April 13, 2021

Andy North - "The U.S. Open Albatross No One Saw" SHORT TRACK

Andy North - "The U.S. Open Albatross No One Saw" SHORT TRACK

2-time U.S. Open Champion Andy North wins the 1985 event at Oakland Hills when T.C. Chen, leading by four strokes at the time,  famously two-chipped his way to a quadruple bogey on the 5th hole of the final round.  Often lost in the story is the albatross he made in the first round at the second hole. We talk about it here, "FORE the Good of the Game."

North, Andy Profile Photo

North, Andy

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.