2009 U.S. Open (golf)The 2009 United States Open Championship was the 109th U.S. Open, held June 18–22 on the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island, in Farmingdale, New York. Lucas Glover won his only major title, two strokes ahead of runners-up Ricky Barnes, David Duval, and Phil Mickelson.
This was the second U.S. Open at Bethpage Black; the first in 2002 was won by Tiger Woods, also the defending champion. The 2009 edition was hit heavily by continuous rain throughout the tournament, and resulted in multiple suspensions of play. Mickelson announced that this would be his last tournament for a while, before he took time off to tend to his ailing wife, Amy, who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Course layoutBethpage State Park - Black Course
FieldAbout half the field each year consists of players who are fully exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. Below is the list of the 74 players who were fully exempt for the 2009 U.S. Open. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses. Also listed are the 81 players who have qualified through sectional qualifying.
;1. Last 10 U.S. Open Champions Ángel Cabrera (3,14,17), Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk (9,10,17), Retief Goosen (8,11,17), Geoff Ogilvy (8,9,12,13,14,17), Tiger Woods (3,4,5,8,9,12,13,17)
;2. Top two finishers in the 2008 U.S. Amateur Drew Kittleson
;3. Last five Masters Champions Zach Johnson (12,13,17), Phil Mickelson (5,9,10,12,13,17)
;4. Last five British Open Champions Todd Hamilton, Pádraig Harrington (5,9,11,13,17)
;5. Last five PGA Champions Vijay Singh (9,10,13,17)
;6. The Players Champion Henrik Stenson (11,17)
;7. The U.S. Senior Open Champion Eduardo Romero
;8. Top 15 finishers and ties in the 2008 U.S. Open Eric Axley, Stewart Cink (9,10,17), Ernie Els (9,10,17), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (11,17), Rocco Mediate, John Merrick, Rod Pampling (16), Carl Pettersson (9,10), Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, D. J. Trahan (9,10), Camilo Villegas (9,10,13,17), Lee Westwood (11,17)
;9. Top 30 leaders on the 2008 PGA Tour [https://web.archive.org/web/20081112233636/http://www.pgatour.com/r/stats/info/?109 official money list] Robert Allenby (10,17), Stephen Ames (17), Stuart Appleby (10), Chad Campbell (10,17), K. J. Choi (10,17), Ben Curtis (10,17), Ken Duke (10), Sergio García (10,11,17), Ryuji Imada (10), Anthony Kim (10,17), Justin Leonard (10,17), Hunter Mahan (10,17), Kenny Perry (10,12,13,17), Steve Stricker (10,17), Kevin Sutherland (10), Boo Weekley, Mike Weir (10,17)
;10. All players qualifying for the 2008 edition of The Tour Championship Briny Baird, Tim Clark (17), Billy Mayfair, Andrés Romero, Bubba Watson
;11. Top 15 on the 2008 European Tour [https://web.archive.org/web/20090206212405/http://www.europeantour.com/publish.sps?syndicatorguid=&rmasiteinstanceguid=&pagegid=%7B7E944807-48EC-411A-B82A-D56203FDC915%7D&seasonid=79 Order of Merit] Darren Clarke, Ross Fisher (14,17), Søren Hansen, Martin Kaymer (17), Graeme McDowell (17), Jeev Milkha Singh (17), Oliver Wilson (17)
;12. Top 10 on the PGA Tour official money list, as of May 24 Paul Casey (14,17), Dustin Johnson (13,17), Sean O'Hair (17), Rory Sabbatini (17), Nick Watney (17)
;13. Winners of multiple PGA Tour events from June 2, 2008, through June 14, 2009 Brian Gay
;14. Top 5 from the 2009 European Tour Race to Dubai, as of May 24 Rory McIlroy (17)
;15. Top 2 on the 2008 Japan Golf Tour [https://web.archive.org/web/20081205160623/http://www.jgto.org/jgto/WG03010100Init.do?year=2008&tournaKbnCd=0 official money list], provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Rankings at that time Azuma Yano
;16. Top 2 on the 2008 PGA Tour of Australasia [http://www.pga.org.au/default.aspx?s=pgatourorderofmerit official money list], provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Rankings at that time
;17. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Rankings list, as of May 24 Luke Donald, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Ian Poulter, Álvaro Quirós, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, David Toms
;18. Special exemptions selected by the USGA None
;Alternates who gained entry
(a) denotes amateur
(L) denotes player advanced through local qualifying
Nationalities in the field
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
Missed the cut
First roundThursday, June 18, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Play began in the rain on Thursday morning, until play was suspended at 10:15 am, as several of the greens became unplayable with excessive water. Play was not restarted on Thursday, with the majority of players yet to tee off. Jeff Brehaut, through 10 holes, was one of four leading at 1-under par heading into Friday. Play was restarted on Friday morning and Mike Weir shot 64 (−6) to lead by two strokes at the end of the first round. Woods shot 74 (+4) with two double bogeys and three bogeys.
Second roundFriday, June 19, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The round began at 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Because of the soft conditions caused by the heavy rain, many low scores were made during the second round. Ricky Barnes shot 65, and had a 36-hole record of 8-under par 132. Lucas Glover and Azuma Yano were also amongst the ones that shot very low scores. Woods shot 69 for 143 (+3), and Mickelson shot even par 70 to remain 1 under par at 139. The cut was at 144 (+4), the lowest at the U.S. Open since 2003, and was missed by major champions David Toms and Justin Leonard.Amateurs: Taylor (-2), Weaver (+1), Stanley (+4), Fowler (+6), Tringale (+7), Alexander (+8), Klaasen (+10), Martin (+10), Erdy (+12), Burgoon (+13), Kittleson (+13), Snyder (+14), Nagy (+16), Peterman (+16), Lewis (+21), Brock (+22).
Third roundSaturday, June 20, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
More heavy rain halted play at 6:55 pm on Saturday. The third round was resumed on Sunday at noon and completed in the late afternoon. Barnes and Glover both shot even par 70 to remain at the top of the leaderboard, while David Duval and Ross Fisher were five strokes back in a tie for third place. Weir struggled and fell back with a 74, Mickelson shot 69 to stay in contention, and Woods a 68 for 211 (+1), nine shots behind Barnes.
Final roundSunday, June 21, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
The final round began Sunday evening until play was suspended due to darkness, with leaders Barnes and Glover on the second hole. Play resumed Monday morning. Barnes, who had held the lead through the second and third rounds, faltered on the front nine on Monday morning, and bogeyed five of the first nine holes. He shot one over par on the back nine, but was never able to catch up with Glover, his playing partner for the final two rounds. Duval had a triple-bogey at the par-3 3rd, but rallied on the back nine with three straight birdies before bogeying 17 and missing a birdie putt at 18 to finish at 2 under par. Woods made a charge on the back nine with birdies on 13 and 14, but then bogeyed 15 and parred the rest to finish even par. Mickelson tied Glover for the lead after making an eagle at 13 after hitting a perfect second shot on the par 5, but proceeded to miss a short birdie putt on 14, three-putt for bogey on 15, miss another putt on 16, and made another bogey on 17 on his way to finishing two strokes behind Glover and tied for second place with Barnes and Duval. It was Mickelson's fifth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, breaking the record of four by Sam Snead, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. (His sixth came four years later in 2013 at Merion.) Glover birdied 16 and parred the final two holes to seal the victory.Amateurs: Taylor (+8), Weaver (+9), Stanley (+13).
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