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The U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf, introduced 39 years ago in 1980.[1] It is administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is recognized as a major championship by both the PGA Tour Champions and the European Senior Tour. The lower age limit was 55 in 1980, but it was lowered to 50 for the second edition in 1981,[2] which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. By definition, the event is open to amateurs, but has been dominated by professionals; through 2019, all editions have been won by pros. Like other USGA championships, it has been played on many courses throughout the United States.

U.S. Senior Open
U.S. Senior Open 3rd logo.png
LocationSouth Bend, Indiana (2019)
Established1980, 39 years ago
Course(s)Warren Golf Course (2019)
University of Notre Dame
Par70 (2019)
Length7,004 yards (6,404 m) (2019)
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
European Senior Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$4.0 million
Month playedJune
Aggregate261 Steve Stricker (2019)
To par−20 Fred Funk (2009)
United States Steve Stricker
Warren GC is located in the United States
Warren GC
Warren GC
Warren GC is located in Indiana
Warren GC
Warren GC

Allen Doyle became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in 2006, winning two weeks before his 58th birthday.[3]

The total purse was the highest of any senior tour event until the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea, a Champions Tour event in 2010 and 2011 with a $3 million purse, but had a lower winner's share ($450,000). The U.S. Senior Open is again the highest purse on the PGA Tour Champions; in 2016 it was $3.75 million, and champion Gene Sauers earned $675,000. The purse in 2017 is anticipated to be $4 million, yielding a winner's share of $720,000.

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.

The playoff format was modified for 2018, reduced from three to two aggregate holes, followed by sudden death.[4] The three-hole aggregate playoff was used in 2002 and 2014; the final 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Senior Open was in 1991, won by Jack Nicklaus.[5]

EligibilityEdit

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, except for the one-time exemption for former champions of the U.S. Amateur or The Amateur Championship.[6]

  • 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 Open Championship 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 PGA Tour Champions money list, top 20 from current list
  • Top 50 leaders from the PGA Tour Champions career money list
  • Winners of PGA Tour Champions events in the previous three years
  • Top six from previous year's European Senior 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.
    • Winners of amateur championships who have since turned professional are able to use this exemption.

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

WinnersEdit

Year Champion Country Venue Location Score Winning
margin
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2019 Steve Stricker   United States Warren Golf Course, U of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana 261 (−19) 6 strokes   Jerry Kelly
  David Toms
4,000,000 720,000
2018 David Toms   United States Broadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado 277 (−3) 1 stroke   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
  Jerry Kelly
  Tim Petrovic
4,000,000 720,000
2017 Kenny Perry (2)   United States Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 264 (−16) 2 strokes   Kirk Triplett 4,000,000 720,000
2016 Gene Sauers   United States Scioto Country Club Upper Arlington, Ohio 277 (−3) 1 stroke   Miguel Ángel Jiménez
  Billy Mayfair
3,750,000 675,000
2015 Jeff Maggert   United States Del Paso Country Club Sacramento, California 270 (−10) 2 strokes   Colin Montgomerie 3,750,000 675,000
2014 Colin Montgomerie   Scotland Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma 279 (−5) Playoff   Gene Sauers 3,500,000 630,000
2013 Kenny Perry   United States Omaha Country Club Omaha, Nebraska 267 (−13) 5 strokes   Fred Funk 2,750,000 500,000
2012 Roger Chapman   England Indianwood Golf and Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan 270 (−10) 2 strokes   Fred Funk
  Bernhard Langer
  Tom Lehman
  Corey Pavin
2,750,000 500,000
2011 Olin Browne   United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 269 (−15) 3 strokes   Mark O'Meara 2,750,000 500,000
2010 Bernhard Langer   Germany Sahalee Country Club Sammamish, Washington 272 (−8) 3 strokes   Fred Couples 2,600,000 470,000
2009 Fred Funk   United States Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 268 (−20) 6 strokes   Joey Sindelar 2,600,000 470,000
2008 Eduardo Romero   Argentina Broadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado 274 (−6) 4 strokes   Fred Funk 2,600,000 470,000
2007 Brad Bryant   United States Whistling Straits, Straits Course Haven, Wisconsin 282 (−6) 3 strokes   Ben Crenshaw 2,600,000 470,000
2006 Allen Doyle (2)   United States Prairie Dunes Golf Club Hutchinson, Kansas 272 (−8) 2 strokes   Tom Watson 2,600,000 470,000
2005 Allen Doyle   United States NCR Country Club, South Course Kettering, Ohio 274 (−10) 1 stroke   Loren Roberts
  D. A. Weibring
2,600,000 470,000
2004 Peter Jacobsen   United States Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri 272 (−12) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin 2,600,000 470,000
2003 Bruce Lietzke   United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 207 (−6) 2 strokes   Tom Watson 2,600,000 470,000
2002 Don Pooley   United States Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland 274 (−10) Playoff   Tom Watson 2,500,000 450,000
2001 Bruce Fleisher   United States Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 280 (E) 1 stroke   Isao Aoki
  Gil Morgan
2,400,000 430,000
2000 Hale Irwin (2)   United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 267 (−17) 3 strokes   Bruce Fleisher 2,250,000 400,000
1999 Dave Eichelberger   United States Des Moines Golf and Country Club West Des Moines, Iowa 281 (−7) 3 strokes   Ed Dougherty 1,750,000 315,000
1998 Hale Irwin   United States Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California 285 (+1) 1 stroke   Vicente Fernández 1,500,000 267,500
1997 Graham Marsh   Australia Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois 280 (E) 1 stroke   John Bland 1,300,000 232,500
1996 Dave Stockton   United States Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio 277 (−11) 2 strokes   Hale Irwin 1,200,000 212,500
1995 Tom Weiskopf   United States Congressional Country Club, Blue Course Bethesda, Maryland 275 (−13) 4 strokes   Jack Nicklaus 1,000,000 175,000
1994 Simon Hobday   South Africa Pinehurst Resort, No. 2 Course Pinehurst, North Carolina 274 (−10) 1 stroke   Jim Albus
  Graham Marsh
800,000 145,000
1993 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 278 (−6) 1 stroke   Tom Weiskopf 700,000 135,330
1992 Larry Laoretti   United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 275 (−9) 4 strokes   Jim Colbert 700,000 130,000
1991 Jack Nicklaus   United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 282 (+2) Playoff   Chi-Chi Rodríguez 600,000 110,000
1990 Lee Trevino   United States Ridgewood Country Club Paramus, New Jersey 275 (−13) 2 strokes   Jack Nicklaus 500,000 90,000
1989 Orville Moody   United States Laurel Valley Golf Club Ligonier, Pennsylvania 279 (−9) 2 strokes   Frank Beard 450,000 80,000
1988 Gary Player (2)   South Africa Medinah Country Club, Course No. 3 Medinah, Illinois 288 (E) Playoff   Bob Charles 400,000 65,000
1987 Gary Player   South Africa Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield, Connecticut 270 (−14) 6 strokes   Doug Sanders 300,000 47,000
1986 Dale Douglass   United States Scioto Country Club Columbus, Ohio 279 (−9) 1 stroke   Gary Player 275,000 42,500
1985 Miller Barber (3)   United States Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Stateline, Nevada 285 (−3) 4 strokes   Roberto De Vicenzo 225,000 40,199
1984 Miller Barber (2)   United States Oak Hill Country Club, East Course Pittsford, New York 286 (−2) 2 strokes   Arnold Palmer 200,000 36,448
1983 Billy Casper   United States Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota 288 (+4) Playoff   Rod Funseth 175,000 30,566
1982 Miller Barber   United States Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon 282 (−2) 4 strokes   Gene Littler
  Dan Sikes
150,000 28,648
1981 Arnold Palmer   United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 289 (+9) Playoff   Billy Casper
  Bob Stone
149,000 26,000
1980 Roberto De Vicenzo   Argentina Winged Foot Golf Club, East Course Mamaroneck, New York 285 (+1) 4 strokes   William C. Campbell (a) 100,000 20,000

Multiple winnersEdit

Six men have multiple victories in the U.S. Senior Open:

3 wins

2 wins

Successful defenders of the title were Barber (1985), Player (1988), and Doyle (2006).

Winners of both U.S. Open and U.S. Senior OpenEdit

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 sitesEdit

Year Venue Location Dates
2020 Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Island June 25–28
2021 Omaha Country Club Omaha, Nebraska July 8–11
2022 Saucon Valley Country Club Bethlehem, Pennsylvania June 23–26

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "De Vicenzo cops Senior Open". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. Associated Press. June 30, 1980. p. 7B.
  2. ^ "Seniors tee it up in the US Senior Open". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. July 8, 1981. p. 24.
  3. ^ Senko, David (July 9, 2006). "Doyle becomes oldest winner of U.S. Senior Open". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006.
  4. ^ "U.S. Open abandons 18 holes for 2-hole playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. February 26, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nicklaus' 65 beats Rodriguez". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 30, 1991. p. 23.
  6. ^ "2014 U.S. Senior Open Entry Form" (PDF). USGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.

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