With the US Open at Pinehurst just around the corner, Golf Monthly takes a look at some facts and figures surrounding the tournament
With the US Open at Pinehurst just around the corner, we take a look at some facts and figures surrounding the tournament…
8 – There are 8 courses total at Pinehurst Resort, in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the location of the 2014 US Open.
144 – Pinehurst Resort features 144 total holes among its 8 courses.
7 – Following this year, Pinehurst will have hosted 7 major total major tournaments (1936 PGA Championship, 1951 Ryder Cup, 1999 US Open, 2005 US Open, 2008 US Amateur and 2014 Men’s and Women’s US Open)
1 – 2014 will be the first time that the Men’s and Women’s US Open Championships will be held on the same course in the same year.
456 – Designer of Pinehurst No. 2, Donald Ross, designed at least 456 golf courses in his life. Once a PGA professional, Ross founded the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1947 and was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.
10,127 – Any professional or amateur with a handicap of 1.4 or lower is allowed to enter the qualification process for the prestigious major and this year 10,127 entries were accepted by the USGA – the highest total in US Open history.
111 – Played over the standard 18 holes, Local Qualifying took place at 111 sites in the U.S in May
769 – Number of players who made it through to Sectional Qualifying in the U.S.
12 – Played over 36 holes, Sectional Qualifying was conducted over 12 sites. Ten in the U.S, one in Japan and one in England.
57 – Number of golfers who made it through Sectional Qualifying in all three countries and will tee up at Pinehurst.
156 – The amount of players who have made the final field at Pinehurst. This number will be cut after 36 holes to the 60 low scorers (and ties).
6 – Times that Phil Mickelson has finished as the runner-up in the US Open, a tournament record.
10 – Numer of past US Open champions in the field (Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover, Angel Cabrera, Geoff Ogilvy, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk and Ernie Els).
22 – Ernie Els has appeared in 22 (including this year) consecutive US Opens. He is closely followed by Phil Mickelson (21), Stewart Cink (19) and Jim Furyk (19).
12 – Number of Champions who have missed the cut in their title defence since 1970. Orville Moody (1970), Tony Jacklin (1971), Jerry Pate (1977), Hubert Green (1978), Larry Nelson (1983), Tom Kite (1993), Lee Janzen (1994), Ernie Els (1995), Retief Goosen (2002), Michael Campbell (2006), Angel Cabrera (2008), Rory McIlroy (2012)
3 – Only 3 Champions have finished better than 40th in defence of their title. Graeme McDowell (T14 in 2011), Tiger Woods (T12 in 2001 and T6 in 2009) and Retief Goosen (T11 In 2005).
5 – Only 5 players have won the Masters and US Open trophies in the same year: Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002). Not a good omen for Bubba Watson…
10 – The winner will be given 10 years of exemptions for future US Opens.
5 – The winner of the 2014 US Open will receive invitations to the next 5 Masters, British Opens, PGA Championships and Players Championships. They will also have exempt status on the PGA Tour for 5 years.
10 – The top 10 finishers (and ties) will be exempt for next year’s US Open. The top four finishers (and ties) will also receive an invitation to next year’s Masters Tournament.
3 – This is the 3rd US Open to be held at Pinehurst (1999, 2005). The state of North Carolina has not hosted any other US Open.
180 – The US Open will be broadcast in 180 countries worldwide