119th U.S. Open Championship – Notebook
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WHO’S HERE: Among the 156 golfers in the 2019 U.S. Open, there are:
U.S. Open champions (12): Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Dustin Johnson (2016), Martin Kaymer (2014), Brooks Koepka (2017, ’18), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012), Jordan Spieth (2015) and Tiger Woods (2000, ’02, ’08).
U.S. Open runners-up (13): Jason Day (2011, ’13), Ernie Els (2000), Tommy Fleetwood (2018), Rickie Fowler (2014), Jim Furyk (2006, ’07, ’16), Dustin Johnson (2015), Shane Lowry (2016), Hideki Matsuyama (2017), Graeme McDowell (2012), Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, ’04, ’06, ’09, ’13), Louis Oosthuizen (2015), Scott Piercy (2016) and Tiger Woods (2005, ’07).
U.S. Amateur champions (7): Byeong Hun An (2009), Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), Viktor Hovland (2018), Matt Kuchar (1997), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Tiger Woods (1994, ’95, ’96).
U.S. Amateur runners-up (3): Devon Bling (2018), Luke List (2004) and Patrick Cantlay (2011).
U.S. Junior Amateur champions (4): Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11), Scottie Scheffler (2013), Michael Thorbjornsen (2018) and Tiger Woods (1991, ’92, ’93).
U.S. Junior Amateur runners-up (3): Aaron Baddeley (1998), Charles Howell III (1996) and Justin Thomas (2010).
U.S. Senior Open champions (1): David Toms (2018).
U.S. Senior Open runners-up (0): none.
U.S. Mid-Amateur champions (3): Stewart Hagestad (2016), Kevin O’Connell (2018) and Matt Parziale (2017).
U.S. Mid-Amateur runners-up (0): none.
U.S. Amateur Public Links champions (2): Chez Reavie (2001) and Brandt Snedeker (2003).
U.S. Amateur Public Links runners-up (2): Jason Dufner (1998) and Nick Taylor (2009).
USGA champions (26): Byeong Hun An (2009 Amateur), Bryson DeChambeau (2015 Amateur), Ernie Els (1994, ’97 Opens), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013 Amateur), Jim Furyk (2003 Open), Lucas Glover (2009 Open), Stewart Hagestad (2016 Mid-Amateur), Viktor Hovland (2018 Amateur), Dustin Johnson (2016 Open), Martin Kaymer (2014 Open), Brooks Koepka (2017, ’18 Opens), Matt Kuchar (1997 Amateur), Graeme McDowell (2010 Open), Rory McIlroy (2011 Open), Phil Mickelson (1990 Amateur), Kevin O’Connell (2018 Mid-Amateur), Matt Parziale (2017 Mid-Amateur), Chez Reavie (2001 Amateur Public Links), Justin Rose (2013 Open), Scottie Scheffler (2013 Junior Amateur), Webb Simpson (2012 Open), Brandt Snedeker (2003 Amateur Public Links), Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11 Junior Amateurs, 2015 Open), Michael Thorbjornsen (2018 Junior Amateur), David Toms (2018 Senior Open) and Tiger Woods (1991, ’92, ’93 Junior Amateurs, 1994, ’95, ’96 Amateurs, 2000, ’02, ’08 Opens).
Walker Cup Team Members:
United States (19): Patrick Cantlay (2011), Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Harris English (2011), Rickie Fowler (2007, ’09), Lucas Glover (2001), Stewart Hagestad (2017), J.B. Holmes (2005), Billy Horschel (2007), Billy Hurley III (2005), Dustin Johnson (2007), Matt Kuchar (1999), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’91), Collin Morikawa (2017), Scottie Scheffler (2017), Webb Simpson (2007), Jordan Spieth (2011), Kyle Stanley (2007), Justin Thomas (2013) and Tiger Woods (1995).
Great Britain & Ireland (8): Paul Casey (1999), Luke Donald (1999, 2001), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), Tommy Fleetwood (2009), Graeme McDowell (2001), Rory McIlroy (2007), Justin Rose (1997) and Danny Willett (2007).
NCAA Division I champions (7): Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Luke Donald (1999), Charles Howell III (2000), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’90, ’92), Thomas Pieters (2012), Aaron Wise (2016) and Tiger Woods (1996).
TOTAL U.S. OPENS WON BY 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (16): Ernie Els (2), Jim Furyk (1), Lucas Glover (1), Dustin Johnson (1), Martin Kaymer (1), Brooks Koepka (2), Graeme McDowell (1), Rory McIlroy (1), Justin Rose (1), Webb Simpson (1), Jordan Spieth (1) and Tiger Woods (3).
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2018 included): Phil Mickelson (27), Ernie Els (26), Jim Furyk (24), Tiger Woods (20), Sergio Garcia (19), David Toms (19), Adam Scott (17), Matt Kuchar (16), Paul Casey (15) and Zach Johnson (15).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2018 included): Ernie Els (26), Jim Furyk (23), Sergio Garcia (19), Adam Scott (17), Zach Johnson (15), Dustin Johnson (11), Martin Kaymer (11) and Matt Kuchar (11).
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – The USGA accepted 9,125 entries, the sixth-highest total in U.S. Open history. The record of 10,127 entries was set in 2014. More than 9,000 U.S. Open entries were received for the eighth consecutive year and the 11th time overall. The USGA accepted entries for the 2019 U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, including 1,286 from California, as well as the District of Columbia and 77 foreign countries.
The 156-player field includes 78 fully exempt golfers, 12 of whom are past champions. Local qualifying over 18 holes was held at 110 sites between April 29-May 13. Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at eight U.S. sites in the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Washington on June 3, and one site in Texas on May 20. For the 15th consecutive year, Japan and England hosted international sectional qualifying, held on May 27 and June 3, respectively. A sectional qualifier was contested for the first time in Canada on June 3.
History of U.S. Open Championship Entries
Year Number Host Site
2014 10,127 Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
2015 9,882 Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
2016 9,877 Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
2013 9,860 Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
2017 9,485 Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
2019 9,125 Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
2009 9,086 Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.
2010 9,052 Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
2018 9,049 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
2005 9,048 Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
2012 9,006 The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif.
AMATEURS – Sixteen amateurs have made the 156-player field, the seventh consecutive year that 10 or more amateurs are competing. Viktor Hovland, the 2018 U.S. Amateur champion, and Jovan Rebula, who won the 2018 Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A, are in this group.
Hovland, of Norway, defeated Devon Bling, 6 and 5, in last year’s U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Hovland, the first Norwegian to win the U.S. Amateur and the second to win a USGA championship, tied the record for fewest holes (104) needed to capture the Havemeyer Trophy, since the present championship format was adopted in 1979. Hovland, who just completed his junior year at Oklahoma State University, received the Ben Hogan Award as the top collegiate golfer. He was chosen Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and was the runner-up in the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Louisville Regional. Hovland tied for 32nd in this year’s Masters to earn low amateur.
Rebula, of South Africa, won The Amateur Championship, a 3-and-2 victory over Robin Dawson at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club. He became the first South African since Bobby Cole in 1966 to win the title. Rebula, a junior at Auburn University and the nephew of two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els, was the fifth Tiger to capture the Southeastern Conference individual title when he won in a four-hole playoff this spring. Rebula, who recorded five top-10 finishes, earned first-team All-Southeast Region and All-SEC honors.
Matt Parziale, of Brockton, Mass., and Luis Gagne, of Costa Rica, shared low amateur in last year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club when they tied for 48th. Parziale, the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, qualified through the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He is competing in his 14th USGA championship. Gagne, a senior on the Louisiana State University team who qualified in the Bowling Green, Fla., sectional, advanced to the Round of 32 in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. He earned All-Southeastern Conference recognition for the third consecutive year in 2018-19 and tied for 10th in the NCAA Stanford Regional. He also finished second in the 2019 Latin America Amateur.
Stewart Hagestad, Michael Thorbjornsen and Kevin O’Connell have won USGA championships. Hagestad, who was a member of the victorious 2017 USA Walker Cup Team, claimed the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Thorbjornsen edged Akshay Bhatia, 1 up, in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur final at Baltusrol Golf Club, in Springfield, N.J. Kevin O’Connell defeated Brett Boner, 4 and 3, to win the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club.
Bling, of Ridgecrest, Calif., and Daniel Hillier, of New Zealand, were prominent in last year’s U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach. Bling, the runner-up to Viktor Hovland, made a dramatic run to the final by winning 1-up matches in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. Hillier was the co-medalist in stroke play and advanced to the Round of 32 in match play.
Brandon Wu, who helped Stanford win its ninth NCAA championship and third consecutive Pac-12 Conference title in 2019, leads a group of seven collegiate golfers. Chun An Yu, a junior at Arizona State, and Austin Eckroat, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, finished third and tied for eighth at NCAAs, respectively. Others are Chandler Eaton (Duke), Noah Norton (Georgia Tech), Spencer Tibbits (Oregon State) and Cameron Young (Wake Forest).
Note: There have been at least 10 amateurs in 12 of the past 13 U.S. Opens. Twenty amateurs played in last year’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Matt Parziale and Luis Gagne, who tied for 48th, were the low amateurs. John Goodman was the last amateur to win the championship, in 1933.
Amateurs in Recent U.S. Opens
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2019 16 — —–
2018 20 3 Luis Gagne, Matt Parziale, 48th (tie)
2017 14 2 Scottie Scheffler, 27th (tie)
2016 11 1 Jon Rahm, 23rd (tie)
2015 16 6 Brian Campbell, 27th (tie)
2014 12 1 Matthew Fitzpatrick, 48th (tie)
2013 10 4 Michael Kim, 17th (tie)
2012 8 3 Jordan Spieth, 21st (tie)
2011 12 3 Patrick Cantlay, 21st (tie)
2010 10 2 Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009 15 3 Nick Taylor, 36th (tie)
2008 11 �� 3 Michael Thompson, 29th (tie)
2007 12 0 —–
2006 9 0 —–
2005 9 2 Matt Every, 28th (tie)
2004 8 4 Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003 10 2 Trip Kuehne, 57th (tie)
2002 4 1 Kevin Warrick, 72nd
2001 3 1 Bryce Molder, 30th (tie)
2000 7 1 Jeff Wilson, 59th
1999 6 1 Hank Kuehne, 65th
1998 5 1 Matt Kuchar, 14th (tie)
1997 6 0 —–
1996 6 4 Randy Leen, 54th
1995 3 0 —–
1994 6 0 —–
1993 3 1 Justin Leonard, 68th (tie)
1992 5 0 —–
1991 4 1 Phil Mickelson, 55th (tie)
1990 4 2 Phil Mickelson, 29th (tie)
1989 2 0 —–
1988 4 1 Billy Mayfair, 25th (tie)
1987 2 0 —–
1986 5 1 Sam Randolph, 35th (tie)
1985 8 2 Scott Verplank, 34th (tie)
1984 11 2 Mark Hayes, Jay Sigel, 43rd (tie)
1983 9 2 Brad Faxon, 50th (tie)
1982 14 2 Nathaniel Crosby, 59th
1981 18 1 Joey Rassett, 65th (tie)
1980 18 2 Gary Hallberg, 22nd (tie)
1962 20 5 Deane Beman, 14th (tie)
1961 23 5 Jack Nicklaus, 4th (tie)
1960 21 2 Jack Nicklaus, 2nd
1959 25 6 James English, 32nd (tie)
LOCAL-SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS – Andy Pope, who has competed on the Web.com Tour, is among 17 U.S. Open qualifiers who advanced through both local and sectional qualifying. Pope, who is competing in his fourth U.S. Open, advanced through both stages for third time. In 2015, he made the 36-hole cut and tied for 70th at Chambers Bay.
Ryan Sullivan (2013), Rob Oppenheim (2014) and Nick Hardy (2015) have also been local-sectional qualifiers in previous years. Hardy was the 2018 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year while playing for the University of Illinois. Hardy, who has competed on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, tied for 52nd in 2015 at Chambers Bay.
A total of 21 players worked their way to the U.S. Open through local and sectional qualifying in 2018. Dylan Meyer, a teammate of Hardy’s at Illinois and a first-team All-American, tied for 20th and led the group of seven players who made the 36-hole cut. In 2012, nine made the cut, the highest number since 1997. John Peterson was the top finisher, tying for fourth.
In 2019, there were 110 local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectional qualifiers, including international sites in Japan, England and Canada. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Gene Littler (1961), Julius Boros (1963), Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.
2019 Local-Sectional Qualifiers (17)
Name Sectional Site Local Site
Connor Arendell Rockville, Md. Naples, Fla.
Charlie Danielson Dallas, Texas Chaska, Minn.
Eric Dietrich Walla Walla, Wash. Middlefield, Conn.
Brett Drewitt Springfield, Ohio Austin, Texas
a-Chandler Eaton Ball Ground, Ga. Durham, N.C.
Andreas Halvorsen Newport Beach, Calif. West Palm Beach, Fla.
Nick Hardy Springfield, Ohio Barrington, Ill.
Richard Lee Newport Beach, Calif. Phoenix, Ariz.
Chip McDaniel Springfield, Ohio Lexington, Ky.
Matthew Naumec Walla Walla, Wash. Plymouth, Mass.
a-Noah Norton Ball Ground, Ga. Chico, Calif.
Rob Oppenheim Purchase, N.Y. Orlando #2, Fla.
Guillermo Pereira Bowling Green, Fla. West Palm Beach, Fla.
Andy Pope Purchase, N.Y. Orlando #1, Fla.
Hayden Shieh Newport Beach, Calif. Pleasanton, Calif.
Ryan Sullivan Rockville, Md. Durham, N.C.
a-Spencer Tibbits Walla Walla, Wash. Bremerton, Wash.
Recent History of Local & Sectional Qualifiers
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2019 17 — —–
2018 21 7 Dylan Meyer, 20th (tie)
2017 21 5 a-Cameron Champ, 32nd (tie)
2016 27 5 Andrew Landry, 15th (tie)
2015 22 6 Jimmy Gunn, 27th (tie)
2014 24 5 Cody Gribble, 21st (tie)
2013 20 0 —–
2012 25 9 John Peterson, 4th (tie)
2011 29 4 Bud Cauley, 63rd (tie)
2010 24 7 Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009 30 2 Gary Woodland, 47th (tie)
2008 36 6 Kevin Streelman, 53rd
2007 26 2 D.J. Brigman, 30th (tie)
2006 30 4 Scott Hend, 32nd (tie)
2005 30 5 Paul Claxton, 23rd (tie)
2004 35 5 a-Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003 28 3 Dicky Pride, 28th (tie)
2002 22 6 Jason Caron, 30th (tie)
2001 28 6 Michael Allen, 12th (tie)
2000 37 6 Bobby Clampett, Charles Warren, 37th (tie)
1999 36 7 David Berganio Jr., 28th (tie)
1998 40 5 Lee Porter, 32nd (tie)
1997 33 10 David White, 51st (tie)
1996 39 19 Stewart Cink, 16th (tie)
1995 47 6 Pete Jordan, 21st (tie)
1994 43 6 Fran Quinn Jr., 43rd
1993 46 12 Lee Rinker, 33rd (tie)
1992 54 8 Andy Dillard, Tray Tyner, Willie Wood, 17th (tie)
1991 51 4 Brian Kamm, Lance Ten Broeck, 31st (tie)
1990 57 6 John Inman, 14th
1989 55 13 Tom Pernice, Jr., 13th (tie)
1988 63 7 Chip Johnson, Mike Nicolette, 40th (tie)
1987 53 9 Jim Woodward, 17th (tie)
1986 56 7 Mark Calcavecchia, 14th
1985 63 13 David Frost, Fred Funk, Tom Sieckmann, 23rd (tie)
1984 69 10 Bill Glasson, Joe Hager, 25th (tie)
1983 65 11 Ralph Landrum, 8th
1982 75 17 Gary Koch, 6th (tie)
1981 76 16 John Schroeder, 4th
1980 73 10 Joe Hager, 12th (tie)
Oldest Local-Sectional Qualifiers (1997-2019)
52, Wes Short Jr. (2016) – b. 12-4-63
49, Mark McCormick (2012) – b. 12-14-62
49, Ken Peyre-Ferry (1998) – b. 3-4-49
49, Fran Quinn (2014) – b. 3-11-65
49, Jim White (1999) – b. 4-16-50
48, Darrell Kestner (2002)
48, Gary Koch (2001)
48, Geoffrey Sisk (2013)
47, Andy Bean (2000)
47, Robert Gaus (2008)
47, Brandt Jobe (2013)
47, Andrew Morse (2006)
47, Paul Simson (1998)
46, Joe Daley (2007)
46, Darrell Kestner (2000)
46, Dick Mast (1997)
46, John Nieporte (2013)
46, Jerry Smith (2010)
Youngest Local-Sectional Qualifiers (1997-2019)
14, Andy Zhang (2012) – b. 12-14-97
15, Tadd Fujikawa (2006) – b. 1-8-91
15, Cole Hammer (2015) – b. 8-28-99
16, Tom Glissmeyer (2003)
16, Beau Hossler (2011)
16, Derek Tolan (2002)
16, Will Grimmer (2014)
17, Beau Hossler (2012)
17, Alberto Sanchez (2012)
18, Mason Andersen (2017)
18, Maverick McNealy (2014)
18, Robby Shelton (2014)
18, Gavin Hall (2013)
18, Luke List (2003)
18, Jason Semelsberger (1997)
PEBBLE BEACH HISTORY
Pebble Beach Golf Links is part of the famous 17-Mile Drive, which was originally designed as a local excursion route for visitors to Del Monte to take in the historic sights of Monterey and Pacific Grove and the scenery of what would become Pebble Beach. The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened on Feb. 22, 1919. Neville’s objective was to place as many of the holes as possible along the Monterey coastline and he accomplished this by using a “figure 8” layout. The first professional tournament held at Pebble Beach was the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open. In 1929, the course hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship for the first time. In 1947, Pebble Beach became one of the host courses for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, which is currently known as the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Pebble Beach has hosted 12 USGA championships, including five U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs, and was the site of the 1977 PGA Championship. The course has also hosted the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance Championship since 2004.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PEBBLE BEACH
1929 U.S. Amateur: Harrison R. Johnston def. Dr. O.F. Willing, 4 and 3
1940 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Betty Jameson def. Jane S. Cothran, 6 and 5
1947 U.S. Amateur: Robert H. (Skee) Riegel def. John W. Dawson, 2 and 1
1948 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Grace S. Lenczyk def. Helen Sigel, 4 and 3
1961 U.S. Amateur: Jack Nicklaus def. H. Dudley Wysong Jr., 8 and 6
1972 U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus by three strokes over Bruce Crampton (290-293)
1982 U.S. Open: Tom Watson by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus (282-284)
1992 U.S. Open: Tom Kite by two strokes over Jeff Sluman (285-287)
1999 U.S. Amateur: David Gossett def. Sung Yoon Kim, 9 and 8
2000 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods by 15 strokes over Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez (272-287)
2010 U.S. Open: Graeme McDowell by one stroke over Gregory Havret (284-285)
2018 U.S. Amateur: Viktor Hovland def. Devon Bling, 6 and 5
OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PEBBLE BEACH
1977 PGA Championship: Lanny Wadkins def. Gene Littler (282-4-4-4, 282-4-4-x)
MOST USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS HOSTED BY A CLUB (through June 2019)
18 Merion G.C., Ardmore, Pa.
16 Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.
16 The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
16 Oakmont (Pa.) C.C.
13 Pebble Beach (Calif.) G.L.
12 Chicago G.C., Wheaton, Ill.
12 Winged Foot G.C., Mamaroneck, N.Y.
11 Oakland Hills C.C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
10 The Olympic Club, San Francisco, Calif.
2010 U.S. OPEN
Graeme McDowell carded a final-round, 3-over-par 74 to earn a one-stroke victory over Frenchman Gregory Havret at even-par 284, thus ending a 40-year European drought in the U.S. Open Championship. England’s Tony Jacklin was the last European to claim the title, in 1970 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. McDowell became the first golfer from Northern Ireland to win a USGA championship. Ernie Els was third at 286 and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shared fourth at 287. With third-round leader Dustin Johnson struggling to an 82 over his final 18 holes, McDowell steadied his game. He birdied the par-4 fifth to reach 4 under par for the championship and did not make any critical mistakes, despite registering four bogeys coming in. Havret, a sectional qualifier, came up short in his bid to force a playoff with a bogey on the 71st hole and a missed 9-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th.
2019 U.S. Open Players Who Competed in 2010 U.S. Open (32): Byeong Hun An (MC), Joseph Bramlett (MC), Rafa Cabrera Bello (T-47), Paul Casey (T-40), Brian Davis (MC), Luke Donald (T-47), Jason Dufner (T-33), Ernie Els (3), Jim Furyk (T-16), Sergio Garcia (T-22), Lucas Glover (T-58), Dustin Johnson (T-8), Zach Johnson (T-77), Martin Kaymer (T-8), Matt Kuchar (T-6), Mark Leishman (MC), Graeme McDowell (won), Rory McIlroy (MC), Phil Mickelson (T-4), Francesco Molinari (MC), Kevin Na (MC), Louis Oosthuizen (MC), Ian Poulter (T-47), Andrew Putnam (MC), Rory Sabbatini (MC), Adam Scott (MC), Brandt Snedeker (T-8), Henrik Stenson (T-29), David Toms (T-33), Mike Weir (T-80), Gary Woodland (MC), Tiger Woods (T-4).
2000 U.S. OPEN
Tiger Woods lapped the field and was the lone player under par when he finished at 12-under-par 272, an incredible 15 strokes ahead of Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez, a record margin of victory for any major championship. Woods led by one stroke after the first round (65), by six after the second round (134) and by 10 after the third round (205). He played the first 22 holes and the last 26 holes without a bogey and did not have a single three-putt during the championship. Woods, who won the first of his three U.S. Open titles, made his move early with a bogey-free first round. Foggy conditions delayed play on Friday, and Woods managed just 12 holes before his second round was halted by darkness. Still, he finished birdie-birdie and slept on a six-shot lead over Jimenez. While Woods’ brilliance was on display, this was also a farewell to four-time champion Jack Nicklaus, who competed in his 44th and final U.S. Open.
2019 U.S. Open Players Who Competed in 2000 U.S. Open (9): Aaron Baddeley (MC), Ernie Els (T-2), Jim Furyk (60), Sergio Garcia (T-46), Phil Mickelson (T-16), Rory Sabbatini (MC), Davis Toms (T-16), Mike Weir (T-16), Tiger Woods (won).
1992 U.S. OPEN
Tom Kite shot an even-par 72 on the final day to finish with a 72-hole score of 3-under 285 and win by two strokes over Jeff Sluman. Kite and the field battled wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour in Sunday’s cold and testing conditions. Only five players broke par for the day and 20 others failed to break 80. In the third round, Gil Morgan made U.S. Open history when he became the first player to reach 10 under. He eventually struggled to a 77 but still held the 54-hole lead at 4-under 212. Morgan would relinquish the top spot to Kite in the final round with a double-bogey 6 on No. 4. Kite added to his lead with a 25-foot birdie on the sixth and played a delicate wedge that hit the flagstick and fell in for a birdie on the par-3 seventh. Kite would stay ahead with birdies at holes 12 and 14 to offset bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 and record the lone major championship of his career.
2019 U.S. Open Players Who Competed in 1992 U.S. Open (1): Phil Mickelson (MC).
1982 U.S. OPEN
In a memorable finish, Tom Watson made birdie on the 17th hole when he chipped in from off the green to edge Jack Nicklaus. Watson, who posted a four-round total of 6-under 282, drew his 2-iron off the tee into the rough between two bunkers and then proceeded to hole his sand wedge from 18 feet. He played the par-5 18th conservatively before sinking a 20-foot birdie putt for a two-stroke victory. Nicklaus, who birdied the 15th to tie Watson for the lead, parred the last three holes for a 69 and a 72-hole score of 284. Bruce Devlin, at age 44, led the championship after 36 holes but Watson made his move with a third-round 68 and shared the 54-hole lead with Bill Rogers, who won the 1981 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s.
1972 U.S. OPEN
Jack Nicklaus won his third of four U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach, which was hosting the championship for the first time. His 72-hole score of 2-over 290 was three strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton and four better than Arnold Palmer. A key moment in the final round came when Nicklaus, who won the Masters two months earlier, stood over an 8-foot bogey putt on the 12th hole at the same time Palmer was attempting a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 14. Nicklaus’ putt went in while Palmer’s missed and the Golden Bear maintained a one-shot lead. Nicklaus, who either led or was tied for the lead throughout the championship, followed with three pars and a birdie. He then hit the flagstick on 218-yard, par-3 17th with a 1-iron that left him with a 6-inch birdie putt and a four-stroke cushion.
2019 U.S. Open Players Who Competed in 2018 U.S. Amateur (15): a-Devon Bling (2nd), a-Chandler Eaton (FQ), a-Austin Eckroat (FQ), a-Luis Gagne (Round 32), a-Stewart Hagestad (Round 16), a-Daniel Hillier (Round 32), a-Viktor Hovland (won), Collin Morikawa (Round 64), a-Noah Norton (FQ), a-Kevin O’Connell (FQ), a-Matt Parziale (FQ), a-Jovan Rebula (FQ), a-Michael Thorbjornsen (Round 64), a-Brandon Wu (FQ), a-Chun An Yu (Round 32).
HOLE BY HOLE – Pebble Beach Golf Links will be set up at 7,075 yards and will play to a par of 35-36-71. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.
|Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole By Hole|
COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating is 76.4. Its Slope Rating is 149.
LONGEST COURSES IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
7,845 yards, Erin Hills, first round, Erin, Wis., 2017
7,839 yards, Erin Hills, second round, Erin, Wis., 2017
7,818 yards, Erin Hills, third round, Erin, Wis., 2017
7,721 yards, Erin Hills, fourth round, Erin, Wis., 2017
7,695 yards, Chambers Bay, second round, University Place, Wash., 2015
7,637 yards, Chambers Bay, third round, University Place, Wash., 2015
7,603 yards, Torrey Pines G.C. (South Course), second round, San Diego, Calif., 2008
7,514 yards, Congressional C.C. (Blue Course), first round, Bethesda, Md., 2011
7,497 yards, Chambers Bay, first round, University Place, Wash., 2015
7,476 yards, Torrey Pines G.C. (South Course), first round, San Diego, Calif., 2008
LONG PAR 5s – The 18th hole at Erin Hills in the fourth round was the second-longest par 5 in U.S. Open history at 681 yards. Ten holes in championship history have played to more than 660 yards.
LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
684 yards, 12th, first round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2016
681 yards, 18th, fourth round, Erin Hills, Erin, Wis., 2017
676 yards, 18th, second round, Erin Hills, Erin, Wis., 2017
674 yards, 12th, third round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2016
671 yards, 16th, third round, The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
667 yards, 12th, first round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
667 yards, 12th, second round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
667 yards, 12th, fourth round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
667 yards, 18th, third round, Erin Hills, Erin, Wis., 2017
660 yards, 16th, first round, The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
LONG PAR 3s – Oakmont Country Club’s eighth hole played at 300 yards, the longest par 3 in U.S. Open history, in the fourth round of the 2007 U.S. Open.
LONGEST PAR 3s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
300 yards, 8th, fourth round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
299 yards, 8th, fourth round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2016
281 yards, 8th, second round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
281 yards, 8th, second round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2016
279 yards, 8th, third round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
266 yards, 3rd, fourth round, Merion G.C. (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
264 yards, 2nd, first round, Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 2018
261 yards, 8th, first round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2007
258 yards, 8th, first round, Oakmont (Pa.) C.C., 2016
256 yards, 3rd, third round, The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
LONG PAR 4s – In 2015, Chambers Bay featured eight of the 10 longest par 4s in U.S. Open history. Holes 13 and 11 were set up at 551 and 544 yards, respectively, during the second round.
LONGEST PAR 4s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
551 yards, 13th, second round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
544 yards, 11th, second round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
542 yards, 4th, third round, Pinehurst R. & C.C. (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
541 yards, 11th, first round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
541 yards, 11th, fourth round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
536 yards, 14th, first round, Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 2018
534 yards, 14th, third round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
533 yards, 13th, third round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
530 yards, 11th, third round, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
529 yards, 14th, third round, Shinnecock Hills G.C., Southampton, N.Y., 2018
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CALIFORNIA
This will be the 83rd USGA championship played in California and the 13th U.S. Open contested in the state. In 2021, the U.S. Women’s Open will be held at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), in San Francisco. The 2023 U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
U.S. Open Championships in California (12):
1948: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades (Ben Hogan)
1955: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Jack Fleck)
1966: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Billy Casper)
1972: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Jack Nicklaus)
1982: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Tom Watson)
1987: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Scott Simpson)
1992: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Tom Kite)
1998: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Lee Janzen)
2000: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Tiger Woods)
2008: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego (Tiger Woods)
2010: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Graeme McDowell)
2012: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Webb Simpson)
U.S. Amateur Championships in California (10):
1929: Del Monte Golf & Country Club, Pebble Beach (Harrison R. Johnston def. Dr. O.F. Willing, 4 and 3)
1947: Del Monte Golf & Country Club, Pebble Beach (Robert H. “Skee” Riegel def. John W. Dawson, 2 and 1)
1958: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Charles R. Coe def. Tommy Aaron, 5 and 4)
1961: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Jack Nicklaus def. H. Dudley Wysong Jr., 8 and 6)
1976: Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles (Bill Sander def. C. Parker Moore Jr., 8 and 6)
1981: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Nathaniel Crosby def. Brian Lindley, 37 holes)
1999: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (David Gossett def. Sung Yoon Kim., 9 and 8)
2007: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco (Colt Knost def. Michael Thompson, 2 and 1)
2017: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades (Doc Redman def. Doug Ghim, 37 holes)
2018: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach (Viktor Hovland def. Devon Bling, 6 and 5)
FUTURE U.S. OPENS
June 18-21, 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.
June 17-20, 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, Calif.
June 16-19, 2022: The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
June 15-18, 2023: The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club (North Course)
June 13-16, 2024: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
June 12-15, 2025: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
June 18-21, 2026: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 17-20, 2027: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S. OPEN
Martin Kaymer: last international winner (2014)
Brooks Koepka: last to defend title (2018)
Francis Ouimet: last winner in his first attempt (1913)
Webb Simpson: last winner in his second attempt (2012)
Martin Kaymer: last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2014)
Jordan Spieth.: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (2015)
Dustin Johnson: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole (2016)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff (2008)
Geoff Ogilvy: last winner without a round in the 60s (2006)
Rory McIlroy: last winner with all rounds in the 60s (2011)
Brooks Koepka: last winner between ages 20-29 (28 in 2018)
Dustin Johnson: last winner between ages 30-39 (31 in 2016)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and higher (42 in 1999)
Dustin Johnson: last defending champion to miss the cut (2017)
Hale Irwin: last winner who received a special exemption (1990)
Lucas Glover: last winner to come through sectional qualifying (2009)
Orville Moody: last winner to come through local and sectional qualifying (1969)
John Goodman: last amateur winner (1933)
PAST U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS – Brooks Koepka became the seventh player to repeat as U.S. Open champion last year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Koepka also won in 2017 at Erin Hills. Curtis Strange was the last to win consecutive U.S. Opens in 1988 and 1989. Koepka can become the second player to capture three straight championships and would join Willie Anderson (1903, ’04, ’05) in select company. Other champions who won back-to-back titles are John J. McDermott (1911, ’12), a-Robert T. Jones Jr. (1929, ’30), Ralph Guldahl (1937, ’38) and Ben Hogan (1950, ’51).
WHAT THE CHAMPION RECEIVES
Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Open winner are:
*A U.S. Open exemption for the next 10 years
*An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
*An invitation to the next five Open Championships, conducted by The R&A
*An invitation to the next five PGA of America Championships
*An invitation to the next five Players Championships
*Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years
QUALIFYING FOR THE OTHER MAJORS
The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt for next year’s U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s (2020) Masters Tournament.
The first United States Open Championship was won by Horace Rawlins in September 1895, at Newport (R.I.) Golf Club. As the victor, Rawlins earned $150, a gold champion’s medal, and possession of the championship sterling silver cup for one year. The trophy was designated for display at Rawlins’ club until it was presented to the next year’s champion, beginning a perennial rite that has endured for more than a century.
The original two-handled cup was destroyed by fire in September 1946 at Lloyd Mangrum’s home club, Tam O’Shanter, outside of Chicago. The USGA considered replacing it with a new design but opted instead to preserve the look of the original with a full-scale replica on April 24, 1947. This replica remained in service, passed from champion to champion until 1986, when it was permanently retired to the USGA Museum. Today, the U.S. Open champion receives possession of the 1986 full-scale replica.
The original U.S. Open Trophy is on display at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J.
MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY LEADERS – Jack Nicklaus is first among the all-time major championship victory leaders with 18 major professional titles, including four U.S. Opens. Tiger Woods is second with 15 major professional titles, including three U.S. Opens and this year’s Masters.
MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
With the PGA Tour schedule reordered in 2018-19 the Masters Tournament and PGA Championship were played before the U.S. Open for the fifth time. This last occurred in 1971 when the PGA was held in the month of February prior to the Masters.
1937 – Masters (April 1-4, Byron Nelson), PGA (May 24-30, Denny Shute), U.S. Open (June 10-12, Ralph Guldahl)
1948 – Masters (April 8-11, Claude Harmon), PGA (May 19-25, Ben Hogan), U.S. Open (June 10-12, Ben Hogan)
1949 – Masters (April 7-10, Sam Snead), PGA (May 25-31, Ben Hogan), U.S. Open (June 9-11, Cary Middlecoff)
1971 – PGA (Feb. 25-28, Jack Nicklaus), Masters (April 8-11, Charles Coody), U.S. Open (June 17-21, Lee Trevino)
PAST MAJOR CHAMPIONS – Brooks Koepka has won four of the last nine major championships, including back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2017 and 2018. Tiger Woods claimed his first major title since 2008 and 15th overall with his one-stroke victory at this year’s Masters. In 2014, Rory McIlroy became the first player since Padraig Harrington to win consecutive majors with his victories in the Open Championship and PGA Championship. Jordan Spieth followed by capturing the first two majors of the 2015 season. In 2012, McIlroy won the PGA Championship to end a streak in which 15 players had won the previous 15 major professional golf championships.
Winners of Previous Major Championships
Year Winner (Championship) Result
2019 Brooks Koepka (PGA) (-8, 272)
2019 Tiger Woods (Masters) (-13-, 275)
2018 Brooks Koepka (PGA) (-16, 264)
2018 Francesco Molinari (The Open) (-8, 276)
2018 Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) (+1, 281)
2018 Patrick Reed (Masters) (-15, 273)
2017 Justin Thomas (PGA) (-8, 276)
2017 Jordan Spieth (The Open) (-12, 268)
2017 Brooks Koepka (U.S. Open) (-16, 272)
2017 Sergio Garcia (Masters) (-9, 279 def. Rose in playoff)
The U.S. Open will receive more than 46 hours of network coverage on FOX and FS1. The “Epics” film series will be part of U.S. Open coverage. Tiger Woods’ record-setting performance in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach will be featured. Rolex will be the exclusive presenting partner of coverage for seven USGA championships, including the final hour of Sunday’s U.S. Open coverage. Rolex’s commitment will allow an uninterrupted broadcast of these championships, providing fans hours of continuous live action.
Date Network Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 9 FOX Epics – Tiger Woods 2000 U.S. Open, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
June 12 FS1 Wednesday at the U.S. Open, 12:30-3 p.m.
FS1 Epics – Tiger Woods 2000 U.S. Open, 7-8 p.m.
June 13 FS1 First Round, 12:30-7:30 p.m.
FOX First Round, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
June 14 FS1 Second Round, 12:30-7:30 p.m.
FOX Second Round, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
June 15 FOX Third Round, Noon-10 p.m.
June 16 FOX Fourth Round, 2-10 p.m.
LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE
The U.S. Open will receive 117 hours of live streaming coverage on the us.open.com and U.S. Open app channels.
Date Channel Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 13 usopen.com/U.S. Open app First Round, featured groups 1, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
First Round, featured groups 2, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
First Round, featured holes, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
June 14 usopen.com/U.S. Open app Second Round, featured groups 1, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Second Round, featured groups 2, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Second Round, featured holes, 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
June 15 usopen.com/U.S. Open app Third Round, featured groups 1, Noon – 9 p.m.
Third Round, featured groups 2, Noon – 9 p.m.
Third Round, featured holes, Noon – 9 p.m.
June 17 usopen.com/U.S. Open app Fourth Round, featured groups 1, 2–9 p.m.
Fourth Round, featured groups 2, 2–9 p.m.
Fourth Round, featured holes, 2–9 p.m.
SiriusXM will feature 44 hours of live hole-by-hole coverage, more than ever before, live from Pebble Beach and the 2019 U.S. Open Championship. Brian Katrek will host the broadcast, with former PGA Tour pro Mark Carnevale serving as the analyst in the booth. A team of roving reporters, featuring veteran broadcasters and Tour pros – Fred Albers, Maureen Madill, John Maginnes, Dennis Paulson and Bill Rosinski – will provide commentary from around the course. Colt Knost will handle interviews, Debbie Doniger will provide reports from the practice areas, with Kraig Kann and Mark Lye serving as pregame and postgame hosts.
In addition to live championship coverage, SiriusXM’s daily U.S. Open coverage will feature exclusive shows hosted by World Golf Hall of Famer and three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin; major winners Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, and Craig Stadler; as well as current and former tour pros Pat Perez, Colt Knost, Brad Faxon and John Cook. Stanford University golf coach Conrad Ray, who led the Cardinal to the program’s ninth NCAA men’s golf championship last month, will host his weekly SiriusXM show, Golf U, on Monday.
All programming will be available to subscribers nationwide on satellite radios (Sirius channel 208, XM channel 92), on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.
MASTERING THE OPEN – In 2015, Jordan Spieth joined a select group of players who have won both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. The list also includes Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, ’53), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002). Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus were over the age of 30 when they accomplished the feat, while Woods and Spieth were ages 26 and 22, respectively.
HISTORY – This is the 119th U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open, which was first played in 1895, was not contested for two years (1917-18) during World War I and for four years (1942-45) during World War II. The youngest winner of the U.S. Open was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911; he is among eight players age 21 or younger who have won the U.S. Open. The oldest winner is Hale Irwin, who was 45 and playing on a special exemption when he won his third U.S. Open title in 1990. Irwin also won in 1974 and 1979.
There are four four-time U.S. Open winners: Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), amateur Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), and Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980).
TWO-TEE START – A two-tee start was first adopted for the 2002 U.S. Open. The USGA had successfully adopted a two-tee start for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 and for the U.S. Senior Open in 2001. Play will begin at 6:45 a.m. PDT on Thursday on the first tee and 10th tee at Pebble Beach.
OPEN ECONOMICS – Brooks Koepka, the 2018 U.S. Open champion, earned $2.16 million from a purse of $12 million last year at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, in Southampton, N.Y. In 1972, Jack Nicklaus’ winning share was $30,000 from a purse of $195,095 in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tom Watson earned $60,000 from a purse of $369,422 at Pebble Beach in 1982. Tiger Woods received $800,000 from a purse of $4.5 million at Pebble Beach in 2000. Graeme McDowell received $1.35 million from a purse of $7.5 million in 2010, also at Pebble Beach.
OPEN BIRTHDAYS – Nine players in the U.S. Open field will be celebrating a birthday around the championship. Phil Mickelson, a record six-time Open runner-up and a five-time professional major championship winner, is among that group. He turns 49 on June 16, the day of the championship’s fourth round.
OLDEST & YOUNGEST – David Toms, at age 52 (born Jan. 4, 1967), is the oldest player in this year’s U.S. Open field. Toms won the 2018 U.S. Senior Open on The Broadmoor’s East Course, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Michael Thorbjornsen, who won the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur, is the youngest at age 17 (born Sept. 16, 2001).
FIELD FOR THE AGES – There are seven players in the 2019 U.S. Open field who will be 20 years old or younger when the first round begins on Thursday, June 13. Michael Thorbjornsen, the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, and Devon Bling, the 2018 U.S. Amateur runner-up, are under age 20.
There are 20 players in the field who are 40 or older. Ernie Els, 49, won two U.S. Opens, in 1994 and 1997. Jim Furyk, 49, won the 2003 U.S. Open.
The average age of the 156-player field is 30.92.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP – There are 30 countries represented in the 2019 U.S. Open. The United States has 80 players in the field, while England has 13, South Africa has 9 and Australia has 8.
Countries with players in the field – United States (80), England (13), South Africa (9), Australia (8), Japan (4), Spain (4), Republic of Korea (3), Sweden (3), Argentina (2), Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (2), Denmark (2), France (2), Italy (2), Mexico (2), New Zealand (2), Northern Ireland (2), Norway (2), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Chile (1), People’s Republic of China (1), Costa Rica (1), Germany (1), India (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Slovakia (1), Thailand (1), Venezuela (1) and Wales (1)
TRADITIONAL GROUPING – Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, defending Open champion Francesco Molinari and 2018 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland will form a traditional grouping for the opening two rounds. Koekpa won last year at Shinnecock Hills by one stroke over Tommy Fleetwood with a four-round total of 281 (1 over par). Molinari captured the Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, by two strokes over Kevin Kisner, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele. Hovland defeated Devon Bling, 6 and 5, in the U.S. Amateur final at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The grouping will tee off in Thursday’s opening round from the first hole at 1:47 p.m. PDT and from the 10th hole at 8:02 a.m. PDT on Friday.
U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS – A group of U.S. Open champions will play together at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tiger Woods (2000, ’02, ’08), Justin Rose (2013) and Jordan Spieth (2015) will start on the first hole on Thursday at 2:09 p.m. PDT. Woods won the first of his three U.S. Opens in record-setting fashion at Pebble Beach in 2000. Rose became the first Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to win the U.S. Open, prevailing at Merion Golf Club. Spieth, who was the youngest winner since Bob Jones in 1923, edged Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at Chambers Bay.
U.S. Open Champion Grouping
Hole 1 on Thursday, 2:09 p.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 8:24 a.m.) – Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
MAJOR GROUPS – Ernie Els, who won the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Opens, Martin Kaymer, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, and Zach Johnson, who has captured two major professional titles, will play together in the first two rounds. The group starts from the first hole on Thursday at 7:51 a.m. PDT. Els has also claimed two Open Championships (2002, 2012). Kaymer also won the 2010 PGA Championship, while Johnson captured the 2007 Masters and 2015 Open Championship. Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion at Pebble Beach, Dustin Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open winner, and Phil Mickelson, who has won five professional majors and is a six-time U.S. Open runner-up, will play together. The group is scheduled to start from the 10th hole on Thursday at 8:13 a.m. PDT
Major Championship Groupings
Hole #1 (Thursday, 7:51 a.m.) – Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els
Hole #10 (Thursday, 8:13 a.m.) – Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
USGA CHAMPION GROUP – A group of USGA champions will play together at Pebble Beach Golf Links. David Toms, Chez Reavie and Michael Thorbjornsen will start on the 10th hole on Thursday at 1:03 p.m. PDT. Toms won the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly and Tim Petrovic at The Broadmoor’s East Course. Reavie claimed the 2001 U.S. Amateur Public Links, defeating Danny Green in 39 holes. Thorbjornsen posted a 1-up victory over Akshay Bhatia in last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur final at Baltusrol Golf Club.
USGA Champion Grouping
Hole #10 (Thursday, 1:03 p.m.) – a-Michael Thorbjornsen, Chez Reavie, David Toms
FIRST TIME AT U.S. OPEN – There are 39 players in the 2019 championship field who are playing in their first U.S. Open. Keith Mitchell won for the first time on the PGA Tour when he posted a one-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka at the Honda Classic. Justin Harding, of South Africa, won the PGA European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Harding, who tied for 12th in this year’s Masters, has won seven Sunshine Tour events, including two in 2018. Marcus Kinhult, of Sweden, recorded a 72-hole score of 272 (16-under) to win the PGA European Tour’s Betfred British Masters by one stroke.
List of First-Time U.S. Open Players: Abraham Ancer, Connor Arendell, Adri Arnaus, a-Devon Bling, Merrick Bremner, Joel Dahmen, Eric Dietrich, Brett Drewitt, a-Chandler Eaton, a-Austin Eckroat, Rhys Enoch, Julian Etulain, Andreas Halvorsen, Justin Harding, a-Daniel Hillier, Mikumu Horikawa, a-Viktor Hovland, Kodai Ichihara, Marcus Kinhult, Nathan Lashley, Chip McDaniel, Keith Mitchell, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Naumec, a-Noah Norton, a-Kevin O’Connell, Renato Paratore, Guillermo Pereira, a-Jovan Rebula, Hayden Shieh, Clement Sordet, Sepp Straka, Callum Tarren, a-Michael Thorbjornsen, a-Spencer Tibbits, Erik van Rooyen, Justin Walters, a-Brandon Wu, a-Cameron Young.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE I – Joseph Bramlett, of San Jose, Calif.., was the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur when he competed at age 14 in 2002. Bramlett was later sidelined for two years due to lateral spine dysfunction and returned to golf in 2018. He was an All-America and All-Pac-12 Conference selection at Stanford University and earned his PGA Tour card through qualifying school in 2010. Bramlett, who has five top-20 finishes on the Web.com Tour this year, advanced to his second U.S. Open through the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifier. He also played at Pebble Beach in 2010.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE II – Brandon Wu, of Scarsdale, N.Y., helped Stanford University win its ninth NCAA Championship and third consecutive Pac-12 Conference crown. Wu, who is a two-time first team All-Pac-12 selection, tied for seventh in the conference championship and tied for sixth in the NCAA Stanford Regional. He has competed in two U.S. Amateurs. He was born in Danville, Calif., but lived in Beijing for five years. Wu shot 67-70 in the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier.
RETURN TO PEBBLE – Rob Oppenheim, of Andover, Mass., has had good fortune at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He reached the Round of 16 in the 1999 U.S. Amateur and tied for eighth, a career-best, in the 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Oppenheim, a four-time All-American at Rollins College, toiled on the Canadian, Cleveland, Hooter Winter Series and Moonlight tours before advancing to the Web.com Tour and finally the PGA Tour in 2015. He is competing in his third U.S. Open and tied for 37th in 2016.
WELCOME BACK – Brendon Todd, of Watkinsville, Ga., is playing in his first major championship since the 2015 PGA Championship. In 2014, he tied for 14th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and stood second behind eventual champion Martin Kaymer after the second round. Todd struggled with his game and made a combined five 36-hole cuts on the PGA Tour from 2016-18. He has since worked with Bradley Hughes to find his swing and build confidence. Todd, who is competing in his third U.S. Open, shot 65-66 to earn co-medalist honors with Nick Taylor in the Dallas, Texas, sectional qualifier.
CANADIAN COMEBACK – Canadians Mike Weir and Nick Taylor are both returning to the U.S. Open for the first time in several years after advancing through the Dallas, Texas, sectional qualifier on May 20. Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, has not played in the U.S. Open since 2013. He has four top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club in 2003, among his 13 appearances. He also has seven top-10 finishes in the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach through the years. Taylor last played in the U.S. Open in 2009 when he was low amateur (T-36) at Bethpage State Park (Black Course). Taylor, who was the runner-up in the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links, won the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur. He won his lone PGA Tour event in 2014 (Sanderson Farms Championship).
LONG JOURNEY – Nate Lashley, 36, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is playing in his first professional major championship at the 2019 U.S. Open. His journey involves personal tragedy and a triumphant return to the game. Lashley earned All-America honors at the University of Arizona and his teammates included 2002 U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes and 2003 USA Walker Cup Team member Chris Nallen. His parents and girlfriend were killed in a plane crash while returning from watching him play in an NCAA regional during his junior season. He also walked away from golf in 2012 to sell real estate. But he returned to qualify for PGA Tour Latinoamerica four years ago and has four top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2018-19.
STUARD OF SPRINGFIELD – Brian Stuard, of Jackson, Mich., is competing in his fifth U.S. Open and he has advanced to the championship through the Springfield, Ohio, sectional each time. He shot 66-68 and was one of five qualifiers on June 3. Stuard was the medalist at the Springfield sectional in 2013 and 2014. Stuard won the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans in a playoff in 2016 and was the Mid-Continent player of the year at Oakland University in Michigan.
STEWART’S RUN – Stewart Hagestad, of Newport Beach, Calif., is the first amateur in 34 years to play in three consecutive U.S. Opens. Jay Sigel played in the U.S. Open from 1983-85, including a tie for 43rd in 1984 at Winged Foot Golf Club. Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and was a member of the winning 2017 USA Walker Cup Team. In his Mid-Amateur triumph, he produced the largest comeback victory (4 down with five holes to play) since a 36-hole final was introduced in 2001. Hagestad, who was the low amateur (T-36) in the 2017 Masters Tournament, has competed in 17 USGA championships, including reaching the Round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach last year.
GOLF IN THE FAMILY – Chandler Eaton, of Alpharetta, Ga., is a two-time All-America player at Duke University. In 2019, the rising senior tied for 15th in the NCAA Championship and tied for ninth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Eaton, who has competed in two U.S. Amateurs, comes from a golf family. His mother, Kim, played at Iowa State University from 1984-88 and his father was a member of the University of Texas-Arlington team, also in the 1980s.
LAST ONES IN – The USGA held six spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking™, as of June 10. Since Andrew Putnam, Emiliano Grillo and Scott Piercy were the only players to earn exemptions, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field. They are Joel Dahmen, Bernd Wiesberger and Harris English.
Andrew Putnam earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Putnam, of University Place, Wash., who is No. 50 in the OWGR, is playing in his second U.S. Open. The 30-year-old has five top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a second-place showing in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Putnam, who competed in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, has one PGA Tour victory and is playing in his third professional major championship.
Emiliano Grillo, who is No. 53 in the OWGR, is making his fourth U.S. Open start. The 26-year-old from Argentina posted his best finish in 2016 when he tied for 54th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. He has seven top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a tie for second in the CIMB Classic. Grillo has one win apiece on the PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.
Scott Piercy, who is No. 59 in the OWGR, is competing in his eighth U.S. Open. He tied for second with Shane Lowry and Jim Furyk behind champion Dustin Johnson in 2016 at Oakmont. Piercy, 40, of Las Vegas, Nev., owns six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season. He tied for second at the AT&T Byron Nelson and tied for third at the RBC Heritage. Piercy has won four PGA Tour events, including the 2012 RBC Canadian Open and the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with partner Billy Horschel.
Dahmen, 31, of Scottsdale, Ariz., was the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. He is playing in his first U.S. Open. Dahmen has recorded seven top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2018-19. He finished second to Max Homa in the Wells Fargo Championship on May 5.
Bernd Wiesberger, 33, of Austria, was the first alternate from the England sectional. He is competing in his fifth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 16th in 2017 at Erin Hills. Wiesberger has won five events on the PGA European Tour, including the Made in Denmark event on May 26.
Harris English is playing in his fourth U.S. Open. The 29-year-old from Sea Island, Ga., was the first alternate from the Canada sectional qualifier. He has played in three U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for 37th in 2016. English, who has won twice on the PGA Tour, has competed in eight USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs. He was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team.
ON TOUR – Brooks Koepka, the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open champion, Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open winner, Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele have each won twice on the PGA Tour this season. Dustin Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, and Bryson DeChambeau have recorded victories on both the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour.
Multiple PGA Tour Winners in 2018-19
2, Brooks Koepka (CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, PGA Championship)
2, Matt Kuchar (Mayakoba Golf Classic, Sony Open in Hawaii)
2, Rory McIlroy (The Players Championship, RBC Canadian Open)
2, Xander Schauffele (WGC-HSBC Champions, Sentry Tournament of Champions)
Winners on PGA Tour and PGA European Tour in 2018-19
Bryson DeChambeau (Shriner’s Hospital for Children Open, Omega Dubai Desert Classic)
Dustin Johnson (WGC-Mexico Championship, Saudi International)