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US Open Golf Preview History

US Open Golf Preview History

The 2018 US Open Golf Tournament

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The 2015 US Open kicks off on June 15th at Chambers Bay golf course in University Place, Washington. 2015 marks the first year that the US Open will be played at Chambers Bay and the first time the tournament will be held in the State of Washington. Last year, Martin Kaymer became the first German player to win the US Open, and he will try and repeat his success in 2015. Top contenders include former champions Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, along with Phil Mickelson. Chambers Bay is growing as one of the most prestigious golf courses on the West Coast, and the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay is sure to be full of excitement.

This year marks the fifth time the U.S. Open has been played at the Merion Golf Club, and the 156 players in the field will be looking to join the ranks of Ben Hogan and Lee Trevino as Open Champions in Ardmore.

Webb Simpson was a surprise winner in 2012 and will be back to defend his title this year, but the American hasn't been able to break through for another win since his victory at the Olympic Club. Recent U.S. Open winners also include Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods -- both of which will be favored above the field to take home the trophy (and a hunk of the $8 million purse).

The Merion Golf Club is consistently rated as one of America's greatest courses by Golf Digest and runs almost 6,000 pards at a par of 70. The history behind the course is astounding, from Ben Hogan's U.S. Open win in 1950 to the pair of U.S. Amateur victories that legend Bobby Jones picked up there in 1924 and 1930. The field will be challenged and you can be there as all the drama unfolds in Ardmore!

2010 US Open Golf Location: Pebble Beach, California
2010 US Open Golf Course: Pebble Beach Golf Club

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland makes history as the first European to win the US Open since 1970, when Tony Jacklin of England took home the title. The runner-up, Grégory Havret also hails from Europe; the French native finished just one stroke behind McDowell. 2010 Masters champ Phil Mickelson tied for 4th with Tiger Woods. 

For the fifth time in the 110 years of the U.S. Open, the Pebble Beach Golf Club on California's coast will hold the event in 2010. Along with the Masters, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open is one of golf's major tournaments and draws the highest caliber golfers in the world. With a large purse and golf immortality on the line, every stroke matters in this storied event.

The 2009 champion Lucas Glover will try to defend his title on the links, though only Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen have finished in the top 40 a year after winning the U.S. Open Crown. Sixty-three golfers have already qualified for the Open and will be vying to wrest Glover's throne. This field includes nine past champions and other members of golf's elite. Among them are Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.

Golfers trying to win a spot in the U.S. Open include former Atlanta Braves pitcher, John Smoltz, who will play in a local qualifier event in Kennesaw, Georgia. The group of golf fans who don't make it to tournament play will be treated to about 200,000 prawns, 850 pounds of smoked salmon and 180,000 servings of beer in concessions at Pebble Beach. The event will be held from June 17-20.

2009 US Open Golf Location: Farmingdale, New York
2009 US Open Golf Course: Bethpage State Park - Black Course

The 2009 US Open Golf Tournament is one of the premier golfing events worldwide and will be held in Farmingdale, New York at the Bethpage Black course from the 18th June 2009. Top golfers from all over the world play this prestigious event including Tiger Woods, Stuart Appleby, Anthony Kim, and Rocco Mediate. This event has become so popular that even athletes from other sports are trying to qualify including current quarterback, Tony Romo, a past quarterback, Billy Joe Tolliver, hockey players Dan Quinn, Mike Dunham, and Grant Fuhr, as well as Erik Hanson and Chris Sabo, ex major leaguers. Of this recognizable group Quinn, Tolliver, and Fuhr have entered this year’s event as professionals.

There are certain requirements in order to qualify for the US Open Golf Tournament depending on whether you are in the professional or amateur event. Currently there are 75 golfers who have been exempt from qualifying, with the USGA allowing a record 9086 entries into this year’s event. The last US Open to be played at Bethpage Black was in 2002, with Tiger Woods taking the Championship title.

The favorites for the 2009 US Open Golf Tournament are Tiger Woods, ranked the number 1 golfer in the world, and Phil Mickelson, who is currently ranked 2nd in the world. The 2009 US Open may be one for the history books, as 3 time winner Woods goes for a record 4th title. He would join only 4 other golfers in the world who have one the event 4 times.

Golf Digest rated Bethpage Black as the sixth toughest golf course in America - and it's true, this one's a doozy. Just take a look at the finishing stretch: The Par-4 15, Par-4 16, Par-3 17 and Par-4 18 round out one of the trickiest courses in America. Holes 15 and 16 leave only a strip of green available for the initial drive, and Hole 18 only leaves a maximum green width of 32 yards.

Though a public golf course, the Bethpage Black caters to the golf elite. Many golfers from all over the country swarm the park to try their luck. Because the park is open to the public, you won't break the bank if you try to walk-in for a round of 18, but you might break your back - standing in line overnight just to get a go at one of the most coveted courses in the Northeast.

Bethpage Black is located in Nassau County, which is part of Long Island, New York. Making the 2009 US Open easy to attend for people living in New York City and the all across the upper East Coast of the United States. The Black Course is the most challenging of the five golf courses located at Bethpage and hosted the 2002 US Open golf tournament, which was won by Tiger Woods. Expect the crowds at Bethpage to be loud and rowdy, which should make the 2009 US Open one of the more memorable golf tournaments in years.