ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the next four weeks on Tuesdays in primetime and leading to the playing of the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, Golf Channel will reprise some of the most memorable final rounds of our national championship.
The special replays begin tonight (Tuesday, May 15) at 8 p.m. ET with the late Payne Stewart’s dramatic, 1999 U.S. Open victory over Phil Mickelson at Pinehurst, which took place just months before the tragic plane crash that took Stewart’s life.
On May 22 at 8 p.m. ET, Golf Channel will look back at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park in New York, when Tiger Woods captured his second U.S. Open title and eighth major championship. Woods withstood a boisterous New York gallery, leading the tournament wire to wire and finishing as the only player under par at Bethpage.
On May 29, Golf Channel will travel back in time to 1998 and The Olympic Club in San Francisco -- also the site of this year’s U.S. Open Championship -- to recapture Lee Janzen’s unlikely victory after beginning his final round five shots behind leader Payne Stewart, a deficit that stretched to seven shots soon after his round began.
The week prior to NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open, Golf Channel will travel back in time to 1913 with the 2005 theatrical release, The Greatest Game Ever Played, airing June 4 at 8 p.m. ET and starring Shia LaBeouf and Bill Paxton. The film captures the true story of 20-year old amateur golfer, Francis Ouimet, whose upset victory over his idol and major championship winner Harry Vardon changed the game of golf forever.
U.S. Open Championship Final Round Replays (all air 8 p.m. ET):
1999 – Payne Stewart
2002 – Tiger Woods
Bethpage State Park
1998 – Lee Janzen
The Olympic Club
The Greatest Game Ever Played
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