Curtis Strange Talks About the US Open and Shinnecock Hills

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Curtis Strange, 63, is the last golfer to win consecutive championships at the United States Open, taking victories at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1988 and at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., in 1989.

Before Strange accomplished the feat, it had been 38 years since Ben Hogan’s repeat in 1951. Strange, who will do commentary for Fox Sports during the Open this week, talked about his expectations for the tournament at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The conversation has been edited and condensed.

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It’s always exciting to look forward to it and still be a part of it. Either playing or doing TV, it’s great to be a part of your national championship. I mean, it was 30 years ago that I won. Time flies, doesn’t it?

Quite a lot has been going on:

Curtis Strange’s assignment: Follow Tiger Woods at US Open

Tiger Woods on the course during a practice round ahead of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Curtis Strange has seen and done a lot in his golf and television careers, including winning the 1988 and ’89 U.S. Opens. But on Thursday he is looking forward to something new.

The Fox analyst/reporter will follow Tiger Woods’ group around Shinnecock Hills for the first round of the 118th U.S. Open.

‘I can’t wait,’ Strange said on Tuesday. ‘I’ve never been in Tiger’s viewpoint, walking and working. When I was at ABC, I was in the booth all the time. Being out there watching in the arena with him, I look forward to it. What a group.’

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