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U.S. Open: Record holders

U.S. Open: Record holders

Ahead of the 124th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, here is a list of historical records from the penultimate of this year's four Major Championships.

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Oldest Champion

Hale Irwin was 45 years and 15 days old when he won his third U.S. Open in 1990 at Medinah Country Club in Illinois.

Previously, Raymond Floyd held the record after he won his fourth and final Major in 1986 at Shinnecock Hills at the age of 43 years, nine months and 11 days.

Youngest Champion

John J. McDermott was the first U.S.-born golfer to win the U.S. Open, in 1911, and he remains the youngest player to win the event, at the age of 19 years, ten months and 14 days.

Youngest Competitor

Andy Zhang of China became the youngest golfer to compete in the U.S. Open, doing so at 14 when The Olympic Club in San Francisco played host in 2012.

Oldest Competitor (since 1982)

Arnold Palmer, winner of the U.S. Open in 1960, was 64 years old when he played at Oakmont Country Club in 1994.

Amateur Champions

Five players have won the United States’ national championship of golf as an amateur, with the occurrence happening eight times.

Francis Ouimet, The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1913

Jerome D. Travers, Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, New Jersey, 1915

Charles Evans Jr., Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1916

Robert T. Jones Jr., Inwood (N.Y.) C.C., 1923; Scioto C.C., Columbus, Ohio, 1926; Winged Foot G.C., Mamaroneck, N.Y., 1929; Interlachen C.C., Edina, Minnesota, 1930

John Goodman, North Shore C.C., Glenview, Illinois, 1933

Lowest 72-Hole Score by an Amateur

Viktor Hovland posted a four-under-par 72-hole total of 280 to finish tied 12th at Pebble Beach, California, in 2019.

Most U.S. Open Victories

4, Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)

4, Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)

4, Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)

4, Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)

Tiger Woods is the only active golfer with three victories that could join that four-strong group by lifting the title this week.

Wire to Wire Winners

Seven golfers have won the U.S. Open after holding the outright lead (no ties) from start to finish. The most recent of those was Martin Kaymer in 2014, at Pinehurst No. 2.

Walter Hagen (1914)

James Barnes (1921)

Ben Hogan (1953)

Tony Jacklin (1970)

Tiger Woods (2000, 2002)

Rory McIlroy (2011)

Martin Kaymer (2014)

Winners in their first U.S. Open

Not since Francis Ouimet in 1913 has a player won the U.S. Open on their debut appearance in the event.

Horace Rawlins (1895)

Fred Herd (1898)

Harry Vardon (1900)

George Sargent (1909)

Francis Ouimet (1913)

Longest Course

Since daily hole yardages came into use in 2007, the longest course at the U.S. Open was Erin Hills when it played 7,845 yards during the first round in 2017.

Most times Host Site

Oakmont Country Club has played host to the U.S. Open on nine occasions. (1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016)

Lowest Score, 72 Holes

In winning his maiden Major at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, McIlroy set or tied 12 U.S. Open records, including the mark for the lowest 72-hole score in championship history at 16-under-par 268 (65-66-68-69).

Best Comeback by Winner, Final Round

Arnold Palmer came back from seven shots adrift in the final round to win the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in Englewood, Colorado, in 1960.

Largest Winning Margin

With victory by 15 shots at Pebble Beach in 2000, Tiger Woods holds the largest winning margin in all Majors.

Most Appearances

Jack Nicklaus, a four-time champion, made 44 appearances between 1957 and 2000, ten more than Hale Irwin.

Number of Play-Offs

There have been 33 occasions in 123 championships, when a play-off has been required.


There have been 51 holes-in-one made over the years at the U.S. Open. The very first of those was by Jack Hobens in 1907 at Philadelphia Cricket Club, while most recently Matt Fitzpatrick achieved the feat during the second round of the 2023 edition at The Los Angeles Country Club.

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