Everything you need to know about the US Open Golf tournament
Los Angeles will host its first U.S. Open in June. Here are 24 important facts you need to know about the U.S. Open Golf Championship.
There is a long history of the U.S. Open being played in California, but those tournaments were held at Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, and the Olympic Club. This year, this thing goes Hollywood … almost.
The 2023 U.S. Open is being held at the Los Angeles Country Club in Beverly Hills, which routinely rejects actors who apply for membership. Groucho Marx once tried and was turned down, to which he replied: “Why would I want to belong to a club that would have me as a member?”
This is the first time the event will be held in Los Angeles since Ben Hogan won at Riviera in 1948. (That course became known as Hogan’s Alley). The Los Angeles Country Club is famously private, and visitors are not allowed to post images on social media.
Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion is next to the 13th green, there are par 3s ranging from 250 yards to less than 100 yards, and only a few of this year’s competitors have competed there, most during the 2017 Walker Cup.
What else do you need to know about this year’s venue and this year’s field? We’ve got you covered.
When is the U.S. Open Golf Championship?
This year’s tournament takes place from June 15-18. The final round will be a perfect prelude to Game 7 of the NBA Finals should the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets take their series the distance.
Where is the U.S. Open Golf Tournament this year?
As noted above, it is at Los Angeles Country Club on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
What state has hosted the most U.S. Open Golf Tournaments?
This will be the 15th time the tournament has been contested in California. It has been held at courses in New York 20 times and in Pennsylvania 17 times.
Who controls the U.S. Open Golf Championship?
The governing body is the United States Golf Association, which along with the R&A (Royal and Ancient) in Great Britain controls the rules of golf. It conducts 14 national championships, including the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Women’s Open.
How to watch U.S. Open Golf 2023
There will be 200-plus hours of coverage on NBC Sports and the Peacock Network, with pre- and post-tournament coverage on the Golf Channel, an NBC affiliate.
What channel is broadcasting the U.S. Open Golf?
NBC affiliates are on the air in all major U.S. markets. The Golf Channel is available on most cable systems, and the Peacock Network is available online.
Who won the first U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
Horace Rawlins of England defeated Willie Dunn of Scotland at the 9-hole Newport Country Club in 1895 by two strokes to win the grand prize of $150.
Who won the 2022 U.S. Open Golf Championship?
The defending champion this year is Matt Fitzpatrick of England, who defeated Americans Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris by one stroke at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Fitzpatrick joined Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to win the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open on the same course.
How many players are in the U.S. Open Golf?
There will be 156 players competing, including several who earned their spots through local qualifying tournaments in the United States, Japan, and Canada. These tournaments drew a record 10,187 total entrants. It is called the “Open” because anyone with a handicap of 1.4 or less can attempt to qualify.
How do players qualify for U.S. Open Golf?
Sectional qualifiers are held prior to final qualifiers. The USGA accepted entries for the 2023 U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, including 1,282 from the host state California, as well as Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and 87 foreign countries.
Is there an age limit to qualify for U.S. Open Golf Championship?
Yes. A golfer must be at least 14 years old. Andy Zhang in 2012 was the youngest ever to compete at 14 years, 6 months.
Is Tiger Woods playing in the U.S. Open?
On May 22, the USGA announced that Woods would not compete, as he continues to recover from a series of injuries that forced him to withdraw from the 2023 Masters in April.
How many U.S. Opens has Tiger Woods won?
Woods has played in 22 U.S. Opens, from 1995 to 2020. He has three wins (2000, 2002, 2008) and eight top-10 finishes.
Can LIV Golf players play in U.S. Open?
Yes. Again, it is an “Open” tournament, so anyone who qualifies can participate in it. About half of the field is made up of players who are fully exempt from qualifying, including winners of the Masters, PGA, and British Opens from the past five years, winners of the U.S. Open from the past 10 years, winners and runners-up from the U.S. Amateur, Junior Amateur and the U.S. Mid-Amateur, the defending U.S. Senior Open champion, winners of the last three Players Championships, winners of multiple PGA Tour tournaments over the past year, players ranked in the top 60 worldwide two weeks prior to the Open, and top 10 finishers from last year’s open.
Who are the favorites to win the 2023 U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
The lines have not opened yet on Betway, but rest assured that Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy will be atop the board.
Does the U.S. Open still have 18-hole playoffs?
No. That ended in 2017. Since 2018, the USGA adopted a two-hole aggregate playoff format. Sudden-death will still be played if the playoff ends tied.
How much does the U.S. Open Golf winner get?
The prize pool this year is $17.5 million, with the winner’s share yet to be determined. Last year, Fitzpatrick took home $3.15 million.
Has a U.S. Open even been won by a golfer who earned a spot through final qualifying?
It has been 54 years since Orville Moody played his way into the U.S. Open by going through both local and sectional qualifying rounds and then won the tournament. Ken Venturi also did it in 1964. Lucas Glover won in 2009 after going through sectional, but not local, qualifying.
How many times has an American golfer won the U.S. Open?
This has happened 86 times.
When was the last time an international player won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
That was in 2022, when Matt Fitzpatrick prevailed.
Has an amateur ever won the U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
This has happened eight times, most recently by Johnny Goodman in 1933. Bobby Jones did it four times.
What is the U.S. Open scoring record?
Brooks Koepka shot 16-under at the 2017 Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis., and Rory McIlroy also shot 16-under at the 2011 tournament at Congressional CC in Bethesda, Md.
How much are U.S. Open Golf tickets?
It will set you back $290 per ticket to attend on Thursday and $330 per ticket to catch the final round Sunday. More expensive premium package tickets also are available at the USGA website.
What to wear to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament?
The club’s website informs you of its “customs and traditions.” A member’s attire is rigidly formal. Jackets are compulsory after 6 p.m. Shorts can only be worn between the parking lot and locker room -- nowhere else -- and “men’s slacks must be of a tailored nature.” Women’s skirts can be no shorter than 10 centimeters above the knee.
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