You can be the next U.S Open winner! Fast facts and past winners

The US Open golf winner is THE man (or woman) and is my favorite golf tournament because:

1. Top 10 scores are right around par for the course (makes me feel better about my game)

2. The greens are usually extremely tough with ridiculous pin placements. (I like to see the best pros in the world miss 4 foot putts once in a while)

3. The longest hitters don’t have much of an advantage at the Open championship due to the height of the rough which makes driving long a very risky choice.

4. Anyone, I mean anyone can make and even win a US Open tournament

like Francis Ouimet did in 1913 at 20 years old with a 10-year old caddy

P.S. The (British) Open winner is right up there with the U.S. Open golf winner in my book except for the lousy weather. Maybe that makes it even more of an accomplishment but I like to see the sun, blue skies and the grass be a bright green.

So how do you go about trying to qualify to be the next US Open golf winner?The first thing you have to do is join the USGA (United States Golf Association)USGA Then, you need to establish a handicap. To enter the US Open championship, you cannot be more than a 1.4 handicap. Are you still with me? Then, go to the US Open application website to apply. Good luck and good golfing on your quest to be the next US Open golf winner! Apply for US Open golf championship As you can see, aps aren’t available til March and there is a deadline in April. You then play 1 round in a local qualifier. The 100 or so sites will be announced and you should find something within driving distance. If you place, then you will play 2 rounds in a sectional qualifier. If you place there, then you play golf in the US Open with all the greatest pros! There are about 150 spots for the Open tournament with about half of them reserved for exempt players. They are exempt due to having won certain pro or amateur golf tournaments or placing high on the pro money list. If you’re good in 3 rounds, you could play golf in the Open tournament with multiple US open golf winner, Tiger Woods, how cool is that?!


Past US Open golf winner and the course played:

2010 Graeme McDowell – Pebble Beach (CA.) Golf Links

2009 – Lucas Glover – Bethpage State Park (Black Course) Farmingdale, NY June 18 – 21
2008 – Tiger Woods – Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) La Jolla, California June 12 – 15
2007 – Angel Cabrera – Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania June 14 – 17

2006…Geoff Ogilvy – Winged Foot Golf Club Mamaroneck, New York
2005…Michael Campbell – Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina
2004…Retief Goosen – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
2003…Jim Furyk – Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, N. Course
2002…Tiger Woods – Bethpage State Park, Black Course, Farmingdale, N.Y.
2001…Retief Goosen- Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla.
2000…Tiger Woods- Pebble Beach (CA.) Golf Links
1999…Payne Stewart- Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, No. 2 Course, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
1998…Lee Janzen- The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA
1997…Ernie Els- Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md.
1996…Steve Jones- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1995…Corey Pavin- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
1994…Ernie Els- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1993…Lee Janzen- Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course, Springfield, N.J.
1992…Tom Kite- Pebble Beach (CA.) Golf Links
1991…Payne Stewart- Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.
1990…Hale Irwin- Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, No. 3 Course
1989…Curtis Strange- Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.
1988…Curtis Strange- The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
1987…Scott Simpson- The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA.
1986…Ray Floyd- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
1985…Andy North- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1984…Fuzzy Zoeller- Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1983…Larry Nelson- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1982…Tom Watson- Pebble Beach (CA.) Golf Links
1981…David Graham- Merion Golf Club, East Course, Ardmore, PA.
1980…Jack Nicklaus- Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course, Springfield, N.J.
1979…Jack Nicklaus- Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1978…Andy North- Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.
1977…Hubert Green- Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Ok.
1976…Jerry Pate- Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, GA.
1975…Lou Graham- Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, No. 3 Course
1974…Hale Irwin- Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1973…Johnny Miller- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1972…Jack Nicklaus- Pebble Beach (CA.) Golf Links
1971…Lee Trevino- Merion Golf Club, Armore, PA.
1970…Tony Jacklin- Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.
1969…Orville Moody- Champions Golf Club, Cypress Creek Course, Houston, TX.
1968…Lee Trevino- Oak Hill Country Club, E. Course, Rochester, N.Y.
1967…Jack Nicklaus- Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course, Springfield, N.J.
1966…Billy Casper- Olympic Country Club, Lake Course, San Francisco, CA
1965…Gary Player- Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO.
1964…Ken Venturi- Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD.
1963…Julius Boros- The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
1962…Jack Nicklaus- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1961…Gene Littler- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1960…Arnold Palmer- Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.
1959…Billy Casper- Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1958…Tommy Bolt- Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, OK.
1957…Dick Mayer- Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1956…Cary Middlecoff- Oak Hill Country Club, East Course, Rochester, N.Y.
1955…Jack Fleck- Olympic Country Club, Lake Course, San Francisco, CA
1954…Ed Furgol- Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course, Springfield, N.J.
1953…Ben Hogan- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1952…Julius Boros- Northwood Club, Dallas, TX
1951…Ben Hogan- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1950…Ben Hogan- Merion Golf Club, East Course, Ardmore, PA.
1949…Cary Middlecoff- Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, No. 3 Course
1948…Ben Hogan- Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, CA
1947…Lew Worsham- St. Louis (MO.) Country Club
1946…Lloyd Mangrum- Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1942…Cancelled due to World War II
1941…Craig Wood- Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, TX.
1940…Lawson Little- Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1939…Byron Nelson- Philadelphia Country Club, Spring Mill Course
1938…Ralph Guldahl- Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.
1937…Ralph Guldahl- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
1936…Tony Manero- Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
1935…Sam Parks Jr.- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1934…Olin Dutra- Merion Cricket Club, Ardmore, PA.
1933…Johnny Goodman- North Shore Golf Club, Glen View, Ill.
1932…Gene Sarazen- Fresh Meadow Country Club, Flushing, N.Y.
1931…Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1930…Bobby Jones- Interlachen Country Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
1929…Bobby Jones- Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
1928…Johnny Farrell- Olympia Fields Country Club, Matteson, Ill.
1927…Tommy Armour- Oakmont (PA.) Country Club
1926…Bobby Jones- Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
1925…W MacFarlane- Worcester (Mass.) Country Club
1924…Cyril Walker- Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
1923…Bobby Jones- Inwood (N.Y.) Country Club
1922…Gene Sarazen- Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill.
1921…James M. Barnes- Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD.
1920…Edward Ray- Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1919…Walter Hagen- Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton, Mass.
1917…Cancelled due to World War I
1916…Charles Evans Jr.- Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minn.
1915…Jerome Travers- Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
1914…Walter Hagen- Midlothian (Ill.) Country Club
1913…Francis Ouimet- The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
1912…John McDermott- The Country Club of Buffalo, N.Y.
1911…John McDermott- Chicago Golf Club, Chicago, Ill.
1910…Alex Smith- Philadelphia Cricket Club, St. Martin’s Course, PA.
1909…George Sargent- Englewood (N.J.) Golf Club
1908…Fred McLeod- Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.
1907…Alex Ross- Philadelphia Cricket Club, St. Martin’s Course
1906…Alex Ross- Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
1905…Willie Anderson- Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.
1904…Willie Anderson- Glen View Club, Golf, Ill.
1903…Willie Anderson- Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.
1902…Laurie Auchterlonie- Garden City (N.Y.) Golf Club
1901…Willie Anderson- Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.
1900…Harry Vardon- Chicago Golf Club, Chicago, Ill.
1899…Willie Smith- Baltimore (Md.) Country Club, Roland Park Course
1898…Fred Herd- Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton, Mass.
1897…Fred Herd- Chicago Golf Club, Chicago, Ill.
1896…James Foulis- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
1895…Horace Rawlins- Newport (R.I.) Golf and Country Club
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