Is there a Colonial Curse?
It’s now been 55 years and counting since the winner of Fort Worth’s annual golf event has also won the U.S. Open in the same year.
Justin Rose had a chance to do it this year and put himself in contention through the first three rounds. But he faded on Sunday, posting consecutive 6s on Nos. 4-5 en route to a 3-over 73. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champ, finished tied for 10th.
Rose tried to get back in it with a bridie on No. 6 and another on No. 12, but never threatened to get to the top of the leader board.
He joins a long list of Colonial winners who failed to win the U.S. Open in the same year. It’s only been done three times, the last being Julius Boros in 1963.
The other two times were by Tommy Bolt in 1958 and Ben Hogan in 1953.
But finishing runner-up seems to bode well of late.
Brooks Koepka finished second to Rose last month, and won his second consecutive U.S. Open on Sunday. He entered the final round tied for the lead and went on to win it at Shinnecock Hills. Koepka fired a 2-under 68 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 1-over, one shot better than Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.
In 2015, Jordan Spieth finished tied for second at the Colonial and went on to win the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.