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U.S. Open

Annual men's golf tournament run by the United States Golf Association usually held near the end of the second quarter of the year (June). It is considered to be one of the original Masters tournaments (Masters, U.S. Open, The Open [British Open], PGA) and still continues to be considered as one of the Masters (U.S. Open, The Open [British Open], The U.S. Amateur, The British Amateur).



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Noteable Moments at the US Open
1895: The United States Golf Association (USGA) held the first U.S. Open Championship at Newport Golf and Country Club in Rhode Island. Professional golfer Horace Rawlins of England was the first champion.

1898: The U.S. Open was expanded to a 72-hole format, with 36 holes played on two days.

1900: Eventual six-time British Open champion Harry Vardon won his only U.S. Open title. It was the first time Vardon played the event.

1901: Willie Anderson won the first of his four U.S. Open titles, defeating Alex Smith in the event's first playoff.

1903: Willie Anderson defeated David Brown in a playoff for his second career U.S. Open win.

1904: Willie Anderson successfully defended his title at the U.S. Open.

1905: Willie Anderson once again mounted a successful title defense at the U.S. Open. It was his fourth career win at the event. He also became the only golfer to earn three consecutive U.S. Open crowns.

1907: Jack Hobens recorded the first hole-in-one at the U.S. Open.

1911: John J. McDermott was the first native-born American to earn the U.S. Open title. He would successfully defend his title in 1912.

1913: Francis Ouimet became the first amateur to win the U.S. Open, defeating professionals Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in a playoff.

1914: Walter Hagen won his first of two U.S. Open titles.

1917-1918: No U.S. Opens were held due to World War I.

1922: The USGA began to sell spectator tickets for the U.S. Open.

1923: Amateur golfer Bobby Jones won the first of four U.S. Open titles.

1924: A sharp rise in entries prompted the USGA to introduce sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.

1926: Bobby Jones won his second U.S. Open crown.

1929: Bobby Jones triumphed at the U.S. Open for the third time in his career.

1930: The venerable Bobby Jones became a four-time U.S. Open champion by successfully defending his title.

1933: John Goodman was the last amateur to earn the U.S. Open title.

1942-1945: No U.S. Opens were played due to World War II.

1948: Ben Hogan won his first U.S. Open Championship. He went on to win the event four times.

1950: Ben Hogan made a triumphant comeback after a near-fatal car accident in 1949 to win the U.S. Open.

1951: Ben Hogan won his third U.S. Open crown.

1953: Playing the best golf of his career, Ben Hogan won the U.S. Open for the fourth time. He also won the Masters and British Open.

1954: The U.S. Open was nationally televised for the first time. It was also the first year it was roped from tee to green.

1960: Arnold Palmer sets the U.S. Open record for the largest comeback in the final round by overcoming a seven-stroke deficit. It was Palmer's only U.S. Open title.

1962: Rookie Jack Nicklaus won his first of four U.S. Open titles.

1965: The U.S. Open adopted a four-day, 18-hole format.

1969: Qualifier Orville Moody captured the U.S. Open title. Moody was the last champion to come from local and sectional qualifying.

1973: Johnny Miller battled back from a six-stroke deficit to win the U.S. Open.

1980: Jack Nicklaus joined Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan as the only four-time U.S. Open champions with his victory. (Nicklaus' other victories came in 1962, 1967 and 1972.)

1989: Curtis Strange successfully defended his U.S Open title. He is the last golfer to accomplish this at the U.S. Open.

1990: Hale Irwin, playing on a special exemption, became the oldest U.S. Open champion with his playoff victory over Mike Donald. Irwin was 45 years, 15 days old. It was also Irwin's third U.S. Open title (the others came in 1974 and 1979).

1994: Ernie Els defeated Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie in one of the U.S. Open's most memorable playoffs. Els and Roberts both fired 74s in the 18-hole playoff. Two holes of sudden death were needed before Els claimed the first of his two Open titles.

1996: Steve Jones edged Tom Lehman and Davis Love III by one stroke to win the U.S. Open. Jones was the last sectional qualifier to capture the title.

1999: Payne Stewart wins his second U.S. Open title, holding off a determined Phil Mickelson with a spectacular par save on No. 18 for the win.

2000: Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Open and set a 72-hole scoring record. Woods also established the largest winning margin (15 strokes).

2001: Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks in a playoff. It was the last time a playoff has been held at the U.S. Open.

2002: Tiger Woods earned his second U.S. Open title at Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. It was the first time the event was held on a public course.


Year Winner Score Runner-up
2005 Michael Campbell 280 Tiger Woods
2004 Retief Goosen 276 Phil Mickelson
2003 Jim Furyk 272 Stephen Leaney
2002 Tiger Woods 277 Phil Mickelson
2001 *Retief Goosen 276 Mark Brooks
2000 Tiger Woods 272 Ernie Els
Miguel Angel Jiménez
1999 Payne Stewart 279 Phil Mickelson
1998 Lee Janzen 280 Payne Stewart
1997 Ernie Els 276 Colin Montgomerie
1996 Steve Jones 278 Tom Lehman
Davis Love III
1995 Corey Pavin 280 Greg Norman
1994 *Ernie Els (74-4-4) 279 Loren Roberts (74-4-5)
Colin Montgomerie (78)
1993 Lee Janzen 272 Payne Stewart
1992 Tom Kite 285 Jeff Sluman
1991 *Payne Stewart (75) 282 Scott Simpson (77)
1990 *Hale Irwin (74-3) 280 Mike Donald (74-4)
1989 Curtis Strange 278 Chip Beck
Mark McCumber
Ian Woosnam
1988 Curtis Strange (71) 278 Nick Faldo (75)
1987 Scott Simpson 277 Tom Watson
1986 Ray Floyd 279 Lanny Wadkins
Chip Beck
1985 Andy North 279 Dave Barr
T.C. Chen
Denis Watson
1984 Fuzzy Zoeller (67) 276 Greg Norman(75)
1983 Larry Nelson 280 Tom Watson
1982 Tom Watson 282 Jack Nicklaus
1981 David Graham 273 George Burns
Bill Rogers
1980 Jack Nicklaus 272 Isao Aoki
1979 Hale Irwin 284 Gary Player
Jerry Pate
1978 Andy North 285 Dave Stockton
J.C. Snead
1977 Hubert Green 278 Lou Graham
1976 Jerry Pate 277 Tom Weiskopf
1975 Lou Graham (71) 287 John Mahaffey (73)
1974 Hale Irwin 287 Forrest Fezler
1973 Johnny Miller 279 John Schlee
1972 Jack Nicklaus 290 Bruce Crampton
1971 Lee Trevino (68) 280 Jack Nicklaus (71)
1970 Tony Jacklin 281 Dave Hill
1969 Orville Moody 281 Deane Beman
Al Geiberger
1968 Lee Trevino 275 Jack Nicklaus
1967 Jack Nicklaus 275 Arnold Palmer
1966 Billy Casper (69) 278 Arnold Palmer (73)
1965 Gary Player (71) 282 Kel Nagle (74)
1964 Ken Venturi 278 Tommy Jacobs
1963 Julius Boros (70) 293 Jacky Cupit(73)
Arnold Palmer (76)
1962 Jack Nicklaus (71) 283 Arnold Palmer (74)
1961 Gene Littler 281 Bob Goalby
Doug Sanders
1960 Arnold Palmer 280 Jack Nicklaus
1959 Billy Casper 282 Bob Rosburg
1958 Tommy Bolt 283 Gary Player
1957 Dick Mayer (72) 282 Cary Middlecoff (79)
1956 Cary Middlecoff 281 Ben Hogan
Julius Boros
1955 Jack Fleck (69) 287 Ben Hogan (72)
1954 Ed Furgol 284 Gene Littler
1953 Ben Hogan 283 Sam Snead
1952 Julius Boros 281 Ed Oliver
1951 Ben Hogan 287 Clayton Heafner
1950 Ben Hogan (69) 287 Lloyd Mangrum (73)
George Fazio (75)
1949 Cary Middlecoff 286 Sam Snead
Clayton Heafner
1948 Ben Hogan 276 Jimmy Demaret
1947 Lew Worsham (69) 282 Sam Snead (70)
1946 Lloyd Mangrum (72-73) 284 Vic Ghezzi (72-73)
Byron Nelson (72-73)
1941 Craig Wood 284 Denny Shute
1940 Lawson Little (70) 287 Gene Sarazen (73)
1939 Byron Nelson (68-70) 284 Craig Wood (68-73)
Denny Shute (76)
1938 Ralph Guldahl 284 Dick Metz
1937 Ralph Guldahl 281 Sam Snead
1936 Tony Manero 282 Harry Cooper
1935 Sam Parks Jr 299 Jimmy Thompson
1934 Olin Dutra 293 Gene Sarazen
1933 #Johnny Goodman 287 Ralph Guldahl
1932 Gene Sarazen 286 Phil Perkins
Bobby Cruickshank
1931 *Billy Burke (149-148) 292 George Von Elm
1930 #Robert Jones Jr 287 Macdonald Smith
1929 #*Robert Jones Jr (141) 294 Al Espinosa (164)
1928 Johnny Farrell (143) 294 #Robert Jones Jr. (144)
1927 Tommy Armour (76) 301 Harry Cooper (79)
1926 #Robert Jones Jr 293 Joe Turnesa
1925 *Willie Macfarlane (147) 291 #Robert Jones Jr (148)
1924 Cyril Walker 297 #Robert Jones Jr
1923 #*Robert Jones Jr (76) 296 Bobby Cruickshank (78)
1922 Gene Sarazen 288 John L. Black/#Robert Jones Jr
1921 James Barnes 289 Walter Hagen
Fred McLeod
1920 Edward Ray 295 Harry Vardon
Jack Burke
Leo Diegel
Jock Hutchison
1919 *Walter Hagen (77) 301 Mike Brady (78)
1916 #Charles Evans Jr 286 Jock Hutchison
1915 #Jerome Travers 297 Tom McNamara
1914 Walter Hagen 290 #Charles Evans Jr
1913 #Francis Ouimet (72) 304 Harry Vardon (77)
Edward Ray (78)
1912 John McDermott 294 Tom McNamara
1911 John McDermott (80) 307 Mike Brady (82)
Geord Simpson(85)
1910 *Alex Smith (71) 298 John McDermott (75)
Macdonald Smith (77)
1909 George Sargent 290 Tom McNamara
1908 Fred McLeod (77) 322 Willie Smith (83)
1907 Alex Ross 302 Gil Nicholls
1906 Alex Smith 295 Willie Smith
1905 Willie Anderson 314 Alex Smith
1904 Willie Anderson 303 Gil Nicholls
1903 *Willie Anderson (82) 307 David Brown (84)
1902 Laurie Auchterlonie 307 Stewart Gardner
1901 Willie Anderson (85) 331 Alex Smith (86)
1900 Harry Vardon 313 J.H. Taylor
1899 Willie Smith 315 George Low
Val Fitzjohn
W.H. Way
1898 Fred Herd 328 Alex Smith
1897 Joe Lloyd 162 (36 holes) Willie Anderson
1896 James Foulis 152 (36 holes) Horace Rawlins
1895 Horace Rawlins 173 (36 holes) Willie Dunn
Key: * = Won in a playoff         # = Amateur         ( ) = Playoff score


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