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Year: 1989.

Event: U.S. Open.

Winner: Curtis Strange.

Score: 278.

Runner-up: Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, Ian Woosnam.

Margin: 1 shot.

Earnings: $200,000.

Recap: Curtis Strange became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1951 to win back-to-back in the U.S. Open, following his playoff win over Nick Faldo in 1988 at The Country Club. This time, he had to stage a Sunday rally. Strange shot 64 in the second round, only to fade to a 73 on Saturday as Tom Kite posted his third straight round in the 60s to build a three-shot lead. Kite collapsed on Sunday with a 78, and Strange took it from there. He made 15 straight pars before a birdie on the 16th hole. With a two-shot lead, he safely three-putted for bogey on the 18th for a 70.

Quote: “It’s not so much what Hogan did. It’s what others have not done. The great Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson have not won back-to-back Opens.” _ Curtis Strange.


Year: 1995.

Event: Ryder Cup.

Winner: Europe.

Score: 14 1/2-13 1/2.

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