Andy North, winner of the 1978 and 1985 U.S. Opens, recalls his record in the majors including the toll Augusta took on his legs, the financial tradeoffs of playing in the Open Championship in those days and the late-season demand of competing in the PGA Championship. Andy takes us through his dramatic win at Cherry Hills and other U.S. Open memories as we continue his story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
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Andy North is best known for winning two U.S. Open championships (1978 at Cherry Hills in Denver, 1985 at Oakland Hills in Birmingham, Michigan).
He turned professional in 1972 after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in marketing and finance from the University of Florida, where he was a three-time All-America. North also played in the Ryder Cup (1985) and the World Cup (1978) events, and won the PGA Tour’s 1977 Westchester Classic. He played fulltime on the PGA Tour until 1992 when various injuries limited his participation and he moved into a TV role. He still occasionally plays on the Champions Tour, which he joined in 2000.
North, a native of Thorpe, Wis., is an avid follower of University of Wisconsin sports. Before turning pro, he won the 1969 Wisconsin Amateur and the 1971 Western Amateur.
North is well-known in his home state for his charity work. His annual Andy North and Friends Golf Classic, which attracts professional athletes from many sports, raises funds for the cancer center at the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, he was honored with the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence for his work in cancer research fundraising.
Andy North joined ESPN as an on-course golf reporter in September, 1992. He serves as both an analyst and a reporter in ESPN’s championship golf coverage as well as analyst for ESPN’s preview shows and SportsCenter reports from major tournaments.