U.S. Senior Open

Organized by the USGA, the U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf. It was introduced in 1980 when the lower age limit was 55, but this was reduced the following year to 50 and has remained there ever since. The competition format is 72-hole stroke play over four days, with the field cut after the first two 18-hole rounds. Until 1998, playoffs were over 18 holes, the day after the final round, but they’ve since evolved into a best 2-hole aggregate score then sudden death hole-by-hole if required, immediately after regulation play concludes.

U.S. Senior Open - Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy

Although the U.S. Senior Open is a relatively new USGA championship, the prize awarded annually to the winner is one of the oldest. Starting in 1894, the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy was originally used for an interclub competition between the Tuxedo Club of Tuxedo Park, New York and three other invited clubs – Shinnecock Hills, Saint Andrew’s and The Country Club – which were all founding members of the USGA.

The Country Club retained possession of the trophy until the mid-1950s, when it was presented to the USGA Golf Museum for exhibition. While preparations for the inaugural U.S. Senior Open were being made, The Country Club suggested the trophy be used for the tournament and formally dedicated to Francis Ouimet, the two-time U.S. Amateur champion and winner of the U.S. Open in 1913 at Brookline.

Roberto De Vicenzo from Argentina won the inaugural contest at Winged Foot, holding off a strong challenge from amateur Bill Campbell, who won the US Amateur in 1964 and would become the USGA president two years later. The prize purse in those days was $100,000, which is c...

U.S. Senior Open host courses

Bellerive

5th Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...

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Broadmoor (East)

6th Colorado - Best in Area

Golf arrived at the Broadmoor Resort in 1918 when Donald Ross created an 18-holer which was split in two when Robert Trent Jones Snr added two 9-hole loops, forming the East course in 1952 and the West in 1964.

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Brooklawn

10th Connecticut - Best in Area

Host to the 1979 US Women’s Open and 1987 US Senior Open, the course at Brooklawn Country Club is a late 1920s redesign by A. W. Tillinghast that’s been modified and adapted for the modern era by Ron Forse.

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Canterbury Golf Club

10th Ohio - Best in Area

Host to two US Opens and one PGA Championship, Canterbury Golf Club’s place in golfing history is assured. It’s not a long course but the site is delightfully undulating with rolling hills, brooks and wooded areas.

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Caves Valley

3rd Maryland - Best in Area

Venue for the US Senior Open in 2002, the Tom Fazio-designed course at Caves Valley Golf Club sits amidst the rolling hills of Baltimore County with many of the fairways routed through attractive areas of woodland.

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Cherry Hills

4th Colorado - Best in Area

William Flynn designed Cherry Hills in 1922 and if you do get the chance to play this famous course your driving distances will flatter to deceive. Denver is not called the Mile High city for nothing and Cherry Hills is certainly golf with altitude.

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Congressional (Blue)

2nd Maryland - Best in Area

Founded in 1924 and officially opened by President Calvin Coolidge, the Congressional Country Club started out with a relatively straightforward 18-hole course designed by Devereux Emmet...

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Crooked Stick

2nd Indiana - Best in Area

Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links...

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Del Paso

61st California - Best in Area

Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento was founded in 1916 and the original John Black-designed course underwent several large-scale renovations before a major redesign by Kyle Phillips in 2006. Ten years later, the club hosted its fifth USGA event, the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

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Des Moines (North)

5th Iowa - Best in Area

Des Moines Golf & Country Club moved to its current site in 1969 when Pete Dye designed both courses, the longer and more difficult of which is the North layout.

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U.S. Senior Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 35
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 33
3 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 29
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 29
= James Gold Courses Played 29
6 Cory Lewis Courses Played 28
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 28
8 Mark White Courses Played 27
= Paul Jones Courses Played 27
10 David Harak Courses Played 25