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US Open returns to Oakmont in 2007

U.S. Open was awarded on today to Oakmont Country Club, the course outside Pittsburgh where Jack Nicklaus won his first major.

Oakmont will hold the U.S. Open for the eighth time, more than any other club. The Open was last held there in 1994, when Ernie Els defeated Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie in a playoff.

Oakmont also was the course where Johnny Miller closed with a 63 in 1973 to win the Open. But it is most famous for 1962, when 22-year-old Nicklaus defeated Arnold Palmer in a playoff for the first of his 18 majors.

Other U.S. Open winners at Oakmont were Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953) and Larry Nelson (1983).

"Oakmont has provided the U.S. Open history with some dramatic finishes and accomplished champions," said Fred Ridley, chairman of the USGA championship committee.

Oakmont also will hold the U.S. Amateur in 2003.



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