US Golf Open Trivia
- The first U.S. Open Men's Championship was played on October 4, 1895
- The first US Open was a 36-hole competition that was completed with a single day.
- The winner of the first Championship was Horace Rawlins, a 21-year-old Englishman.
- The prize for the winner of the first competition was $150 cash (out of a total prize fund of $335) and a $50 gold medal.
- John J. McDermott was the first native-born American winner in 1911.
- Since 1950, players from only four nations other than the United States have won the championship, mostly from South Africa, which has won five times since 1965 (data from prior to 2007).
- There have been only four players who have notched up 4 wins: Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905),
Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953) and
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
- From 1942 to 1945, there was no tournament played due to due to World War
II. The 1917 and 1918 tournaments were also canceled due to WWI.
- In 1942, a tournament was held in Chicago to replace the canceled US Open, the Hale American National Open, which was won by Ben Hogan. Some golf historians believe this event should count as an official US Open.
- There was a streak of three consecutive non-American winners between 2004 to 2006 for the first time since 1910, and all were players from countries in the Southern Hemisphere. (see list of winners)
- No European player has won since Tony Jacklin of England in 1970.
- The most consecutive opens started is 44 by Jack Nicklaus between 1957 to 2000.
- The largest winning margin is 15 strokes by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2000.
- The oldest winner has been Hale Irwin who was 45 years, 15 days old when he won in 1990.
- The youngest champion was John McDermott who was just 19 years, 315 days old in 1911. The youngest ever qualifier was 15-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Hawaii, who qualified in 2006.
- Oldest player to make the cut was Sam Snead in 1973 at 61 years old. He tied for 29th place.
- The most consecutive victories is three by Willie Anderson between 1903 and 1905.