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In 1962, Jack Nicklaus, just

22-years-old and playing

in his first U.S. Open as a

professional, announced his

presence to the world by

winning at Oakmont in an

18-hole Monday playoff with

hometown favorite Arnold

Palmer. It began a competitive

friendship that has lasted both

of their lives.

Although Arnold never won a

major at Oakmont, he made

his first appearance in a U.S.

Open there in 1953, and his

last appearance in a U.S.

Open came at Oakmont in

1994, when Ernie Els hoisted

the trophy.

Oakmont was also the site

of the famous final-round 63

posted by Johnny Miller in

the 1973 U.S. Open. Miller’s

iron play was superb that day

with 15 of his 18 approach

shots finishing within 15 feet

of the hole.

With an injured thumb that

required surgery after her

win, Paula Creamer gutted

out a win in the US Women’s

Open in 2010. She put on

a masterful performance of

consistency, hitting fairways

with her driver and finding

greens with her irons.

All eyes will once again be

on historic Oakmont Country

Club for the U.S. Open being

held June 14-17. Can Jordan

Spieth join the ranks of the

great heroes of the past and

defend his U.S. Open crown

or will Jason Day, or possibly

Rory McIlroy etch their name

in Oakmont’s storied history?

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