National Treasure: The Epic, Memorable and Forgettable Moments at Hazeltine National

Sandra Spuzich - 1966 U.S. Women's Open Champion
USGA

1966 — Sandra Spuzich edges defending champion Carol Mann by a stroke at the U.S. Women's Open. Bag sponsors mourn the missed opportunity.

1970 — At the U.S. Open, a disgruntled Dave Hill quips that Hazeltine's only missing "80 acres of corn and a few cows. They ruined a good farm when they built this course." Ignoring moos from the galleries, Hill finishes a career-best second to Tony Jacklin.

1977 — Hollis Stacy, 23, goes wire-to-wire to win the U.S. Women's Open. It's the biggest victory at Hazeltine for a player with two first names until... Northwestern's Luke Donald wins the 1999 NCAAs.

1977-1983 — The course is ripped up and redesigned. Among Minnesota makeovers, it ranks with Jesse Ventura trading pro wrestling for politics.

1983 — Billy Casper wins the U.S. Senior Open, defeating Rod Funseth in a playoff. Confusion ensues when Casper strips down to jump in "Lake Ovaltine."

1991 — Payne Stewart shoots 75 to edge Scott Simpson in a Monday playoff at the U.S. Open (thankfully for Stewart, Simpson makes eight bogeys and cards a 77). Larry Polasky, an 18-handicapper from Duluth, finishes three back.

1994 — Hazeltine hosts the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Tennessean Tim Jackson wins, then brings down the house with rousing rendition of Don't Rock the Jukebox. Oh, wait...that's Alan Jackson?

2002 — The club is awarded the 2016 Ryder Cup. Or, as Rory McIlroy calls it, the 2016 "Exhibition."

2002 — Antacid-downing Rich Beem holds off Tiger Woods at the PGA. Overheated agent pitches new sports drink: "Pepto-Ade."

2006 — The club declines a chance to host the 2012 BMW Championship. In snowy Minnesota, the Dodge Durango Championship might have had more legs.

2006 — Richie Ramsay becomes the first Scotsman in 100-plus years to win the U.S. Amateur. And he hasn't been knighted?



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