Sunday, June 14

2015 U.S. Open Fact Sheet

Select information from the "2015 U.S. Open Championship Fact Sheet" provided by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

June 18-21, 2015
Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash. (
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Chambers Bay will play to a par of 36-34-70 when the first hole is a par 5 and 35-35-70 when the 18th hole is a par 5. The total yardage of the course will be in the range of 7,200 to 7,600 yards. 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 Robert Trent Jones Jr., Chambers Bay opened in 2007. The course is built on the site of a former sand and gravel quarry adjacent to Puget Sound. The course is the centerpiece of a 930-acre county park. Pierce County acquired the land in 1992.

Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 77.3. Its Slope Rating is 145.

The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.

Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from June 18 (Thursday) through June 21 (Sunday). In the event of a tie after 72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be conducted on June 22 (Monday), beginning at noon (PDT).

EXEMPT PLAYERS WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (through 2014): Phil Mickelson (24), Ernie Els (22), Jim Furyk (20), Lee Janzen (19) and Tiger Woods (18).

The benefits received by the U.S. Open winner include:
A U.S. Open exemption for the next 10 years
An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
An invitation to the next five British Open Championships
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

This is the 115th 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 is John McDermott, who won in 1911 at the age of 19. He is among eight players 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), Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980).

Only five players have won the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year: Craig Wood (1941), Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002).

The 2014 purse was $8.684 million; the winner earned $1,620,000.

2015 U.S. Open Players Who Competed in 2010 U.S. Amateur (11): Byeong-Hun An (semifinalist), Blayne Barber (Rd. 32), Russell Henley (FQ), Morgan Hoffmann (quarterfinalist), Tom Hoge (FQ), Alex Kim (Rd. 32), Brooks Koepka (FQ), Denny McCarthy (Rd. 64), Cheng-Tsung Pan (Rd. 64), Patrick Reed (Rd. 32) and Jordan Spieth (FQ).

This is the first U.S. Open contested in the Pacific Northwest. The U.S. Open has been played 12 times on the Pacific Coast, including the 2012 championship at The Olympic Club’s Lake Course in San Francisco. Riviera Country Club, in Los Angeles, hosted the 1948 U.S. Open, the first on the Pacific Coast. Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Opens by two strokes over Jimmy Demaret.

U.S. Open Championships on Pacific Coast (12)
1948: Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif. (Ben Hogan)
1955: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif. (Jack Fleck)
1966: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif. (Billy Casper)
1972: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (Jack Nicklaus)
1982: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (Tom Watson)
1987: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif. (Scott Simpson)
1992: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (Tom Kite)
1998: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif. (Lee Janzen)
2000: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (Tiger Woods)
2008: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, Calif. (Tiger Woods)
2010: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links (Graeme McDowell)
2012: The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif. (Webb Simpson)

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)
a-Robert T. Jones Jr.: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (1926)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole (2008)
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)
Martin Kaymer: last winner between ages 20-29 (29 in 2014)
Justin Rose: last winner between ages 30-39 (32 in 2013)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and older (42 in 1999)
Rory McIlroy: last defending champion to miss the cut (2012)
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)

The U.S. Open will receive at least 44 hours of network coverage. Fox and Fox Sports 1 will air more than 38 hours of live coverage throughout the championship. Seven-time Emmy Award-winning announcer Joe Buck serves as the lead U.S. Open on Fox announcer and is joined by lead analyst, World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time major champion Greg Norman in the 18th Tower throughout the week. Other analysts include former professionals Brad Faxon, Corey Pavin, Tom Weiskopf, Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster, Scott McCarron and Jay Delsing, in addition to course design expert Gil Hanse. Additional members of the coverage team are Charles Davis and Holly Sonders (on-course reporters), Curt Menefee and Shane O’Donoghue (hosts) and rules expert David Fay.

Date                Network                                 Broadcast Hours (Local/PDT)
June 14           Fox Sports 1                           Drive to the Open, 7-8 p.m.
June 16           Fox Sports 1                           Preview, 12:30-1 p.m.
June 17           Fox Sports 1                           Preview, 9-10 a.m.
June 18           Fox Sports 1                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                       Fox                                        5-8 p.m.         
June 19           Fox Sports 1                           9 a.m.-5 p.m.
                       Fox                                        5-8 p.m.
June 20           Fox                                         11 a.m.-7 p.m.
                       Fox Deportes                          4-7:30 p.m.
June 21           Fox                                         11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
                       Fox Deportes                          4-7:30 p.m.
June 22*          Fox Sports 1 & Fox                 Noon to conclusion
*If needed, an 18-hole playoff will be scheduled

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 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.

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