The U.S. Open

The 2017 United States Open Championship is scheduled on June 12 – 18 in Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. It will be the 117th U.S. Open and the first U.S. Open in Wisconsin, but the state’s fifth major championship.

US Open History

The United States Open Championship is more commonly known as the U.S. Open. This annual open national championship of golf in the United States is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

The first U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a 36-hole competition played in a single day by ten professionals and one amateur. The winner was a 21-year-old Englishman named Horace Rawlins, who received $150 cash out of a prize fund of $335, plus a $50 gold medal.

The competition was dominated by experienced British players in the beginning. In 1911, John J. McDermott came to be the first native-born American winner.

Record Holder for the Most Victories 

William Law Anderson, born on October 21, 1879 was a Scottish immigrant to the United States who became the first golfer to win four U.S. Opens – 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and he is still the only man to win three consecutive titles.

Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr., born on March 17, 1902 was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. He co-founded the Masters Tournament and founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club,. He won the US Open in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930.

William Ben Hogan was an American professional golfer born on August 13, 1912 in Texas, USA. He is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game winning four US Open tournaments – 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953. Being one of only five golfers to have won all four major championships currently open to professionals (the Masters Tournament, The Open, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship), he eventually retired at the age of 59.

Jack William Nicklaus, born January 21, 1940 in Ohio, is a retired American professional golfer. Nicknamed “The Golden Bear,” and regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a record 18 career major championships much was accomplished over a span of 25 years. He won the US open in 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list.

16 thoughts on “The U.S. Open”

  1. Fun to read some of the history about golf. Guess I’m more used to the tennis open which is always in NY, I never thought about other championships moving around the country.

  2. As a child, my aunt would watch golf for hours. I never knew why it was fascinating because it just looked boring with people using a stick to hit balls across grass. Now that I’m older. I now understand why people enjoy golf. I still don’t understand the rules and point system, but its fun to do.

  3. I can’t wait to pass your post along to my husband. He’s the golfer in the family and I’m sure he’ll love to read more about the history of the US Open, as well as trivia about some of the men who’ve won titles over the years

  4. I know very little about golf, and I am not a huge fan. I am just so amazed at the golf courses. They are lovely! My cousin is an avid golfer and has joined competitions here and abroad.

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