2013 U.S. Open Fact Sheet

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

PAR AND YARDAGE: Merion Golf Club’s East Course will be set up at 6,996 yards and will play to a par of 34-36-70. Merion G.C. is the first U.S. Open course under 7,000 yards since 2004. For the 1981 U.S. Open Championship, Merion’s East Course was a par 70 and played at 6,544 yards. For the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship, the East Course was 6,846 yards with a par of 70.

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.


: 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).


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.


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


1960 World Amateur Team: USA by 42 strokes over Australia, 834-876


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).


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)


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.


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


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


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


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.

DateNetworkBroadcast Hours (EDT)
June 13ESPN9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.
 NBC3-5 p.m.
June 14ESPN9 a.m.-3 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.
 NBC3-5 p.m.
June 15NBCNoon-7:30 p.m.
June 16NBCNoon-7:30 p.m.
June 17*ESPNNoon-2 p.m.
 NBC2 p.m.-conclusion


*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

Current Leaders
T2DAY, J.+1F+3
T4ELS, E.-1F+5
T4MAHAN, H.+5F+5
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