2013 U.S. Open Fact Sheet
HOLE BY HOLE
ARCHITECT: Hugh Wilson designed the East Course, which opened in 1912. A lifelong amateur golfer who was a member of the golf team at Princeton University, Wilson was assigned his task by the Merion Cricket Club Golf Committee. He also planned Merion’s West Course (1914) and Cobb’s Creek Golf Club (1916).
WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any professional and any amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries was April 24.
ENTRIES: In 2013, the USGA accepted 9,860 entries, the highest total in U.S. Open history. The previous mark was set in 2009 when 9,086 golfers entered. There were 9,052 entries filed in 2010, and 9,048 in 2005. There were 9,006 entrants last year for The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
LOCAL QUALIFYING: Local qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 111 sites in the U.S. between May 3 and May 16.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at two international sites on May 27 (England, Japan) as well as 11 U.S. sites on June 3.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: 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, an 18-hole playoff will be held on June 17 (Monday), beginning at noon (EDT).
2012 CHAMPION: Webb Simpson, playing in his just second U.S. Open, emerged as the 2012 champion at The Olympic Club (Lake Course). The 26-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., shot 2-under 68 in the final round and moved past seven players to edge Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by a single stroke. Simpson’s closing round featured a stretch of four birdies in five holes and no bogeys in his final 13 holes. Simpson, who was tied for 29th after 36 holes, carded a pair of 68s over the final two rounds for a 1-over par total of 281. He became the first American to win the U.S. Open since 2009.
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST OPEN APPEARANCES (2013 included):: Phil Mickelson (23), Ernie Els (21), Jim Furyk (19), Stewart Cink (18), Steve Stricker (18), Tiger Woods (18), David Toms (17), Padraig Harrington (16), Michael Campbell (15).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2013 included): Ernie Els (21), Phil Mickelson (20), Stewart Cink (18), Jim Furyk (18).
TITLE DEFENSE: Since 1991, Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their U.S. Open crown. McDowell tied for 14th at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club after winning the 2010 title. Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2 after holding a three-stroke lead after 54 holes. Woods tied for 12th at Southern Hills in 2001 following his win in 2000 at Pebble Beach and tied for 20th in 2003 at Olympia Fields after winning the previous year at Bethpage Black. In 2009 at Bethpage, Woods tied for sixth in defending his 2008 title at Torrey Pines. Seven champions have missed the cut during this period, most recently Rory McIlroy in 2012 at Olympic.
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: 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 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
QUALIFYING FOR THE OTHER MAJORS: The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt for the following year’s U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s Masters Tournament.
HISTORY: This is the 113th 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 was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911; he is among eight players age 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).
U.S. OPENS AT MERION GOLF CLUB
This is the fifth U.S. Open Championship and the 18th USGA championship to be conducted at Merion Golf Club.
In 1934, Olin Dutra won by one stroke over Gene Sarazen after carding rounds of 71 and 72 on the last day. Dutra, the first native Californian to win the Open, trailed by eight shots after the first 36 holes. His comeback was the largest of any player until Arnold Palmer matched that mark in 1960. Dutra climbed past 17 players despite battling a stomach ailment.
In 1950, Ben Hogan won his second of four U.S. Opens in a playoff with Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio. Hogan, who was involved in a near-fatal automobile accident only 16 months earlier, parred the 72nd hole to join the playoff by hitting a 1-iron approach to within 40 feet. Hogan shot 69 in the playoff, including a birdie on the 17th, to defeat Mangrum by four strokes.
Lee Trevino won a playoff with Jack Nicklaus in 1971 to capture his second U.S. Open title. Trevino took the lead in the playoff when Nicklaus took two shots to get out of bunkers on both the second and third holes. Trevino made birdies on Nos. 12 and 15 en route to a 3-under 68 and a three-stroke victory. Nicklaus and Trevino each had an opportunity to win the championship outright but missed putts on the 72nd hole. Jim Simons, a 21-year-old amateur who led after 54 holes, needed a birdie on the 18th to join the playoff, but drove into the rough.
In 1981, David Graham played one of the most precise rounds in U.S. Open history in shooting 67 to win the title by three strokes. Graham made four birdies, including two on each nine, with one bogey. He hit 15 greens and missed just one fairway. Graham, the first Australian to win the Open, trailed 54-hole leader George Burns by three heading to the final round.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MERION GOLF CLUB
1904 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Georgianna Bishop def. E.F. Sanford, 5 and 3
1909 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Dorothy Campbell def. Nonna Barlow, 3 and 2
1916 U.S. Amateur: Charles Evans Jr. def. Robert Gardner, 4 and 3
1924 U.S. Amateur: Robert T. Jones Jr. def. George Von Elm, 9 and 8
1926 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Helen Stetson def. Elizabeth Goss, 3 and 1
1930 U.S. Amateur: Robert T. Jones Jr. def. Eugene Homans, 8 and 7
1934 U.S. Open: Olin Dutra by one stroke over Gene Sarazen, 293-294
1949 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Dorothy Porter def. Dorothy Kielty, 3 and 2
1950 U.S. Open: Ben Hogan def. Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio, 287 (69)-287 (73)-287 (75)
1954 Curtis Cup: USA def. Great Britain & Ireland, 6-3
1966 U.S. Amateur: Gary Cowan def. Deane Beman, 285 (75)-285 (76)
1971 U.S. Open: Lee Trevino def. Jack Nicklaus, 280 (68)-280 (71)
1981 U.S. Open: David Grahamby three strokes over Bill Rogers and George Burns, 273-276
1989 U.S. Amateur: Chris Patton def. Danny Green, 3 and 1
1998 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Leigh Anne Hardin def. Brittany Straza, 2 up
2005 U.S. Amateur: Edoardo Molinari def. Dillon Dougherty, 4 and 3
2009 Walker Cup: USA def. Great Britain & Ireland, 16½-9½
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT MERION GOLF CLUB
1960 World Amateur Team: USA by 42 strokes over Australia, 834-876
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PENNSYLVANIA
The 2013 U.S Open will be the 81st USGA championship and 16th U.S. Open to be conducted in Pennsylvania. The state has hosted 12 of the 13 USGA national championships. Some of the game’s greatest players have won U.S. Opens in Pennsylvania, including Byron Nelson (1939), Ben Hogan (1950, 1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Lee Trevino (1971), Johnny Miller (1973) and Ernie Els (1994).
U.S. OPENS IN PENNSYLVANIA
1907 U.S. Open: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia (Alex Ross)
1910 U.S. Open: Philadelphia Cricket Club, Philadelphia (Alex Smith)
1927 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Tommy Armour)
1934 U.S. Open: Merion Cricket Club, Ardmore (Olin Dutra)
1935 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Sam Parks Jr.)
1939 U.S. Open: Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne (Byron Nelson)
1950 U.S. Open: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore (Ben Hogan)
1953 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Ben Hogan)
1962 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Jack Nicklaus)
1971 U.S. Open: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore (Lee Trevino)
1973 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Johnny Miller)
1981 U.S. Open: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore (David Graham)
1983 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Larry Nelson)
1994 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Ernie Els)
2007 U.S. Open: Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont (Angel Cabrera)
FUTURE U.S. OPENS
June 12-15, 2014: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2 Course), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
June 18-21, 2015: Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
June 16-19, 2016: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
June 15-18, 2017: Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 14-17, 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 13-16, 2019: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
June 18-21, 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.
LONGEST PAR 3s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
288 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
256 yards, 3rd at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
253 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962
249 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1994
247 yards, 17th at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club (North Course), 2003
246 yards, 17th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
244 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1973
LONGEST PAR 4s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
525 yards, 7th at Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
523 yards, 18th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
521 yards, 18th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
520 yards, 1st at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
515 yards, 6th at Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, Calif., 2008
514 yards, 9th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
670 yards, 16th at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
642 yards, 5th at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., 2001
640 yards, 12th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
636 yards, 9th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S. OPEN
Rory McIlroy: last foreign winner (2011)
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)
Rory McIlroy: last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2011)
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)
Webb Simpson: last winner between ages 20-29 (26 in 2012)
Graeme McDowell: last winner between ages 30-39 (30 in 2010)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and higher (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 35 hours of coverage. NBC will air at least 19 hours of coverage throughout the championship and ESPN will air at least 16 hours over the first two days of play. More than 180 countries are part of U.S. Open TV coverage.
|Date||Network||Broadcast Hours (EDT)|
|June 13||ESPN||9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.|
|June 14||ESPN||9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.|
|June 15||NBC||Noon-7:30 p.m.|
|June 16||NBC||Noon-7:30 p.m.|
|June 17*||ESPN||Noon-2 p.m.|
*If needed, an 18-hole playoff will be scheduled
EXEMPTION LIST (as of June 5, 2013)
The following 75 golfers are fully exempt into the 2013 U.S. Open (a: amateur, Bold: U.S. Open champion)
Keegan Bradley 7, 12, 13
Angel Cabrera 1, 5, 13
Michael Campbell 1
Kevin Chappell 11
K.J. Choi 8
Stewart Cink 6
Tim Clark 13
Darren Clarke 6
George Coetzee 13
Nicolas Colsaerts 13
Jason Day 13
Luke Donald 12, 13
Jamie Donaldson 13
Jason Dufner 11, 12, 13
Ernie Els 6, 11, 12, 13
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 13
Rickie Fowler 12, 13
a-Steven Fox 2
Jim Furyk 1, 11, 12, 13
Sergio Garcia 12, 13
Robert Garrigus 12, 13
Lucas Glover 1
Branden Grace 13
Bill Haas 13
Peter Hanson 13
Padraig Harrington 6, 7, 11
Russell Henley 13
Billy Horschel 13
John Huh 12
Fredrik Jacobson 13
Thongchai Jaidee 13
Dustin Johnson 12, 13
Zach Johnson 12, 13
Martin Kaymer 7, 13
Matt Kuchar 8, 12, 13
Martin Laird 13
Paul Lawrie 13
Marc Leishman 13
Hunter Mahan 12, 13
Mateo Manassero 9, 13
Graeme McDowell 1, 11, 13
Rory McIlroy 1, 7, 12, 13
Phil Mickelson 5, 12, 13
Francesco Molinari 13
Ryan Moore 12, 13
Geoff Ogilvy 1
Thorbjorn Olesen 13
Louis Oosthuizen 6, 12, 13
John Peterson 11
Carl Pettersson 12, 13
Scott Piercy 12, 13
D.A. Points 13
Ian Poulter 13
Justin Rose 12, 13
Charl Schwartzel 5, 13
Adam Scott 5, 12, 13
John Senden 11, 12
Marcel Siem 13
Webb Simpson 1, 11, 12, 13
Brandt Snedeker 12, 13
Henrik Stenson 13
Kevin Streelman 13
Steve Stricker 12, 13
Michael Thompson 11, 13
David Toms 11
Bo Van Pelt 12, 13
Nick Watney 12, 13
Bubba Watson 5, 12, 13
a-Michael Weaver 2
Boo Weekley 13
Lee Westwood 11, 12, 13
a-Chris Williams 4
Casey Wittenberg 11
Tiger Woods 1, 8, 12, 13
Y.E Yang 7
Key to Player Exemptions
1) Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last ten years (2003-12)
2) Winner and runner-up of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
3) Winner of the 2012 British Amateur Championship
4) Winner of the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
5) Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2009-13)
6) Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2008-12)
7) Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2008-12)
8) Winner of the Players Championship the last three years (2011-13)
9) Winner of the 2013 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
10) Winner of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship
11) From the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, the ten lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
12) Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2012 Tour Championship
13) Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current Official World Golf Ranking as of May 27, 2013
14) Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current Official World Golf Ranking as of June 10, 2013
15) Special exemptions selected by the USGA