June 18 – 21 Chambers Bay University Place, Washington
US Open exemptions are given to Professionals and Amateurs who meet any of the following criteria:
- Winners of the last 10 U.S. Opens
- Winner and runner-up of last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship (provided those players remain amateurs)
- Winners of the last five Masters
- Winners of the last five British Opens
- Winners of the last five PGA Championships
- Winners of the last three Players Championships
- Winner of last year’s U.S. Senior Open
- Top 15 finishes (including ties) from last year’s U.S. Open
- Top 30 finishers on the previous year’s PGA Tour money list
- All players who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship
- Top 15 finishers on the previous year’s European Tour money list
- Top 10 players on current year’s PGA Tour money list at the time of a set (and announced) date prior to current U.S. Open (this cutoff date is typically about four weeks prior to the start of the U.S. Open)
- Any golfer who has won two or more PGA Tour events during the calendar year preceding the start of the current U.S. Open
- Top 5 players on current year’s European Tour money list through a cutoff date approximately four weeks prior to U.S. Open.
- Top 2 finishers on the previous year’s Japan Tour money list, provided those players are in the Top 75 of the world rankings at end of same year
- Top 2 finishers on the previous year’s PGA of Australia money list, provide those players are in the Top 75 of the world rankings at end of same year
- Top 50 players in the current year’s Official World Golf Ranking as of a cutoff point approximately four weeks prior to the U.S. Open.
2014 US Open Leaderboard
2013 US Open Leaderboard
2012 US Open Leaderboard
The 2011 US Open
The US Open heads to the Nation’s Capital. Congressional has played host to multiple majors including The 1976 PGA Championship, 1964 US Open and the 1997 US Open. The Blue Course at Congressional has undergone significant changes in preperation for the 2011 US Open Championship.
The 2010 US Open
Last years US Open marked Graham McDowell’s introduction to the world. Below you will see the Top 10 and for the most part it’s loaded with a lot of names you know. It is unlikely Gregory Havret will make a showing like he did last year but you’ll notice Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and Tiger were in the mix.
Of particular note last year was Ernie Ells 3rd place finish. It will be interesting to see if Ernie is on form this year. Congressional Country Club is a friendly piece of real estate for Ells, he won the 1997 US Open at Congressional. 2010 was a bit different for Ells than 2011 has been so far you may remember he had won twice on tour last year prior to this Top 3 Finish.
Most people remember Dustin Johnson’s final round 11 over par 82. Dustin began the day with a 3 shot lead on the field and had a very tough Sunday.
Previous Major Winners at Congressional:
Ken Venturi won the 1964 US Open at Congressional
Ernie Ells won the 1997 US Open at Congressional
Dave Stockton won the 1976 PGA Championship at Congressional
The 2011 US Open at Congressional will play a bit different than it did in previous years. World Renowned golf course designer Rees Jones was hired to make several major changes to the course. Some of the changes come in added yardage, Jones added 355 yards to the already demanding track.
Congressional will play as a par 71 in the 2011 US Open as opposed to the par 70 layout in 1997.
The Winner of the 2011 US Open Championship will receive $1,350,000.
Unlike the balance of the PGA Tour Season the US Open is governed by the United States Golf Association.
The USGA runs a program called “For The Good of The Game” this initiative is designed to bring golf to under-priveleged youngsters throughout the United States. Over the last 12 years the USGA has designated $63,000,000 to the program and helped 230,000 juniors experience the great game that may not have otherwise.
US Open History
The first US Open was played in 1895 at Newport Country Club in Newport, RI. At that point in history the US Open was hardly as important as the US Amateur Championship which was played just a few days earlier in the year. 21 Year old Horace Rawlins who served as Newport CC’s Assitant Pro was the first US Open Champion. He led a slim field of only 10 Professionals and 1 Amateur.
(As a completely unimportant sidenote, as I was writing this it occured to me that I’ve played the home of the first US Open – Newport Country Club and the home of the first Ryder Cup – Worcester Country Club both in tournaments in my prior life as a member of the Mortgage Banker’s Association…anyway)
The first noteable US Open Championship was played at The Country Club in Brookline, MA in 1913. The 1913 US Open was won by 20 year old Francis Ouimet, a caddie who lived across the street form The Country Club, his younger brother served as his caddie for the week. Ouimet beat 2 of the most popular players in the game at that point Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, both from England in a playoff. The PGA Tour season long scoring title is now called “The Vardon Trophy”.
Ouimet would go on to become the first American to serve as Captain for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews. Francis Oumiet was one of 5 amateurs to ever win the US Open.
US Open on TV
The first US Open to ever be televised came in 1960. Arnold Palmer won the event which was held at Cherry Hills Country Club.
The Most US Open Victories
Bobby Jones – 4
Ben Hogan – 4
Jack Nicklaus – 4