United States Men’s Open Championship (golf)
The United States Open Championship is an annual national golf championship tournament by the United States Golf Association. The history and old-school look of Shinnecock will make it feel like a traditional US Open.
US Open Golf dates back to 1895, making it 123 years old. The original name is the United States Open Championship and out of the four main golf championships, it ranks as second. United States Golf Association (USGA) organizes it during the month of June. Father’s day is given a priority, however; it depends on the weather as well. It is on the schedules of PGA Tour and European Tour, and the Japan Golf Tour. Varieties of courses are staged for the US Open Golf however, different factors are considered with main priority for the accurate driving. The stage is set in such a way as to make the scoring very difficult for the players. The format for the US Golf Open is Stroke play and in 2018, the course for US Golf Open was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. The par is 70 in 2018 for the US Open Gold and the length in 2018 is 6808 m.
USGA presented the very first Open Championship Cup trophy to the club of Horace Rawlins, who was the 21-year-old very first winner of the US Golf Open played in 1895. It took place on October 4 and the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island was the place where it the game was played. It took a single day to cover this 36-hole competition. The prize fund for the very first game was $335 and the cash money given to the winner was $150. Additionally, the winner also got the $50 gold medal.
John J. McDermott was the very first Native American winner but before him, there was domination by British players until 1911. After John, victory became common among the American players. However, after 1950 there are six more countries, which have won the title with South Africa being the most prominent one. There are five victories by South Africa since 1965. An interesting streak took place from 2004 to 2007 when non-American winners became dominant for four continuous years.
In the US Open Golf, there is around par or tight scoring by the leaders. The par was set at 70 in 2018. It is usually set at 70 however, depends on the course as well if it is very long then it might be an exception. The open course is usually very long. There are speculations based on various factors about the different courses as in, which would host the event.
The field comprises of 156 players and any professional, an amateur with USGA Handicap index not greater than 1.4, male or female, can qualify to be fully exempt or by competing. The exemption categories include the following:
-US Amateur previous year winner and runner-up are included in the exempt category
-Tour Championship last year qualified players are also included in the exempt category
-Amateur Championship previous year winner is a part of the exempt category
-US Senior Open from the last year and Last ten years winners for the US Open are also a part of the exempt category
-U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur previous year winners also fall under the exempt category
-Masters Tournament, Open Championship, and PGA Championship last five years winner are also exempt
-USGA special exemptions
-US Open previous year top ten finishers. The previous year ties are also included in the exemptions
-U.S. Senior Open last year winner is also a part of the exempt category
– OWGR Top 60 according to the date of the tournament also fall under the category of exemption
-Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for the previous year is also the part of the exemption category
-Players Championships last three winners are also a part of the exempt category
-BMW PGA Championship current year winner is also a part of the exempt category
If the amateurs remain amateurs in accordance with the tournament date, then these exemptions would apply. Over the years based on different regulations, the exemptions are in effect accordingly.
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The Qualifying process comprises of two stages. Under the stage of the local qualifying, 18 holes are played at more than 100 courses around the United States. The second qualifying stage comprises 36 holes and is played in one day over various sites in the United States along with one each in Japan and Europe. The youngest qualifier was only 14 years old. His name was Andy Zhang and he was from China. He was able to qualify in 2012.