DUSTIN JOHNSON WINS US OPEN AT OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB
DUSTIN JOHNSON WINS US OPEN AT OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB ON GREENS PREPARED WITH JACOBSEN MOWERS.
Dustin Johnson won the 116th US Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on greens prepared with specially adapted Jacobsen PGM 22 walking mowers. In a controversial final round, he held off the challenge of Shane Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy to win by three strokes with a final score of 276.
This latest US Open was a record 9th time that Oakmont had staged the event and much has been said about the famed course over the years and its unrivalled reputation as being tournament ready every day of the year.
John Zimmers, the Superintendent of Oakmont Country Club said
"When you say things like tournament ready or championship ready, these are the expectations of Oakmont Country Club and what we strive for our members every day. Part of our history, the culture here at Oakmont has always been about firm and fast greens. Our greens are very unique poa annua grass that we found are best maintained with a Jacobsen PGM 22 fitted with a 19" reel on a 22" roller. I've been using them since I first arrived here in 1999.
I've been doing this for years now and we've tried other mowers, other technology and we've always come back to this mower. It cuts better, you get a better green speed, better quality of cut, better performance, better turf health and it's just undoubtedly, hands down the best mower for Oakmont greens"
David Delsandro, Director of US Open Operations and Projects added
"Of course, the high level of expectations of Oakmont brings a certain level of stress, but we embrace that pressure and although we really don't maintain the course that differently for the US Open, we focus on what we normally do and let our body of work show for itself.
The new Jacobsen HR700 rotary enables us to meet the USGA specifications for rough mowing and we can mow through at a 5 inch height of cut and as a result, get a more uniform, denser stand of rough."
Lee Travino once said that there's only one course in the country where you could step out right now - right now - and play the US Open, and that's Oakmont.
What the team at Oakmont 'normally' does is nothing short of incredible, consistently providing green speeds over 13-14 feet, in addition to maintaining 210 bunkers and keeping 300 acres looking picture-perfect every day. Even the famed church pews get special attention to ensure they look good year round as it's not unusual to have visitors in the dead of winter wanting to see them.
"Ultimately, it goes back to what course designer Henry Fownes originally wanted: a very brutal test of golf, but fair," said Zimmers. "And I think that's really how you describe the US Open, you want the players to grind and the best player will get the trophy."
"We recently renewed our fleet of greens mowers and local Jacobsen dealer, Krigger & Co came in and replicated the identical set-up of our mowers, which have been dialled in so precisely for our needs." Delsandro added.
For Zimmers, one of the most rewarding things about working at Oakmont is seeing his team come together and realise how much they have accomplished.
"Right now, we have a very special group of young men, who are starting to see in these last few weeks the results of all their hard work and dedication. They can look back and appreciate what they did on those cold March mornings. And, best of all, it will be very rewarding for me to see where these young men will be in a few years and how successful they will undoubtedly be."
An Oakmont Country Club maintenance team member uses a Jacobsen PGM walking greens mower on an early morning mow at the US Open.
Oakmont Country used the new 14 foot HR700 rotary mower to meet the USGA's rough specifications, which call for a 5 inch height of cut. The mower is seen here in front of Oakmont's iconic clubhouse.
A Jacobsen HR700 maintaining the rough near Oakmont's famed "Church Pews", a course feature that Superintendent John Zimmers keeps maintained year-round for visitors.