The US Open – Tournament records

<div class="article"><p><font size="+1">The US Open - Tournament records </font></p><p><img src="https://golftoday.co.uk/content/uploads/2018/01/usopen-66.jpg" width="66" height="66" border="0" align="left">High scoring, rather than low, seems to be the hallmark of the US Open, with 8 under par being the lowest winning score until Tiger Woods stretched that to 12 under par in 2000, en route to winning the first leg of his &quot;Tiger Slam&quot; of four consecutive major titles. Then in 2011, Rory McIlroy eclipsed that seemingly impossible feat by finishing 16 under par at Congressional, having got as low as 17 under at one point.</p><p>The tournament did however see what is often called the finest last round in championship golf, when Johnny Miller shot a 63 at Oakmont to win the 1973 Open, having begun the final round six behind. His 279 total was then only the 10th sub-280 score in the history of the Championship. </p><p><strong>Most victories</strong>:<br> Willie Anderson - 4 (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)<br> Bobby Jones - 4 (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)<br> Ben Hogan - 4 (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)<br> Jack Nicklaus - 4 (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)<br> Hale Irwin - 3 (1974, 1979, 1990)<br> Tiger Woods - 3 (2000, 2002, 2008) <br> 15 players have won the championship twice</p><p><strong>Oldest Champions</strong>:<br> Hale Irwin - 1990 at 45 years, 15 days<br> Raymond Floyd - 1986 at 43y, 9m, 11 days<br> Ted Ray - 1920 at 43 years, 4m 16 days </p><p><strong>Youngest Champion</strong>:<br> John McDermott - 1911 at 19 years, 315 days</p><p><strong>Youngest Champion of the modern era</strong>:<br> Rory McIroy - 2011 at 22 years, 1 month, 15 days</p><p><strong>Consecutive victories</strong>:<br> Willie Anderson - 3 (1903, 1904, 1905)<br> John J. McDermott - 2 (1911, 1912)<br> Bobby Jones - 2 (1929, 1930)<br> Ralph Guldahl - 2 (1937, 1938)<br> Ben Hogan - 2 (1950, 1951)<br> Curtis Strange - 2 (1988, 1989)</p><p><strong>Wire-to-wire winners (excluding playoffs)</strong>: <br> Walter Hagen - 1914<br> James Barnes - 1921<br> Ben Hogan - 1953<br> Tony Jacklin - 1970<br> Tiger Woods - 2000, 2002<br> Rory McIlroy - 2011 </p><p><strong>Other wire-to-wire winners (after playoffs)</strong>:<br> Willie Anderson - 1903<br> Alex Smith - 1906<br> Chick Evans Jnr (A) - 1916<br> Tommy Bolt - 1958<br> Jack Nicklaus - 1972, 1980<br> Hubert Green - 1977<br> Payne Stewart - 1991<br> Retief Goosen - 2001 </p><p><strong>Lowest winning score</strong>:<br> Rory Mcllroy - 2011, 65-66-68-69 = 268 <br> Jack Nicklaus - 1980, 63-71-70-68 = 272<br> Lee Janzen - 1993, 67-67-69-69 = 272<br> Tiger Woods - 2000, 65-69-71-67 = 272<br> Jim Furyk - 2003, 67-66-67-72 = 272 </p><p><strong>Most under par for 72 holes</strong>:<br> Rory McIlroy - 2011, 16 under (268) <br> Tiger Woods - 2000, 12 under (272) <br> [The 272s by Jack Nicklaus and Lee Janzen at Baltusrol and by Jim Furyk at Olympia Fields represented 8 under par totals.] </p><p><strong>Highest winning score</strong>:<br> - 331 (84-83-83-81), by Willie Anderson in 1901. He then defeated Alex Smith in a playoff 85 to 86. </p><p><strong>Champions at their first attempt</strong>:<br> Horace Rawlins - 1895<br> Fred Herd - 1898<br> Harry Vardon - 1900<br> George Sargent - 1909<br> Francis Ouimet (A) - 1913</p><p><strong>Biggest gap between victories</strong>:<br> Julius Boros - 11 years (1952 &amp; 1963)<br> Hale Irwin - 11 years (1979 &amp; 1990) </p><p><strong>Biggest gap between first and last victory</strong>:<br> Jack Nicklaus - 18 years (1962 and 1980)</p><p><strong>Amateur champions</strong>:<br> Francis Ouimet - 1913<br> Jerome D. Travers - 1915<br> Charles Evans Jnr - 1916<br> Bobby Jones - 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930<br> John Goodman - 1933 </p><p><strong>Most frequently used courses</strong>:<br> Oakmont Country Club - 8 times (1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007)<br> Baltusrol Golf Club - 7 times (1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, 1993)</p><p><strong>Shortest US Open course</strong>: <br> Shinnecock Hills, in 1896 - 4,423 yards<br> In recent times: Merion, in 1971 &amp; 1981 - 6,528 yards</p><p><strong>Longest US Open courses</strong>: <br> Torry Pines, in 2008 - 7,643 yards <br> Congressional, in 2011 - 7,574 yards<br> Bethpage Black, in 2009 - 7,426 yards<br> Winged Foot, in 2006 - 7,264 yards <br> Oakmont, in 2007 - 7,230 yards<br> Pinehurst No. 2, in 2005 - 7,216 yards<br> Bethpage Black, in 2002 - 7,214 yards<br> Congressional, in 1997 - 7,213 yards </p><p><strong>Longest hole</strong>:<br> The 16th at Olympic Club in 2012 - 670 yards <br> The 12th at Oakmont in 2007 - 667 yards <br> The 5th at Southern Hills in 2001 - 642 yards </p><p><strong>Widest margin of victory</strong>:<br> Tiger Woods - 2000 - 15 shots</p><p><strong>Most runner-up finishes</strong>: <br> Bobby Jones - 4 (1922, 1924, 1925, 1928)<br> Sam Snead - 4 (1937, 1947, 1949, 1953)<br> Arnold Palmer - 4 (1962, 1963, 1966, 1967)<br> Jack Nicklaus - 4 (1960, 1968, 1971, 1982)<br> Phil Mickelson - 4 (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006)</p><p><strong>Most top 5s</strong>:<br> Wille Anderson - 11 <br> Jack Nicklaus - 11<br> Alex Smith - 10<br> Walter Hagen - 10<br> Ben Hogan - 10<br> Arnold Palmer - 10 </p><p><strong>Most top 10s</strong>:<br> Jack Nicklaus - 18<br> Walter Hagen - 16<br> Ben Hogan - 15 </p><p><strong>Most top 25s</strong>:<br> Jack Nicklaus - 22<br> Sam Snead - 21<br> Walter Hagen - 20 </p><p><strong>Most consecutive appearances</strong>:<br> Jack Nicklaus - 44 (1957-2000)<br> Hale Irwin - 33 (1971-2003)<br> Gene Sarazen - 33 (1920-54, no championship 1942-5)<br> Arnold Palmer - 31 (1953-83)<br> Tom Kite - 31 (1974-2004)</p><p><strong>Highest cut (since WW2) </strong>:<br> - 155 (15 over) in 1955, Olympic Club </p><p><strong>Lowest cut</strong>:<br> - 143 (3 over) in 2003, Olympia Fields</p><p><strong>Most cuts made</strong>:<br> Jack Nicklaus - 35 in 44 appearances</p><p><strong>Most consecutive cuts made</strong>:<br> Walter Hagen - 22 (1913-36, no championships 1917-8)<br> Gene Sarazen - 22 (1920-41)<br> Gary Player - 22 (1958-79)<br> Jack Nicklaus - 21 (1964-84)</p><p><strong>Oldest player to make the cut</strong>: <br> Sam Snead, 61 in 1973, finished tied 29th<br> Tom Watson, 60 in 2010, finished tied 29th<br> Jack Nicklaus, 58 in 1998, finished tied 43rd </p><p><strong>Birdied the 72nd hole to win</strong>:<br> Hale Irwin, in 1990 (to force a playoff)<br> Bobby Jones, in 1926 </p><p><strong>All four rounds in the 60s</strong>: <br> Lee Trevino, in 1968<br> Lee Janzen, in 1993 <br> Rory McIlroy, 2011 </p><p><strong>Lowest nine hole score</strong>: <br> - 29 by Neal Lancaster, 4th round, back nine, 1995 <br> - 29 by Neal Lancaster, 2nd round, back nine, 1996<br> - 29 by Vijay Singh, 2nd round, back nine, 2003</p><p><strong>Lowest 18 hole score</strong>: <br> - 63 by Johnny Miller, 4th round, 1973<br> - 63 by Jack Nicklaus, 1st round, 1980<br> - 63 by Tom Weiskopf, 1st round, 1980<br> - 63 by Vijay Singh, 2nd round, 2003 </p><p><strong>Lowest first round score</strong>: <br> - 63, Jack Nicklaus &amp; Tom Weiskopf, 1980 </p><p><strong>Lowest second round score</strong>: <br> - 63, Vijay Singh, 2003</p><p><strong>Lowest 36 hole score</strong>: <br> - 133, Jim Furyk (67-66) and Vijay Singh (70-63), 2003</p><p><strong>Lowest third round score</strong>: <br> - 64, Ben Crenshaw, 1981<br> - 64, Keith Clearwater, 1987<br> - 64, Loren Roberts, 1994</p><p><strong>Lowest 54 hole score</strong>: <br> - 200, Jim Furyk, 2003</p><p><strong>Lowest fourth round score</strong>:<br> - 63, Johnny Miller, 1973</p><p><strong>Lowest 72 hole score</strong>: <br> <a href="#lowest" class="Normal_Link">Please click here</a> </p><p><strong>Most career under-par rounds</strong>: <br> Jack Nicklaus - 37</p><p><strong>Most career sub-70 rounds</strong>: <br> Jack Nicklaus - 29 </p><p><strong>Most under-par 72 hole totals</strong>: <br> Jack Nicklaus - 7 </p><p><strong>All four rounds under par</strong>: <br> Lee Trevino in 1968<br> Tony Jacklin in 1970<br> Lee Janzen in 1993<br> Curtis Strange in 1994<br> [Sam Snead (1947) and Billy Casper (1966) also had four rounds under par, but one was in a playoff]</p><p><strong>Best fightback by a winner</strong>: <br> Last round: Arnold Palmer in 1960, 7 shots, Cherry Hills<br> Last 36 holes: Lou Graham in 1975, 11 shots, Medinah<br> Last 54 holes: Jack Fleck in 1955, 9 shots, Olympic Club </p><p><strong>Holes in One</strong>:<br> - 42 are recorded since 1907, most recently by John Peterson at the 13th at Olympic Club in 2012, but records for early years are incomplete.<br> Tom Weiskopf has holed in one twice (1978 &amp; 1982).<br> Alvaro Quiros holed-in-one at the uphill 288 yard par 4 7th during practice for the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club.</p><p><strong>Most consecutive birdies</strong>:<br> George Burns - 6 (2nd to 7th), Pebble Beach, 1982<br> Andy Dillard - 6 (1st to 6th), Pebble Beach, 1992</p><p><strong>Most consecutive threes</strong>: <br> Hubert Green - 8 (9th to 16th), Baltusrol, 1980<br> Hubert Green - 7 (10th to 16th), Southern Hills, 1977<br> Peter Jacobsen - 7 (1st to 7th) Brookline, 1988 </p><p><strong>Playoffs</strong>: <br> - 32 times (out of 106 championships) </p><p><strong>Foreign-born (non-American) winners</strong>: <br> - 28 players, with 33 victories<br> Horace Rawlins, England - 1895<br> James Foulis, Scotland - 1896 <br> Joe Lloyd, England - 1897 <br> Fred Herd, Scotland - 1898 <br> Willie Smith, Scotland - 1899 <br> Harry Vardon, England - 1900 <br> Willie Anderson, Scotland - 1901 <br> Laurence Auchterlonie, Scotland - 1902 <br> Willie Anderson, Scotland - 1903, 1904, 1905<br> Alex Smith, Scotland - 1906, 1910 <br> Alex Ross, Scotland - 1907 <br> Fred McLeod, Scotland - 1908 <br> George Sargent, England - 1909 <br> Ted Ray, England - 1920 <br> James Barnes, England - 1921 <br> Cyril Walker, England - 1924 <br> William Marfarlane, Scotland - 1925 <br> Tommy Armour, Scotland - 1927 <br> Gary Player, South Africa - 1965 <br> Tony Jacklin, England - 1970 <br> David Graham, Australia - 1981 <br> Ernie Els, South Africa - 1994, 1997<br> Retief Goosen, South Africa - 2001, 2004<br> Michael Campbell, New Zealand - 2005 <br> Geoff Ogilvy, Australia - 2006 <br> Angel Cabrera, Argentina - 2007<br> Graeme NcDowell, Northern Ireland - 2010<br> Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland - 2011<br> Justin Rose, England - 2013 </p><p><strong>Worst score ever recorded on a single hole</strong>:<br> - 19, by Ray Ainsley on the par 4 16th at Cherry Hills in 1938 </p><p><strong>Worst ever scores</strong>:<br> We believe the highest ever completed card to be a 157 by J.D. Tucker in the first round of the 1898 championship at the Myopia Hunt Club.<br> Rounds in the low 100s were not uncommon in the early years. O. McCammon shot 116 in the 4th round in 1899, having shot 110 the previous year in the third round. W.E. Stoddard shot 106 in the second round in 1899.<br> In the first championship in 1895, Horace Rawlins began with a 91 and went on to win. </p><p>&nbsp;</p></div>