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U.S. Open 2012: Olympic Called 'Graveyard Of Champions'

While the U.S. Open is supposed to be one of the most difficult events on the PGA Tour, the Olympic Club in San Francisco has a special reputation even among the courses that have hosted the event.

2012 will be the fifth time the Olympic hosts the Open, and if history is any guide, the big names on the Tour may be in for a long weekend.

In 1955, Jack Fleck, a municipal golf pro, beat Ben Hogan in a three-hole playoff.

In 1966, Billy Casper came back from a seven-shot deficit to Arnold Palmer in the last nine holes to force a playoff where he ended up defeating Palmer.

In 1987, it was Tom Watson's turn to lose to a relative unknown (Scott Simpson), while Payne Stewart fell to Lee Janzen in 1998.

And in an era where the last 14 majors have had 14 different champions, there's a good chance that the Olympic could once again be an opportunity for a relative unknown to emerge and take down golf's biggest names.

For all your news and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub. Be sure to head over to for even more coverage from the event.

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