All eyes on Erin Hills, which is proud to host the United States Open Championship for its 117th season. Commonly referred as the U.S Open, this is the second of the four major golf championships, where the world’s best players come to demonstrate their excellent skills and compete for the champions title contested since 1895.
Although the tournament field will soon be loaded with shining stars, the experts and fans have already ranked the most likely winners and they are not so difficult to guess. The reigning U.S Open champion Dustin Johnson enters the tournament as the world’s top ranked golf player, so it’s not surprising he is everyone’s betting favorite. However, his main rivals Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Roy Mcllroy are also considered as serious contenders. So let’s wait and see who will be the one to rule the field.
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Once upon a time in Rhode Island. This is the place where the U.S Open was organised for the first time on October 4, 1895. Proudly hosted by the Newport Country Club, the 36-hole competition was played in one day. On the same day a 21-year-old golf player Horace Rawlins raised the first trophy in the tournament’s history.
Amateurs and professionals welcome. The U.S Open today is one of the most important championships, played each year in mid-June. As the competition title states, it is truly democratic and open for anyone who wants to qualify for the right to seek the champion’s title. Amateurs, long-shot takers and legendary stars meet in the green field and this is what makes the tournament so special.
Fame, glory and the precious trophy. The proud winner not only receives the golden champion’s medal and gets to keep the U.S Open Championship Cup for a year – they are also fully exempt from having to qualify for the tournament for 10 years. Champions also earn the right to play in the following tournaments for the next five seasons: the Players Championship, the British Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, not to mention generous money prizes.
Current champion: Dustin Johnson, age 32
Youngest champion: John McDermott was only 19 when he raised the champion’s cup in 1911
Largest margin of victory: Tiger Woods winning the 2000 U.S Open by 15 strokes
Most victories: Bobby Jones, Willie Anderson, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan have won the competition four times
The U.S Open is the only major tournament with 18-hole playoff
The tournament has been held at 51 venues during its history
Longest course to this day: Chambers Bay (7,695 yards)
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