History of the US Open Golf and Winners


The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the open national championship of golf in the United States. It is the third of the four major championships in golf, after the Masters usually held in April, the USPGA in May and before The Open in July. The US open is is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

Where it all began

The first U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a 36-hole competition and was played in a single day. Only 11 competitors contended for the gold medal on the nine-hole course at the Newport Rhode Island Golf and Country Club, and the first prize for this 36-hole tournament was $150!

Since 1898 the competition has been 72 holes of stroke play (the player with the lowest total number of strokes is the winner). Regional qualifying tournaments have been held since 1924 to keep the number of players manageable, although golfers also become eligible to compete in the US Open by winning specified tournaments.

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The US Open in modern times

The championship and third major of the year is staged by the USGA in mid-June, so that if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father Day. The U.S. Open is staged at different courses every year and is usually notoriously difficult to play, low scores make very very hard work and premium is placed on accurate driving. As of 2019 the U.S. Open awards a $12.5 million purse, the largest of all 4 major championships and tied for largest of all PGA Tour events with the USPGA also with $12.5 million.

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Most Prolific US Open Winners

Willie Anderson, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905

Bobby Jones 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930

Ben Hogan 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953

Jack Nicklaus 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980

Hale Irwin 1974, 1979, 1990

Tiger Woods 2000, 2002, 2008

The following players have won the US Open 2 times : Alex Smith, John McDermott, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Ralph Guldahl, Cary Middlecoff, Julius Boros, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Andy North, Curtis Strange, Ernie Els, Lee Janzen, Payne Stewart, Retief Goosen, Brooks Koepka

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Full List of US Open Winners

1895 Horace Rawlins
1896 James Foulis
1897 Joe Lloyd
1898 Fred Herd
1899 Willie Smith
1900 Harry Vardon (U.K.)
1901 Willie Anderson
1902 Laurie Auchterlonie
1903 Willie Anderson
1904 Willie Anderson
1905 Willie Anderson
1906 Alex Smith
1907 Alex Ross
1908 Fred McLeod
1909 George Sargent
1910 Alex Smith
1911 John McDermott
1912 John McDermott
1913 Francis Ouimet
1914 Walter Hagen
1915 Jerome Travers
1916 Chick Evans
1917–18 not held
1919 Walter Hagen
1920 Edward Ray (U.K.)
1921 James Barnes
1922 Gene Sarazen
1923 Bobby Jones
1924 Cyril Walker
1925 Willie MacFarlane
1926 Bobby Jones
1927 Tommy Armour
1928 Johnny Farrell
1929 Bobby Jones
1930 Bobby Jones
1931 Billy Burke
1932 Gene Sarazen
1933 Johnny Goodman
1934 Olin Dutra
1935 Sam Parks, Jr.
1936 Tony Manero
1937 Ralph Guldahl
1938 Ralph Guldahl
1939 Byron Nelson
1940 Lawson Little
1941 Craig Wood
1942–45 not held
1946 Lloyd Mangrum
1947 Lew Worsham
1948 Ben Hogan
1949 Cary Middlecoff
1950 Ben Hogan
1951 Ben Hogan
1952 Julius Boros
1953 Ben Hogan
1954 Ed Furgol
1955 Jack Fleck
1956 Cary Middlecoff
1957 Dick Mayer
1958 Tommy Bolt
1959 Billy Casper
1960 Arnold Palmer
1961 Gene Littler
1962 Jack Nicklaus
1963 Julius Boros
1964 Ken Venturi
1965 Gary Player (S.Af.)
1966 Billy Casper
1967 Jack Nicklaus
1968 Lee Trevino
1969 Orville Moody
1970 Tony Jacklin (U.K.)
1971 Lee Trevino
1972 Jack Nicklaus
1973 Johnny Miller
1974 Hale Irwin
1975 Lou Graham
1976 Jerry Pate
1977 Hubert Green
1978 Andy North
1979 Hale Irwin
1980 Jack Nicklaus
1981 David Graham (Austl.)
1982 Tom Watson
1983 Larry Nelson
1984 Fuzzy Zoeller
1985 Andy North
1986 Ray Floyd
1987 Scott Simpson
1988 Curtis Strange
1989 Curtis Strange
1990 Hale Irwin
1991 Payne Stewart
1992 Tom Kite
1993 Lee Janzen
1994 Ernie Els (S.Af.)
1995 Corey Pavin
1996 Steve Jones
1997 Ernie Els (S.Af.)
1998 Lee Janzen
1999 Payne Stewart
2000 Tiger Woods
2001 Retief Goosen (S.Af.)
2002 Tiger Woods
2003 Jim Furyk
2004 Retief Goosen (S.Af.)
2005 Michael Campbell (N.Z.)
2006 Geoff Ogilvy (Austl.)
2007 Ángel Cabrera (Arg.)
2008 Tiger Woods
2009 Lucas Glover
2010 Graeme McDowell (N.Ire.)
2011 Rory McIlroy (N.Ire.)
2012 Webb Simpson
2013 Justin Rose (U.K.)
2014 Martin Kaymer (Ger.)
2015 Jordan Spieth
2016 Dustin Johnson
2017 Brooks Koepka
2018 Brooks Koepka

2019 – Gary Woodland

in 2019, Gary Woodland lead the field for nearly the whole weekend, winning the championship on 13 under. He held off a bid for a 3rd US Open title by Brook Koepka who finished second on 10 under.

2020 – Bryson DeChambeau

In a no fan US Open (because of the pandemic) Bryson DeChambeau claimed his first major title with a six-under-par 274.  His final round 67 (−3) was three strokes better than the rest of the field.  Matthew Wolff was runner-up shooting 75.

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2021 – John Rahm

Jon Rahm made a birdie on each of the final two holes to win his first major.  In doing so he also became the first U.S. Open champion from Spain.  The Spaniard finished one shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen.

2022 – Matt Fitzpatrick

The 2022 US Open at the Country Club in Brookline Massachusetts waswon by Matt Fitzpatrick who scored 6 under.  Before the tournament, Fitzpatrick was the second-highest ranked golfer in the world without a PGA Tour victory.   He previously won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club

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