Wondering what the format is for a play-off at the US Open? NCG has all you need to know
There hasn’t been a play-off in the US Open since 2008, when Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate for his 14th major. So if we do require extra holes on Sunday, what is the US Open play-off format?
Well, let’s start with the format that was used until 2017, including that memorable day at Torrey Pines.
It used to be the case that if there was a tie at the top after the four rounds, those in a tie would return to the course on Monday and play a further 18 holes, with the lowest scorer winning. If the players were still tied they would move onto a sudden death play-off.
But that format was binned off, starting in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills…
So what’s the new US Open play-off format?
The USGA made the decision to do away with the long Monday finish format and introduce a two-hole aggregate format.
For those who aren’t familiar, this means that all players tied for the lead at the end of the week go back out following the final round and play two more holes.
The scoring is standard strokeplay with the lowest score over the two holes claiming victory.
Should there still be a tie, sudden death will then come into play and the remaining golfers will play until one player comes out on top.