2021 US Open: 18 Facts, Stats and Historical Nuggets

2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
A tee marker is seen on the 8th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 14, 2021 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey via Getty Images)

The world’s best golfers will tee it up this week at Torrey Pines for the 121st edition of the United States Open Championship.

The field in La Jolla, California is loaded with 156 world-class golfers, including world No. 5 Bryson DeChambeau, who will be looking to defend his 2020 title.

As we wait for live balls on Thursday morning, here are 18 interesting numbers related to the 2021 U.S. Open Championship.


The U.S. Open Course

2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines
Ryo Ishikawa plays his shot from the sixth tee prior to the start of the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on June 14, 2021 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey via Getty Images)
  • 2 – Torrey Pines will host its second U.S. Open with the first coming in 2008.
  • 8 – It will be the eighth U.S. Open contested in California since 1992 (30 editions) – tied with NY/NJ.
  • 7,698 – That is the number in yards that Torrey Pines will measure out to this week. It marks the second longest layout in U.S. Open history, behind only Erin Hills (7,741) in 2017. It’s three yards longer than Chambers Bay (7,695 yards, 2015).

The U.S. Open Prize

Jordan Spieth Wins 2015 U.S. Open
Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, WA. Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images
  • 2 – There have been two (2) U.S Open trophies. The original one, created in the opening year of 1895, was destroyed during the fire at the Tam O’Shanter clubhouse in 1946 (an exact replica was designed the following season, in 1947). Two is also the number of strokes England’s Horace Rawlins went on to win, beating Willie Dunn by two strokes.
  • 5 – The winner will also receive five-year exemptions to the Masters, Open Championship, PGA Championship, THE PLAYERS, and a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
  • 10 – The U.S. Open winner receives a 10 year exemption to future U.S. Opens.

U.S. Open History

Jack Nicklaus 1980 US Open
Jack Nicklaus with his caddy Angela Argea, enroute to winning the 1980 US Open golf tournament at the Baltusrol GC in Springfield, NJ on June 15, 1980. (Photo by Brian Morgan Popperfoto via Getty Images)
  • 6 – That’s the number of years the championship was not been contested, as it was cancelled in 1917-18 and 1942-45 for the two world wars.
  • 15 – For the first 15 years, all titles were won by English (4) and Scottish (11) golfers. At the 16th U.S. Open championship, John McDermott became the first American to win. McDermott won in 1911 at the Chicago Golf Club, beating fellow countrymen Mike Brady and George Simpson in a playoff.
  • 44 – Jack Nicklaus holds the championship record for the most consecutive starts. Jack teed it up in 44 straight U.S Opens, from 1957-2000.
  • 61 – Sam Snead is the oldest player to make the cut. In 1973, Snead, then 61 years-old, made the cut at Oakmont, finishing T-29.
  • 121 – The first U.S. Open was played in 1895, and this year marks the 121st playing of America’s national golf championship. It is the second oldest golf championship in the world, behind The Open Championship (British).

Past U.S. Open Champions

Tiger Woods left the field in the dust at the 2000 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach. (Photo By Pete Pappas USGA via Getty Images)
  • 3 – Willie Anderson, of Scotland, is also the only champion to win three consecutive U.S. Open titles (1903-05).
  • 4 – Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open wins (4).
  • 15 – The largest margin of victory in the tournament’s history came in the year 2000, when Tiger Woods finished at 12-under par to win by a staggering 15 strokes.
  • 16 – The lowest aggregate score was recorded in 2011 by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who finished with a score of 268, 16-under par.
  • 19 – At 19 years-old (10 months, and 14 days), John McDermott is, to this day, the youngest to ever win the U.S Open.
  • 21 – The age of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth when he defeated Dustin Johnson and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen by a single stroke at Chambers Bay. At 21, he became the youngest U.S. Open champion in 92 years, since Bobby Jones in 1923.
  • 45 – Hale Irwin, at 45 in 1990, is the tournament’s oldest champion.

Some content from this post was repurposed from 2016 US Open: 18 Facts By The Numbers


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