In this article we take a trip down memory lane to look at some of the players to win the low amateur honours at the US Open

US Open Low Amateurs Of The Past

We take a look back at the past to see who the former low amateurs are at the US Open.

Stretching back all the way t0 1979, the low amateur medal has been won by some high profile names. (The full list of low amateurs since 1979 is at the bottom of this page)

US Open Low Amateurs

Viktor Hovland – 2019

Hosted at Pebble Beach Viktor Hovland shot a final-round 67 to finish in a tie for 12th place. His four-round total of 280 broke Jack Nicklaus’ record for lowest score by an amateur in the US Open.

Scottie Scheffler – 2017

Scheffler and Cameron Champ were the only two amateurs to make the cut at the 2017 US Open hosted at Erin Hills. Scheffler won the low amateur honour by one stroke one one under-par.

Jon Rahm – 2016

Rahm waiting collect his low amateur medal at the 2016 US Open

Rahm turned professional after finishing as the low amateur of the 2016 US Open at Oakmont and has reached incredible heights already in his short pro career.

Since then, he has won seven times including three on the PGA and three on the European Tours.

He was also a member of the 2018 winning Ryder Cup team where he beat Tiger Woods in the singles.

Matt Fitzpatrick – 2014

A fresh faced Fitzpatrick with his low amateur medal in 2014

Like Rahm, Fitzpatrick turned professional after being the low amateur of the 2014 US Open.

He too has kicked on well, winning five times on the European Tour including the DP World Tour Championship, which Rahm won the following year.

He became the youngest ever Englishman to win five times on the European Tour.

Jordan Spieth – 2012

Three years later Spieth had the main prize in his hands…

Spieth has been the most successful low amateur of all of the modern players.

After winning the medal in 2012, Spieth went on to win the US Open at Chambers Bay in 2015, as well as major championships at the Masters and the Open to leave him one shy of the career grand slam.

Patrick Cantlay – 2011

Cantlay with winner Rory McIlroy and runner up Jason Day at the 2011 US Open

Cantlay has been quite successful since his low amateur victory at the 2011 US Open.

He has recorded two wins on the PGA Tour and cracked the world’s top 10 for the first time after his 2019 Memorial Tournament victory.

Russell Henley & Scott Langley – 2010

Low amateurs Scott Langley (right) and Russell Henley (left) at the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach

The two have had very contrasting careers following on from becoming low amateurs at the US Open in 2010.

Henley has progressed very well, winning three times on the PGA Tour, whilst Langley has struggled on the PGA Tour, and is now plying his trade on the Web.com Tour where he recorded his first victory in February.

Matt Every – 2005

Matt Every, who was low amateur in 2005

Matt Every took his time to reach his full potential, but did eventually manage to do so.

Two PGA Tour victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a row gave him the chance to play in all four majors in 2015, however he has not competed in one since the PGA Championship in 2015.

Matt Kuchar – 1998

Matt Kuchar acknowledging the crowd after securing low amateur in 1998

Matt Kuchar won the low amateur at the US Open all the way back in 1998, when he finished in a share of 14th place.

Since then, he has gone on to record nine wins on the PGA Tour, including victory at golf’s unofficial major at The Players Championship.

He has now recorded top-10 finished at all of the majors, including a second place finish at the 2017 Open.

Phil Mickelson – 1990 & 1991

Phil Mickelson has always had his eyes on the US Open trophy – the one major that has evaded him

Lefty finished as low amateur at both the 1990 and the 1991 US Open, held at Medinah and Hazeltine respectively.

Everyone knows how well Mickelson has done since then, going on to win five major championships, including three Masters victories.

However, the US Open is one major trophy that isn’t in his cabinet yet.

Could 2018 be the year where Phil completes the career grand slam?

Fred Couples – 1979

Fred Couples at the 1994 US Open – 15 years after being low amateur

The oldest player on this list to win the low amateur was Fred Couples, all the way back in 1979.

A 15-time winner on the PGA Tour and Masters champion in 1992, it’s fair to say that Couples has had a successful career since being low amateur.

He is currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour, where he has won 13 times.

US Open Low Amateurs

  • 2019 – Viktor Hovland
  • 2018 – Luis Gagne and Matt Parziale
  • 2017 – Scottie Scheffler
  • 2016 – Jon Rahm
  • 2015 – Brian Campbell
  • 2014 – Matt Fitzpatrick
  • 2013 – Michael Kim
  • 2012 – Jordan Spieth
  • 2011 – Patrick Cantlay
  • 2010 – Russell Henly and Scott Langley
  • 2009 – Nick Taylor
  • 2008 – Michael Thompson
  • 2007 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 2006 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 2005 – Matt Every
  • 2004 – Spencer Levin
  • 2003 – Trip Kuehne
  • 2002 – Kevin Warrick
  • 2001 – Bryce Molder
  • 2000 – Jeffrey Wilson
  • 1999 – Hank Kuehne
  • 1998 – Matt Kuchar
  • 1997 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1996 – Randy Leen
  • 1995 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1994 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1993 – Justin Leonard
  • 1992 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1991 – Phil Mickelson
  • 1990 – Phil Mickelson
  • 1989 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1988 – Billy Mayfair
  • 1987 – No amateurs made the cut
  • 1986 – Samuel Randolph
  • 1985 – Scott Verplank
  • 1984 – Robert Sigel and Richard Fehr
  • 1983 – Brad Faxon
  • 1982 – Nathaniel Crosby
  • 1981 – Joey Rassett
  • 1980 – Gary Hallberg
  • 1979 – Fred Couples

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