United States Senior Open

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U.S. Senior Open
Tournament information
Location Edmond, Oklahoma (2014)
Established 1980
Course(s) Oak Tree National (2014)
Par 71 (2014)
Length 7,412 yards (6,778 m) (2014)
Tour(s) Champions Tour
European Senior Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $3.5 million
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 267 Hale Irwin (2000)
267 Kenny Perry (2013)
To par −20 Fred Funk (2009)
Current champion
Scotland Colin Montgomerie

The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in men's senior golf. It was first played in 1980 and is administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is recognized as a major championship by both the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour. Initially the lower age limit was 55, but it is now 50, which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. The event is open to amateurs but it is dominated by professionals. It has been played on several different courses.

Allen Doyle became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in 2006, winning two weeks before his 58th birthday.[1]

In 2011, the prize fund was $2.6 million, with $500,000 awarded to the champion, Olin Browne. The total purse was the highest of any senior tour event until the Posco E&C Songdo Championship, a new and since-discontinued Champions Tour event held in South Korea, launched in 2010 with a $3 million purse. However, the first prize in the U.S. Senior Open remains the highest on the Champions Tour (the first prize in the Korean event was $450,000). In 2012, the prize fund increased to $2.75 million, with winner Roger Chapman earning $500,000. Like other senior majors, players must walk the course unless they receive a medical exemption to use a cart. Winners gain entry into the following year's U.S. Open.

Eligibility[edit]

The following players are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open, provided they are 50 years old as of the opening day of the tournament. Amateur categories require that the player is still an amateur on the opening day of the tournament.[2]

  • Any past winner of the U.S. Senior Open
  • Winners of any of the major championships in the last 10 years
  • Winners of any of the U.S. Amateur in the last 10 years and runner-up in previous year
  • Winners of the Senior PGA Championship in the last 10 years
  • Winner of the Senior British Open in the last four years
  • Top 15 finishers from the previous year's U.S. Senior Open
  • Any amateur completing 72 holes in last U.S. Open
  • Low amateur in last U.S. Senior Open
  • Winner and runner-up of the U.S. Senior Amateur in the previous year
  • Members of the Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy teams for the last two competitions
  • Members of both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams for the last five competitions
  • Top 30 from the previous year's Champions Tour money list, top 20 from current list
  • Top 50 leaders from the Champions Tour career money list
  • Winners of Champions Tour events in the previous three years
  • Top six from previous year's European Seniors Tour money list
  • Top two from previous year's Japan Seniors Tour money list
  • Winners of PGA Tour events in the previous five years
  • Winners of the U.S. Open in first ten years of age eligibility
  • One-time exemption for any winner of a major championship, U.S. Amateur, or British Amateur

Special exemptions are given occasionally, and like other USGA events, many qualify through the local and sectional ranks.

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Country Venue Location Score Winner's
share ($)
2014 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma 279 (−5) 630,000
2013 Kenny Perry  United States Omaha Country Club Omaha, Nebraska 267 (−13) 500,000
2012 Roger Chapman  England Indianwood Golf and Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan 270 (−10) 500,000
2011 Olin Browne  United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 269 (−15) 500,000
2010 Bernhard Langer  Germany Sahalee Country Club Sammamish, Washington 272 (−8) 470,000
2009 Fred Funk  United States Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 268 (−20) 470,000
2008 Eduardo Romero  Argentina Broadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado 274 (−6) 470,000
2007 Brad Bryant  United States Whistling Straits, Straits Course Haven, Wisconsin 282 (−6) 470,000
2006 Allen Doyle (2)  United States Prairie Dunes Golf Club Hutchinson, Kansas 272 (−8) 470,000
2005 Allen Doyle  United States NCR Country Club, South Course Kettering, Ohio 274 (−10) 470,000
2004 Peter Jacobsen  United States Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri 272 (−12) 470,000
2003 Bruce Lietzke  United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 207 (−6) 470,000
2002 Don Pooley  United States Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland 274 (−10) 450,000
2001 Bruce Fleisher  United States Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 280 (E) 430,000
2000 Hale Irwin (2)  United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 267 (−17) 400,000
1999 Dave Eichelberger  United States Des Moines Golf and Country Club West Des Moines, Iowa 281 (−7) 315,000
1998 Hale Irwin  United States Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California 285 (+1) 267,500
1997 Graham Marsh  Australia Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois 280 (E) 232,500
1996 Dave Stockton  United States Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio 277 (−11) 212,500
1995 Tom Weiskopf  United States Congressional Country Club, Blue Course Bethesda, Maryland 275 (−13) 175,000
1994 Simon Hobday  South Africa Pinehurst Resort, No. 2 Course Pinehurst, North Carolina 274 (−10) 145,000
1993 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 278 (−6) 135,330
1992 Larry Laoretti  United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 275 (−9) 130,000
1991 Jack Nicklaus  United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 282 (+2) 110,000
1990 Lee Trevino  United States Ridgewood Country Club Paramus, New Jersey 275 (−13) 90,000
1989 Orville Moody  United States Laurel Valley Golf Club Ligonier, Pennsylvania 279 (−9) 80,000
1988 Gary Player (2)  South Africa Medinah Country Club, Course No. 3 Medinah, Illinois 288 (E) 65,000
1987 Gary Player  South Africa Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield, Connecticut 270 (−14) 47,000
1986 Dale Douglass  United States Scioto Country Club Columbus, Ohio 279 (−9) 42,500
1985 Miller Barber (3)  United States Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Stateline, Nevada 285 (−3) 40,199
1984 Miller Barber  United States Oak Hill Country Club, East Course Pittsford, New York 286 (−2) 36,448
1983 Billy Casper  United States Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota 288 (+4) 30,566
1982 Miller Barber  United States Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon 282 (−2) 28,648
1981 Arnold Palmer  United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 289 (+9) 26,000
1980 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina Winged Foot Golf Club, East Course Mamaroneck, New York 285 (+1) 20,000

Multiple winners[edit]

The following men have had more than one win in the U.S. Senior Open, through the 2014 tournament:

Winners of both U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open[edit]

The following men have won both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open, the majors run by the USGA:

Player U.S. Open U.S. Senior Open
Arnold Palmer 1960 1981
Billy Casper 1959, 1966 1983
Gary Player 1965 1987, 1988
Orville Moody 1969 1989
Lee Trevino 1968, 1971 1990
Jack Nicklaus 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 1991, 1993
Hale Irwin 1974, 1979, 1990 1998, 2000

Palmer (1954) and Nicklaus (1959, 1961) also won the U.S. Amateur, previously considered a major.

Future sites[edit]

Year Venue Location Dates
2014 Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma July 7–13
2015 Del Paso Country Club Sacramento, California June 25–28
2016 Scioto Country Club Upper Arlington, Ohio August 11–14
2017 Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts June 29 – July 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Senko, David (July 9, 2006). "Doyle becomes oldest winner of U.S. Senior Open". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006. 
  2. ^ "2014 U.S. Senior Open Entry Form". USGA. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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