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Subject: US Golf Open TRivia
Category: Sports and Recreation > Trivia
Asked by: esher-ga
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Posted: 04 Jul 2005 11:06 PDT
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i'm looking for links to trivia/facts and stats on the US open golf.
Things such as top 10 entrants of all time, best scores, number of
wins by a single player etc etc
Subject: Re: US Golf Open TRivia
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 04 Jul 2005 13:58 PDT
Hello Esher, 

Below you will find the results of my research for U.S. Golf Open
trivia, facts and figures.

Hale Irwin, 45 is the oldest player to win the U.S. Open. 

Tony Jacklin in 1970 was the last European to win the U.S. Open 

Tiger Woods is the only player to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, the
U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open.

Bobby Joneswon or was runner-up eight times in a nine-year period.

Ernie Els in 1994 won the last time the U.S. Open went to a playoff.

Arnold Palmer is the only player to lose three U.S. Opens in a playoff.  

Jack Fleck´s only victory in the 1950s was a U.S. Open when he beat
Ben Hogan in a playoff.

Tommy Bolt in 1958 and Hubert Green in 1977 are the two players who
have won a U.S. Open at Southern Hills.

Of the three men who have shot 63 in the U.S. Open, Tom Weiskopf is
the only player who didn't go on to win.

Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jiménez are the two players that finished
runner-up, albeit 15 strokes behind to Tiger Woods in the 2000 U.S.
Open at Pebble Beach.

In the past 90 years, Jack Nicklaus at Baltusrol (1967, 1980) is the
only player to win the U.S. Open twice on the same course.

Andy North was the last player to win the U.S. Open with a 72-hole
score over par, (1-over 285, at Cherry Hills in 1978).

The two players who went 11 years between U.S. Open victories are
Julius Boros (1952-1963) and Hale Irwin (1979-1990).

Francis Ouimet in 1913 was the last player to win in his first U.S. Open attempt.
Players have won consecutive U.S. Opens: 
Willie Anderson (1903-05), John McDermott (1911-12), Bobby Jones
(1929-30), Ralph Guldahl (1937-38), Ben Hogan (1950-51), Curtis
Strange (1988-89).
Tiger Woods' 12-under par at Pebble Beach broke the previous U.S. Open
record of 8-under par held by these three players: Ben Hogan (1948),
Jack Nicklaus (1980), Lee Janzen (1993).

Curtis Strange (1988-90) is the only player to finish under par in
three straight U.S. Opens.

Neal Lancaster set the U.S. Open record with a nine-hole 29, then
matched it a year later

Source: Sports Illustrated 101st U.S. Open Trivia Quiz


Four professionals. One Round, One Hole 

?In less than two hours play in the second round of the 1989 US Open
at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, four competitors - Doug
Weaver, Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate and Nick Price - each holed the 167
yards 6th hole in one. The odds against four professionals achieving
such a record in a field of 156 are reckoned at 332,000 to 1.?

Hole-In-One Facts and Figures


From the U.S. Open Golf Quiz - The Early Years (through 1930):

The first U.S. Open was played in1895.

Newport Golf and Country Club hosted the first U.S. Open.

11 golfers played in the first U.S. Open.

Scotsman James Foulis won the second U.S. Open, shooting 78-74. The
round of 74 was a U.S. Open record for a round played with a Gutta
Percha  golf ball.

The U.S. Open was first played on an 18-hole course in 1897 at the
Chicago Golf Club.

Harry Vardon whiffed a putt on the final hole of the 1900 tournament,
but won by two strokes anyway.

In 1911, Johnny McDermott became the first native-born American winner
of the U.S. Open.

Bobby Jones won both the British Open and U.S. Open in 1926, the first
time that double was accomplished.


From the U.S. Open Quiz - 1931-1961:

Johnny Goodman in 1933 became the last amateur to win the U.S. Open.

In the 1947 and '48 Opens, Sam Snead  set a U.S. Open record with six
straight sub-par rounds.

Cary Middlecoff won the U.S. Open twice during this time period
(1931-1961), and was a dentist by training.

Jack Nicklaus set the record for low 72-hole score by an amateur (282) in 1960.


From the U.S. Open Golf Quiz - 1962 to Present:

Jack Nicklaus?s very first win as a professional came at the 1962 U.S. Open.

In 1965 the present format of 18 holes per round (rather than 36 holes
on the final day) first appeared.

When Gary Player won in 1965, he became the first non-American to win
since 1920. After winning, he donated all but $1,000 of the
first-place prize money ($26,000) to junior golf programs and cancer

In 1968, Lee Trevino became the first to shoot in the 60s in all four
rounds of a U.S. Open.

Since 1928, Tony Jacklin is the only European-born golfer who has won
the U.S. Open.

The greatest final round ever played in the U.S. Open was the 63 that
propelled Johnny Miller to victory at Oakmont in 1973.

When Jack Nicklaus won the 1980 U.S. Open, he opened with a
first-round 63. Tom Weiskopf shot 63 that day, and he is the only one
to date to shoot a 63 in a U.S. Open and not win.

Andy North won his second U.S. Open in 1985, but that Open is also
remembered for the exploits of T.C. Chen. He became the first to score
a double-eagle in a U.S. Open, but in the final round he scored a
"double-par" 8 on No. 5 when he hit the ball twice with the same swing
(a double-hit).

Tom Lehman held the No. 1 world ranking at one time during the 1990s,
and posted four straight Top 5 finishes without winning.


From the U.S. Open Golf Quiz - Records and Superlatives:

In 1954 the U.S. Open was first televised nationally.

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most consecutive U.S. Opens started
(44). Hale Irwin is second on that list at 33.

Sam Snead was 61 and the oldest player to make the cut in a U.S. Open.

Jack Nicklaus shares the record for most top-five finishes (11) with
Willie Anderson.

Tiger Woods and  Johnny Miller are the only two golfers to win the
U.S. Junior Amateur and go on to win the U.S. Open.

Walter Hagen holds the record for most consecutive Top 25 finishes in the U.S. (19)

Four golfers share the record for low 72-hole stroke total (272) at
the U.S. Open. But only Tiger Woods holds the record for lowest score
in relation to par (-12).

Only Tiger Woods has posted more than one wire-to-wire victory without
being tied following any one round.

Only two golfers have broken 30 over a U.S. Open nine. One is Vijay
Singh. The other is Neal Lancaster and has done it twice.

Arnold Palmer holds the record for most playoff losses at the U.S.
Open with three.


Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have all
won the U.S. Open and the Masters in the same year.


The Chicago Sun Times provides a wealth of U.S. Open Figures.

Some examples:

Oldest champion: (By years/months/days)
45/0/15-Hale Irwin, 1990 
43/9/11-Raymond Floyd, 1986 
43/4/16-Ted Ray, 1920 
*Oldest to make cut 
61-Sam Snead, 1973 T-29th 
58-Jack Nicklaus, 1998 t-43rd 
57-Sam Snead, 1969 T-38th 
57-Dutch Harrison, 1967, T-16th 
57-Jack Nicklaus, 1997, T-52nd 

Youngest champion
19/10/14-John J. McDermott, 1911 

Youngest competitor
14-Tyrell Garth, 1941 AMATEURS 

Top-10 finishes
10-Robert T. Jones Jr. 

Most times low amateur
9-Robert T. Jones Jr. 

Low 72-hole score by an amateur
282-Jack Nicklaus, Cherry Hills C.C., Englewood, Colo., 1960 
283-James Simons, Merion G.C. (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 1971

Most victories
4-Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905) 
4-Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930) 
4-Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953) 
4-Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980) 
3-Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990)

See the complete list of figures here: 


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I hope this is helpful!

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