Designed to be one of the toughest tests in golf, the US Open has thrown up its fair share of brutal challenges – and the 2018 US Open will be no different.
Rarely will a course be severely beaten by a player, with winning scores being close to level par or over it. Par is usually set at 70 with an Open course being quite long and will have a high cut of primary rough.
A brief history of the US Open…
The US Open is the annual national golf championship in the United States and is the second major to be played during the season.
The tournament was first played in October 1895 on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
It was a 36-hole tournament played in a single day, with ten professionals and one amateur in the field.
Now it is a 72-hole stroke play event played over four days in June at different courses across the United States.
The inaugural US Open at Newport Country Club was won by England’s Horace Rawlins. From the beginning the tournament was dominated by English and Scottish golfers.
The US Open is run by the USGA.
Did you know…
Bobby Jones, Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have the most US Open victories with four.
Rory McIlroy has the record for the lowest 72-hole score of 268, after rounds of 65, 66, 68 and 69 in 2011 at Congressional.
The youngest winner is Johnny McDermott in 1911 who was 19 years and 10 months. With the oldest being Hale Irwin in 1990 at 45 years old.
There is no lower age limit and the youngest-ever qualifier was 14-year-old Andy Zhang of China who qualified in 2012.
Tiger Woods has the largest margin of victory, where he won by 15 strokes in 2000 at Pebble Beach.
Where is the 2018 US Open?
Traditionally, the US Open is held on courses set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult – it will be no different in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills.
It will be the fifth time that Shinnecock Hills has hosted the US Open, becoming the only venue to host the championship in three separate centuries. USGA President Jim Hyler:
We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country’s most storied venues.
In 1995, Corey Pavin triumphed at Shinnecock Hills with a two-stroke victory over Greg Norman.
Who could forget Retief Goosen clinching a two-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson in 2004 to claim his second US Open title?
When is the 2018 US Open?
The 2018 instalment will be held from Thursday June 14 to Sunday June 17.
Who is the defending champion?
Brooks Koepka claimed his first major title to win at Erin Hills. Koepka’s final round of five under par secured a four shot win over Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman.
How can I watch the 2018 US Open?
There a range of tickets available, including standard gallery tickets but also more expensive options in the form of the Trophy Club and 1895 Club.
Alternatively all the action will be shown live by Sky Sports.