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2016 U.S. OPEN NOTEBOOK AND STORY IDEAS
June 16-19, 2016
Oakmont Country Club
WHO’S HERE: Among the 156 golfers in the 2016 U.S. Open, there are:
U.S. Open champions (12): Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04), Martin Kaymer (2014), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Jordan Spieth (2015).
U.S. Open runners-up (8): Jason Day (2011, ‘13), Ernie Els (2000), Rickie Fowler (2014), Jim Furyk (2006, ‘07), Dustin Johnson (2015), Graeme McDowell (2012), Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, ’04, ’06, ’09, ‘13) and Louis Oosthuizen (2015).
U.S. Amateur champions (7): Byeong Hun An (2009), Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), Matt Kuchar (1997), Danny Lee (2008), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Ryan Moore (2004).
U.S. Amateur runners-up (1): Derek Bard (2015).
U.S. Junior Amateur champions (4): Jason Allred (1997), Scottie Scheffler (2013), Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11) and Kevin Tway (2005).
U.S. Junior Amateur runners-up (2): Ryan Moore (2000) and Justin Thomas (2010).
U.S. Senior Open champions (1): Jeff Maggert (2015).
U.S. Amateur Public Links champions (3): Ryan Moore (2002, ‘04), Brandt Snedeker (2003) and D.J. Trahan (2000).
U.S. Amateur Public Links runners-up (1): Jason Dufner (1998).
USGA champions (25): Jason Allred (1997 Junior Amateur), Byeong Hun An (2009 Amateur), Angel Cabrera (2007 Open), Bryson DeChambeau (2015 Amateur), Ernie Els (1994, ’97 Opens), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013 Amateur), Jim Furyk (2003 Open), Lucas Glover (2009 Open), Retief Goosen (2001, ‘04 Open), Martin Kaymer (2014 Open), Matt Kuchar (1997 Amateur), Danny Lee (2008 Amateur), Jeff Maggert (2015 Senior Open), Graeme McDowell (2010 Open), Rory McIlroy (2011 Open), Phil Mickelson (1990 Amateur), Ryan Moore (2004 Amateur; 2002, ‘04 Amateur Public Links), Geoff Ogilvy (2006 Open), 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), D.J. Trahan (2000 Amateur Public Links) and Kevin Tway (2005 Junior Amateur).
Walker Cup Team Members:
United States (17): Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Rickie Fowler (2007, ’09), Lucas Glover (2001), Bill Haas (2003), J.B. Holmes (2005), Billy Horschel (2007), Bill Hurley III (2005), Dustin Johnson (2007), Chris Kirk (2007), Matt Kuchar (1999), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’91), Ryan Moore (2003), Patrick Rodgers (2011, ’13), Webb Simpson (2007), Jordan Spieth (2011), Justin Thomas (2013) and D.J. Trahan (2001).
Great Britain & Ireland (8): Paul Casey (1999), Luke Donald (1999, ’01), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), Graeme McDowell (2001), Rory McIlroy (2007), Justin Rose (1997), Andy Sullivan (2011) and Danny Willett (2007).
NCAA Division I champions (6): Kevin Chappell (2008), Bryson DeChambeau (2015), Luke Donald (1999), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’90, ’92), Ryan Moore (2004) and Aaron Wise (2016).
NCAA Division II champions (1): Jeev Milkha Singh (1993).
TOTAL U.S. OPENS WON BY 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (14): Angel Cabrera (1), Ernie Els (2), Jim Furyk (1), Lucas Glover (1), Retief Goosen (2), Martin Kaymer (1), Graeme McDowell (1), Rory McIlroy (1), Geoff Ogilvy (1), Justin Rose (1), Webb Simpson (1) and Jordan Spieth (1).
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2016 included): Phil Mickelson (26), Ernie Els (24) and Jim Furyk (22).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2016 included): Ernie Els (24), Phil Mickelson (23) and Jim Furyk (21).
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – 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.
The 156-player field includes 76 fully exempt golfers, 12 of whom are past champions. Local qualifying over 18 holes was held at 111 sites between May 2-20. Sectional qualifying over 36 holes was held at 12 sites. The Japan and England sectionals were held on May 23 and 30, respectively. Ten sectionals in the United States were conducted on June 6.
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.
2009 9,086 Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.
2010 9,052 Pebble Peach (Calif.) Golf Links
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 – Eleven amateurs have made the 156-player field, the fourth consecutive year that 10 or more amateurs are competing. Derek Bard, the 2015 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and Jon Rahm, who earned the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, are in this group.
Bard, of New Hartford, N.Y., was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference squad for the second consecutive year as a member of the University of Virginia team. He has played in two U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Junior Amateurs, advancing to match play in all four championships. Bard won the 2015 Sunnehanna Amateur by one stroke with a 72-hole score of 12-under 268. He defeated Rahm in the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Amateur en route to his runner-up finish to Bryson DeChambeau at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
Rahm, of Spain, received the Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation’s top collegiate player and became the first player to win the Ben Hogan Award twice. He won this year’s Pac-12 individual championship and the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. Rahm, who was medalist in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, breaking Nicklaus’ 72-hole scoring record, advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S. Amateur.
Scottie Scheffler, of Dallas, Texas, helped the University of Texas win this year’s Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Franklin Regional. He was the Big 12’s top newcomer in 2015. Scheffler won the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur that same summer. His older sister, Callie, is a member of the Texas A&M University golf team.
Nick Hardy, of Northbrook, Ill., helped the University of Illinois claim the 2016 Big Ten Championship and NCAA Kohler Regional. He was chosen second-team All-Big Ten. Hardy qualified for his first U.S. Open last year and tied for 52nd at Chambers Bay. He has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Junior Amateurs.
Sam Horsfield, of England, was chosen 2016 Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year as a member of the University of Florida team. Horsfield, a first-team All-American and All-SEC selection, helped the Gators tie for second at the NCAA Kohler Regional. Horsfield, who has lived in Florida since age 5, has played in 11 USGA championships, including last year’s U.S. Open and three U.S. Amateurs.
Charlie Danielson, of Osceola, Wis., was chosen 2016 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and first-team All-American. Danielson led the University of Illinois to the Big Ten Championship for the seventh time in the last eight years and an NCAA Regional title. He tied for eighth at this year’s NCAA Championship. Danielson, a three-time All-America selection, has competed in three U.S. Amateurs and reached match play at the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Justin Suh, of San Jose, Calif., helped the University of Southern California make its 10th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Suh, who was selected to the All-Pac-12 Conference Freshman Team, advanced to match play in four consecutive U.S. Junior Amateurs, from 2011-14. His sister, Hannah, played in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open.
Sam Burns, of Shreveport, La., helped Louisiana State University tie for third at the NCAA Franklin Regional as a freshman. Burns has played in two U.S. Amateurs and advanced to the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball semifinals with partner Austin Connelly. Burns won three consecutive Louisiana state high school championships.
Kyle Mueller, of Athens, Ga., became the first University of Michigan golfer to earn first-team All-Big 10 Conference honors since 2008. He tied for third at this year’s Big Ten Championship. Mueller reached the Round of 16 in the 2015 U.S. Amateur and defeated stroke-play medalist and top seed Brett Coletta, of Australia, in the first round.
Christopher Crawford, of Bensalem, Pa., is the first Drexel University golfer to play in a U.S. Open. A three-time All-America selection, Crawford was voted the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. Ryan Stachler, of Alpharetta, Ga., is a rising sophomore on the University of South Carolina team.
Note: There have been at least 10 amateurs in nine of the past 10 U.S. Opens. Sixteen amateurs played in last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Brian Campbell, who tied for 27th, was the low amateur. John Goodman was the last amateur to win the championship, in 1933.
Amateurs in Recent U.S. Opens
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2016 11 - -----
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)
LOCAL-SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS – Jason Allred, who is competing in his fourth U.S. Open, is among 27 U.S. Open qualifiers who advanced through both local and sectional qualifying. He earned a spot in the Powell, Ohio, sectional as a local alternate from the Bardstown, Ky., qualifier. Allred played in the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Opens, when he also qualified through local and sectional play. Allred, who tied for 47th at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links in 2010, won the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur.
A total of 22 players worked their way to the U.S. Open through local and sectional qualifying in 2015. Jimmy Gunn, who tied for 27th, led six of those players who made the 36-hole cut. In 2012, nine made the cut, the highest number since 1997. John Peterson was low finisher, tying for fourth.
In 2016, there were 111 local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectional qualifiers, including international sites in Japan and England. 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. Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.
2016 Local-Sectional Qualifiers (27)
Name Sectional Site Local Site
Frank Adams III Roswell, Ga. Pinehurst, N.C.
L-Jason Allred Powell, Ohio Bardstown, Ky.
Mark Anguiano Daly City, Calif. City of Industry, Calif.
Matthew Borchert Jacksonville, Fla. Orlando, Fla.
a-Sam Burns Memphis, Tenn. Hot Springs, Ark.
Derek Chang Houston, Texas Dallas, Texas
a-Christopher Crawford Summit, N.J. Fleetwood, Pa.
Zach Edmondson Jacksonville, Fla. Wallace, N.C.
Kevin Foley Summit, N.J. Old Westbury, N.Y.
Brandon Harkins Daly City, Calif. Pleasanton, Calif.
T.J. Howe Vancouver, Wash. Dallas, Pa.
Austin Jordan Houston, Texas Dallas, Texas
Andrew Landry Memphis, Tenn. Durham, N.C.
Gregor Main Daly City, Calif. Pleasanton, Calif.
Matt Marshall Vancouver, Wash. Bend, Ore.
Michael Miller Summit, N.J. Harrison, N.Y.
a-Kyle Mueller Springfield, Ohio Medina, Ohio
Chase Parker Rockville, Md. Beaufort, S.C.
Tyler Raber Daly City, Calif. Brooks, Calif.
Richard Schembechler II Powell, Ohio Medina, Ohio
Wes Short Jr. Powell, Ohio Austin, Texas
a-Ryan Stachler Roswell, Ga. Peachtree City, Ga.
a-Justin Suh Daly City, Calif. Palm Desert #1, Calif.
Ethan Tracy Powell, Ohio Pinehurst, N.C.
Mike Van Sickle Rockville, Md. Nevillewood, Pa.
Patrick Wilkes-Krier Springfield, Ohio Port Clinton, Ohio
Aaron Wise Vancouver, Wash. Bend, Ore.
a-amateur L-local alternate
History of Local & Sectional Qualifiers
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2016 27 -- -----
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
*1983 65 11 Ralph Landrum, 8th
*1973 83 24 Ralph Johnston, Larry Ziegler, 13th (tie)
*Played at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club with 36-hole local qualifying
Oldest Local-Sectional Qualifiers (1997-2016)
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 (1997-2016)
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, Maverick McNealy (2014)
18, Robby Shelton (2014)
18, Gavin Hall (2013)
18, Luke List (2003)
18, Jason Semelsberger (1997)
THE U.S. OPEN COURSE – Oakmont Country Club will play to a par of 35-35-70. The exact yardage (from tee markers to flagsticks) will be provided on a daily basis for each of the four championship rounds. The setup will depend on weather/wind conditions and matching certain teeing grounds with certain hole locations.
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.
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. over John Schlee, 279-280
1983 U.S. Open: Larry Nelson def. over 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 (28) – Here are the players in this year’s field who competed in the 2007 Open at Oakmont, and their finish: Angel Cabrera (Won), 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), Jeev Milkha Singh (T36), 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 the players in this year’s field who competed in the 1994 Open at Oakmont, and their finish: Ernie Els (Won), Jim Furyk (T28), Jeff Maggert (T9) and Phil Mickelson (T47).
PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 2003 U.S. AMATEUR AT OAKMONT (10) – Here is a listing of players in this year’s 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, William McGirt, Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker.
HOLE BY HOLE – 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
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 35
Yardage 482 340 426 609 382 194 479 288/ 477 3,677
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 35
Yardage 462/ 379 632/ 183 358 500 231 313 484 3,542
COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating is 77.8. Its Slope Rating is 148.
LONGEST COURSES IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
7,695 yards, Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., 2015
7,643 yards, Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, Calif., 2008
7,562 yards, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
7,514 yards, Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
7,426 yards, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
LONG PAR 5s – In 2016, Oakmont Country Club will feature two par 5s that will play more than 600 yards. Five holes in U.S. Open history have played to more than 660 yards, including Oakmont’s par-5 12th.
LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
671 yards, 16th at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., third round, 2012
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
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 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
266 yards, 3rd at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., fourth round, 2013
261 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, first round, 2007
254 yards, 17th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
253 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962
LONG PAR 4s – In 2015, Chambers Bay had six of the seven 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 at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., second round, 2015
544 yards, 11th at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., second round, 2015
542 yards, 4th at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., third round, 2014
541 yards, 11th at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., first round, 2015
541 yards, 11th at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., fourth round, 2015
534 yards, 14th at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., third round, 2015
533 yards, 13th at Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash., third round, 2015
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PENNSYLVANIA
The 2016 U.S. Open Championship will be the 84th USGA championship conducted in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State has hosted the most USGA championships, while California is second with 75. In 2016, Pennsylvania will also host the U.S. Women’s Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur.
USGA Championships in Pennsylvania (83)
U.S. Open (16): 1907, 1910, 1927, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1950, 1953, 1962, 1971, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2013
U.S. Women’s Open (9): 1952, 1959, 1968, 1971, 1976, 1996, 2009, 2010, 2015
U.S. Senior Open (3): 1989, 1992, 2000
U.S. Amateur (13): 1916, 1919, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1938, 1951, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1989, 2003, 2005
U.S. Women’s Amateur (13): 1899, 1904, 1909, 1919, 1923, 1934, 1949, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1985, 2003, 2004
U.S. Girls’ Junior (5): 1949, 1954, 1966, 1985, 1998
U.S. Junior Amateur (3): 1983, 1997, 1999
U.S. Senior Amateur (30: 1965, 1971, 1987
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (6): 1962, 1972, 1983, 1987, 2001, 2012
U.S. Mid-Amateur (1): 2014
U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (1): 1990
U.S. Amateur Public Links (5): 1928, 1934, 1957, 1965, 1969
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (2): 1980, 1997
Curtis Cup Match (2): 1954, 2002
Walker Cup Match (1): 2009
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.
CLUBS THAT HAVE HOSTED THE U.S. OPEN, U.S. AMATEUR & U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
Oakmont Country Club is one of nine clubs to have hosted a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Open. Oakmont will host the U.S. Open Championship for a record ninth time this year.
Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, Ga.: Open – 1976; Amateur – 2014; Women’s Open – 1990
Baltimore Country Club, Lutherville, Md.: Open – 1899; Amateur – 1932; Women’s Open – 1988
Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.: Open – 1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993; Amateur – 1904, 1926, 1946, 2000; Women’s Open – 1961, 1985
Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.: Open – 1938, 1960, 1978; Amateur – 1990, 2012; Women’s Open - 2005
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.: Open – 1970, 1991; Amateur – 2006; Women’s Open – 1966, 1977
Newport (R.I.) Country Club: Open – 1895; Amateur – 1895, 1995; Women’s Open – 2006
Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club: Open – 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016; Amateur – 1919, 1925, 1938, 1969, 2003; Women’s Open – 1992, 2010
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.: Open – 1999, 2005, 2014; Amateur – 1962, 2008; Women’s Open - 2014
Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.: Open – 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006; Amateur – 1940, 2004; Women’s Open – 1957, 1972
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S. OPEN
Martin Kaymer: last international winner (2014)
Curtis Strange: last to defend title (1989)
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)
Jordan Spieth: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole (2015)
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)
Jordan Spieth: last winner between ages 20-29 (21 in 2015)
Justin Rose: last winner between ages 30-39 (32 in 2013)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and higher (42 in 1999)
Martin Kaymer: last defending champion to miss the cut (2015)
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 OPEN CHAMPIONS – Justin Rose became the fifth champion since 1991 to finish better than 15th in trying to defend their U.S. Open title. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, tied for 12th at Pinehurst No. 2. In 2009, Tiger Woods tied for sixth after capturing his third Open title at Torrey Pines Golf Course the previous year. Woods also tied for 12th in 2001 after winning his first Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Retief Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 following his second U.S. Open championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Graeme McDowell tied for 14th in 2011 after winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Eight champions missed the cut the next year during this period, including Martin Kaymer in 2014.
In Defense of the Open
Year Champion Previous Year Result in Defense
2015 Jordan Spieth tie, 17th ????
2014 Martin Kaymer tie, 59th missed cut
2013 Justin Rose tie, 21st tie, 12th
2012 Webb Simpson tie, 14th tie, 32nd
2011 Rory McIlroy missed cut missed cut
2010 Graeme McDowell tie, 18th tie, 14th
2009 Lucas Glover did not play tie, 58th
2008 Tiger Woods tie, 2nd tie, 6th
2007 Angel Cabrera tie, 26th missed cut
2006 Geoff Ogilvy tie, 28th tie, 42nd
2005 Michael Campbell missed cut missed cut
2004 Retief Goosen tie, 42nd tie, 11th
2003 Jim Furyk missed cut tie, 48th
2002 Tiger Woods tie, 12th tie, 20th
2001 Retief Goosen tie, 12th missed cut
2000 Tiger Woods tie, 3rd tie, 12th
1999 Payne Stewart 2nd did not play
1998 Lee Janzen tie, 52nd tie, 46th
1997 Ernie Els tie, 5th tie, 49th
1996 Steve Jones did not play tie, 60th
1995 Corey Pavin missed cut tie, 40th
1994 Ernie Els tie, 7th missed cut
1993 Lee Janzen missed cut missed cut
1992 Tom Kite tie, 37th missed cut
1991 Payne Stewart missed cut tie, 51st
1990 Hale Irwin tie, 54th tie, 11th
1989 Curtis Strange won tie, 21st
1988 Curtis Strange tie, 4th won
1987 Scott Simpson missed cut tie, 6th
1986 Raymond Floyd tie, 23rd tie, 43rd
1985 Andy North missed cut 67th
1984 Fuzzy Zoeller missed cut tie, 9th
1983 Larry Nelson tie, 19th missed cut
1982 Tom Watson tie, 23rd 2nd
1981 David Graham tie, 47th tie, 6th
1980 Jack Nicklaus tie, 9th tie, 6th
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 (2017) U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s (2017) Masters Tournament.
The first United States Open Championship was won by Horace Rawlins in September 1895, at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. 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 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 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.
MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY LEADERS – Tiger Woods is in second place among the all-time major championship victory leaders with 14 major professional titles. Jack Nicklaus is first with 18 victories, including four U.S. Opens.
Name Masters U.S. Open British Open PGA Total
Jack Nicklaus 6 4 3 5 18
Tiger Woods 4 3 3 4 14
Walter Hagen 0 2 4 5 11
Ben Hogan 2 4 1 2 9
Gary Player 3 1 3 2 9
Tom Watson 2 1 5 0 8
Harry Vardon 0 1 6 0 7
Bob Jones 0 4 3 0 7
Gene Sarazen 1 2 1 3 7
Sam Snead 3 0 1 3 7
Arnold Palmer 4 1 2 0 7
PAST MAJOR CHAMPIONS – Danny Willett won his first major championship with a three-stroke victory over Lee Westwood and Jordan Spieth at the 2016 Masters Tournament. Rory McIlroy and Spieth won consecutive major championships in 2014 and 2015, respectively. McIlroy became the first player since Padraig Harrington to win consecutive majors with his victories at the 2014 Open Championship and 2014 PGA Championship. 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 in Previous Major Championships
Year Winner (Championship) Result
2016 Danny Willett (Masters) (-5, 283)
2015 Jason Day (PGA) (-20, 268)
2015 Zach Johnson (The Open) (-15, 273 def. Oosthuizen & Leishman in playoff)
2015 Jordan Spieth (U.S. Open) (-5, 275)
2015 Jordan Spieth (Masters) (-18, 270)
2014 Rory McIlroy (PGA) (-16, 268)
2014 Rory McIlroy (The Open) (-17, 271)
2014 Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) (-9, 271)
2014 Bubba Watson (Masters) (-8, 280)
2013 Jason Dufner (PGA) (-10, 270)
2013 Phil Mickelson (The Open) (-3, 281)
2013 Justin Rose (U.S. Open) (+1, 281)
2013 Adam Scott (Masters) (-9, 279, def. Angel Cabrera in playoff)
2012 Rory McIlroy (PGA) (-13, 275)
2012 Ernie Els (The Open) (-7, 273)
2012 Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) (+1, 281)
2012 Bubba Watson (Masters) (-10, 278, def. Louis Oosthuizen in playoff)
2011 Keegan Bradley (PGA) (-8, 272, def. Jason Dufner in playoff)
2011 Darren Clarke (The Open) (-5, 275)
2011 Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open) (-16, 272)
2011 Charl Schwartzel (Masters) (-14, 274)
2010 Martin Kaymer (PGA) (-11, 277, def. Bubba Watson in playoff)
2010 Louis Oosthuizen (The Open) (-16, 272)
2010 Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open) (E, 284)
2010 Phil Mickelson (Masters) (-16, 272)
2009 Y.E. Yang (PGA) (-8, 280)
2009 Stewart Cink (The Open) (-2, 278, def. Tom Watson in playoff)
2009 Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) (-4, 276)
2009 Angel Cabrera (Masters) (-12, 276, def. C. Campbell & K. Perry in playoff)
2008 Padraig Harrington (PGA) (-3, 277)
2008 Padraig Harrington (The Open) (+3, 283)
2008 Tiger Woods (U.S. Open) (-1, 283, def. Rocco Mediate in playoff)
2008 Trevor Immelman (Masters) (-8, 280)
The U.S. Open will receive at least 50½ hours of network coverage. Fox and FS1 will air at least 42½ hours of live coverage throughout the championship. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, lead analyst Paul Azinger and analyst Brad Faxon anchor the 18th Hole Tower throughout the championship. Hole announcers Mark Brooks and Steve Flesch and on-course reporters Ken Brown, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron and Curtis Strange provide insight from a variety of perspectives across Oakmont’s fairways and challenging greens. Holly Sonders hosts studio coverage alongside Bob Ford, longtime head professional and current director of golf at Oakmont, as well as course design expert Gil Hanse. Rules analyst David Fay, interviewer Shane Bacon and reporter Jaime Diaz also contribute to broadcast coverage.
Date Network Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 13 FS1 The Drive to the 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
In addition, Fox Sports GO live-streams all U.S. Open coverage provided by FS1 and the Fox Broadcast Network, and offers bonus content on three alternate streams created specifically for the championship, presenting more than 110 hours of additional coverage. The bonus feeds include two channels following four separate featured groups (two each) and a channel dedicated to featured holes, available daily starting Thursday on Fox Sports GO, www.usopen.com and the U.S. Open app.
Fox Sports mainstays Joel Klatt and Justin Kutcher provide play-by-play for the featured groups. They are joined by a slate of newcomers: broadcaster Luke Elvy, 2011 U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne, 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Brett Quigley and 1987 U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson. In addition, Robert Damron, Jay Delsing, Buddy Marucci and Joe Ogilvie, as well as Ned Michaels, return to Fox Sports digital.
Fox Sports GO
Date Channel Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 16 & 17 FS1 stream 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fox stream 5-8 p.m.
Featured Groups (Ch. A) 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Featured Groups (Ch. B) 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Featured Holes 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
June 18 & 19 Fox stream 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Featured Groups (Ch. A) 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Featured Groups (Ch. B) 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Featured Holes 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The U.S. Open will receive 122½ hours of live streaming coverage on usopen.com and U.S. Open app.
Date Channel Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 16 usopen.com/U.S. Open app First Round, featured groups 1, 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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.
SiriusXM will feature more than 30 hours of live hole-by-hole coverage of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship. Brian Katrek will anchor 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, Doug Bell, Maureen Madill, John Maginnes and Dennis Paulson – will provide commentary from around the course.
In addition to live championship coverage, SiriusXM’s daily U.S. Open coverage will feature exclusive shows hosted by World Golf Hall of Famers Ben Crenshaw and Hale Irwin; major winners Mark Calcavecchia, Larry Mize and Craig Stadler; former tour pros Chris DiMarco, Mark Lye and Carl Paulson; as well as top instructors Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Larry Rinker, Dave Stockton and Golf Channel’s Michael Breed.
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 116th 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. EDT at the first tee and 10th tee on Thursday at Oakmont Country Club.
OPEN ECONOMICS – Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, earned $1.8 million from a purse of $10 million last year at Chambers Bay. In 1994, Ernie Els’ winning share was $320,000 from a purse of $1,752,835 in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club. In 1973 at Oakmont, Johnny Miller earned $35,000 from a purse of $219,400.
OPEN BIRTHDAYS – Fourteen 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 46 on June 16, the day of the championship’s first round.
2016 U.S. Open Competitor
Name Birthdate Age (after birthday)
Geoff Ogilvy 6-11-77 39
a-Justin Suh 6-12-97 19
a-Derek Bard 6-14-95 21
Spencer Levin 6-15-84 32
Hiroyuki Fujita 6-16-69 47
Phil Mickelson 6-16-70 45
Austin Jordan 6-17-93 23
Yuasku Miyazato 6-19-80 36
Russell Knox 6-21-85 31
Matt Kuchar 6-21-78 38
William McGirt 6-21-79 37
a-Scottie Scheffler 6-21-96 20
Aaron Wise 6-21-96 20
Dustin Johnson 6-22-84 32
OLDEST & YOUNGEST – Wes Short Jr., at age 52 (born Dec. 4, 1963), is the oldest player in this year’s U.S. Open field. Jeff Maggert (born Feb. 20, 1964) is also age 52. Justin Suh, who reached the U.S. Open through both local and sectional qualifying, is the youngest at age 19 (born June 12, 1997).
FIELD FOR THE AGES – There are 12 players in the 2016 U.S. Open field who will be 21 years old or younger when the first round begins on Thursday, June 16. Aaron Wise, the 2016 NCAA Division I champion, is one of six players under age 20.
There are 10 players in the field who are 45 or older. Retief Goosen, 47, won the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Opens. Ernie Els, 46, also won two U.S. Opens, in 1994 and 1997.
The average age of the 156-player field is 31.14.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP – There are 23 countries represented at the 2016 U.S. Open. The United States has 89 players in the field, while England has 12 and South Africa and Australia each have 7.
Countries with players in the field – United States (89), England (12), Australia (7), South Africa (7), Sweden (6), Japan (5), France (3), Republic of Korea (3), Spain (3), Argentina (2), Denmark (2), Germany (2), India (2), New Zealand (2), Northern Ireland (2), Thailand (2), Austria (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Italy (1), Mexico (1), Philippines (1), Scotland (1) and Wales (1).
FATHER AND SON – The U.S. Open’s final round has been played on Father’s Day since 1965. There are 10 father-son pairings who have played in the U.S. Open that include a champion. The father and son did not necessarily play in the same Open. In seven of the 10 pairings, the father is the champion.
Father-Son Pairings – Includes an Open Winner
Tom Sr. and Willie Anderson Willie (1901, ’03, ’04, ’05)
Julius and Guy Boros Julius (1952, ’63)
Johnny and Billy Farrell Johnny (1928)
Hale and Steve Irwin Hale (1974, ’79, ’90)
Johnny and Andy Miller Johnny (1973)
Jack and Gary Nicklaus Jack (1962, ’67, ’72, ’80)
Gary and Wayne Player Gary (1965)
George and Alfred & Harold Sargent George (1909)
Bill and Payne Stewart Payne (1991, ’99)
Tom Jr. and Curtis Strange Curtis (1988, ’89)
NICKLAUS AND PALMER SERVE AS HONORARY CHAIRMEN – 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 to win his first major championship, 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 first U.S. Open at Oakmont in 1953, and his 32nd and final U.S. Open in 1994 at Oakmont.
TRADITIONAL PAIRING – Defending U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, defending Open champion Zach Johnson and 2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau will form a traditional grouping for the opening two rounds. Spieth won last year at Chambers Bay by one stroke with a four-round total of 275 (5 under par). Johnson captured the Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, in a four-hole aggregate playoff with Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman at St. Andrews. DeChambeau defeated Derek Bard, 7 and 6, in the U.S. Amateur final at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. The grouping will tee off in Thursday’s opening round from the 10th hole at 8:35 a.m. EDT.
U.S. OPEN GROUPS – There are two groupings of U.S. Open champions in the 2016 U.S. Open. Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Angel Cabrera (2007) and Jim Furyk (2003) will start on the first hole on Thursday at 1:58 p.m. Els (1994) and Cabrera each won at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. Webb Simpson (2012), Graeme McDowell (2010) and Geoff Ogilvy (2006) will begin on the first hole on Thursday at 1:47 p.m.
U.S. Open Groupings
Hole #1 (Thursday, 1:47 p.m.) – Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy
Hole #1 (Thursday, 1:58 p.m.) – Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera
MAJOR GROUP – Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, and Keegan Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship, will play together in the first two rounds. Goosen is one of 18 players to have won multiple U.S. Opens. Glover claimed the 2009 U.S. Open as a sectional qualifier. Bradley defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff to win the 2011 PGA.
FIRST TIME AT U.S. OPEN – There are 49 players in the 2016 championship field who are playing in their first U.S. Open. Chris Wood won the PGA European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship by one stroke last month. Mikael Lundberg, a 42-yard-old Swedish player, owns three PGA European Tour victories. Carlos Ortiz, of Mexico, was the 2014 Web.com Player of the Year. Patrick Rodgers played on two USA Walker Cup Teams (2011, 2013) and advanced through a playoff at the Powell, Ohio, sectional qualifier.
List of First-Time U.S. Open Players: Frank Adams III, Mark Anguiano, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a-Derek Bard, Matthew Borchert, Steven Bowditch, Kent Bulle, a-Sam Burns, Derek Chang, Thitiphun Chuayprakong, a-Christopher Crawford, a-Charlie Danielson, Zach Edmondson, Kevin Foley, Emiliano Grillo, Brandon Harkins, T.J. Howe, Andrew Johnston, Austin Jordan, Patton Kizzire, Andrew Landry, Mikael Lundberg, Gregor Main, Matt Marshall, William McGirt, Michael Miller, Yusaku Miyazato, a-Kyle Mueller, Carlos Ortiz, Chase Parker, Tyler Raber, a-Jon Rahm, Patrick Rodgers, a-Scottie Scheffler, Richard Schembechler II, Wes Short Jr., Sebastian Soderberg, a-Ryan Stachler, Gary Stal, a-Justin Suh, Miguel Luis Tabena, Hideto Tanihara, Ethan Tracy, Mike Van Sickle, Romain Wattel, Patrick Wilkes-Krier, Tim Wilkinson, Aaron Wise, Chris Wood.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – Mike Van Sickle, of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pine-Richland High School graduate, won the 2008 Pennsylvania State Amateur and two Pennsylvania State Opens (2007, 2008). A three-time All-America golfer at Marquette University, Van Sickle was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. He captained his scholastic team to Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League titles in 2004 and 2005. Van Sickle played high school basketball with New York Mets’ infielder Neil Walker. His father, Gary, is a golf writer for Sports Illustrated and Golf.com.
KEYSTONE BRED – Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, spent his early years in the Pittsburgh area when his father, Mike, was the head professional at Uniontown Country Club. Furyk, who also tied for second in the U.S. Open in 2006 and 2007, has extended Pennsylvania roots. He was born in West Chester, and attended high school at Manheim Township, in Lancaster. Furyk, who has competed in 21 U.S. Opens, has won 17 PGA Tour events, including a pair of Canadian Opens.
RETURN TO OAKMONT – Jason Kokrak, who advanced through the Powell, Ohio, sectional qualifier to the U.S. Open, is playing in his third USGA championship at Oakmont Country Club. Kokrak also competed in the 2003 U.S. Amateur and 2007 U.S. Open. Kokrak, who attended high school in Warren, Ohio, an 84-mile trek from Oakmont, owns two Nationwide (now Web.com) Tour and four eGolf Tour titles. He also won the Ohio Amateur twice (2006, 2007).
OAKMONT CADDIES – Aron Price, of Australia, and Richie Schembechler, of Massillon, Ohio, will each have caddies with ties to USGA championships at Oakmont Country Club. Nick Flanagan, who defeated Casey Wittenberg to win the 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont, will be Price’s caddie. Mike Emery, who tied for 47th in the 1994 U.S. Open, will caddie for Schembechler. Price was the medalist at the Jacksonville, Fla., sectional qualifier with a score of 69-66-135. Schembechler reached his first U.S. Open after advancing through a 6-for-5 playoff at the Powell, Ohio, sectional qualifier.
CLUTCH PUTTING – Denny McCarthy, who was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team, and Christopher Crawford, who just finished his college career at Drexel University, made clutch putts in U.S. Open sectional qualifying. McCarthy, who tied for 42nd last year at Chambers Bay in his first U.S. Open, sank a 20-footer on the first playoff hole at the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifier to advance. Crawford made a 40-foot birdie putt on his final hole at the Summit, N.J., sectional qualifier. Crawford, a three-time all-conference selection, hit his approach shot over a line of trees to set up his dramatic finish.
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 13. Since William McGirt was the only player to earn an OWGR exemption, five alternates from sectional qualifying made the field. They are Zach Edmondson, Tony Finau, Kevin Foley, Daniel Summerhays and Mike Van Sickle.
McGirt earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). McGirt, who is No. 45 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 36-year-old from Boiling Springs, S.C., won the Memorial Tournament on June 5 when he defeated Jon Curran on the second playoff hole. McGirt, who has three other top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, advanced to match play in the 2003 U.S. Amateur, held at Oakmont Country Club.
Edmondson, 25, of Cary, N.C., was the first alternate from the Jacksonville, Fla., sectional. He will play in his first U.S. Open. Edmondson played as a collegian at East Carolina University and competes on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada.
Finau, 26, of Lehi, Utah, was the first alternate from the Springfield, Ohio, sectional. He is competing in his second U.S. Open after tying for 14th with a 72-hole score of 2-over-par 282 at Chambers Bay last year. Finau won the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, his first PGA Tour victory, by defeating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third playoff hole.
Foley, 29, of Somerville, N.J., is competing in his first U.S. Open. He was the first alternate from the Summit, N.J., sectional. Foley, who is one of 27 players who advanced to this year’s U.S. Open through both local and sectional qualifying, won the 2013 Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour. He played at Penn State University and won the 2009 Sunnehanna Amateur.
Summerhays is playing in his third U.S. Open, with his best finish a tie for 27th last year at Chambers Bay. He was the first alternate from the Powell, Ohio, sectional qualifier. The 32-year-old from Fruit Heights, Utah, has played in 18 PGA Tour events and recorded seven top-25 finishes this season. Summerhays played Tony Finau in the final of the 2006 Utah Amateur, falling to Finau by a 3-and-2 margin.
Van Sickle, 29, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the first alternate from the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifier. He is playing in his first U.S. Open. Van Sickle, a three-time All-America selection at Marquette University, won the 2007 Pennsylvania State Amateur and Pennsylvania State Open in 2007 and 2008.
ON TOUR – Jason Day, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up, has won three times on the PGA Tour this season. Charl Schwartzel and Jeunghun Wang each have two PGA European Tour victories.
Multiple PGA Tour Winners in 2016
3, Jason Day (Arnold Palmer Invitational, WGC-Dell Match Play, The Players Championship)
2, Jordan Spieth (Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Dean & DeLuca Invitational)
2, Adam Scott (The Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship)
Multiple PGA European Tour Winners in 2016
2, Charl Schwartzel (Alfred Dunhill Championship, Tshwane Open)
2, Jeunghun Wang (Trophee Hassan II, AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open)
2016 U.S. OPEN FUN FACTS
3,695 tons of HVAC – enough for 1,478 homes
477 golf carts
20-plus miles of fiber-optic cable
47-plus miles of copper cable
5 GB of Internet
43 multi-function copiers/fax machines
85,000 linear feet or approximately 16 miles of fence
520,000 square feet of flooring
Equivalent to approximately 12 acres of flooring
100,000 ¼-lb. hot dogs
42,000 ½-lb. hamburgers
18,000 jumbo cookies
125,000 16 oz. souvenir beer/soda cups
365,000 12 oz. beers
50,000 bottles of water
48,000 bags of potato chips
17,607 grandstand seats, just 700 seats shy of Consol Energy Center’s capacity
32 corporate tents, 30 suites and roughly 125 corporate tables sold
Main merchandise pavilion totals 36,696 square feet
More than 500,000 pieces of merchandise available on-site, including 100,000 hats and 61,000 golf shirts
More than 130,000 transactions expected
86 office trailers totaling approximately 45,000 square feet
Parking & Transportation
19 parking lots and approximately 21,000 parking spaces
305 total buses at peak times
225 directional signs and 1,800 traffic cones
50 traffic posts working a total of 5,900 man hours.
25 megawatts – enough to power 5,000 Homes
564 Individual units and 41 high-end restroom trailers
371,173 square feet of canvas
Enough to cover the football field at Heinz Field six times
5,176 volunteers, including 2,040 USGA Members
46 U.S. states and 9 international countries represented