Oakmont among courses defined by major champions

2:16 a.m. EDT June 16, 2016

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — One measure of a great golf course is the quality of its champions.

In the 11 professional majors that Oakmont hosted, the only one who stood out was Sam Parks Jr. at the 1935 U.S. Open. He was a club pro from nearby South Hills and never really did much else.

That’s why it was such a big deal to the club when Angel Cabrera, who won his first major at Oakmont in the 2007 U.S. Open by one shot over Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk, added a green jacket from the Masters two years later.

“Great names win here,” Oakmont golf director Bob Ford once said. “We were hoping for Woods to win, and when Angel won it was like, ‘Who is this guy.’ Now he’s a Masters champion.”

So which courses have the greatest list of major champions? The Masters doesn’t count because it’s held at Augusta National every year. The British Open has a small rotation of links courses. So this list of the five courses that have produced the best list of winners is limited to the U.S. Open and PGA Championship:


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