Monday, June 10

2019 U.S Open and Pebble Beach Fact Sheet

This is the 119th U.S. Open Championship.

PAR AND YARDAGE              
Pebble Beach Golf Links will be set up at 7,075 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. The yardage for each round of the championship will vary due to course setup and conditions.

Pebble Beach Golf Links Hole By Hole

Jack Neville and Douglas S. Grant designed Pebble Beach Golf Links, which opened in 1919.

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

SCHEDULE OF PLAY            
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from June 13 (Thursday) through June 16 (Sunday). In the event of a tie after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will take place following the completion of Sunday's final round.

Brooks Koepka is attempting to become the second player to win three consecutive U.S. Open Championships after his victories at Erin Hills in 2017 and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in 2018. Willie Anderson, a Scottish professional, won his third in a row at Myopia Hunt Club in South Hamilton, Mass., in 1905, a two-stroke triumph over Alex Smith. Anderson and Koepka are among seven players to win in consecutive years. The group includes John J. McDermott (1911, 1912), a-Robert T. Jones Jr. (1929, 1930), Ralph Guldahl (1937, 1938), Ben Hogan (1950, 1951) and Curtis Strange (1988, 1989).

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 Championships
  • An invitation to the next five Players Championships
  • Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years

The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt into the following year's U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year's Masters Tournament.

The 2018 purse was $12 million; the winner earned $2.16 million. The 2019 purse will total $12.5 million, highest among golf’s major championships.

  • Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the U.S. Open Championship in five consecutive decades
  • The 119th U.S. Open is the 13th USGA championship to be conducted at the resort
  • The 2019 U.S. Open will be the 13th played in California and sixth at Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links will also host the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2027 U.S. Open
  • The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a PGA Tour event, has been held at the resort since 1947
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links has served as host of a PGA Tour Champions event since 2004
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links is celebrating its centennial in 2019

Pebble Beach Golf Links is part of the famous 17-Mile Drive, which was originally designed as a local excursion route for visitors to the Del Monte to take in the historic sights of Monterey and Pacific Grove and the scenery of what would become Pebble Beach. The course was designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant and opened on Feb. 22, 1919. Neville's objective was to place as many of the holes as possible along the Monterey coastline and he accomplished this by using a "figure 8" layout. The first professional tournament held at Pebble Beach was the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open. In 1929, the course hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship for the first time. In 1947, Pebble Beach became one of the host courses for the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, which is currently known as the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Pebble Beach has hosted 12 USGA championships, including five U.S. Opens and five U.S. Amateurs, and was the site of the 1977 PGA Championship. The course has also hosted the PGA Tour Champions' PURE Insurance Championship since 2004.

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