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9 Biggest U.S. Open Controversies

From rules blunders to landscaping disasters, here are the U.S. Open controversies that changed the course of golf history

June 2013
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Olympic Club, 1955

Olympic Club has a long history of U.S. Open controversies, and it all began in 1955 when the course first established a reputation as the "graveyard of champions." Attempting to win a record fifth U.S. Open, Ben Hogan finished his final round with a two-stroke advantage over Jack Fleck -- a lead so daunting that the telecast ended proclaiming Hogan had won. Fleck, however, birdied two of the last four holes, including the 72nd, to force an 18-hole playoff. Trailing by one stroke on the 18th playoff hole, Hogan hooked his tee shot into a rough so deep (left) it took him three hacks just to get it back to the fairway. He would one-putt for double bogey to give Fleck the Open, capping one of the most improbable upsets in golf history. After 1955, the USGA took control from the club grounds crews for final say of the course conditions.
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