Best Sports Illustrated Photos from 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black
1 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Best of Bethpage
Here's a collection of Sports Illustrated's best shots from the 109th U.S. Open at Bethpage Black
The story of the week was hardly Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, but whether the course would hold up and the rain would stop.
2 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Retief Goosen quietly had a good tournament, shooting 68s in the second and third rounds. A final-round 74 pushed him back to a T16.
3 of 17Simon Bruty/SI
Spectators came in all shapes and sizes at Bethpage.
4 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Players battled the high, wet rough all week.
5 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
On Sunday, as the USGA tried to finish the third round and start the final, dark skies threatened Bethpage, but rain never materialized.
6 of 17Al Tielemans/SI
Duval has been saying for some time that his game is back, and now he has the performance to prove it.
7 of 17Robert Beck/SI
A (somewhat) surprise of the tournament was former No. 1 David Duval, who finished in a tie for second with Barnes and Mickelson.
8 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Beloved Phil Mickelson had an extra skip in his step with the enthusiastic support from the New York crowd.
9 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
Barnes faltered in the final round, and missed this birdie putt on 18 that would have left him alone at second place.
10 of 17John Biever/SI
Little-known Barnes impressed everyone with his record-breaking 36-hole score of eight-under 132.
11 of 17Al Tielemans/SI
Glover, who hasn't won since 2005, beat Ricky Barnes, Mickelson and David Duval by two strokes.
12 of 17Robert Beck/SI
A stoic Lucas Glover steadily worked his way around the course all week to win his first major championship.
13 of 17Fred Vuich/SI
Tiger never really became part of the equation at the U.S. Open, only briefly going under par in the final round of play.
14 of 17Al Tielemans/SI
He spent a lot of time during the entire major week high-fiving grateful fans and signing autographs.
15 of 17Robert Beck/SI
Woods, and his grouping of major winners Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington, seemed to draw the unlucky tee times, hitting the course whenever the rain clouds appeared.
16 of 17Robert Beck/SI
The weather did not keep the fans away, as they trekked across the course in varying footwear.
17 of 17John Biever/SI
Camilo Villegas made the cut, but finished a disappointing 11 strokes off the lead at seven over par.
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