June 14-17, 2018
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, New York
Format: Stroke play
Golf’s second major of the season is arguably its most demanding.
This will be a eagerly anticipated contest of the best golfers in the world abilities. To keep up the tradition, the final golf rounds will be contested on Father’s Day.
The US Open is the second of the year’s four golf majors. It is played during the month of June each year and comes two months after the first major of the year, the US Masters and falls around five weeks before the British Open, which is the only major golf tournament to be played outside of the USA.
Purses at the Cup have reached over $7 million dollars. In addition to the prize money awarded US Open champs are guaranteed an invitation to play in the three other major championships in the golf world: the PGA Championship, the Open Championship or British Open and the Masters. Winners of past US Opens have included golf’s finest: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The hosting courses are among the finest in the world.
US OPEN GOLF INFORMATION
Formal Name: United States Open Championship
First year played: 1895
US Open Golf Notable Champions: Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus
Youngest US Open Golf winner: John McDermott at 19
Oldest US Open Golf winner: Hale Irwin at 45
Widest Margin of Victory: Tiger Woods won by 15 strokes in 2000
US Open Golf History
The U.S. Open golf championship, first played in 1895, was originally played concurrently with the U.S. Amateur Open, but both were postponed because of the America’s Cup, which was to occur at the same time. Both were scheduled in Newport, Rhode Island, but the Americas Cup, a yacht race, was more popular at the time and so the U.S. Open had to be delayed.
All 36 holes of the US Open were originally played in one day. That changed in 1898 when the USGA changed it to a two day event, with 36 holes on each day, for a total of 72 holes. It changed again in 1926, with 18 holes each day on the first two days, and 36 on the third. Since 1965, the U.S. Open has played with 18 holes per round, for four days.
Some Facts about the US Open Championship Golf Game
Most birdies – Career: 500, Jack Nicklaus; Tournament: 25, Phil Mickelson, 2001; One round: 10, Nick Price, (63), 1986, third round
Most consecutive birdies – 7, Steve Pate, 1999, third round, starting with No. 7
Birdies on No. 18 to win – Art Wall, 1959; Arnold Palmer, 1960; Gary Player, 1978; Sandy Lyle, 1988; Mark O’Meara, 1998
Youngest competitor – 17 years, Tommy Jacobs (amateur) (316), 1952
Youngest champion – 21 years, 3 months, 14 days, Tiger Woods, 1997
Oldest competitor – 79 years, Fred McLeod, 1962
Oldest champion – 46 years, 2 months, 23 days, Jack Nicklaus, 1986
Money leader – Tiger Woods, $2,920,760, nine starts
THE PLAYERS WHO ARE FULLY EXEMPT FOR THE 2006 U.S. OPEN (70) (as of 4/27/06)