A full course of questions to remember ‘15 US Open

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A year ago, the golfing world was centrally focused on Chambers Bay for the 115th U.S. Open. The event was historic because of its location (in Washington state for the first time), the style of course (links) and the course itself (first U.S. Open to fully be played on fine fescue).

And what a week it was, from the opening shots hit by University Place’s Michael Putnam and Tacoma’s Troy Kelly to the final, breathtaking finish. Sure, you remember how Jordan Spieth emerged as champion after Dustin Johnson’s missed putts on the final hole of the tournament, but how much do you really remember?

Here are 18 questions to test your recall:

1. Name one of the leaders after the first round of play. Give yourself another point if you can name them both, and another point if you remember what they shot.

2. Name the only golfer to land a shot in Chambers Basement, the fairway bunker on the 18th hole.

3. Who shot the lowest round of the tournament? And what was the score?

4. Name the amateur with the lowest total score.

5. Jordan Spieth was the winner and Dustin Johnson finished tied for second. Name the golfer Johnson tied with.

6. Spieth, at 22 years old, was the second youngest to ever win a U.S. Open. Who was the youngest?

7. Four golfers entered the final round tied for the lead. Name them (one point for each).

8. What did Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore have in common?

9. Phil Mickelson, in an attempt to win the career Grand Slam, was a sentimental favorite coming into the tournament. What place did he finish: A: 24th. B: 34th. C: 44th. D: 64th?

10. More eagles were made at Chambers Bay than at any other U.S. Open. How many were there: A: 30. B: 31 C: 37 D: 40?

11. Cameron Smith, in his first U.S. Open, finished tied for fourth. He also did something no other golfer did during the U.S. Open. What was it?

12. Which golfer, after his second round, said navigating the greens at Chambers Bay was like “putting on broccoli.’’

13. What were there more of: Rounds below par or rounds over 80?

14. Cole Hammer was the third youngest to ever qualify and play at the U.S. Open in 2015. How old was he?

15. What did Rory McIlroy, Geoff Ogilvy, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, Ernie Els and Angel Cabrera have in common?

16. Louis Oosthuizen tied two tournament records. What were they?

17. The highest single-hole score recorded in any of the rounds was eight. Which hole saw the most of those scores?

18. What ailment did Jason Day suffer from during the tournament?


1. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shot 65 in the first round.

2. Tiger Woods did it on the first day when he topped a 3-wood from the middle of the fairway into Chambers Basement.

3. Adam Scott shot 64 in the final round to record the lowest round of the 115th U.S. Open.

4. Brandon Campbell recorded a 285, 10 strokes behind winner Jordan Spieth.

5. Louis Oosthuizen tied Johnson for second place by finishing at 276.

6. Bobby Jones was 21 when he won the U.S. Open in 1923.

7. Spieth, Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace were tied at 4-under par entering the final round.

8. All four failed to make the cut.

9. Mickelson finished tied for 64th, 13-over par.

10. 37. The previous record was 31 at Pebble Beach in 1992.

11. Smith was the only golfer to finish each of the four rounds par or better.

12. Stenson, who was tied for the lead after the first round but blew up with a 74 that Friday, compared the greens to vegetables.

13. In the 115th U.S. Open, 22 golfers recorded a below par round. There were 15 rounds of 80-or-over.

14. Hammer was 15 years, 10 months and 20 days when he finished second in the Dallas sectional qualifying.

15. The seven are former U.S. Open winners who made the cut in 2015.

16. After opening with a 77, Oosthuizen shot 199 over his last three rounds, tying the U.S. Open record for lowest 54-hole score. His score of 29 on the back-nine also tied a tournament record.

17. The 18th hole had three golfers (Gunn Yang, Erik Compton and Ben Martin) record eights.

18. Day had vertigo.