First of all for those who maybe unsure, the U.S Open comprises of 4 separate rounds of the 18 hole golf course, making a total of 72 holes to play. Out of the 156 competitors the winner is the golfer who has the lowest score overall after the 4 rounds. Now onto the facts!
1.The US Open was celebrating its 115th edition when it began yesterday on June 18th 2015. For the first time it has been held in the Pacific Northwest on the links-style Chambers Bay layout in University Place, Washington.
2.The US Open is widely regarded as the toughest of the four majors with its traditional course set-up of narrow fairways, thick rough and firm, fast conditions combining to make a score under par a challenge in itself.
3.Despite the tough challenge set by the tournament, four players have won the U.S Open on four occasions, of which include:
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)
Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)
Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)
4.Willie Anderson also holds the record for most consecutive wins with the three championships he won between 1903 and 1905.
5.Alongside winning the tournament 4 times, Jack Nicklaus also holds the record for the most consecutive opens started at 44. These were completed between 1957 and 2000.
6.Hale Irwin is the oldest winner of the US Open, when he clinched the title for a third time at the age of 45 years and 15 days.
7.The youngest winner of the tournament is John McDermott who aged 19 and 315 days in 1911 who sealed the title in a play off at the Chicago Golf Club.
8.Oakmont Country Club is has been the most popular venue for the tournament having hosted it a record 8 times.
9.Great Britain’s Rory Mcillory holds a record of his own with his victory in 2011 with the lowest score ever recorded over 72 holes with 268 strokes.
10.The overall prize purse this year is just over 5.7 million pounds with the winner set to receive just over 1 million of that. If that wasn't enough, winners of the tournament also receive the following perks:
Automatic qualification for the U.S. Open tournament for the next 10 years
An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments, British Open Championships and PGA Championships
Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years.
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