Five US Open champions at Oakmont who went on to Open success
Dustin Johnson lifted the US Open trophy last week at Oakmont, and history suggests that he might be a future winner of the Claret Jug.
No less than five of the eight winners of the year's second major championship on the fearsome Pennsylvannia course have later claimed Open glory and each of them had quite a story.
1927 – Tommy Armour
Nicknamed The Silver Scot, Armour moved across the Atlantic in 1920 and became an American citizen shortly before embarking on a professional career which saw him annointed Oakmont's the first US Open winner in 1927.
Just one week later Armour recorded a 23 on a par-five in the Shawnee Open, still the PGA TOUR's highest single-hole score, but it was a minor setback for a man who had overcome the loss of sight in one eye during WWI.
Four years on he claimed The Open, his third and final major win, when a fourth round, course record-equalling 71 overhaulled a five-stroke deficit at Carnoustie.
1953 – Ben Hogan
This was the famed Triple Crown season, when 40-year-old Hogan, four years after the road accident which very nearly killed him, won five of the six events he entered, including all three majors (he couldn't play the PGA Championship because it overlapped with The Open).
Like Armour his success would come at Carnoustie, unlike him there were mere weeks between the victories rather than years. Oakmont came first and he defeated the field by six strokes on his way to a still record-tying fourth US Open title.
At Carnoustie huge crowds flocked to see the great man make his only appearance in The Open and he treated them to a final round 68, breaking the course record before lifting the Claret Jug.
1962 – Jack Nicklaus
The Golden Bear's first major victory came at Oakmont and it was era-defining as he overcame a 54-hole deficit to defeat Arnold Palmer and commence their great rivalry.
Four years later Nicklaus won a first Claret Jug, at Muirfield, pushing Doug Sanders into second, as he would do again in 1970, and eight years later he became The Champion Golfer of the Year for the third and final time.
Just as incredibly, between the first win in 1966 and 1980 Nicklaus never once finished outside the top six at The Open.
1973 – Johnny Miller
The tall, rake-thin 26-year-old Miller teed off one hour ahead of the leaders on the final day of the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. He was tied 12th and six shots adrift.
Four and a half hours later he signed for a 63, setting a clubhouse target none could match. He'd found all 18 greens in regulation and it is widely acclaimed one of the greatest rounds ever played.
A month later he finished second at Troon, but in 1976 there was a minor repeat of his Oakmont heroics as his final round 66 at Royal Birkdale tied the course record and secured the Claret Jug – his second, and final, major victory.
1994 – Ernie Els
The Big Easy's first major win was anything but easy. 72 holes at Oakmont in 1994 couldn't split the South African, Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie.
In the 18-hole play-off he started bogey-triple bogey before tying Roberts with 74, to Montgomerie's 78. Only at the 92nd hole of the tournament did Els finally secure the victory.
Surpsingly it took eight years to find more major championship success, when he overcame a four-man play-off (and just the four holes) to win The Open at Muirfield and ten years after that he took the honours again at Royal Lytham & St Annes.