournament is one of the year’s most highly anticipated golf events. It takes place annually at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia and attracts top golfers worldwide. 

If you can’t make it out to Georgia, there are many ways to watch the Masters tournament. All the major sports channels will cover the tournament, and we’ll have it playing at Bout Time Pub

Interesting Facts about Past Tournaments and Winners

The Masters Golf Tournament has a rich history from its inception in 1934. Here are some interesting facts about past tournaments and winners:

The youngest winner of the Masters was Tiger Woods in 1997 at the age of 21. He won by a record-breaking 12 strokes and became the first African-American to win the tournament. He went on to win the tournament five times – and his career isn’t over yet! 

The oldest winner of the Masters was Jack Nicklaus in 1986 at 46. He won his sixth green jacket, which is the award given to the tournament winner.

Predictions for Top Contenders in 2023

While it’s always tricky to predict who will come out on top at the Masters, a few golfers will likely be top contenders in 2023. Here are our predictions:

  • Jon Rahm: Rahm is currently ranked as the number-one golfer globally and has consistently been one of the top golfers on the PGA Tour.
  • Collin Morikawa: Morikawa is a rising star in the golf world and has already won two major championships, including the 2020 PGA Championship.
  • Bryson DeChambeau: DeChambeau has become known for his unique approach to the game and has already won a major championship at the 2020 U.S. Open.
  • Jordan Spieth: Spieth has had a bit of a slump in recent years, but he’s still a top golfer with three major championships under his belt. He also won the Masters once before, in 2015.

Iconic Masters Moments

The Masters Tournament has produced many memorable moments over the years. 

Tiger Woods’ comeback win in 2019: After several years of injury and personal struggles, Woods made an incredible comeback to win the 2019 Masters. It was his fifth win at the tournament and his first major championship in 11 years.

Next, Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory in 1986: At 46, Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Masters with his sixth green jacket. He also made a landmark charge on the back nine, making birdies on five of the last nine holes.

Finally, Phil Mickelson’s approach shot on the 13th hole in 2010: Mickelson hit an incredible approach shot on the 13th hole in the final round of the 2010 Masters. The shot was so good that it’s now known as “The Shot” and helped Mickelson win his third green jacket.

Tips for Watching the Masters Tournament

For fans who can’t make it to Augusta National, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the Masters from home. Head to Bout Time Pub for full Masters Tournament coverage, great food, and quality drinks. 

Don’t have a week to watch golf? Come see us for the Masters final 4. We’ll have all the TV’s tuned to this iconic tournament. See you soon!