2006 U.S. Open Winner and Scores

The 2006 U.S. Open was the 106th one played, and Geoff Ogilvy survived while several big-name challengers collapsed around him. This is the tournament that led Phil Mickelson to say afterward, "I am such an idiot."

Winner: Geoff Ogilvy, 285

Where it was played: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York

Tournament dates: June 15-18, 2006

Leader after first round: Colin Montgomerie, 69

Leader after second round: Steve Stricker, 139

Leader after third round: Phil Mickelson and Kenneth Ferrie, 212

What Happened at the 2006 U.S. Open

Geoff Ogilvy won this U.S. Open when he was the only golfer who could survive the closing few holes. Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie and Jim Furyk all were in position to win, or at least tie, but stumbled over the last hole or two.

Mickelson, in particular, collapsed on the final hole. He led Ogilvy by one, so needed just a par to win. A bogey would have resulted in a playoff. But he didn't play safe on that 18th tee. Mickelson's driver had been wild all day — he had hit only two of 13 fairways. But he hit driver again off the final tee, and again it was wild — the ball actually struck a spectator tent well right of the fairway and nearly bounced into a trash can. Then Mickelson again chose a very aggressive play, rather than playing safe, attempting to carve the ball around trees and tree limbs to reach the green. His ball struck those trees instead. Mickelson's third stroke found a bunker left of the green; his blast out of the bunker rolled off the green; he chipped up and putted in. Double bogey, tournament lost. Afterward, Mickelson said of his play of the final hole, "I am such an idiot."

Montgomerie also could have won with a final-hole par, but made double-bogey from the middle of the fairway (and after rolling in a 75-foot birdie putt on the previous hole). And Furyk missed a five-foot putt on the last hole that would have gotten him into a playoff. So Ogilvy's back-to-back pars on the 71st and 72nd holes held up.

For Ogilvy, it was his first (and only) win in a major championship. Mickelson had been going for his third consecutive win in a major, having won the 2005 PGA Championship and the 2006 Masters. Instead, he wound up with a record-tying fourth runner-up finish in a U.S. Open (a record Mickelson later broke).

Earlier in the week, Tiger Woods missed the cut. This was Woods' first tournament coming back from a break following the death of his father. It was the first time Woods missed the cut in any major championship. This was the first time since the 1978 U.S. Open that everyone finished over par.

For Montgomerie, this was the fifth major championship where he finished runner-up. He holds the all-time record for most second-place finishes in majors without winning any.

2006 U.S. Open Scores

Geoff Ogilvy 71-70-72-72—285
Colin Montgomerie 69-71-75-71—286
Jim Furyk 70-72-74-70—286
Phil Mickelson 70-73-69-74—286
Padraig Harrington 73-69-74-71—287
Vijay Singh 71-74-70-73—288
Kenneth Ferrie 71-70-71-76—288
Nick O'Hern 75-70-74-69—288
Steve Stricker 70-69-76-73—288
Mike Weir 71-74-71-72—288
Jeff Sluman 74-73-72-69—288
Ryuji Imada 76-73-69-71—289
Ian Poulter 74-71-70-74—289
Luke Donald 78-69-70-72—289
Paul Casey 77-72-72-69—290
Robert Allenby 73-74-72-72—291
David Duval 77-68-75-71—291
Miguel Angel Jimenez 70-75-74-72—291
David Howell 70-78-74-69—291
Arron Oberholser 75-68-74-74—291
Tom Pernice Jr. 79-70-72-71—292
Peter Hedblom 72-74-71-75—292
Jose Maria Olazabal 75-73-73-71—292
Trevor Immelman 76-71-70-75—292
Adam Scott 72-76-70-74—292
Henrik Stenson 75-71-73-74—293
Ernie Els 74-73-74-72—293
Sean O'Hair 76-72-74-71—293
Craig Barlow 72-75-72-74—293
Angel Cabrera 74-73-74-72—293
Ted Purdy 78-71-71-73—293
Steve Jones 74-74-71-75—294
Rod Pampling 73-75-75-71—294
Woody Austin 72-76-72-74—294
Scott Hend 72-72-75-75—294
Bart Bryant 72-72-73-77—294
Stewart Cink 75-71-77-72—295
Jay Haas 75-72-74-74—295
Charles Howell III 77-71-73-74—295
Lee Williams 75-73-73-75—296
Jason Dufner 72-71-78-75—296
Bo Van Pelt 72-75-73-76—296
Tommy Armour III 79-70-74-73—296
Stephen Gangluff 76-73-77-70—296
John Cook 71-78-74-73—296
Chad Collins 76-71-72-77—296
Fred Funk 71-75-73-77—296
Kent Jones 73-74-73-77—297
Fred Couples 73-74-71-79—297
Philip Archer 72-72-75-78—297
Graeme McDowell 71-72-75-79—297
Charley Hoffman 76-70-78-73—297
Thomas Bjorn 72-74-73-78—297
Charl Schwartzel 74-72-76-75—297
J.B. Holmes 74-73-75-75—297
Darren Clarke 73-72-79-74—298
Ben Curtis 78-71-77-73—299
Kenny Perry 77-71-79-74—301
Jeev Milkha Singh 73-76-77-76—302
Skip Kendall 73-75-76-78—302
Camilo Villegas 74-72-79-77—302
Ben Crane 77-72-74-80—303
Tim Herron 73-76-79-77—305

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