Give anything a few decades and it is bound to change or evolve over time. The U.S. Golf Open is no exception with the tournament immensely evolving over more than a hundred decades.
Take the first ever winner of the U.S. Open, Englishman Horace Rawlins, for example. When Rawlins won the Open in 1895, the first year of the tournament, the purse was $150 along with a $50 gold medal.
Fast forward to the payout of 2006’s Open winner, Australian-born Geoff Ogilvy, where his share was $1,225,000. Of course when Rawlins won, he only had to compete with 10 other golfers while Ogilvy had to fend off a total 155 players.
Part of the evolultion of the tournament has also been the domination of golfers born from certain countries. Out of the first 16 U.S. Open tournaments, four winners were from England while 12 were from Scotland.
No other country has dominated the winner’s spot like the United States, however. John J. McDermott was the first native-born American to win the U.S. Open in 1911 and since then, golfers from the U.S. have dominated nearly every tournament since then.
Among some of the best that the United States has had to offer at the U.S. Open include: Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nickluas. The trio have gone on to win four tournaments apiece.
Even though he hasn’t won as many U.S. Open titles as the players listed above, some would lump Tiger Woods into the category of best American Open winners. Woods has won two US Open tournaments since 2000 and is still only 30-years old. He may tie and pass the current record of four U.S. Open titles by the time he reaches 35.
The latest U.S. Open was held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California and was won by Tiger Woods, who captured his 14th major. Woods outlasted Rocco Mediate in a sudden death playoff to win his third U.S. Open Championship.
For previews, recaps, general information and to relive past US Open tournaments, see our web guide below.
Top Information Web Sites
Official 2007 U.S. Open website with news, player profiles and history of the tournament and course.
Official website of the United States Golf Association with links to both men and women’s tournaments and championships.
Provides mostly news stories on players, but has everything from stats, player profiles and also a page dedicated to fantasy golf.
The Golf Channel
The latest news, player profiles, current weather forecasts, complete TV air times and a look back at the 2005 championship.
Keep up with the latest news, catch the scores on the leader board, get the full schedule, key statistics and find out who the money leaders are as the tournaments lead up to the action in the PGA Championship.
Watch for classic coverage of this year's championship with the Beeb's usual top-notch video and audio reports, live updates, news features, schedule, standings, and player profiles.
Anything and everything relating to the sport of golf including: news, games and even contests.
Top 5 Players in U.S. Open History
Brent Kelly from About.com ranks his top five best golfers in U.S. Open history.
Simons Almost said U.S. Open Title
Jim Simons is a relatively unknown in the minds of today’s golf enthusiast. But back in 1971, everybody knew the 21-year old Simons and his amazing out of nowhere story.
100 Years Later, Shinnecock Still a Brute
The historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Course has seen plenty of memorable moments while hosting the U.S. Open eight times. Revisit the past championship moments from Shinnecock.