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The 2014 U.S. Open Golf Championship will be played from June 12 – 15 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC for the third time in its storied history. Pinehurst will also host the 2014 Women’s US Open this year beginning on June 19th, marking the first time that both championships will be played in the same year on the same course.

Rising from humble beginnings, the first US Open was a nine-hole course, one-day tournament played on October 4, 1895 in Newport, Rhode Island. The winner? British player Horace Rawlins who received a whopping $150 in prize money and a gold medal.

Over the decades, the US Open has emerged to become one of the four majors offering prize money topping $1 million for the winner who also enjoys a much more secure spot in the profession including an automatic invitation to play in the Masters, the British Open and the PGA Championship.

While the US Open has been dominated by American players over the years, the tournament has seen a notable spate of non-American winners between 2004-2007 including South African Retief Goosen (2004), New Zealander Michael Campbell (2005), Australian Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Argentine Ángel Cabrera (2007).

In 2010, Graeme McDowell became the first Irishman to win the event and the first European to take the title since British player Tony Jacklin won in 1970. Another Irishman — 22-year-old Rory McIlroy — walked away with the championship at 268 to break the U.S. Open record by four shots in 2011.

And, just to add to the drama — it was a relative unknown, American pro Webb Simpson who won one stroke to take his first major championship victory in 2012. In 2013, Justin Rose won his first major title, two strokes ahead of runners-up Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, to became the first player from England to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

The U.S. Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult with a premium placed on accurate driving. U.S. Open play is characterized by tight scoring at or around par by the leaders, with the winner usually emerging at around even par. A U.S. Open course is seldom beaten severely, and there have been many over-par wins (in part because par is usually set at 70, except for the very longest courses). Normally, an Open course is quite long and will have a high cut of primary rough (termed “Open rough” by the American press and fans), undulating greens (such as at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005, which was described by Johnny Miller of NBC as “like trying to hit a ball on top of a VW Beetle”), and pinched fairways (especially on what are expected to be less difficult holes). Some courses that are attempting to get into the rotation for the U.S. Open will undergo renovations to develop these features. Rees Jones is the most notable of the “Open Doctors” who take on these projects; his father Robert Trent Jones had filled that role earlier. As with any professional golf tournament, the available space surrounding the course (for spectators, among other considerations) and local infrastructure also factor into deciding which courses will host the event.


US Open TV schedule:

In the US, watch for four full days of TV coverage airing on ESPN and NBC Sports beginning on June 12 leading up to a Father’s Day final on Sunday, June 15, 2014.


Thu. June 12Fri. June 13Sat. June 14Sun. June 15
ESPN9:00 AM – 3:00 PM9:00 AM – 3:00 PM5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
NBC3:00 PM – 5:00 PM3:00 PM – 5:00 PM12:00 PM – 7:30 PM12:00 PM – 7:30 PM


US Open Links:



USGA Championship – U.S. Open – As the championship draws near, catch the latest news & feature stories, TV schedule, and background & history of the course.

BBC Sports – Golf – Featuring live U.S. Open updates, breaking news and analysis, leaderboard, feature stories, video and audio reports, picture galleries.

Golf.com – The digital version of the print magazine with major U.S. Open coverage & interviews, plus putt around the rest of the site for lots of special features including golf videos, online lessons, fun and games.

U.S. Golf Open Championship – Great background information from Wikipedia with a preview, past winners and related references and resources.


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US Open Hole by Hole:

Hole No. 1

Par 4, 402 yards

The $2.5-million restoration completed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011 eliminated all of the rough and replaced it with 26 acres of sandscapes filled with wiregrass, widening the fairways as much as 50 percent. The removal of turf on the right and left of the fairway and behind the green on No. 1 brings these natural areas into play.

Did You Know? 
Ten new tees have stretched the layout roughly 300 yards longer than the 2005 U.S. Open, but it will always be the vexing Donald Ross greens that defend No. 2 against the world’s best players.





Hole No. 2

Par 4, 507 yards

A new tee lengthened the hole by 35 yards. The removed turf on the right side of the fairway exposed mounds and low areas that accumulate loose sand and golf balls. The bunkers were elevated to be more intimidating from the tee.

Do You Remember?
Overnight leader Retief Goosen, in search of back-to-back titles, double-bogeyed the hole in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open en route to an 81.






Hole No. 3

Par 4, 387 yards

The third hole could be set up as a drivable par-4 anywhere from 250 to 329 yards long. With turf removed behind the green, approach shots that go long could roll down the hill a considerable distance.





Hole No. 4

Par 4, 529 yards

This par 5 has been changed to a beautiful par 4. The two new elevated tees left of the previous tee restore the original line of play, which moves from right to left. Two fairway bunkers, which existed in the 1940s, were added in the landing area on the right, and one on the left about 170 yards from the green. The left greenside bunker was expanded to gobble more approach shots. Did You Know? Downing Gray held a five-hole lead in the final match of the 1962 U.S. Amateur. But he drove wild to the right on the 22nd hole, making the first of four straight bogeys that led to Labron Harris Jr.’s eventual 1-up victory.





Hole No. 5


Par 5, 576 yards

Four new tees convert this par-4 into a challenging par-5, the way it played during the 1936 PGA Championship. The restored bunker on the left shields the fairway from view and requires a 290-yard carry. A sandy wiregrass collection area left of green will see plenty of action. The former house of legendary architect Donald Ross is visible from the severe table-top green.





Hole No. 6

Par 3, 219 yards

The sixth had the fewest changes on the course. The expanded bunker left of the green is one of the deepest and most formidable on the course.





Hole No. 7

Par 4, 424 yards

No hole changed more. The back tee and sandscapes down the right side of the expanded fairway are all new on this interesting dogleg right. The sandy waste area up the left side (where large mounds were removed) was expanded to include hollows and wiregrass. Mounds created behind the green collect long shots.





Hole No. 8


Par 4, 502 yards

This regulation par 5 that’s now a par 4 will play about 15 yards longer than in 2005. Tee balls will feed from right to left, bringing sandy wiregrass into play left of the fairway. Two new bunkers — a right fairway bunker about 270 yards from the green and an approach bunker on the left about 75 yards from green — add more strategy.





Hole No. 9


Par 3, 191 yards

This hole represents the most visual of the restoration’s changes, although it will play similarly. Sand and wiregrass cover most of the area from tee to green. The restored greenside bunkering matches photos dating to the 1930s. A pot bunker at the rear of the green was replaced with a turf mound.




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Hole No. 10


Par 5, 617 yards

The longest hole on the course has been extended by about 10 yards with a new tee, making it a true three-shot challenge. The restored sandy wiregrass areas remain in play throughout. A restored left fairway bunker sits about 200 yards from green.






Hole No. 11


Par 4, 483 yards

Ben Hogan considered this hole one of his favorite par 4s, and the hole has been restored to the way it looked and played in his era. The fairway bends right with the sandy area pinching in the left side.






Hole No. 12


Par 4, 484 yards

This hole has been lengthened as much as any other with a new tee adding about 35 yards. The sand and wiregrass play a strategic role off the tee and around the green.






Hole No. 13


Par 4, 382 yards

The slightly uphill 13th hole could play much shorter, either as a drivable par-4 or as a birdie opportunity. A right fairway bunker was added about 90 yards from the green, pushing players closer to the sand and wiregrass on the left. Several greenside bunkers were eliminated, but the left greenside bunker was expanded.

Did You Know?
Ben Hogan made a 65-foot birdie putt in singles during the 1951 Ryder Cup en route to a 3-and-2 victory over Charlie Ward.







Hole No. 14


Par 4, 473 yards

Playing into the prevailing wind, the hole’s elevated tee boxes provide a great view of the sandscapes on both sides of the fairway. Two right fairway bunkers about 225 yards from the green, discovered in original photos of the course, were restored. Did You Know? Then-18-year-old Danny Lee made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 30th hole of the match, clinching a 5-and-4 victory over Drew Kittleson to secure the 2008 U.S. Amateur crown and surpass Tiger Woods as the tournament’s youngest champion.






Hole No. 15


Par 3, 202 yards

The hole looks significantly different due to the removal of trees behind the newly configured green, now home to more flagstick locations. Caddies say this is the toughest green to hit and hold. The dangerous right greenside bunker and sandy wiregrass in back were brought right up to putting surface.






Hole No. 16


Par 4, 528 yards

This regulation par 5 becomes the tournament’s longest par 4 with the extension of the championship tee by 36 yards. Players must avoid the new right fairway bunker about 300 yards from the tee, but the fairway on the left side was pinched in as well.  A bunker behind the green was brought closer to back edge. Did You Know? Denny Shute hit his approach to three feet in the final match of the 1936 PGA Championship, setting up eagle to clinch the victory, 3-and-2 over Jimmy Thomson.






Hole No. 17


Par 3, 205 yards

About 15 yards longer thanks to a new tee, the 17th hole also features a reshaped green that offers more pin positions. One of the three bunkers on the right side was removed. Do You Remember? A critical three-putt bogey on no. 17 in the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open derailed Tiger Woods’ chances to catch Michael Campbell, who won by two shots.






Hole No. 18


Par 4, 451 yards

This slight dogleg right plays uphill, skirting new sand and wiregrass up the right side. The large green, which slopes from back to front, is just steps from the clubhouse balcony, and from a statue of Stewart striking his iconic pose at the 1999 U.S. Open. Do You Remember? It’s one of the most famous moments in championship history: Payne Stewart made a 15-foot par putt on the final hole of the 1999 U.S. Open to hold off Phil Mickelson by one shot and claim his second U.S. Open title.







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