The 2014 U.S. Open – Just The Facts

Pinehurst No. 2, Holes #12 and #13 (Photo: Scott MacLeod/Flagstick Golf Photography)

Courtesy of the U.S.G.A  –

June 12-15, 2014

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2

Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

WHO’S HERE: Among the 156 golfers in the 2014 U.S. Open, there are:

U.S. Open champions (10): Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, ’97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Justin Rose (2013) and Webb Simpson (2012).

U.S. Open runners-up (6): Jason Day (2011, ‘13), Ernie Els (2000), Jim Furyk (2006, ‘07), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2000), Graeme McDowell (2012) and Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, ’04, ’06, ’09, ‘13).

U.S. Amateur champions (6): Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), David Gossett (1999), Matt Kuchar (1997), Justin Leonard (1992), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Ryan Moore (2004).

U.S. Amateur runners-up (3): Oliver Goss (2013), Hunter Mahan (2002) and Casey Wittenberg (2003).

U.S. Amateur Public Links champions (2): Ryan Moore (2002, ‘04) and Brandt Snedeker (2003).

U.S. Amateur Public Links runners-up (1): Jason Dufner (1998).

U.S. Junior Amateur champions (4): Hunter Mahan (1999), Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11), Kevin Tway (2005) and Cory Whitsett (2007).

U.S. Junior Amateur runners-up (3): Aaron Baddeley (2008), Ryan Moore (2000) and Justin Thomas (2010).

U.S. Senior Open champions (1): Kenny Perry (2013).

USGA champions (22): Angel Cabrera (2007 Open), Ernie Els (1994, ’97 Opens), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013 Amateur), Jim Furyk (2003 Open), Lucas Glover (2009 Open), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04 Opens), David Gossett (1999 Amateur), Matt Kuchar (1997 Amateur), Justin Leonard (1992 Amateur), Hunter Mahan (1999 Junior Amateur), Graeme McDowell (2010 Open), Rory McIlroy (2011 Open), Phil Mickelson (1990 Amateur), Ryan Moore (2004 Amateur; 2002, ‘04 Amateur Public Links), Geoff Ogilvy (2006 Open), Kenny Perry (2013 Senior Open), Justin Rose (2013 Open), Webb Simpson (2012 Open), Brandt Snedeker (2003 Amateur Public Links), Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11 Junior Amateurs), Kevin Tway (2005 Junior Amateur) and Cory Whitsett (2007 Junior Amateur).

Walker Cup Team Members:
United States (22): Erik Compton (2001), Harris English (2011), Matt Every (2005), Rickie Fowler (2007, ’09), Lucas Glover (2001), David Gossett (1999), Bill Haas (2003), Russell Henley (2011), J.B. Holmes (2005), Billy Horschel (2007), Billy Hurley (2005), Dustin Johnson (2007), Chris Kirk (2007), Matt Kuchar (1999), Justin Leonard (1993), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’91), Ryan Moore (2003), Webb Simpson (2007), Jordan Spieth (2011), Justin Thomas (2013), Cory Whitsett (2013) and Casey Wittenberg (2003).

Great Britain & Ireland (11): Paul Casey (1999), Luke Donald (1999, 2001), Oliver Fisher (2005), Matthew Fitzpatrick (2013), Stephen Gallacher (1995), Tom Lewis (2011), Graeme McDowell (2001), Rory McIlroy (2007), Justin Rose (1997), Graeme Storm (1999) and Danny Willett (2007).

NCAA Division I champions (6): Luke Donald (1999), Phil Mickelson (1989, ’90, ’92), Scott Langley (2010), Justin Leonard (1994), Ryan Moore (2004) and Cameron Wilson (2014).

NCAA Division III champions (1): Chad Collins (1998, ’99, 2001).

TOTAL OPENS WON BY 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (12): Angel Cabrera (1), Ernie Els (2), Jim Furyk (1), Lucas Glover (1), Retief Goosen (2), Graeme McDowell (1), Rory McIlroy (1), Geoff Ogilvy (1), Justin Rose (1) and Webb Simpson (1).

PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2014 included): Phil Mickelson (24), Ernie Els (22), Jim Furyk (20), Stewart Cink (19) and Steve Stricker (19).

ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2014 included): Ernie Els (22), Phil Mickelson (21), Stewart Cink (19) and Jim Furyk (19).

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – The USGA accepted a record 10,172 entries in 2014. The previous mark was 9,860 entries for the 2013 U.S. Open.

The 156-player field includes 74 fully exempt golfers and 10 past champions. Local qualifying over 18 holes was held at 111 sites, from May 2-19, in the attempt to advance to sectional qualifying. Sectional qualifying over 36 holes was held at 12 sites. The England and Japan sectionals were held on May 26. Ten sectionals in the United States were conducted on June 2.

History of U.S. Open Championship Entries

Year                       Number                 Host Site

2014                 10,127              Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
2013                 9,860                Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
2009                 9,086                Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y.
2010                 9,052                Pebble Peach (Calif.) Golf Links
2005                 9,048                Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
2012                 9,006                The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif.

AMATEURS – Twelve amateurs have made the 156-player field. Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, is among this group. Fitzpatrick, who was the low amateur at last year’s British Open Championship, received the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He was a member of the 2013 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team.

Oliver Goss was the runner-up at the 2013 U.S. Amateur (lost to Matthew Fitzpatrick, 4 and 3) at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. He was the low amateur at the 2014 Masters, finishing 49th. Goss earned first-team All-America and all-Southeastern Conference (SEC) honors at the University of Tennessee.

In 2014, Cory Whitsett led the University of Alabama to its second consecutive NCAA championship. He defeated Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge, 2 and 1, in the team championship final. Whitsett, who won the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur at age 15, has participated in four U.S. Amateurs. He was voted 2013 SEC Player of the Year.

Maverick McNealy, who attends Stanford University, was named to the 2014 Pacific-12 Conference All-Freshman Team. He advanced to the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinals and Round of 32 last year. McNealy was a defenseman for the San Jose Junior Sharks, an AAU ice hockey team that captured two state titles.

Robby Shelton, who helped lead the University of Alabama to this year’s NCAA championship, received the 2014 Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year award. He earned first-team All-America recognition and was chosen SEC Player of the Year. Shelton advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the Round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur.

Will Grimmer, a 17-year-old from Cincinnati, Ohio, is the youngest competitor in the 2014 U.S. Open field. Grimmer shot an 11-under 59 in the second round of the 2013 North & South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst No. 1 en route to a fourth-place finish. Grimmer, who will be a senior at Mariemont High School, was the 2013 Ohio Division II state runner-up.

Brian Campbell, a rising senior at the University of Illinois, was named the 2014 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year. Scott Langley (2010) and Luke Guthrie (2012) also earned the conference’s top award as Illinois golfers and each will play in this year’s U.S. Open. Campbell qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur.

Andrew Dorn, who will be a senior at Coastal Carolina University, won the 2013 North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. Dorn captured the Ohio Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Amateur last summer. He is a two-time all-Big South Conference selection as a collegian.

Hunter Stewart advanced through the Memphis, Tenn., sectional by making a 15-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole. An all-region performer at Vanderbilt University, Stewart led the Commodores to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. He played in the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, held at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Sam Love recently completed his senior season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). He was a member of the Blazers’ team that finished as runner-up at the Conference USA Championship and finished 21st at the NCAA Championship.

Cameron Wilson, the 2014 NCAA Division I individual champion, was the first alternate from the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He made a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Wilson, who earned first-team All-America honors at Stanford this year, is playing in his second U.S. Open.

Brandon McIver, a rising junior at the University of Oregon, was the first alternate from the Creswell, Ore., sectional. He is playing in his first Open.

Note: There have been at least 10 amateurs in seven of the past eight U.S. Opens. Ten amateurs played in last year’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. Michael Kim, who tied for 17th, was the low amateur. John Goodman was the last amateur to win the championship, in 1933.

Amateurs at Recent Opens

Year                 Number                                  Made Cut                                    Top Finisher

2014                    12                                  ??                             —–
2013                    10                                    4                            Michael Kim, 17th (tie)
2012                      8                                   3                            Jordan Spieth, 21st (tie)
2011                    12                                    3                            Patrick Cantlay, 21st (tie)
2010                    10                                    2                            Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009                    15                                    3                            Nick Taylor, 36th (tie)
2008                    11                                    3                            Michael Thompson, 29th (tie)
2007                    12                                    0                            —–
2006                      9                                   0                            —–
2005                      9                                   2                            Matt Every, 28th (tie)
2004                      8                                   4                            Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003                    10                                    2                            Trip Kuehne, 57th (tie)
2002                      4                                   1                            Kevin Warrick, 72nd
2001                      3                                   1                            Bryce Molder, 30th (tie)
2000                      7                                   1                            Jeff Wilson, 59th
1999                      6                                   1                            Hank Kuehne, 65th
1998                      5                                   1                            Matt Kuchar, 14th (tie)
1997                      6                                   0                            —–
1996                      6                                   4                            Randy Leen, 54th
1995                      3                                   0                            —–
1994                      6                                   0                            —–
1993                      3                                   1                            Justin Leonard, 68th (tie)
1992                      5                                   0                            —–
1991                      4                                   1                            Phil Mickelson, 55th (tie)
1990                      4                                   2                            Phil Mickelson, 29th (tie)
1989                      2                                   0                            —–
1988                      4                                   1                            Billy Mayfair, 25th (tie)
1987                      2                                   0                            —–
1986                      5                                   1                            Sam Randolph, 35th (tie)
1985                      8                                   2                            Scott Verplank, 34th (tie)
1984                    11                                    2                            Mark Hayes, Jay Sigel, 43rd (tie)
1983                      9                                   2                            Brad Faxon, 50th (tie)
1982                    14                                    2                            Nathaniel Crosby, 59th
1981                    18                                    1                            Joey Rassett, 65th (tie)
1980                    18                                    2                            Gary Hallberg, 22nd (tie)

LOCAL-SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS – David Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion, is among 24 U.S. Open qualifiers who advanced through both local and sectional qualifying. He made the Memphis, Tenn., sectional as a local alternate from the Austin, Texas, qualifier. Gossett, a member of the 1999 USA Walker Cup Team, is playing in his second U.S. Open and first in 14 years. He won the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in 2001 but lost his fully exempt status three years later. He has played on the Web.com Tour and Adams Pro Tour.

A total of 20 players worked their way to the U.S. Open from local and sectional qualifying in 2013. None made the cut. In 2012, nine made the cut, the highest number since 1997. John Peterson was low finisher, tying for fourth.

In 2014, there were 111 local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectionals, including international sites in Japan and England. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.

2014 Local-Sectional Qualifiers (24)

Name                           Sectional Site                           Local Site
Craig Barlow                  Daly City, Calif.                           Las Vegas, Nev.
Zac Blair                       Creswell, Ore.                              Highland, Utah
Anthony Broussard        Houston, Texas                           San Antonio, Texas
a-Brian Campbell           Daly City, Calif.                           Springfield, Ill.
Donald Constable          Rockville, Md.                              Stillwater, Minn.
Matthew Dobyns           Purchase, N.Y.                            Oyster Bay, N.Y.
a-Andrew Dorn              Springfield, Ohio                          Cincinnati, Ohio
Andres Echavarria         Vero Beach, Fla.                         Kennesaw, Ga.
A-David Gossett            Memphis, Tenn.                          Austin, Texas
Cody Gribble                 Memphis, Tenn.                          San Antonio, Texas
Simon Griffiths              England                                      Lake Wales, Fla.
a-Will Grimmer              Springfield, Ohio                         Cincinnati, Ohio
Smylie Kaufman            Roswell, Ga.                              Omaha, Neb.
Nicholas Lindheim         Vero Beach, Fla.                         Lake Mary, Fla.
a-Sam Love                  Memphis, Tenn.                          Calera, Ala.
Nicholas Mason            Rockville, Md.                             Ewa Beach, Hawaii
a-Brandon McIver          Creswell, Ore.                             Vancouver, Wash.
a-Maverick McNealy      Daly City, Calif.                           Carmel, Calif.
Rob Oppenheim            Purchase, N.Y.                           Lake Mary, Fla.
Fran Quinn                    Purchase, N.Y.                          Longmeadow, Mass.
Clayton Rask                 Creswell, Ore.                            Prior Lake, Minn.
a-Hunter Stewart            Memphis, Tenn.                         Memphis, Tenn.
Chris Thompson            Springfield, Ohio                         Spring Hill, Kan.
Brady Watt                    Memphis, Tenn.                         Odessa, Texas

a-amateur          A-local alternate

History of Local & Sectional Qualifiers

Year                     Number                Made Cut                 Top Finisher

2014                      24                      ??              —–
2013                      20                        0              —–
2012                      25                        9              John Peterson, 4th (tie)
2011                      29                        4              Bud Cauley, 63rd (tie)
2010                      24                        7              Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009                      30                        2              Gary Woodland, 47th (tie)
2008                      36                        6              Kevin Streelman, 53rd
2007                      26                        2              D.J. Brigman, 30th (tie)
2006                      30                        4              Scott Hend, 32nd (tie)
2005                      30                        5              Paul Claxton, 23rd (tie)
2004                      35                        5              a-Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003                      28                        3              Dicky Pride, 28th (tie)
2002                      22                        6              Jason Caron, 30th (tie)
2001                      28                        6              Michael Allen, 12th (tie)
2000                      37                        6              Bobby Clampett, Charles Warren, 37th (tie)
1999                      36                        7              David Berganio Jr., 28th (tie)
1998                      40                        5              Lee Porter, 32nd (tie)
1997                      33                      10              David White, 51st (tie)

Oldest Local-Sectional Qualifiers (1997-2014)

49 – Mark McCormick (2012) – b. 12-14-62
49 – Ken Peyreferry (1998) – b. 3-4-49
49 – Fran Quinn (2014) – b. 3-11-65
49 – Jim White (1999) – b. 4-16-50
48 – Darrell Kestner (2002)
48 – Gary Koch (2001)
48 – Geoffrey Sisk (2013)
47 – Andy Bean (2000)
47 – Robert Gaus (2008)
47 – Brandt Jobe (2013)
47 – Andrew Morse (2006)
47 – Paul Simson (1998)
46 – Joe Daley (2007)
46 – Darrell Kestner (2000)
46 – Dick Mast (1997)
46 – John Nieporte (2013)
46 – Jerry Smith (2010)

Youngest Local-Sectional Qualifiers (1997-2014)

14 – Andy Zhang (2012) – b. 12-14-97
15 – Tadd Fujikawa (2006) – b. 1-8-91
16 – Tom Glissmeyer (2003)
16 – Beau Hossler (2011)
16 – Derek Tolan (2002)
17 – Will Grimmer (2014)
17 – Beau Hossler (2012)
17 – Alberto Sanchez (2012)
18 – Maverick McNealy (2014)
18 – Robby Shelton (2014)
18 – Gavin Hall (2013)
18 – Luke List (2003)
18 – Jason Semelsberger (1997)

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE I – Brendon Todd attended Green Hope High School, in Cary, N.C., about one hour northeast of Pinehurst. He captured three Class 4A state championships at the school and played his junior golf at Prestonwood Country Club. Todd would later lead the University of Georgia to the 2005 NCAA Division I championship and earn All-America honors four times. Todd, who is playing in his first professional major, fired a final-round 66 to win the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in May.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE II – Donald Constable won the 2010 North & South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, defeating 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, 4 and 3, in the championship match. Constable, who never shaves during the week of an event, played his college golf at the University of Minnesota and was a two-time high school state champion in the Gopher State. He earned PGA Tour status in 2012 by advancing through Q-School.

THE U.S. OPEN COURSE – Pinehurst No. 2 will be set up at 7,562 yards and will play to a par of 35-35–70. For the 1999 U.S. Open Championship, Pinehurst No. 2 was a par 70 and played at 7,175 yards. For the 2005 U.S. Open Championship, Pinehurst No. 2 was 7,214 yards with a par of 70.

Donald Ross designed the course, which opened in 1907. The first nine holes were completed in 1901. Ross would fine-tune the layout several times through 1946. Rees Jones completed renovations prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw restored the course to Ross’ original design, bringing back many of Ross’ original design characteristics. The restoration was completed in March 2011.

U.S. OPENS AT PINEHURST RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB       

This is the third U.S. Open Championship and the seventh USGA championship to be conducted at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2).

In 1999, Payne Stewart made a par-saving putt from 18 feet on the final hole to defeat Phil Mickelson by a single stroke en route to his second U.S. Open victory. With an even-par round of 70, Stewart was the only player to finish under par for the championship, with a 1-under total of 279. Mickelson finished at even-par 280. Tiger Woods and Vijah Singh made bids for the lead in what was a four-man race on Sunday, but they each ended up two back at 1-over 281. Stewart needed only 24 putts during the final round and one-putted the last three greens when it mattered most. He won two U.S. Opens (1991 and ’99) and posted two runner-up finishes in the 1990s (’93 and ’98).

In 2005, Michael Campbell became the first New Zealand native to win the U.S. Open when he made an important birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 17th that helped him edge Tiger Woods by two strokes. He also was the first sectional qualifier to win the Open since Steve Jones in 1996. Campbell was also the first international sectional qualifier to win the U.S. Open, qualifying out of England during the inaugural year of international qualifying. As 54-hole leader Retief Goosen slipped back, it quickly became a two-man battle, with Woods playing in the third-to-last group, just ahead of Campbell. Woods had struggled with his putting all week, but found the hole for birdies on holes 10, 11 and 15 to pull within two strokes of Campbell. Campbell answered the challenge with his birdie on No. 17, the third time he had birdied that hole in the championship.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2)      

1962 U.S. Amateur: Labron E. Harris Jr. def. Downing Gray, 1 up
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Vicki Goetze def. Brandie Burton, 4 and 3
1994 U.S. Senior Open: Simon Hobday by one stroke over Jim Albus and Graham Marsh, 274-275
1999 U.S. Open: Payne Stewart by one stroke over Phil Mickelson, 279-280
2005 U.S. Open: Michael Campbell by two strokes over Tiger Woods, 280-282
2008 U.S. Amateur: Danny Lee def. Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2) 

1967 World Senior Amateur Team Championship: USA (discontinued after 1969)
1980 World Amateur Team: USA by 27 strokes over South Africa, 848-875
1980 Women’s World Amateur Team: USA by seven strokes over Australia, 588-595

OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2)    

1936 PGA Championship: Denny Shute def. Jimmy Thomson, 3 and 2
1951 Ryder Cup Match: USA def. Great Britain, 9½-2½
1991 Tour Championship: Craig Stadler def. Russ Cochran, 277-277 (2nd playoff hole)
1992 Tour Championship: Paul Azinger by three strokes over Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin, 276-279

PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 1999 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST NO. 2 (14): Robert Allenby, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Jeff Maggert, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, David Toms and Lee Westwood.

PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 2005 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST NO. 2 (32): Robert Allenby, Angel Cabrera, Craig Barlow, Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Matthew Every, Jim Furyk, Stephen Gallacher, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Jeff Maggert, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Joe Ogilvie, Geoff Ogilvy, David Oh, Rod Pampling, Kenny Perry, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, David Toms, Lee Westwood, Casey Wittenberg and Y.E. Yang.

PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 2008 U.S. AMATEUR AT PINEHURST NO. 2 (5): Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Scott Langley, Patrick Reed and Kevin Tway.

HOLE BY HOLE – Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course will be set up at 7,562 yards and will play to a par of 35-35–70.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Total

Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 35
Yardage 402 507

387/

529 576 219 424

502/

191/

3,737
329 486 186
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Total

Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 35
Yardage 617 483 484 382 473 202 528 205 451 3,825

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating is 76.0. Its Slope Rating is 147.

LONGEST U.S. OPEN COURSES – Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 will be the second-longest course in U.S. Open history. Pinehurst No. 2 will be played at 7,562 yards (par 70).

LONGEST COURSES IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY

7,643 yards, Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, Calif., 2008
7,562 yards, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
7,514 yards, Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
7,426 yards, Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009

LONG PAR 4s – In 2014, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 will have the two longest par 4s in U.S. Open history. Nos. 4 and 16 will play at 529 and 528 yards, respectively. The previous longest par 4 was the seventh hole at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in 2009.

LONGEST PAR 4s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY

529 yards, 4th at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
528 yards, 16th at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
525 yards, 7th at Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
523 yards, 18th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
521 yards, 18th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
520 yards, 1st at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
515 yards, 6th at Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, Calif., 2008
514 yards, 9th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006

LONG PAR 5s – In 2014, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 will feature a 600-plus yard hole, the 617-yard, par-5 10th hole. There have been six holes in U.S. Open history that have played to more than 635 yards.

LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY

670 yards, 16th at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
642 yards, 5th at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., 2001
640 yards, 12th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
636 yards, 9th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH CAROLINA

The 2014 U.S. Open and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 27th and 28th USGA championships to be conducted in North Carolina. The state has hosted 11 of the 13 USGA national championships. Some of the game’s greatest players have won USGA championships in North Carolina. Payne Stewart (1999) and Michael Campbell (2005) won U.S. Opens. Betty Jameson (1947), Annika Sorenstam (1996), Karrie Webb (2001) and Cristie Kerr (2007) claimed U.S. Women’s Open titles.

USGA Championships in North Carolina         

1947 U.S. Women’s Open: Starmount Forest Country Club (Betty Jameson)
1955 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Myers Park Country Club (Patricia Lesser)
1962 U.S. Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Labron E. Harris Jr.)
1972 U.S. Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Marvin “Vinny” Giles)
1980 U.S. Amateur: Country Club of North Carolina (Hal Sutton)
1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links: Tanglewood Park (Billy Mayfair)
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Vicki Goetze)
1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Brandie Burton)
1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Phyllis Preuss)
1994 U.S. Senior Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Simon Hobday)
1996 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Annika Sorenstam)
1999 U.S. Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Payne Stewart)
1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Biltmore Forest Country Club (Dorothy Delasin)
2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Legacy Golf Links (Catherine Cartwright)
2000 U.S. Senior Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Bill Shean Jr.)
2001 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Karrie Webb)
2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (Carol Semple Thompson)
2005 U.S. Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Michael Campbell)
2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Carmel Country Club (Jenny Shin)
2007 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Cristie Kerr)
2008 U.S. Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Danny Lee)
2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links: Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center (Lion Kim)
2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Country Club of North Carolina (Doris Chen)
2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Danielle Kang)
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur: Wade Hampton Golf Club (Doug Hanzel)
2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Biltmore Forest Country Club (Julia Potter)

FUTURE U.S. OPENS              

June 18-21, 2015: Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
June 16-19, 2016: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
June 15-18, 2017: Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 14-17, 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 13-16, 2019: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
June 18-21, 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.
June 17-20, 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, Calif.

TWELVE CLUBS HAVE HOSTED THE U.S. OPEN AND U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN 

Atlantic Athletic Club, Duluth, Ga.: Men – 1976; Women – 1990
Baltimore Country Club, Lutherville, Md.: Men – 1899; Women – 1988
Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.: Men – 1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993; Women – 1961, 1985
Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo.: Men – 1938, 1960, 1978; Women – 2005
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas: Men – 1941; Women – 1991
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn.: Men – 1970, 1991; Women – 1966, 1977
Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn.: Men – 1930; Women – 2008
Newport (R.I.) Country Club: Men – 1895, Women – 2006
Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club: Men – 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007; Women – 1992, 2010
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.: Men – 1999, 2005, 2014; Women – 2014
Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, N.Y.: Men – 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006; Women – 1957, 1972
Worcester (Mass.) Country Club: Men – 1925, Women – 1960

THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S. OPEN

Justin Rose: last international winner (2013)
Curtis Strange: last to defend title (1989)
Francis Ouimet: last winner in his first attempt (1913)
Webb Simpson: last winner in his second attempt (2012)
Rory McIlroy: last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2011)
a-Robert T. Jones Jr.: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (1926)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole (2008)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff (2008)
Geoff Ogilvy: last winner without a round in the 60s (2006)
Rory McIlroy: last winner with all rounds in the 60s (2011)
Webb Simpson: last winner between ages 20-29 (26 in 2012)
Justin Rose: last winner between ages 30-39 (32 in 2013)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and higher (42 in 1999)
Rory McIlroy: last defending champion to miss the cut (2012)
Hale Irwin: last winner who received a special exemption (1990)
Lucas Glover: last winner to come through sectional qualifying (2009)
Orville Moody: last winner to come through local and sectional qualifying (1969)
John Goodman: last amateur winner (1933)

PAST OPEN CHAMPIONS – Since 1991, only four champions have finished better than 15th in trying to defend their U.S. Open crowns. Tiger Woods tied for sixth in 2009 after capturing his third Open title at Torrey Pines G.C. (South Course) the previous year. Woods also tied for 12th in 2001 after winning his first Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Retief Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 following his second Open championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Graeme McDowell tied for 14th in 2011 after winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Seven champions missed the cut the next year during this period, including Rory McIlroy in 2012.

In Defense of the Open

Year                 Champion                                 Previous Year   Result in Defense

2013                 Justin Rose                              tie, 21st            —–
2012                 Webb Simpson                         tie, 14th            tie, 32nd
2011                 Rory McIlroy                             missed cut        missed cut
2010                      Graeme McDowell                              tie, 18th                  tie, 14th
2009                      Lucas Glover                                       did not play            tie, 58th
2008                      Tiger Woods                                        tie, 2nd                   tie, 6th
2007                      Angel Cabrera                                     tie, 26th                 missed cut
2006                      Geoff Ogilvy                                          tie, 28th                  tie, 42nd
2005                      Michael Campbell                              missed cut            missed cut
2004                      Retief Goosen                                     tie, 42nd                tie, 11th
2003                      Jim Furyk                                              missed cut           tie, 48th
2002                      Tiger Woods                                        tie, 12th                 tie, 20th
2001                      Retief Goosen                                     tie, 12th                 missed cut
2000                      Tiger Woods                                        tie, 3rd                   tie, 12th
1999                 Payne Stewart                          2nd                  did not play
1998                 Lee Janzen                               tie, 52nd          tie, 46th
1997                 Ernie Els                                  tie, 5th             tie, 49th
1996                 Steve Jones                              did not play      tie, 60th
1995                 Corey Pavin                              missed cut       tie, 40th
1994                 Ernie Els                                  tie, 7th             missed cut
1993                 Lee Janzen                               missed cut       missed cut
1992                 Tom Kite                                  tie, 37th            missed cut
1991                 Payne Stewart                         missed cut        tie, 51st
1990                      Hale Irwin                                             tie, 54th                 tie, 11th
1989                 Curtis Strange                           won                  tie, 21st
1988                 Curtis Strange                           tie, 4th              won
1987                 Scott Simpson                          missed cut        tie, 6th
1986                 Raymond Floyd                         tie, 23rd            tie, 43rd
1985                 Andy North                               missed cut        67th
1984                 Fuzzy Zoeller                            missed cut        tie, 9th
1983                 Larry Nelson                             tie, 19th            missed cut
1982                 Tom Watson                             tie, 23rd            2nd
1981                 David Graham                           tie, 47th            tie, 6th
1980                 Jack Nicklaus                           tie, 9th              tie, 6th

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES

Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Open winner are:
*A U.S. Open exemption for the next 10 years
*An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
*An invitation to the next five British Open Championships
*An invitation to the next five PGA Championships
*An invitation to the next five Players Championships
*Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years

QUALIFYING FOR THE OTHER MAJORS         

The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt for next year’s (2015) U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s (2015) Masters Tournament.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY LEADERS – Tiger Woods is in second place among the all-time major championship victory leaders with 14 major professional titles. Jack Nicklaus is first with 18 victories, including four U.S. Opens.

Name                            Masters               U.S. Open         British Open                        PGA                 Total

Jack Nicklaus                      6                         4                      3                                     5                       18
Tiger Woods                        4                         3                      3                                     4                       14
Walter Hagen                      0                         2                      4                                      5                       11
Ben Hogan                          2                         4                      1                                     2                         9
Gary Player                         3                         1                      3                                     2                         9
Tom Watson                       2                         1                       5                                     0                         8
Harry Vardon                       0                         1                      6                                     0                         7
Bob Jones                          0                         4                       3                                     0                         7
Gene Sarazen                     1                         2                       1                                     3                         7
Sam Snead                         3                         0                       1                                     3                         7
Arnold Palmer                     4                         1                       2                                     0                         7

PAST MAJOR CHAMPIONS – Bubba Watson won his second major championship with a three-stroke victory at the 2014 Masters Tournament. Phil Mickelson claimed his fifth major title at the 2013 British Open. In 2012, Rory McIlroy won the PGA Championship to end a streak in which 15 players had won the last 15 major professional golf championships. The span of winners dated to the 2008 PGA Championship, when Padraig Harrington recorded his second consecutive win in a major championship.

Winners in Previous Major Championships

Year                 Winner (Championship)                          Result

2014                       Bubba Watson (Masters)                                (-8, 280)
2013                 Jason Dufner (PGA)                              (-10, 270)
2013                 Phil Mickelson (British Open)                  (-3, 281)
2013                 Justin Rose (U.S. Open)                        (+1, 281)
2013                      Adam Scott (Masters)                                        (-9, 279, def. Angel Cabrera in playoff)
2012                 Rory McIroy (PGA)                                (-13, 275)
2012                 Ernie Els (British Open)                          (-7, 273)
2012                 Webb Simpson (U.S. Open)                   (+1, 281)
2012                 Bubba Watson (Masters)                       (-10, 278, def. Louis Oosthuizen in playoff)
2011                 Keegan Bradley (PGA)                           (-8, 272, def. Jason Dufner in playoff)
2011                 Darren Clarke (British Open)                   (-5, 275)
2011                 Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open)                       (-16, 272)
2011                 Charl Schwartzel (Masters)                     (-14, 274)
2010                 Martin Kaymer (PGA)                             (-11, 277, def. Bubba Watson in playoff)
2010                 Louis Oosthuizen (British Open)             (-16, 272)
2010                 Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open)               (E, 284)
2010                 Phil Mickelson (Masters)                        (-16, 272)
2009                 Y.E. Yang (PGA)                                   (-8, 280)
2009                 Stewart Cink (British Open)                     (-2, 278, def. Tom Watson in playoff)
2009                 Lucas Glover (U.S. Open)                      (-4, 276)
2009                 Angel Cabrera (Masters)                        (-12, 276, def. C. Campbell & K. Perry in playoff)
2008                 Padraig Harrington (PGA)                      (-3, 277)
2008                 Padraig Harrington (British Open)           (+3, 283)
2008                 Tiger Woods (U.S. Open)                       (-1, 283, def. Rocco Mediate in playoff)
2008                 Trevor Immelman (Masters)                    (-8, 280)

TELEVISION COVERAGE – There will be at least 35 hours of live network coverage of the U.S. Open, with at least 19 of those hours on NBC. ESPN will air at least 16 hours over the first two days.

Eastern Daylight Time: Thursday and Friday (June 12-13) – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on ESPN, 3-5 p.m. on NBC, and 5-7 p.m. on ESPN/ESPN2. Saturday and Sunday (June 14-15) – Noon-7:30 p.m. on NBC. If an 18-hole playoff is necessary on Monday, ESPN would begin coverage at noon and would broadcast the first two hours, with NBC picking up play at 2 p.m. to conclusion.

Television Coverage (Local Times, EDT)

Date (Day)                                Network                                                Time (Local)

June 12 (Thurs.)                        ESPN                                                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.
NBC                                                     3-5 p.m.
ESPN/ESPN2                                       5-7 p.m.
June 13 (Fri.)                             ESPN                                                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.
NBC                                                     3-5 p.m.
ESPN                                                   5-7 p.m.
June 14 (Sat.)                                      NBC                                                                       Noon-7:30 p.m.
June 15 (Sun.)                           NBC                                                     Noon-7:30 p.m.

*If an 18-hole playoff is necessary on Monday (June 16), ESPN would begin coverage at noon. NBC would pick up coverage at 2 p.m. (local).

ESPN COVERAGE – ESPN celebrates its 33rd year of covering the U.S. Open this year at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club with extensive programming from June 10-15 on television, as well as analysis, news and information on radio, online and mobile devices.

ESPN, ESPN3.com and WatchESPN will air eight hours of live coverage of each of the first two rounds of the championship on Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. EDT. Best of the U.S. Open will air after each round, including Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. EDT, Sunday at 3 a.m. EDT, and Monday at 2 a.m. EDT.

ESPN’s flagship news and information program, SportsCenter, will originate from the championship site with special SportsCenter at the U.S. Open programs for six consecutive days beginning Tuesday, June 10, as well as extensive reports throughout the day.

ESPN Coverage (Local Times, EDT)

Date (Day)                                Program                                               Time (Local)

June 10 (Tues.)                          SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               2 p.m.
June 11 (Wed.)                          SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               2 p.m.
June 12 (Thurs.)                         First Round                                           9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               7 p.m.
Best of the First Round (tape)                8 p.m.
June 13 (Fri.)                             SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               Midnight
Best of the First Round (tape)                1 a.m.
Second Round                                      9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               7 p.m.
Best of the Second Round (tape)           8 p.m.
June 14 (Sat.)                            SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               1:30 a.m.
Best of the Second Round (tape)           3:30 a.m.
SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               11 a.m.
SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               11 p.m.
June 15 (Sun.)                           Best of the Third Round (tape)               3 a.m.
SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               11 a.m.
June 16 (Mon.)                          SportsCenter at the U.S. Open               1 a.m.
Best of the Fourth Round (tape)             2 a.m.
Playoff Round                                      Noon-2 p.m. (if necessary)

MASTERING THE OPEN – In 2002, Tiger Woods joined a select group of players who have won both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. The list also includes Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, ’53), Arnold Palmer (1960) and Jack Nicklaus (1972). Wood, Hogan, Palmer and Nicklaus were over the age of 30 when they accomplished the feat, while Woods was 26 years old.

HISTORY – This is the 114th U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open, which was first played in 1895, was not contested for two years (1917-18) during World War I and for four years (1942-45) during World War II. The youngest winner of the U.S. Open was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911; he is among eight players age 21 or younger who have won the U.S. Open. The oldest winner is Hale Irwin, who was 45 and playing on a special exemption when he won his third U.S. Open title in 1990. Irwin also won in 1974 and 1979.

There are four four-time U.S. Open winners: Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), amateur Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), and Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980).

TWO-TEE START – A two-tee start was adopted at the 2002 U.S. Open. The USGA had successfully adopted a two-tee start for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 and for the U.S. Senior Open in 2001. Play will begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT at the first tee and 10th tee on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2.

OPEN ECONOMICS – The 2014 U.S. Open champion will receive $1.5 million from a purse of $8 million (both are approximate figures). At the first Open played at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999, Payne Stewart earned $625,000 from a purse of $3.5 million. Michael Campbell’s winning share was $1.17 million from a purse of $6.25 million at the 2005 Open.

OPEN BIRTHDAYS – Seven players in the U.S. Open field will be celebrating a birthday around the championship. Phil Mickelson, a record six-time Open runner-up and five-time professional major championship winner, is among that group. He turns 44 on June 16, the day after the championship’s final round.

2014 U.S. Open Participant

Name                                                    Birthdate                       Age (after birthday)

Keegan Bradley                                     6-7-87                           27
Billy Hurley III                                        6-9-82                           32
Geoff Ogilvy                                           6-11-77                         37
Justin Leonard                                       6-15-72                         42
Phil Mickelson                                       6-16-70                         44
Matt Kuchar                                          6-21-78                         36
Dustin Johnson                                      6-22-84                         30

OLDEST & YOUNGEST – Kenny Perry, at age 53 (born Aug. 10, 1960), is the oldest player in this year’s U.S. Open field. Will Grimmer, who reached the U.S. Open through both local and sectional qualifying, is the youngest at age 17 (born April 12, 1997).

FIELD FOR THE AGES – There are 13 players in the 2014 U.S. Open field who will be 21 years old or younger when the first round begins on Thursday, June 12. Matthew Fitzpatrick, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion, is one of four players under age 20.

There are 11 players in the field who are 45 or older. Retief Goosen, 45, won the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Opens. David Toms, 47, and Darren Clarke, 45, claimed the 2001 PGA Championship and 2011 British Open Championship, respectively.

The average age of the 156-player field is 32.23.

INTERNATIONAL GROUP – There are 27 countries represented at the 2014 U.S. Open. The United States has 87 players in the field, while Australia and England each have 11.

Countries with players in the field – United States (87), Australia (11), England (11), South Africa (5), Germany (4), Japan (4), Republic of Korea (4), Spain (4), Sweden (4), Northern Ireland (3), Italy (2), Scotland (2), Argentina (1), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Canada (1), People’s Republic of China (1), Colombia (1), Denmark (1), France (1), India (1), Republic of Ireland (1), The Netherlands (1), New Zealand (1), Thailand (1), Wales (1) and Zimbabwe (1).

FATHER AND SON – The U.S. Open’s final round has been played on Father’s Day since 1965. There are 10 father-son pairings who have played in the U.S. Open that include a champion. The father and son did not necessarily play in the same Open. In seven of the 10 pairings, the father is the champion.

Father-Son Pairing – Includes an Open Winner

Name                                                                Champion

Tom Sr. and Willie Anderson                              Willie (1901, ’03, ’04, ’05)
Julius and Guy Boros                                         Julius (1952, ’63)
Johnny and Billy Farrell                                      Johnny (1928)
Hale and Steve Irwin                                           Hale (1974, ’79, ’90)
Johnny and Andy Miller                                      Johnny (1973)
Jack and Gary Nicklaus                                     Jack (1962, ’67, ’72, ’80)
Gary and Wayne Player                                     Gary (1965)
George and Alfred & Harold Sargent                    George (1909)
Bill and Payne Stewart                                       Payne (1991, ’99)
Tom Jr. and Curtis Strange                                 Curtis (1988, ’89)

BROTHER-SISTER COMBINATION – Kiyoshi Miyazato and Ai Miyazato will be the seventh brother-sister combination to play in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in the same year when they compete at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in 2014. Kiyoshi is playing in his first U.S. Open. Ai had played in nine U.S. Women’s Opens and has three top-10 finishes.

1985: Lee Rinker (T-58) and Laurie Rinker (MC)
1986: Larry Rinker (T-24) and Laurie Rinker (T-21)
1989: Jim Gallagher Jr. (MC) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (MC)
1990: Jim Gallagher Jr. (T-33) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (T-43)
1991: Jim Gallagher Jr. (T-11) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (MC)
1992: Jim Gallagher Jr. (T-57) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (MC)
1996: Trip Kuehne (T-79) and Kelli Kuehne (MC)
1999: Hank Kuehne (65th) and Kelli Kuehne (3rd)
2002: Jim Gallagher Jr. (MC) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (T-37)
2003: Trip Kuehne (T-57) and Kelli Kuehne (T-26)
2005: Lee Rinker (MC) and Laurie Rinker (MC)
2005: Trip Kuehne (MC) and Kelli Kuehne (MC)
2007: Trip Kuehne (MC) and Kelli Kuehne (MC)
2012: Nicholas Thompson (T-51) and Lexi Thompson (T-14)
2013: Nicholas Thompson (T-56) and Lexi Thompson (T-13)
2014: Kiyoshi Miyazato and Ai Miyazato

TRADITIONAL PAIRING – Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, defending British Open champion Phil Mickelson and 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick will form a traditional pairing for the opening two rounds. Rose won last year at Merion Golf Club by two strokes with a four-round total of 281 (1-over par). In 2013, Mickelson captured his first British Open Championship with a final-round 66 for a three-stroke victory. Fitzpatrick defeated Oliver Goss, 4 and 3, in the U.S. Amateur final. The grouping will tee off in Thursday’s opening round from the 10th hole at 7:51 a.m.

MAJOR GROUPS – There are seven groups with major champions paired at the 2014 U.S. Open. Webb Simpson (2012), Rory McIlroy (2011) and Graeme McDowell (2010) are all U.S. Open champions. The group starts at the first hole on Thursday at 7:40 a.m. Retief Goosen, who won U.S. Opens in 2001 and 2004, is paired with Geoff Ogilvy and Lucas Glover, champions in 2006 and 2009, respectively. The group of U.S. Open winners starts the opening round at the 10th hole on Thursday at 1:47 p.m.

Major Groupings

Hole #1 (Thursday, 7:29 a.m.) – Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel
Hole #1 (Thursday, 7:40 a.m.) – Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell
Hole #10 (Thursday, 7:29 p.m.) – Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera, David Toms
Hole #1 (Thursday, 1:14 p.m.) – Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, Y.E. Yang
Hole #1 (Thursday, 1:36 p.m.) – Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen
Hole #1 (Thursday, 1:47 p.m.) – Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer
Hole #10 (Thursday, 1:47 p.m.) – Retief Goosen, Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover

FIRST TIME AT U.S. OPEN – There are 54 players in the 2014 championship field who are playing in their first U.S. Open. Matthew Fitzpatrick and Oliver Goss met in last year’s U.S. Amateur final. Fitzpatrick posted a 4-and-3 victory to become the first Englishman to win the championship since 1911. Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett were members of the winning 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. Jonas Blixt, who tied for second at this year’s Masters Tournament, has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the 2013 Greenbrier Classic. Victor Dubuisson advanced to the championship match of the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play, losing to Jason Day in 23 holes. Pablo Larrazabal won the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

List of First-Time U.S. Open Players: Daniel Berger, Lucas Bjerregard, Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Anthony Broussard, a-Brian Campbell, Donald Constable, Graham DeLaet, Matthew Dobyns, a-Andrew Dorn, Victor Dubuisson, Andres Echavarria, Harris English, Oliver Fisher, a-Matthew Fitzpatrick, Oliver Goss, Cody Gribble, Simon Griffiths, a-Will Grimmer, Billy Hurley III, Shiv Kapur, Smylie Kaufman, Maximillian Kiefer, Hyung Sung Kim, Kevin Kisner, Pablo Larrazabal, Kyong-Hoon Lee, Tom Lewis, Wen-Chong Liang, Nicholas Lindheim, a-Sam Love, Joost Luiten, Nicholas Mason, a-Brandon McIver, a-Maverick McNealy, Kiyoshi Miyazato, Garth Mulroy, Henrik Norlander, Rob Oppenheim, Andrea Pavan, Aron Price, Clayton Rask, Patrick Reed, James Renner, a-Robby Shelton, Brett Stegmaier, a-Hunter Stewart, Justin Thomas, Chris Thompson, Brendon Todd, Brady Watt, a-Cory Whitsett, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett.

PAYNE’S TEACHER – Chuck Cook was Payne Stewart’s instructor when he won two U.S. Opens, including the 1999 championship at Pinehurst No. 2. Anthony Broussard hopes Cook’s magic works again when he travels to Pinehurst to play in his first U.S. Open. Broussard, who has competed on the Adams Pro Tour and NGA Tour, had to work hard to advance from the Houston, Texas, sectional. He birdied the last two holes to earn a spot in a 2-for-1 playoff and then hit his approach shot to 2 feet for another birdie on the second extra hole.

LAST ONES IN – The USGA held five spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the current top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (as of June 9). Since Kevin Na and Bernd Wiesberger was the only player to earn an exemption, three alternates from sectional qualifying made the field. They are Craig Barlow and amateurs Cameron Wilson and Brandon McIver.

Na earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking. Na, who is ranked No. 40, is making his fourth U.S. Open appearance. The 30-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev. recorded his best Open finish in 2012 when he tied for 29th at The Olympic Club. Na, who was born in the Republic of Korea, recently was second at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament and has five top-10 finishes this season.

Wiesberger, who is No. 60 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 28-year-old Austrian finished second at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open last week and moved up nine spots in the ranking. He lost in a playoff to Mikael Lundberg on the first extra hole.

Barlow was the first alternate from the Daly City, Calif., sectional. He will play in his sixth U.S. Open. His best finish is a tie for 26th at Winged Foot Golf Club in 2006.

Wilson, the 2014 NCAA individual champion, was the first alternate from the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He made a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Wilson, who earned first-team All-America honors at Stanford University this year, is playing in his second U.S. Open. McIver, a rising junior at the University of Oregon, was the first alternate from the Creswell, Ore., sectional. He is playing in his first Open.

ON TOUR – Jimmy Walker has won three times on the PGA Tour this season. Masters champion Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed have each won twice. Miguel Angel Jimenez owns two European Tour victories.

Multiple PGA Tour Winners in 2014

3, Jimmy Walker (Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
2, Patrick Reed (Humana Challenge, WGC-Cadillac Championship)
2, Bubba Watson (Northern Trust Open, Masters Tournament)

Multiple PGA European Tour Winners in 2014

2, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Hong Kong Open, Open de Espana)

2014 U.S. OPEN FUN FACTS –

Air Conditioning

  • 3,255 tons of HVAC – enough for 1,300 homes

Carts

  • 404 Golf Carts

Communications

  • 16,368 feet of Fiber Backbone
  • 16,896 feet of Large Count Copper
  • 115,104 feet of  CAT5 Cable
  • 330 Telephones
  • 525 Televisions
  • 51 Multi-function copiers
  • 14 Fax machines

Flooring

  • 650,000  square feet of flooring – equivalent to almost 15 acres of flooring

Food/Beverage

  • 100,000 ¼ lb. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
  • 42,000 ½ lb. Hamburgers
  • 18,000 Jumbo Cookies
  • 125,000 16 oz. Souvenir Beer/Soda Cups
  • 365,000 12 oz. Beers
  • 75,000 Sodas
  • 50,000 Bottles of Water
  • 48,000 Bags of Potato Chips

Grandstands

  • 22,900 Grandstand seats – more than PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

Hospitality

  • 46 corporate tents and approximately 100 corporate tables sold

Merchandise

  • Main merchandise pavilion totals 39,000 square feet
  • More than 500,000 pieces of merchandise available on-site
  • 106,000 hats
  • more than 130,000 transactions expected

Office Trailers

  • 104 Office Trailers totaling 35,000 square feet

Power

  • 22 Megawatts – enough to power 4,500 homes

Restroom Facilities

  • 600 individual units and 36 high-end restroom trailers

Temporary Roads

  • 150,000 square feet – equivalent to three acres of roads

Tents

  • 400,000 square feet of canvas – enough to cover seven football fields

Volunteers

  • 6,200 Volunteers
  • 75 percent of Volunteers Are Working Both Weeks – 62 percent are from North Carolina & 25 percent are from Moore County
  • All 50 states and 12 international countries represented

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