U.S. Open: A Tough Crown to Defend

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You might not want to pick Michael Campbell as your 2006 U.S. Open winner.

Since 1991, only Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their Open crowns.

Goosen finished tied for 11th in 2005 after holding the three-stroke lead after 54 holes. Tiger finished 12th in 2001 after winning in 2000. He was tied for 20th in 2003 after winning in 2002.

This makes the consecutive U.S. Open victories by Curtis Strange in 1988-89 all the more impressive. Curtis was the first to repeat since Ben Hogan in 1950-51.

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Source: USGA

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