The US Open By Numbers

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First held 125 years ago in 1895, America's national golf championship, the US Open, has been a prominent part of the calender and defined many great moments through generations in the game. Those early editions were typically won by British golfers venturing across the Atlantic, but since the First World War, the event has been dominated by players from the United States, including names like Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka.

Visiting champions include Gary Player, Tony Jacklin, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Rory McIlroy. Picking out key numbers from that rich history, Golfshake's Derek Clements shares his US Open By Numbers. 

  • 3 - Most consecutive victories, by Wilie Anderson, 1903-05
  • 4 - Number of wins achieved by Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson
  • 6 - Number of times Phil Mickelson has finished runner-up
  • 9 - Number of times Oakmont has hosted the tournament - a record
  • 15 - Record winning margin achieved by Tiger Woods in 2000
  • 16 - Record sub-par score for 72 holes, achieved by Rory McIlroy (2011) and Brooks Koepka (2017)
  • 18 - Top 10 finishes by Jack Nicklaus
  • 19 - John McDermott’s age when he became the youngest champion in 1911
  • 44 - Most consecutive starts, by Jack Nicklaus
  • 45 - Hale Irwin’s age when he became the oldest champion in 1990
  • 61 - Sam Snead’s age when he became the oldest player to make the cut in 1973
  • 63 - Lowest score, achieved by Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood
  • 268 - Lowest winning score, achieved by Rory McIlroy in 2011

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