Two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North recalls his second win at Oakland Hills in 1985, made famous by T.C. Chen for his "two chip" on the fifth hole of the final round. Andy became the first player to break par there in winning that major and was the only player under par for the week. He takes us back to the 1985 Ryder Cup at the Belfry, when the Europeans began asserting themselves in this bi-annual event, and the U.S. team victory at the 1978 World Cup when partner John Mahaffey and he went 1/2 in the individual play. Listen in as Andy looks back on his broadcasting career, the pride he has for the development of golf in his home state of Wisconsin and for the philanthropic endeavors of his foundation, Andy North & Friends.
Andy North wraps us the story of his life and career, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Golf Professional, Broadcaster
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.