Sauers will be making his first U.S. Open appearance in 30 years after winning the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club to earn an exemption. The Savannah, Ga., native edged Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Mayfair by a stroke for his first title on the 50-and-over circuit. He overcame a deadly skin disease that kept him away from competitive golf for five years (2006-10). After contracting Stevens-Johnson syndrome, doctors only gave Sauers a 25 percent chance of survival. He finally overcame the condition and returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2011. Three of his professional wins have come on the PGA Tour, the last being the 2002 Air Canada Championship. Prior to his Senior Open triumph, Sauers lost a three-hole aggregate playoff to Colin Montgomerie at the 2014 Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.
|1987||The Olympic Club||72-69-73-79--293||+13||T-58|
|1985||Oakland Hills Country Club||70-73-80-73--296||+16||T-58|
|1984||Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course)||73-79||+12||MC|