Henrik Stenson wowed us all with his record breaking performance at Royal Troon on the way to his first major championship. That got us thinking. What are the best moments in the Open Championship from Southern California golfers? Let’s take a look:
All Southern California golf starts and ends with Tiger Woods. He is no doubt the greatest player to ever come out of SoCal and he is proud of his roots here. Tiger is a three-time Open Championship winner in 2000, 2005 and 2006. The most special out of those three was 2006, when Tiger won his first major following the passing of his father Earl.
The iconic image of Tiger hugging Steve Williams after the final putt is a moment many of us will always remember.
Lefty was never a factor at the Open Championship for his entire career until something clicked in 2013 at Muirfield. Phil took home the Scottish Open Championship the week before and was looking to become the first player ever to win both the Scottish and The Open in back-to-back weeks. Phil was the only player to finish under par for the week and coincidentally, Henrik Stenson finished in second place.
Mickelson finished birdie, birdie to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Fowler is still looking for that first major win, but he came close in 2014 when he finished in second, just two back of winner Rory McIlroy. Fowler started the final round six shots back, but battled on Sunday to post a 67 and finish with a total of 15 under par.
Unfortunately, McIlroy’s six-shot round proved to be too much as the Northern Irishman only need a final round 71 to win.
Mark O’Meara grew up in Mission Viejo and took up golf when he was 13 years old. O’Meara has since gone on to become one of the legends of Southern California golf. In one of the best years of golf of all time, O’Meara won both the Masters and the Open in 1998. The 1998 Open was held at Royal Birkdale.
Mark defeated Brian Watts in a four-hole playoff by two strokes. The two players were the only two in the entire field to finish at even par, with everyone else being over par.