Things to know about the US Open golf tournament

The US Open Championship is the second of the four major tournaments in the golf industry and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

The tournament is organized by the American Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June each year. The US Open is held in many different courses with the criterion of heavy difficulty, so usually, even the best golfers in the top group only achieve results around the benchmark.

The US Open stadiums are mostly long, the rough is tall, the fairway is narrow and the green grass is cut short to make the ball roll very quickly. Being the home ground of the US Open is a great honor, so many courts would like to host and accept “major surgery” to meet the criteria of the tournament.

The US Open Championship is the second of the four major tournaments

The US Open golf tournament was held for the first time at Newport Country Club (Rhode Island) golf course on October 4, 1895. This large tournament is quite special in terms of the venue for the tournament, each year being held at different golf courses around the US.

The selection of a golf course to organize the tournament is very strict, almost the course is long, the rough grass is high, the fairway is narrow and the grass on the green is shortened so the ball rolls very quickly, giving players new challenges difficult to conquer.

Play-off mode

The US Open is the only tournament of the four major tournaments to have an 18-hole playoff round on Monday if after the fourth round on Sunday the top golfers have equal scores. The other three major tournaments, Masters, British Open, and PGA Championship, all chose the play-off solution on Sunday.

If after the first extra round there is still an indiscriminate match, the golfers will play the play-off with the rule of “sudden death”. Historically, the US Open has three times this happened. The most recent time, in 2008, Tiger Wood beat Rocco Mediate in the first extra hole. The remaining two times were 1990 and 1994.

Before the “sudden death” law came into being in the 1950s, in the case of a score after 5 rounds (4 main rounds and one extra round) golfers would play 18 holes like in 1925, 1939, and 1946. Even more, lice, if they still have not finished, they will play 2 more rounds (36 holes total) as in 1931.