The US Open Championship of golf is one of the oldest golfing tournaments of the world. It is also one of the four majors in the golfing circuit. Being the old tournament the US Open golf has some of the most interesting facts you can ever think. There are many famous quotes also about this great tournament, but we have avoided them just for the pleasure of reading these facts. So, let us have a look at some of those interesting facts related to this major golf tournament.
Interesting Facts about US Open Championship – Golf
- When the US Open Golf was established in the 19th century it has very little significance in the sporting events calendar, hence the first ever US Open Championship had to make a way for the America’s Cup Yacht race and had to reschedule itself.
- The 1964 US Open Championship was the last one with the 36 holes on a Saturday format. Since then the tournament is played with the current Saturday/Sunday format.
- Since its inception in 1895 John McDermott became the first ever America born player to win the US Open Championship at the age of 19 in the year 1911.
- US Open of 1912, which was held at the Country Club of Buffalo, was the first and the only Open course which had a par 6 hole.
- The Oakmont Country Club in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has the honor to host the most number of US Open Championships. The last one was in 2007 which was the 8th time and next time it will host the US Open Championship in the year 2016.
- The worst single hole record for the US Open Championship is held by Ray Ainsley who has a score of whopping +19 during the 1938 tournament.
- Jack Fleck beating Ben Hogan in the 1955 US Open Championship is considered to be the biggest upset of the tournament. The NBC television, even cancelled all its programs to witness the record winning (5th) title by Hogan, but Fleck first tied at the 18th and beat Hogan in the next day’s playoff.
- The first time the international players were allowed to qualify for the US Open Championship was in the year 2005. Michael Campbell the champion of that year was one of those nine players who were qualified from an English tournament.