Every year the best of the best gather and compete for the championship title at the U.S. Open — and the time in 2016 has come. As the pro golfers get their gear ready for the big day, here’s everything you should know about the epic event!
Golf’s second biggest tournament, the U.S. Open will commence this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19. And while most fans will be placing their bets for who will walk away with the title, there’s probably some things you might not be aware of when it comes to the major tournament. But don’t worry, HollywoodLife.com has you covered here!
1. The first U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895
The first golf Open tournament was played during a fall day in 1895 — more than 120 years ago! Unlike like the more recent competitions, it was much simpler back then. Golfers played on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, and it was a 36-hole competition, played over the course of a single day. Wow!
2. The Oakmont Country Club has been the site of most U.S. Opens than any other course to date.
The 2016 Open will be held at the Oakmont Club, making it the ninth time the game has been played at the in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania venue. The elite club has also hosted twelve other major tournaments, including the PGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open. The course has 18 holes, but unlike the course that golfers originally played on in 1895, it features an intricate layout plan, which makes the competition more difficult.
3. The 2005 Open was the first year international players could participate.
International golfers were permitted to compete in the championship for only the last 11 years. The 2005 Open was the first year they could participate without coming to the United States, and they do so by competing in tournaments held in England and Japan.
4. The U.S. Open has only advanced to sudden-death three times.
A sudden death was introduced to the tournament in the 1950s, and only occurs if a tie exists after the fifth round. But despite the Open’s lengthy history, the competition has only advanced to sudden death three times in 1990, 1994, 2008! Wow! The most recent sudden death was when Tiger Woods, 40, defeated Rocco Mediate, 55, on the first additional playoff hole in 2008.
Jordan Spieth was the winner of the last U.S. Open. He won the tournament by just one stroke over Dustin Johnson, 31, and Louis Oosthuizen, 33. He is set to compete as the reigning champion in the 2016 Open.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited for the 2016 U.S. Open?