The 112th United States Open Golf Championship will be held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California on June 14-17, 2012. This will be the fifth time that the Lake Course has hosted the U.S. Open. In the days leading up to this tournament I am writing articles with a United States Open theme. Today's article is about the men who have won the most United States Open Championships.
Just who has won the most U.S. Open titles? The answer is that there are four men that have each captured four U.S. Open Championships. If you guessed that Jack Nicklaus was one of the four then you are correct. As with most golf lists Jack Nicklaus is at or near the top of them. This list is no exception as the Golden Bear won U.S. Open titles in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980.
Ben Hogan also won four United States Open Championships in his career. Those titles came in quick succession as Hogan hoisted the trophy in 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953. Amazingly, the final three titles came after a near-fatal car accident that many thought would end his career.
Bobby Jones also claimed four United States Open titles. Jones won his titles in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930. Incredibly, Jones also finished as the runner-up in 1922, 1924, 1925 and 1928. Perhaps the most fascinating thing about Bobby Jones' victories was that all came as an amateur golfer.
The last man on this list of those to claim four United States Open Championships is Willie Anderson. While most golf fans know something about Nicklaus, Hogan and Jones there are likely some that know little about Willie Anderson. Born in North Berwick, Scotland, Willie Anderson immigrated to the United States with his family as a young man. Soon thereafter he began his career at the U.S. Open. By winning three consecutive titles in 1903, 1904 and 1905, in addition to his first championship in 1901, Anderson became the first man to win as many as four titles. Sadly, Anderson passed away at the young age of 31 but not before posting a record of 11 Top Five finishes at the U.S. Open, a mark that he shares with Jack Nicklaus.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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