My U.S. Open Moment: Brad Faxon

My U.S. Open Moment: Brad Faxon

Published Nov. 15, 2016 2:09 p.m. ET

The highlight of Brad Faxon’s US Open career happened in 1983. And the reason it is so memorable is not what one would expect.

Faxon didn’t win that Open in which he was an amateur. Not winning was to be expected. However, Faxon did finish as low amateur in the tournament at Oakmont, which was Arnold Palmer’s “home” course.

The final round was contested on Father’s Day. Faxon’s caddie for the first three days was unable to stick with him for the last 18 holes. So, Faxon’s dad stepped in on the bag.

The pairing – Faxon was playing with D.A. Weibring  -- was warned for being out of position.


“The 15th tee and the 18th fairway were right near each other,” Faxon told FOX Sports colleague Holly Sonders. “Arnold was playing 18.”

After hitting his shot, Faxon rushed to hit his next, turned to his dad looking for a club only to find his dad was still back at the tee watching the great Palmer. Father told son, “I’ve never been that close to Arnold before.”