Answers to Common Questions about the US Open Golf Tournament

US Open Tournament FAQ

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Welcome to our FAQ about the U.S. Open. These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about this major championship.

We'll start with a few of the most popular U.S. Open FAQs:

How can I get tickets to the US Open?
It's much, much easier than getting tickets for The Masters, that's for sure.

How do I qualify to play in the US Open?
Yes, you can attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open - if you meet certain criteria.

How are US Open pairings determined?
An explanation of the process the USGA uses to determine which golfers are grouped together during each round.

What is the US Open cut?
How many golfers get to stick around for the weekend? And how has the cut rule changed over time?

What is the US Open playoff format?
If it takes a playoff to settle the U.S. Open, here's what that playoff will look like.

What are the US Open scoring records?
Tournament records for 72 holes, 18 holes, 9 holes and also the record progression.

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Has Anyone Played in Local and Sectional Qualifying and Then Won?
Yes. The most-recent golfer to win the U.S. Open after playing in a sectional qualifier is Michael Campbell in 2005. Before Campbell, Steve Jones, in 1996, was the last to do it.

The last golfer to win the tournament after going through both stages of qualifying - local and sectional - was Orville Moody in 1969. In 1964, Ken Venturi played in both local and sectional qualifying and then won the U.S. Open

Who Holds the Record for Most Wins in the U.S. Open?
The record for most wins by a one golfer in the U.S. Open is four, and that record is shared by four golfers:

  • Willie Anderson: 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905
  • Bobby Jones: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
  • Ben Hogan: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
  • Jack Nicklaus: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980

Who Was the First Two-Time Winner of the U.S. Open?
The first golfer to win the U.S. Open twice was Willie Anderson. Anderson won his first U.S. Open title in 1901, then in 1903 he won the tournament for the second time.

Who Was the First 3-Time and 4-Time Champ?
In both cases, the answer is the same: Willie Anderson. Anderson won his first U.S. Open in 1901, and his second in 1903. When he won again in 1904, he became the tournament's first 3-time winner. And the he won his fourth the following year, in 1905. Anderson remains the only golfer to win a U.S. Open three consecutive years.

What is the 72-Hole Scoring Record in the US Open?
The 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record for cumulative strokes is 268. That score was established at the 2011 U.S. Open by Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy won that tournament by eight strokes, and his dominating performance shattered the previous U.S. Open scoring record for 72-hole stroke total. The old record was 272, first established in 1980. Here are the lowest 72-hole totals in a U.S. Open so far:

  • 268 - Rory McIlroy (65-66-68-69), 2011
  • 271 - Martin Kaymer (65-65-72-69), 2014
  • 272 - Jack Nicklaus (63-71-70-68), 1980
  • 272 - Lee Janzen (67-67-69-69), 1993
  • 272 - Tiger Woods (65-69-71-67), 2000
  • 272 - Jim Furyk (67-66-67-72), 2003
  • 272 - Brooks Koepka (67-70-68-67), 2017

What Is the Largest Margin of Victory in a U.S. Open?
Fifteen strokes, and the record-holder is Tiger Woods. Woods won by 15 at the 2000 U.S. Open. The distant runners-up were Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

When Was the U.S. Open First Televised?
The 1947 U.S. Open, in which Lew Worsham defeated Sam Snead in a playoff, was televised locally in St. Louis, Missouri, where it was played.

The U.S. Open was televised nationally, across the United States, for the first time in 1954. In 1977, all 18 holes of each of the final two rounds were broadcast live for the first time. And in 1982, all four rounds were televised for the first time.

How Many Golfers Have Made Double Eagle in a US Open?
In the long history of the tournament, only three golfers have scored an albatross:

  • T.C. Chen on the 527-yard 2nd hole (Oakland Hills Country Club) in the first round in 1985;
  • Shaun Micheel on the 523-yard 6th hole (Pebble Beach Golf Links) in the fourth round in 2010;
  • Nick Watney on the 522-yard 17th hole (Olympic Club) in the first round in 2012.

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