US Open - Golf: All You Need to Know

20 June 2022 18:45:58 GMTPlus10
Spaniard Jon Rahm won his first Major title at the US Open last year

The US Open is the third Major championship on golf's calendar and often carries the biggest purse of any of the big four.

The 72-hole stroke-play tournament is one of the most prestigious in the world and the great and good of the golf world will be aiming to get their hands on the trophy.

US Open courses are typically difficult and it is thought of as one of the biggest tests a golfer will face.

When is the US Open?

This year's US Open took place between the 16th and 19th June.

Where is the US Open?

The US Open takes place at a variety of golf courses around the United States, with this year's event held at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, one of the most historic courses in the country.

The venue had hosted three times before, in 1913, 1963 and 1988. The most popularly used venue in US Open history is the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, which has hosted nine times.

The Country Club hosted the US Amateur Championship in 2013 which was won by Matt Fitzpatrick, and also the Ryder Cup in 1999 - the infamous Battle of Brookline - when the United States defeated Europe 14.5-13.5.

Who is the reigning US Open champion?

Spaniard Jon Rahm was victorious in the 2021 US Open which took place at Torrey Pines in California but saw his title taken away by Fitzpatrick who closed with a two-under 70 to claim his maiden major title by a stroke from Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler.

Can I watch the US Open?

The US Open is always available to watch in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event.

How many times has the US Open taken place?

This year's edition of the U.S Open was the 122nd. The first took place in 1895 with Englishman Horace Rawlins taking home the crown and the tournament has been played in its current format since 1898.

Who has won the US Open on the most occasions?

Four players have won the US Open on four occasions, a feat that was most recently achieved by Jack Nicklaus in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1980.

The other three players to win the tournament four times are Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan.

What is the record for best performance at the US Open?

Tiger Woods won the 2000 US Open by 15 shots, an all-time record for all Majors. Rory McIlroy shot the lowest score for 72 holes, 268, when winning the 2011 edition. His 16-under par effort was matched by Brooks Koepka at the 2017 event.

What is the US Open purse?

The total prize money for the US Open is $12.5million, making it the biggest purse of any Major tournament.

Can the US Open be rained out?

Although the US Open takes place in June in an attempt to minimise the chances of weather affecting the outcome, it has been known to do so.

Rain hampered the entire 2009 tournament and the subsequent delays due to the weather meant that the tournament was not completed until Monday, with Lucas Glover eventually securing a two-shot victory.

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