Golf fans will never forget what Rocco Mediate did at the 2008 U.S. Open...right? We asked three other U.S. Open runners-up how time has treated their brushes with Open glory.
Medinah Country Club, 1990
Winner: Hale Irwin
Bobby Knight told me, "Mike, sometimes in sports the guy that's supposed to win doesn't win, and that's what happened in your case." He had a tear in his eye. I'm an Indiana basketball guy, so it was moving for me, too.
A lot of people do remember. You're somebody that came close. You're still not an Open champion. The way you're perceived is different.
I would have been able to play some senior golf and had some status and been able to get my foot in the door. And when you walk in the door, people would have said, "Hey, that guy won the U.S. Open."