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 every year. Being the home ground of the US Open is a great honor, so many courts would like to host this important golf tournament.
In this article, let’s explore the 8 interesting facts you may not know about the US Open golf tournament.
1. The first fact
If you are wondering how difficult it is to play golf in the US Open, just compare it with the performance of Tiger Woods, who has won the US Open three times. Woods’ average score at the PGA Tour is 68.9 but in the US Open alone, his average score is 71.7
2. The second fact
The first US Open took place one day only on October 4, 1895, at the Newport Golf Club on Rhode Island. There are 10 professional athletes and 1 amateur golfer participating in the competition across 36 holes.
The first US Open champion was the English golfer Horace Rawlins, with a score of 91 and 82, two strokes compared to the Scottish runner-up, Willie Dunn.
3. The third fact
John McDermott was the first American golfer to win in the US Open after defeating two compatriots Mike Brady and George Simpson at the Chicago Golf Club in 1911. Also since then, the Americans have been successive owners of this prestigious Cup.
4. The fourth fact
Dustin Johnson will become the seventh golfer to successfully defend the championship if this year he continues to win in the US Open. Curtis Strange was the most recent to do this, as he won the championship title in 1988 and 1989. Only one golfer has won in three consecutive US Open (1903, 1904, 1905) was Scottish golfer Willie Anderson.