The U.S. Open – The All American Tournament

Also known as the United State Open Championship, this tournament is the annual open golf tournament in the United States, as well as a favourite amongst sports betting buffs. Second of the four major championships in golf, it is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

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The tournament is scheduled in June, so that there are no rain delays, the third round is played on the third Sunday, which is Fathers Day.


The U.S. Open Qualification

  • All remaining spots after the second top 60 OWGR cut off date filled by alternates from qualifying tournaments Winners of the last three Players Championships Winner and runner-up from the previous year’s U.S. Amateur.
  • Winners of the U.S. Open for the last ten years.
  • The previous year’s Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for the top-ranked amateur golfer in the world.
  • Top 10 finishers and ties from the previous year’s U.S. Open.
  • Players who qualified for the previous year’s Tour Championship.
  • Winners of each of Masters Tournament, Open Championship and PGA Championship for the last five years.
  • Winner of the current year’s BMW PGA Championship.
  • The top 60 in the OWGR as of the tournament date.
  • Special exemptions selected by the USGA.
  • Winner of the previous year’s Amateur Championship.
  • The top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of two weeks before the start of the tournament.
  • Winner of the last U.S. Senior Open.

The US Open Golf Rules

  1. Rule 1 – The Game
    1. General, Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical Conditions, Agreement to Waive Rules and Points Not Covered by Rules.
  2. Rule 2 – Match Play
    1. General, Halved Hole, Winner of Match, Concession of Match, Hole or Next Stroke, Doubt as to Procedure; Disputes and Claims and General Penalty.
  3. Rule 3 – Stroke Play
    1. General; Winner, Failure to Hole Out, Doubt as to Procedure, Refusal to Comply with a Rule and General Penalty.
  4. Rule 4 – Clubs
    1. Form and Make of Clubs, Playing Characteristics Changed and Foreign Material, Damaged Clubs: Repair and Replacement and Maximum of Fourteen Clubs.
  5. Rule 5 – The Ball
    1. General, Foreign Material and Ball Unfit for Play.
  6. Rule 6 – The Player
    1. Rules, Handicap, Time of Starting and Groups, Caddie, Ball, Scoring in Stroke Play, Undue Delay; Slow Play and Discontinuance of Play; Resumption of Play.
  7. Rule 7 – Practice
    1. Before or Between Rounds and During Round.
  8. Rule 8 – Advice; Indication Line of Play
    1. Advice and  Indicating Line of Play.
  9. Rule 9 – Information as to Strokes Taken
    1. General, Match Play and Stroke Play.
  10. Rule 10 – Order Of Play
    1. Match Play, Stroke Play and Provisional Ball or Another Ball from Teeing Ground,
  11. Rule 11 – Teeing Ground
    1. Teeing, Tee-Markers, Ball Falling off Tee, Playing from Outside Teeing Ground and Playing from Wrong Teeing Ground.
  12. Rule 12 – Searching for and identifying ball
    1. Seeing Ball; Searching for Ball, Lifting Ball for Identification,
  13. Rule 13 –  Ball played as it lies
    1. General, Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play and Building Stance and Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions.
  14. Rule 14 – Striking the ball
    1. Ball to be Fairly Struck At, Assistance, Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment, Striking the Ball More Than Once, Playing Moving Ball and Ball Moving in Water.
  15. Rule 15 – Substituted Ball; Wrong ball
    1. Substituted Ball; Wrong Ball.
  16. Rule 16 – The putting green
    1. General and Ball Overhanging Hole.
  17. Rule 17 – The Flagstick
    1. Flagstick Attended, Removed or Held Up, Unauthorized Attendance, Ball Striking Flagstick or Attendant and Ball Resting Against Flagstick.
  18. Rule 18 – Ball at rest moved
    1. By Outside Agency, By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment, By Opponent, Caddie or Equipment in Match Play,By Fellow-Competitor, Caddie or Equipment in Stroke Play and By Another Ball and Ball Moved in Measuring.
  19. Rule 19 – Ball inMotion deflected or stopped
    1. By Outside Agency, By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment, By Opponent, Caddie or Equipment in Match Play and By Fellow-Competitor, Caddie or Equipment in Stroke Play and By Another Ball.
  20. Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from Wrong Place
    1. Lifting and Marking, Dropping and Re-Dropping, Placing and Replacing, When Ball Dropped or Placed is in Play, Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made, Lifting Ball Incorrectly Substituted, Dropped or Placed and Playing From Wrong Place.
  21. Rule 21 – Cleaning Ball
    1. Cleaning Ball
  22. Rule 22 – Ball Assisting or Interfering with Play
    1. Ball Assisting Play and Ball Interfering with Play.
  23. Rule 23 – Loose Impediments
    1. Relief
  24. Rule 24 – Obstructions
    1. Movable Obstruction, Immovable Obstruction and Ball in Obstruction Not Found.
  25. Rule 25 – Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green
    1. Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green.
  26. Rule 26 – Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards)
    1. Relief for Ball in Water Hazard and Ball Played Within Water Hazard.
  27. Rule 27 – Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball
    1. Stroke and Distance; Ball Out of Bounds; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes and Provisional Ball.
  28. Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable
    1. Ball Unplayable.

an image of FARMINGDALE, NY - JUNE 17: Spectators enjoy watching Sergio Garcia hit a drive on the Sixth hole at the black course during the 2009 US Open on June 17, 2009 in Farmingdale, NY.

The U.S. Open Champions

Year Champion Country Score Runner(s)-up Winner’s
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2014 Martin Kaymer  Germany 271 (–9)  Erik Compton
Rickie Fowler
2013 Justin Rose  England 281 (+1)  Jason Day
Phil Mickelson
2012 Webb Simpson  United States 281 (+1)  Graeme McDowell
Michael Thompson
2011 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 268 (–16)  Jason Day 1,440,000
2010 Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 284 (E)  Grégory Havret 1,350,000
2009 Lucas Glover  United States 276 (–4)  Ricky Barnes
David Duval
Phil Mickelson
2008 Tiger Woods (3)  United States 283 (–1)  Rocco Mediate 1,350,000
2007 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 285 (+5)  Jim Furyk
Tiger Woods
2006 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 285 (+5)  Jim Furyk
Phil Mickelson
Colin Montgomerie
2005 Michael Campbell  New Zealand 280 (E)  Tiger Woods 1,170,000
2004 Retief Goosen (2)  South Africa 276 (–4)  Phil Mickelson 1,125,000
2003 Jim Furyk  United States 272 (–8)  Stephen Leaney 1,080,000
2002 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 277 (–3)  Phil Mickelson 1,000,000

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