The US Open, also known as the United States Open Championship, is one of the four major golfing events of the year. Alongside the US Masters, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, the US Open attracts the best golfers from around the globe taking part in a four-day tournament. Held in mid-June, the US Open is staged at various prestigious courses, just like the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Notorious for it difficulty, the US Open is one of the most challenging tournaments of the year, with players rarely beating the course by a large margin.
The US Open was first played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Unlike the tournaments these days, it was held over a single day and was a 36-hole competition. Ten professional golfers and one amateur entered the tournament, with the eventual winner being Englishman Horace Rawlins. Rawlins received $150 cash, as well as a trophy and a $50 gold medal, which is quite small considering these days the victor receives not only a silver trophy, but a cool $1.62 million check.
Early on, the tournament was dominated by British professionals. But in 1911, John J. McDermott became the first native-born American to win the coveted trophy. Since then, the tournament has been mainly won by Americans, with only a handful of other countries claiming victory.
Many great names have lifted the trophy. Hall of Famers Jack Nickolas and Ben Hogan hold the record for the most Open victories, both claiming it four times. Tiger Woods, Hale Irwin, Bobby Jones (who was an amateur) and Willie Anderson have three victories each. There have only been players from six countries other than the United States to have won the US Open. Australia’s own Geoff Ogilvy is one of those players, having lifted the trophy in 2006.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2015||JORDAN SPIETH||DUSTIN JOHNSON & LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN||1 STROKE|
|2014||MARTIN KAYMER||ERICK COMPTON & RICKIE FOWLER||8 STROKES|
|2013||JUSTINE ROSE||JASON DAY & PHIL MICKELSON||2 STROKES|
|2012||WEBB SIMPSON||GRAEME MCDOWELL & MICHAEL THOMPSON||1 STROKE|
|2011||RORY MCILROY||JASON DAY||8 STROKES|
|2010||GRAEME MCDOWELL||GREGORY HAVRET||1 STROKE|
|2009||LUCAS GLOVER||RICKY BARNES & PHIL MICKELSON||2 STROKES|
|2008||TIGER WOODS||ROCCO MEDIATE||PLAYOFF|
|2007||ANGEL CABRERA||JIM FURYK & TIGER WOODS||1 STROKE|
|2006||GEOFF OGILVY||JIM FURYK & PHIL MICKELSON||1 STROKE|
|2005||MICHAEL CAMPBELL||TIGER WOODS||2 STROKES|