Memorable moments in U.S. Open history

The U.S. Open has been the setting for some of the most exciting moments in golf history. With the golfers getting ready for the action this weekend, we are taking a look at some of the best shots and moments from this tournament's past.


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Nick Watney in 2012
Nick Watney in 2012
Nick Watney in 2012
Rory McIlroy in 2011
Rory McIlroy in 2011
Rory McIlroy in 2011
Tiger in 2008
Tiger in 2008
Tiger in 2008
Payne Stewart in 1999
Payne Stewart in 1999
Payne Stewart in 1999
Corey Pavin in 1995
Corey Pavin in 1995
Corey Pavin in 1995
Tom Kite in 1992
Tom Kite in 1992
Tom Kite in 1992
Hale Irwin of the USA birdies the 18th to secure a play-off spot in the US Open at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, USA in June 1990. Irwin went on to beat Mike Donald in the play-off.
MEDINAH - JUNE: Hale Irwin of the USA birdies the 18th to secure a play-off spot in the US Open at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, USA in June 1990. Irwin went on to beat Mike Donald in the play-off. (photo by Stephen Munday/Getty Images)
Hale Irwin of the USA birdies the 18th to secure a play-off spot in the US Open at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, USA in June 1990. Irwin went on to beat Mike Donald in the play-off.
Tom Watson in 1982
Tom Watson in 1982
Tom Watson in 1982
<br>Jack Nicklaus found himself on the 17th in windy conditions. Nicklaus used a 1-iron to drill the ball down the fairway and into the flagstick. The ball fell inches from the hole and made for an easy birdie. Nicklaus won that year with a total score of 290, one of the best scores in U.S. Open history.
Jack Nicklaus in 1972
Jack Nicklaus found himself on the 17th in windy conditions. Nicklaus used a 1-iron to drill the ball down the fairway and into the flagstick. The ball fell inches from the hole and made for an easy birdie. Nicklaus won that year with a total score of 290, one of the best scores in U.S. Open history.

Jack Nicklaus found himself on the 17th in windy conditions. Nicklaus used a 1-iron to drill the ball down the fairway and into the flagstick. The ball fell inches from the hole and made for an easy birdie. Nicklaus won that year with a total score of 290, one of the best scores in U.S. Open history.
Golfer Bobby Jones served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. His unit was converted into an infantry unit and he was a part of the infamous D-Day on the beaches of Normandy. <br><br>
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 30: Apparel on display at the Bobby Jones booth at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center on January 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Golfer Bobby Jones served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. His unit was converted into an infantry unit and he was a part of the infamous D-Day on the beaches of Normandy.

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