Golf US Open

US OPEN - GOLF

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.


PREVIOUS US OPEN WINNERS


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