Nobody, it was long said on the PGA TOUR, ever hated a bogey more than Curtis Strange. Although good to great with every club in the bag, it was the ferocity with which the Virginian played that will always be his signature. Strange’s intensity was his edge and led to back-to-back U.S. Open victories.
The first came at Brookline in 1988, when Strange led late only to three putt the 71st hole from 15 feet. When he hit his approach on the last into a greenside bunker, the man who had lost the 1985 Masters on the back nine seemed destined to never win a major. But Strange got up and down to tie Nick Faldo, then defeated him with flawless golf the next day, 71 to 75.