June 16-19, 2016
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PAR AND YARDAGE
Oakmont Country Club will be set up at 7,219 yards and will play to a par of 35-35—70. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.
|Oakmont Country Club Hole By Hole|
Designed by Henry Fownes, Oakmont Country Club opened in 1903. Fownes spent a year building the course on former farmland adjacent to the Allegheny River Valley. The Pennsylvania Turnpike, which was constructed in the late 1940s, passes through part of the course. Oakmont was the nation’s first golf course to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 77.8 and the Slope Rating is 148.
WHO CAN ENTER
The championship is open to any professional golfer and any amateur golfer with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries wasApril 27.
In 2016, the USGA accepted 9,877 entries, the third-highest total in U.S. Open history. The record of 10,127 entries was set in 2014. There were 9,882 entries filed in 2015.
Local qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 111 sites in the U.S. between May 2-20. Qualifying will be held in 43 states. Florida hosts 16 local qualifiers, while California is second with 14.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted in Japan on May 23, in England on May 30 and at 10 U.S. sites on Monday, June 6.
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties).
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from June 16 (Thursday) through June 19 (Sunday). In the event of a tie after 72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be held on June 20 (Monday), beginning at noon (ET).
Jordan Spieth, 21, of Dallas, Texas, became the youngest U.S. Open champion since 1923 with his one-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen at first-time venue Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash. Spieth, who carded a final-round, 1-under 69 for a 72-hole score of 5-under 275, joined Craig Wood, Ben Hogan (twice), Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Spieth, who was also the youngest to win two majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922, entered the final round tied for the lead with Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace. In a dramatic finish, Spieth made a 27-footer for birdie on No. 16 for a two-stroke lead, while Grace made double bogey. Spieth blocked a 6-iron into the high fescue rough on the par-3 17th and three-putted for his own double bogey that dropped him into a tie with Oosthuizen, of South Africa. Oosthuizen shot 29 on the inward nine, the third player in U.S. Open history to accomplish the feat, en route to a sparkling 67. Spieth quickly recovered on the par-5 finishing hole when he reached the green in two and the result was a tap-in birdie. Johnson, who was playing behind Spieth, regrouped from a string of bogeys in the middle of his round when he stuffed his tee shot on No. 17 to within 4 feet to set up a birdie. He reached the 18th tee needing an eagle to win and a birdie to force an 18-hole Monday playoff. But Johnson missed a 12-foot eagle putt and failed to convert the 4-foot comebacker in the shocking ending to the first U.S. Open held in the Pacific Northwest.
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES: Phil Mickelson (25), Ernie Els (23) and Jim Furyk (21).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES: Ernie Els (23), Phil Mickelson (22) and Jim Furyk (20).
Since 1991, five champions have finished better than 15th in trying to defend their U.S. Open crowns. Tiger Woods tied for sixth in 2009 after capturing his third U.S. Open title at Torrey Pines the previous year. Woods also tied for 12th in 2001 after winning his first U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Retief Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 following his second U.S. Open championship victory, at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Graeme McDowell tied for 14th the year after winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Justin Rose tied for 12th in 2014 following his victory at Merion Golf Club in 2013. Eight champions missed the cut the next year during this period, including Martin Kaymer in 2015.
WHAT THE CHAMPION RECEIVES
Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Open champion 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 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 the following year’s U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s Masters Tournament.
This is the 116th U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open, which was first played in 1895, was not contested for two years (1917-1918) during World War I and for four years (1942-1945) during World War II. The youngest champion of the U.S. Open is 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911; he is among nine players age 21 or younger who have won the U.S. Open. The oldest champion 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 champions: 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).
Only six players have won the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year: Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tiger Woods (2002) and Jordan Spieth (2015).
The 2015 purse was $10 million; the winner earned $1.8 million.
NICKLAUS AND PALMER SERVE AS HONORARY CHAIRS
Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are serving as honorary co-chairmen of the 116th U.S. Open Championship. The duo made golf history at Oakmont Country Club in 1962, when Nicklaus, 22, defeated Palmer in an 18-hole playoff for his first win as a professional, and the first of his four U.S. Open victories. Beyond his record 18 major-championship titles and 120 professional wins worldwide, Nicklaus captured 73 PGA Tour victories as well as two U.S. Amateur and two U.S. Senior Open wins. In 1975, he won the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor. The U.S. Open gold medal, given to all U.S. Open champions, was named the Jack Nicklaus Medal in 2012. With 92 professional victories and seven major championships, Palmer became the pride of Pennsylvania with his three USGA titles – the 1954 U.S. Amateur, 1960 U.S. Open and 1981 U.S. Senior Open. His long relationship with the Association also includes the 1971 Bob Jones Award. The honorary chairman of the USGA Members Program since its inception in 1975, he played in his 32nd and final U.S. Open in 1994 at Oakmont.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OAKMONT – Oakmont has previously hosted 15 USGA championships. The U.S. Open was contested here in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994 and 2007. The U.S. Amateur was conducted at Oakmont in 1919, 1925, 1938, 1969 and 2003. The U.S. Women’s Open was played at Oakmont in 1992 and 2010.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB
1919 U.S. Amateur: S. Davidson Herron def. Robert Jones, 5 and 4
1925 U.S. Amateur: Robert T. Jones Jr. def. Watts Gunn, 8 and 7
1927 U.S. Open: Tommy Armour def. Harry Cooper, 301 (76)-301 (79)
1935 U.S. Open: Sam Parks def. Jimmy Thompson, 299-301
1938 U.S. Amateur: William Turnesa def. B. Patrick Abbott, 8 and 7
1953 U.S. Open: Ben Hogan def. Sam Snead, 283-289
1962 U.S. Open: Jack Nicklaus def. Arnold Palmer, 283 (71)-283 (74)
1969 U.S. Amateur: Steve Melnyk def. Marvin Giles, 286-291
1973 U.S. Open: Johnny Miller def. John Schlee, 279-280
1983 U.S. Open: Larry Nelson def. Tom Watson, 280-281
1992 U.S. Women’s Open: Patty Sheehan def. Juli Inkster, 280 (72)-280 (74)
1994 U.S. Open: Ernie Els def. Loren Roberts, Colin Montgomerie 279 (74-4-4)-279 (74-4-5)-279 (78)
2003 U.S. Amateur: Nick Flanagan def. Casey Wittenberg, 37 holes
2007 U.S. Open: Angel Cabrera def. Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, 285-286
2010 U.S. Women’s Open: Paula Creamer def. Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, 281-285
PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 2007 U.S. OPEN AT OAKMONT (27) – Here is a listing of players in the field who competed in the 2007 Open at Oakmont: Angel Cabrera (1), Paul Casey (T10), Luke Donald (MC), Jason Dufner (62), Ernie Els (T51), Jim Furyk (T2), Sergio Garcia (MC), Lucas Glover (MC), Retief Goosen (MC), Peter Hanson (T30), J.J. Henry (T26), Zach Johnson (T45), Soren Kjeldsen (MC), Jason Kokrak (MC), Graeme McDowell (T30), Phil Mickelson (MC), Ryan Moore (MC), Geoff Ogilvy (T42), Justin Rose (T10), Charl Schwartzel (T30), Adam Scott (MC), Brandt Snedeker (T23), Henrik Stenson (MC), Toru Taniguchi (MC), David Toms (T5), Bubba Watson (T5) and Lee Westwood (T36).
PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 1994 U.S. OPEN AT OAKMONT (4) – Here is a listing of players in the field who competed in the 1994 Open at Oakmont: Ernie Els (1), Jim Furyk (T28), Jeff Maggert (T9) and Phil Mickelson (T47).
PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 2003 U.S. AMATEUR AT OAKMONT (9) – Here is a listing of players in the field who competed in the 2003 Amateur at Oakmont: Derek Fathauer, Bill Haas, J.B. Holmes, Billy Hurley III, Chris Kirk, Jason Kokrak, Spencer Levin, Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker.
FUTURE U.S. OPENS
June 15-18, 2017: Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 14-17, 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 13-16, 2019: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
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: Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club
June 13-16, 2024: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
LONGEST PAR 3s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY at Oakmont
300 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, fourth round, 2007
281 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, second round, 2007
279 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, third round, 2007
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, first round, 2007
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, second round, 2007
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, fourth round, 2007
660 yards, 16th at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., first round, 2012
646 yards, 9th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., fourth round, 2011
642 yards, 5th at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., 2001
640 yards, 12th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
640 yards, 4th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., first round, 2013
The U.S. Open will receive at least 50 ½ hours of network coverage. FOX and FS1 will air at least 42 ½ hours of live coverage throughout the championship.
|Date||Network||Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)|
|June 13||FS1||The Drive to the U.S. Open, 3-4 p.m.|
|June 14||FS1||U.S. Open Preview, 3-3:30 p.m.|
|June 15||FS1||Wednesday at the U.S. Open, 10 a.m.-Noon|
|June 16||FS1||First Round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.|
|Fox||First Round, 5-8 p.m.|
|June 17||FS1||First Round Wrap-Up, 12:30-1 a.m.|
|FS1||Second Round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.|
|Fox||Second Round, 5-8 p.m.|
|June 18||FS1||Second Round Wrap-Up, 12-12:30 a.m.|
|Fox||Third Round, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.|
|Fox Deportes||Third Round, 4-7 p.m.|
|June 19||FS1||Third Round Wrap-Up, 2-2:30 a.m.|
|Fox||Final Round, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.|
|Fox Deportes||Final Round, 4-7:30 p.m.|
|FS1||Final Round Wrap-Up, 10-10:30 p.m.|
|June 20*||Fox||Noon to conclusion|
*If needed, an 18-hole playoff will be scheduled
LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE
The U.S. Open will receive at least 122 ½ hours of live streaming coverage on us.open.com and the U.S. Open app.
|Date||Channel||Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)|
|June 16||usopen.com/U.S. Open app||First Round, featured groups|
|First Round, featured groups 2, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|First Round, featured holes, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|June 17||usopen.com/U.S. Open app||Second Round, featured groups 1, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|Second Round, featured groups 2, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|Second Round, featured holes, 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|June 18||usopen.com/U.S. Open app||Third Round, featured groups 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Third Round, featured groups 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Third Round, featured holes, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
|June 19||usopen.com/U.S. Open app||Final Round, featured groups 1, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Final Round, featured groups 2, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Final Round, featured holes, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
The first United States Open Championship was won by Horace Rawlins in September 1895 at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. As the victor, Rawlins earned $150, a gold champion’s medal, and use of the championship sterling silver cup for one year. The trophy was designated for display at Rawlins’ club until presented to the next year’s champion. Thus begun 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 country 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.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?