The 2006 U.S. Open was the 106th one played, and Geoff Ogilvy survived while several big-name challengers collapsed around him.
Winner: Geoff Ogilvy, 285
Where it was played: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
Tournament dates: June 15-18, 2006
Leader after first round: Colin Montgomerie, 69
Leader after second round: Steve Stricker, 139
Leader after third round: Phil Mickelson and Kenneth Ferrie, 212
Notable Notes: Geoff Ogilvy won this U.S. Open when he was the only golfer who could survive the closing few holes. Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie and Jim Furyk all were in position to win, or at least tie, but stumbled over the last hole or two.
Mickelson, in particular, collapsed on the final hole. Needing a par to win, he hit a terrible drive that nearly bounced into the sponsor tents; his second shot hit a tree; his third went into a bunker. He wound up with a double bogey, saying afterward of his play of the final hole, "I am such an idiot."
Montgomerie also could have won with a final-hole par, but double-bogied. So Ogilvy's back-to-back pars on the 71st and 72nd holes held up.