2016 U.S. Open (golf)
|Dates||June 16–19, 2016|
|Course(s)||Oakmont Country Club|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,254 yards (6,633 m)|
|Field||156 players, 67 after cut|
The 2016 United States Open Championship was the 116th U.S. Open, held June 16–19 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont and Plum, Pennsylvania, suburbs northeast of Pittsburgh. Dustin Johnson won his first major championship.
Play was delayed on the first day due to heavy rainfall, forcing most of the field to play half a round behind schedule. Andrew Landry was a surprise leader after the first round before Johnson led the field in the second. Shane Lowry carded a 65 in the third round to take the overall lead into the final round. Despite a controversial penalty on the 5th green, Johnson took the title three strokes ahead of runners-up Lowry, Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy.
Lengths of the course for previous major championships:
- Through 1994, the 9th hole was a par 5; before 1962, the 1st hole was also a par 5.
- 2016 yardages by round
- Scoring average: 73.5697
- by round: 74.2436, 73.6037, 72.0298, 73.4630
- Most difficult holes in relation to par: 1, 9, 15, 10
For the second year, Fox Sports televised the championship in the United States. The first two rounds were on FS1 cable and over-the-air on Fox, with the last two rounds shown only on Fox. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it was carried by Sky Sports.
About half the field consisted of players who were exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, and other categories are shown in parentheses.
- 1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship during the last ten years
- 2. Winner and runner-up of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship
Derek Bard (a)
- Bryson DeChambeau forfeited his exemption by turning professional in April 2016 but subsequently earned a spot through sectional qualifying.
- 3. Winner of the 2015 Amateur Championship
- Romain Langasque forfeited his exemption by turning professional in April 2016.
Jon Rahm (a)
- 5. Winners of the Masters Tournament during the last five years
- 6. Winners of The Open Championship during the last five years
- 7. Winners of the PGA Championship during the last five years
- 8. Winners of The Players Championship during the last three years
Rickie Fowler (12,13,14)
- 9. Winner of the 2016 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
Chris Wood (13,14)
- 10. Winner of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship
- 11. The 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place at the 2015 U.S. Open Championship
- 12. Players who qualified for the season-ending 2015 Tour Championship
Daniel Berger (13,14), Steven Bowditch, Paul Casey (13,14), Harris English (14), Jim Furyk (13,14), Bill Haas (13,14), Charley Hoffman (13,14), J. B. Holmes (13,14), Kevin Kisner (13,14), Brooks Koepka (13,14), Matt Kuchar (13,14), Danny Lee (13,14), Hideki Matsuyama (13,14), Kevin Na (13,14), Scott Piercy (13), Patrick Reed (13,14), Henrik Stenson (13,14), Robert Streb, Jimmy Walker (13,14)
- Bae Sang-moon was unable to compete due to a military obligation in South Korea.
- 13. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of May 23, 2016 in the Official World Golf Ranking
An Byeong-hun (14), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (14), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (14), Kevin Chappell (14), Jamie Donaldson, Matthew Fitzpatrick (14), Sergio García (14), Emiliano Grillo (14), James Hahn (14), Billy Horschel (14), Smylie Kaufman (14), Kim Kyung-tae (14), Chris Kirk (14), Patton Kizzire, Søren Kjeldsen (14), Russell Knox (14), Anirban Lahiri (14), Marc Leishman (14), David Lingmerth (14), Ryan Moore (14), Andy Sullivan (14), Justin Thomas (14), Jaco van Zyl (14), Lee Westwood (14), Bernd Wiesberger (14)
- 14. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of June 13, 2016 in the Official World Golf Ranking
- 15. Special exemptions given by the USGA
The remaining contestants earned their places through sectional qualifiers.
- Japan: Yuta Ikeda, Yūsaku Miyazato, Toru Taniguchi, Hideto Tanihara
- England: Matthew Baldwin, Grégory Bourdy, Søren Hansen, Peter Hanson, Andrew Johnston, Maximilian Kieffer, Mikael Lundberg, Matteo Manassero, Alexander Norén, Lee Slattery, Sebastian Söderberg, Gary Stal, Romain Wattel
- United States
- Daly City, California: Mark Anguiano (L), Brandon Harkins (L), Gregor Main (L), Justin Suh (a,L), Tyler Raber (L), Miguel Tabuena
- Jacksonville, Florida: Matt Borchert (L), Sam Horsfield (a), Aron Price, Tim Wilkinson
- Roswell, Georgia: Frank Adams III (L), Kent Bulle, Ryan Stachler (a,L)
- Rockville, Maryland: Billy Hurley III, Denny McCarthy, Chase Parker (L)
- Summit, New Jersey: Chris Crawford (a,L), Jim Herman, Justin Hicks, Michael Miller (L), Rob Oppenheim, Andy Pope
- Powell, Ohio: Jason Allred (L), Bryson DeChambeau, Luke Donald, Jason Kokrak, Spencer Levin, Carlos Ortiz, Patrick Rodgers, Scottie Scheffler (a), Richie Schembechler (L), Wes Short Jr. (L), Brendan Steele, Kevin Streelman, Ethan Tracy (L)
- Springfield, Ohio: Charlie Danielson (a), Nick Hardy (a), Kyle Mueller (a,L), Patrick Wilkes-Krier (L)
- Memphis, Tennessee: Sam Burns (a,L), Derek Fathauer, Andres Gonzales, J. J. Henry, Tom Hoge, Kang Sung-hoon, Andrew Landry (L), Dicky Pride, David Toms, D. J. Trahan
- Houston, Texas: Derek Chang (L), Austin Jordan (L), Kevin Tway
- Vancouver, Washington: T. J. Howe (L), Matt Marshall (L), Aaron Wise (L)
Alternates who gained entry:
- Thitiphun Chuayprakong (Japan) – replaced Tiger Woods
- Jeev Milkha Singh (England) – replaced Thongchai Jaidee
- Thomas Aiken (Memphis) – replaced Darren Clarke
- Zach Edmondson (L, Jacksonville) – claimed spot held for category 14
- Tony Finau (Springfield) – claimed spot held for category 14
- Kevin Foley (L, Summit) – claimed spot held for category 14
- Daniel Summerhays (Powell) – claimed spot held for category 14
- Mike Van Sickle (L, Rockville) – claimed spot held for category 14
(a) denotes amateur
(L) denotes player advanced through local qualifying
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jim Furyk||United States||2003||71||68||74||66||279||−1||T2|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||2010||72||71||71||72||286||+6||T18|
|Jordan Spieth||United States||2015||72||72||70||75||289||+9||T37|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||2011||77||71||148||+8|
|Lucas Glover||United States||2009||75||74||149||+9|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||2001, 2004||73||77||150||+10|
|Ernie Els||South Africa||1994, 1997||75||75||150||+10|
|Webb Simpson||United States||2012||77||74||151||+11|
Nationalities in the field
|North America (90)||South America (2)||Europe (35)||Oceania (9)||Asia (13)||Africa (7)|
|Mexico (1)||Argentina (2)||England (12)||Australia (7)||India (2)||South Africa (7)|
|United States (89)||Northern Ireland (2)||New Zealand (2)||Japan (5)|
|Scotland (1)||South Korea (3)|
|Wales (1)||Philippines (1)|
|Ireland (1)||Thailand (2)|
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Play was suspended three times during the morning wave of players, all for dangerous weather conditions. At 4:40 pm EDT, play was called for the day with the second wave of players yet to tee off. Only three groups, nine players, finished their first rounds. Andrew Landry, who was ranked 624th in the world and had to go through local and sectional qualifiers, was the leader at 3 under par, with a birdie putt on his last hole, hole 9. Amateur Scottie Scheffler was the leader in the clubhouse at 1 under par.
|1||Andrew Landry||United States||17*||−3|
|T2||Bubba Watson||United States||14||−2|
|Danny Lee||New Zealand||13|
|T4||Scottie Scheffler (a)||United States||69||−1|
|Kevin Streelman||United States||16*|
|Harris English||United States||12*|
*Started on hole 10
Friday, June 17, 2016
After more rain overnight, nearly three inches (7.5 cm) total since Wednesday, play resumed at 7:30 am under mostly sunny skies and the round was completed shortly after 3 pm. Landry, the overnight leader, had a cushy end to his round: he only brought his putter to the course, to which he sank his birdie putt to lead at 4-under par. He would not play another hole for the rest of the day (see round 2).
|1||Andrew Landry||United States||66||−4|
|T2||Dustin Johnson||United States||67||−3|
|Scott Piercy||United States|
|T7||Danny Lee||New Zealand||69||−1|
|Scottie Scheffler (a)||United States|
|Kevin Streelman||United States|
|Bubba Watson||United States|
Friday, June 17, 2016
Play was suspended due to darkness at 8:43 pm with 27 players of the first wave still on the course and the second wave of players yet to tee off. Dustin Johnson completed his round and was tied for the lead with Andrew Landry, who had not started his second round yet, at 4 under par.
|T1||Andrew Landry||United States||66*||−4|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||67-69=136|
|Scott Piercy||United States||68-70=138|
*Completed their second round on Saturday (had not yet started second round)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The 27 members of the first wave resumed their rounds and the second wave began theirs at 7 am. The second round was completed after 2 pm; 67 players made the cut at 146 (+6) or better.
|1||Dustin Johnson||United States||67-69=136||−4|
|2||Andrew Landry||United States||66-71=137||−3|
|Scott Piercy||United States||68-70=138|
|T7||Jim Furyk||United States||71-68=139||−1|
|Daniel Summerhays||United States||74-65=139|
Saturday, June 18, 2016
The round began at 3 pm, on split tees in groupings of three; the final grouping of Dustin Johnson, Andrew Landry, and Scott Piercy teed off at 5:01 pm and completed 13 holes. Play was suspended due to darkness at 8:49 pm with Shane Lowry as the overnight leader at 5 under par, through 14 holes.
|2||Andrew Landry||United States||66-71=137||−3||13|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||67-69=136||13|
|6||Branden Grace||South Africa||73-70-66=209||−1||F|
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Play resumed at 7 am and Shane Lowry birdied 15 and 17 for a round of 65 (−5) to extend his lead to four strokes. Andrew Landry bogeyed 14 and 15, but birdied 17 and 18 to move into the final pairing. Daniel Summerhays birdied 15 and eagled 17 to climb into a tie for fourth. After 54 holes, the top eight players on the leaderboard were all seeking their first major title.
|T2||Andrew Landry||United States||66-71-70=207||−3|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||67-69-71=207|
|T4||Daniel Summerhays||United States||74-65-69=208||−2|
|6||Branden Grace||South Africa||73-70-66=209||−1|
|Scott Piercy||United States||68-70-72=210|
|Bryson DeChambeau||United States||71-70-70=211|
|Zach Johnson||United States||71-69-71=211|
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Play in the final round began at 10 am, in pairs from the first hole, with the final pair of Shane Lowry and Andrew Landry starting at 3:30 pm. Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and won his first major, three shots ahead of three runners-up. After finishing at five under par, Johnson was penalized a shot as he was judged to have made his ball move as he addressed it on the fifth green, despite being initially absolved of wrongdoing. His score was amended to four under par, but he still finished three strokes ahead. The top four of the leaderboard were the only ones left under par.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Dustin Johnson||United States||67-69-71-69=276||−4||1,800,000|
|T2||Jim Furyk||United States||71-68-74-66=279||−1||745,270|
|Scott Piercy||United States||68-70-72-69=279|
|Branden Grace||South Africa||73-70-66-71=280|
|7||Kevin Na||United States||75-68-69-69=281||+1||313,349|
|Jason Dufner||United States||73-71-68-70=282|
|Zach Johnson||United States||71-69-71-71=282|
|Daniel Summerhays||United States||74-65-69-74=282|
Amateurs: Rahm (+7)
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
During the final round of the tournament, there was a controversial incident on the fifth green that involved eventual winner Dustin Johnson. As he prepared to address the ball for a par putt, his ball moved slightly. Johnson stepped away, saying that he had not addressed the ball. After he spoke to an on-site rules official, he was told to carry on with his shot and sank the putt. Later, on the 12th tee, an official informed him that he might be penalized a stroke, but that no decision would be made until the round was complete. The penalty was ultimately assessed against Johnson which still left him three strokes ahead of three second-place finishers. Several of the world's top golfers, such as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler, as well as many viewers on their local Fox stations and spectators at the course, took to social media to criticize the USGA for its decision.
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- Official website
- United States Golf Association
- Coverage on the PGA Tour's official site
- Coverage on the European Tour's official site
- Coverage on the PGA of America's official site
- Oakmont Country Club – official site
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|
2016 Open Championship