40th U.S. Senior Open Championship – Notebook and Story Ideas
June 27-30, 2019, Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.
WHO’S HERE – Among the 156 golfers in the 2019 U.S. Senior Open there are:
U.S. Senior Open champions (10): Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Fred Funk (2009), Bernhard Langer (2010), Jeff Maggert (2015), Colin Montgomerie (2014), Kenny Perry (2013, ‘17), Gene Sauers (2016) and David Toms (2018).
U.S. Senior Open runners-up (14): Fred Funk (2008, ’12, ‘13), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2016, ‘18), Jerry Kelly (2018), Bernhard Langer (2012), Tom Lehman (2012), Billy Mayfair (2016), Colin Montgomerie (2015), Mark O’Meara (2011), Corey Pavin (2012), Tim Petrovic (2018), Loren Roberts (2005), Gene Sauers (2014), Kirk Triplett (2017) and Tom Watson (2002, ’03, ‘06).
U.S. Open champions (7): Michael Campbell (2005), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04), Lee Janzen (1993, ’98), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tom Watson (1982).
U.S. Open runners-up (7): Miguel Angel Jimenez (2000), Tom Lehman (1996), Rocco Mediate (2008), Colin Montgomerie (1994, ‘97, 2006), Loren Roberts (1994), Jeff Sluman (1992) and Tom Watson (1983, ’87).
U.S. Amateur champions (4): John Cook (1978), Billy Mayfair (1987), Mark O’Meara (1979) and Scott Verplank (1984).
U.S. Amateur runners-up (3): John Cook (1979), Scott Hoch (1978) and Tom Kite (1970).
U.S. Junior Amateur champions (1): Willie Wood (1977).
U.S. Mid-Amateur champions (1): Michael McCoy (2013).
U.S. Mid-Amateur runners-up (2): Tommy Brennan (1994) and Tim Hogarth (2010).
U.S. Senior Amateur champions (2): Sean Knapp (2017) and Jeff Wilson (2018).
U.S. Senior Amateur runners-up (1): Sean Knapp (2018).
U.S. Amateur Public Links champions (2): Billy Mayfair (1986) and Tim Hogarth (1996).
USGA champions (26): Olin Browne (2011 Senior Open), Brad Bryant (2007 Senior Open), Michael Campbell (2005 Open), Roger Chapman (2012 Senior Open), John Cook (1978 Amateur), Fred Funk (2009 Senior Open), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04 Open), Tim Hogarth (1996 Amateur Public Links), Lee Janzen (1993, ’98 Open), Steve Jones (1996 Open), Tom Kite (1992 Open), Sean Knapp (2017 Senior Amateur), Bernhard Langer (2010 Senior Open), Jeff Maggert (2015 Senior Open), Billy Mayfair (1986 Amateur Public Links, 1987 Amateur), Michael McCoy (2013 Mid-Amateur), Colin Montgomerie (2014 Senior Open), Mark O’Meara (1979 Amateur), Corey Pavin (1995 Open), Kenny Perry (2013, ‘17 Senior Open), Gene Sauers (2016 Senior Open), David Toms (2018 Senior Open), Scott Verplank (1984 Amateur), Tom Watson (1982 Open), Jeff Wilson (2018 Senior Amateur) and Willie Wood (1977 Junior Amateur).
Walker Cup Team Members:
United States (10): Billy Andrade (1987), Jay Haas (1975), Scott Hoch (1979), Tom Kite (1971), Billy Mayfair (1987), Michael McCoy (2015), Corey Pavin (1981), Scott Verplank (1985), Duffy Waldorf (1985) and Willie Wood (1983).
Great Britain & Ireland (3): Roger Chapman (1981), Stephen Dodd (1989) and Colin Montgomerie (1985, ’87).
NCAA Division I champions (3): Jay Haas (1975), Tom Kite (1972) and Scott Verplank (1986).
NCAA Division II champions (1): Lee Janzen (1986).
TOTAL U.S. SENIOR OPENS WON BY 2019 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (11): Olin Browne (1), Brad Bryant (1), Roger Chapman (1), Fred Funk (1), Bernhard Langer (1), Jeff Maggert (1), Colin Montgomerie (1), Kenny Perry (2), Gene Sauers (1) and David Toms (1).
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. SENIOR OPEN APPEARANCES (2018 included) – Tom Kite (17), Tom Watson (16), Jay Haas (14), Brad Bryant (13) and Loren Roberts (13).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. SENIOR OPEN APPEARANCES (2018 included) – John Cook (11), Bernhard Langer (11), Jeff Sluman (11) and Tom Lehman (10).
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – The USGA accepted 2,796 entries in 2019. Dave Antill, a 52-year-old amateur from Dublin, Ohio, submitted his entry three seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 8. Mick Soli, a 65-year-old professional from San Carlos, Calif., was the first entrant on Feb. 20. The record for entries is 3,101 in 2002.
The 156-player field includes 76 fully exempt golfers, 10 of whom are U.S. Senior Open champions. Sectional qualifying was played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between May 13 and June 11. There were qualifying sites in 26 states, including five in California, three in Florida and two each in Georgia and Texas.
The USGA accepted entries from golfers in 48 states, including 56 from Indiana, and the District of Columbia, as well as 32 foreign countries. More than 2,700 entries have been filed in five of the last seven years.
AMATEURS – There are 23 amateurs in the 156-player field. There are 20 or more amateurs competing for the fifth consecutive U.S. Senior Open. Jeff Wilson, the low amateur in last year’s U.S. Senior Open and the reigning U.S. Senior Amateur champion, is among this group.
Wilson, who turned 56 on June 14, tied for 31st in the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, held at The Broadmoor (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo. He became the second player to earn low amateur in both the U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open in his career, joining Marvin “Vinny” Giles III. Wilson was 59th in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Wilson, a general sales manager for an automobile dealership, has competed in 32 USGA championships, including 10 U.S. Amateurs.
Knapp, 57, is playing in his fourth U.S. Senior Open and 48th USGA championship. He won the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur, held at The Minikahda Club, in Minneapolis, Minn., and was the runner-up to Jeff Wilson in last year’s U.S. Senior Amateur. He tied for 60th in the 2012 Senior Open, which was played at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, in Lake Orion, Mich.
Michael McCoy, 56, is playing in his seventh U.S. Senior Open. He was the low amateur in 2014 and 2015. McCoy, who has competed in 58 USGA championships, won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.) and became the second-oldest winner of the championship at age 50. He was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team.
Tim Hogarth, 53, won the 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and was the runner-up to Nathan Smith in the 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He is playing in his third U.S. Senior Open and 32nd USGA championship.
Note: There were 24 amateurs in last year’s U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor’s East Course. Jeff Wilson (T-31), Mike Finster (T-44) and Robby Funk (60th) were the three amateurs to make the 36-hole cut. William C. (Bill) Campbell (1980) and Tim Jackson (2009) are the only amateurs to hold the lead at a U.S. Senior Open through 36 holes.
Amateurs at Senior Open
COURSE RATING AND SLOPE – Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating™ is 74.8. The Slope Rating® is 140.
ARCHITECT – Designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame opened for play on May 1, 2000. The public course, located on the north edge of the Notre Dame campus, is nestled among 250 acres of woodlands and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
LONGEST U.S. SENIOR OPEN COURSES
7,269 yards, Crooked Stick G.C., second round, Carmel, Ind., 2009
7,249 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), first round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
7,248 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), fourth round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
7,241 yards, Crooked Stick G.C., first round, Carmel, Ind., 2009
7,223 yards, Crooked Stick G.C., fourth round, Carmel, Ind., 2009
7,217 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), first round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
7,208 yards, Crooked Stick G.C., third round, Carmel, Ind., 2009
7,192 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), third round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
7,185 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), fourth round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
7,164 yards, Inverness Club, fourth round, Toledo, Ohio, 2011
7,156 yards, The Broadmoor (East Course), third round, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
LONG HOLES – In 2019, the Warren Course at Notre Dame may feature one of the longest par 3s in U.S. Senior Open history, the 239-yard fifth hole. The Broadmoor’s 12th hole on the East Course is the longest and played to 244 yards in the first round of the 2008 championship.
LONGEST PAR 3s in U.S. SENIOR OPEN HISTORY
244 yards, 12th, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
239 yards, 12th, third round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
238 yards, 12th, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
237 yards, 14th, third round, Scioto C.C., Columbus, Ohio, 2016
235 yards, 15th, second round, Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio, 2011
234 yards, 17th, fourth round, Del Paso C.C., Sacramento, Calif., 2015
233 yards, 14th, second round, Scioto C.C, Columbus, Ohio, 2016
231 yards, 3rd, third round, Omaha (Neb.) C.C., 2013
231 yards, 16th, fourth round, at Omaha (Neb.) C.C., 2013
LONGEST PAR 4s in U.S. SENIOR OPEN HISTORY
559 yards, 17th, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
545 yards, 17th, second round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
545 yards, 17th, third round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
538 yards, 17th, second round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
532 yards, 17th, fourth round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
517 yards, 17th, third round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
510 yards, 17th, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
503 yards, 10th, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
502 yards, 10th, fourth round, Omaha (Neb.) C.C., 2013
502 yards, 10th, second round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. SENIOR OPEN HISTORY
627 yards, 15th, third round, Del Paso C.C., Sacramento, Calif., 2015
608 yards, 7th, Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Conn., 1987
608 yards, 6th, Canterbury Golf Club, Beachwood, Ohio, 1996
608 yards, 3rd, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
608 yards, 3rd, fourth round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2018
604 yards, 15th, first round, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif., 2015
601 yards, 3rd, first round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
601 yards, 3rd, fourth round, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2008
600 yards, 5th, second round, Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind., 2009
600 yards, 5th, fourth round, Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind., 2009
600 yards, 14th, first round, Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla., 2014
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED IN THE SENIOR OPEN –
Colin Montgomerie – the last international winner (2014)
Allen Doyle – the last to defend title successfully (2006)
Roger Chapman – the last to win in his first appearance (2012)
David Toms – the last to win on his second attempt (2018)
Olin Browne – the last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2011)
Hale Irwin – the last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (1998)
Gary Player – the last winner without a round in the 60s (1988)
Kenny Perry – the last winner with all rounds in the 60s (2017)
Gene Sauers – the last defending champion to miss the cut (2017)
Don Pooley – the last winner to come through sectional qualifying (2002)
FUTURE U.S. SENIOR OPENS
June 25-28, 2020: Newport (R.I.) Country Club
July 8-11, 2021: Omaha (Neb.) Country Club
June 23-26, 2022: Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
TBD – 2023, 2024
(TBD dates) 2025: The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
PAST SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONS – Since the U.S. Senior Open began in 1980, three players have successfully defended their championship: Miller Barber (1984-’85), Gary Player (1987-’88) and Allen Doyle (2005-’06). In 2018, David Toms became the second player to win the championship after missing the cut the previous year.
In Defense of the Senior Open
Year Champion Previous Year Result in Defense
2018 David Toms missed cut —–
2017 Kenny Perry withdrew tie, 40th
2016 Gene Sauers tie, 47th missed cut
2015 Jeff Maggert tie, 55th tie, 30th
2014 Colin Montgomerie tie, 30th 2nd
2013 Kenny Perry missed cut tie, 14th
2012 Roger Chapman did not play missed cut
2011 Olin Browne tie, 3rd tie, 36th
2010 Bernhard Langer 4th tie, 12th
2009 Fred Funk 2nd tie, 43rd
2008 Eduardo Romero tie, 22nd tie, 19th
2007 Brad Bryant tie, 14th tie, 14th
2006 Allen Doyle won missed cut
2005 Allen Doyle tie, 42nd won
2004 Peter Jacobsen did not play tie, 26th
2003 Bruce Lietzke tie, 21st tie, 19th
2002 Don Pooley did not play tie, 43rd
2001 Bruce Fleisher 2nd missed cut
2000 Hale Irwin tie, 3rd tie, 11th
1999 Dave Eichelberger 56th tie, 34th
1998 Hale Irwin tie, 5th tie, 3rd
1997 Graham Marsh 4th missed cut
1996 Dave Stockton tie, 21st missed cut
1995 Tom Weiskopf tie, 4th tie, 35th
1994 Simon Hobday tie, 10th tie, 35th
1993 Jack Nicklaus tie, 3rd tie, 7th
1992 Larry Laoretti did not play tie, 46th
1991 Jack Nicklaus 2nd tie, 3rd
1990 Lee Trevino did not play tie, 4th
1989 Orville Moody tie, 4th tie, 11th
1988 Gary Player won tie, 9th
1987 Gary Player 2nd won
1986 Dale Douglass did not play tie, 6th
1985 Miller Barber won 7th
1984 Miller Barber 3rd won
1983 Billy Casper tie, 13th tie, 14th
1982 Miller Barber 6th 3rd
1981 Arnold Palmer did not play tie, 5th
1980 Roberto De Vicenzo did not play did not play
WHAT THE CHAMPION RECEIVES
Among the benefits bestowed upon the 2019 U.S. Senior Open champion are:
►A gold medal and custody of the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy for the ensuing year
►An exemption from sectional qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open Championship
►An exemption from sectional qualifying for the next 10 U.S. Senior Open Championships
SENIOR MAJOR CHAMPIONS – Miguel Angel Jimenez, a two-time U.S. Senior Open runner-up, has won two of the last seven senior major championships. Bernhard Langer, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open champion, captured five of 10 senior majors contested during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He has won 10 senior major professional titles. Langer became the all-time leader in that category with his 2017 Senior PGA Championship victory. Jack Nicklaus is second with eight and Hale Irwin is third with seven.
Winners of Recent Senior Major Championships
Year Winner (Championship) Result
2019 Ken Tanigawa (Senior PGA) (-3, 277)
2019 Steve Stricker (Tradition) (-18, 270)
2018 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Sr. Open Champ.) (-12, 276)
2018 Vijay Singh (Senior Players) (-20, 268)
2018 David Toms (U.S. Senior Open) (-3, 277)
2018 Paul Broadhurst (Senior PGA) (-19, 265)
2018 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Tradition) (-19, 269)
2017 Bernhard Langer (Sr. Open Champ.) (-4, 280)
2017 Scott McCarron (Senior Players) (-18, 270)
2017 Kenny Perry (U.S. Senior Open) (-16, 264)
2017 Bernhard Langer (Senior PGA) (-18, 270)
2017 Bernhard Langer (Tradition) (-20, 268)
2016 Gene Sauers (U.S. Senior Open) (-3, 277)
2016 Paul Broadhurst (Sr. Open Champ.) (-11, 277)
2016 Bernhard Langer (Senior Players) (+1, 281)
2016 Rocco Mediate (Senior PGA) (-19, 265)
2016 Bernhard Langer (Tradition) (-17, 271)
2015 Marco Dawson (Sr. Open Champ.) (-16, 264)
2015 Jeff Maggert (U.S. Senior Open) (-10, 270)
2015 Bernhard Langer (Senior Players) (-19, 265)
2015 Colin Montgomerie (Senior PGA) (-8, 280)
2015 Jeff Maggert (Tradition) (-14, 274, def. Kevin Sutherland in playoff)
2014 Bernhard Langer (Sr. Open Champ.) (-18, 266)
2014 Colin Montgomerie (U.S. Senior Open) (-5, 279, def. Gene Sauers in playoff)
2014 Bernhard Langer (Senior Players) (-15, 265, def. Jeff Sluman in playoff)
2014 Colin Montgomerie (Senior PGA) (-13, 271)
2014 Kenny Perry (Tradition) (-7, 281)
2013 Mark Wiebe (Sr. Open Champ.) (-9, 271, def. Bernhard Langer in playoff)
2013 Kenny Perry (U.S. Senior Open) (-13, 267)
2013 Kenny Perry (Senior Players) (-19, 261)
2013 David Frost (Tradition) (-16, 272)
2013 Kohki Idoki (Senior PGA) (-11, 273)
CAREER SENIOR MAJOR LEADERS – Bernhard Langer, who has won all five senior major professional titles, is the career leader in that category with 10. Jack Nicklaus, a two-time U.S. Senior Open champion, is second with eight senior major professional titles. Hale Irwin, who won the U.S. Senior Open in 1998 and 2000, is third with seven senior majors.
Career Senior Major Leaders
Number, Winners, Years of Championships
10, Bernhard Langer (2010 U.S. Senior Open; 2014, ’15, ‘16 Senior Players; 2010, ’14, ‘17 Sr. Open Champ.; 2016, ‘17 Tradition; 2017 Senior PGA)
8, Jack Nicklaus (1991, ’93 U.S. Senior Open; 1990, ’91, ’95, ’96 Tradition; 1990 Senior Players, 1991 Senior PGA)
7, Hale Irwin (1998, 2000 U.S. Senior Open; 1996, ’97, ’98, 2004 Senior PGA; 1999 Senior Players)
6, Gary Player (1987, ’88 U.S. Senior Open; 1986 ‘88, ’90 Senior PGA; 1987 Senior Players)
6, Tom Watson (2003, ’05, ’07 Sr. Open Champ.; 2001, ’11 Senior PGA; 2003 Tradition)
5, Miller Barber (1982, ’84, ’85 U.S. Senior Open; 1981 Senior PGA; 1983 Senior Players)
5, Arnold Palmer (1981 U.S. Senior Open; 1980, ’84 Senior PGA; 1984, ’85 Senior Players)
4, Allen Doyle (2005, ’06 U.S. Senior Open; 1999 Senior PGA; 2001 Senior Players)
4, Raymond Floyd (1996, 2000 Senior Players; 1994 Tradition; 1995 Senior PGA)
4, Kenny Perry (2013, ‘17 U.S. Senior Open; 2013 Senior Players; 2014 Tradition)
4, Loren Roberts (2006, ’09 Sr. Open Champ.; 2005 Tradition; 2007 Senior Players)
4, Lee Trevino (1990 U.S. Senior Open; 1992, ’94 Senior PGA; 1992 Tradition)
3, Fred Funk (2009 U.S. Senior Open; 2008, ’10 Tradition)
3, Jay Haas (2006, ’08 Senior PGA; 2009 Senior Players)
3, Tom Lehman (2011, ’12 Tradition; 2010 Senior PGA)
3, Colin Montgomerie (2014 Senior PGA; 2014 U.S. Senior Open; 2015 Senior PGA)
3, Gil Morgan (1997, ’98 Tradition; 1998 Senior Players)
3, Dave Stockton (1996 U.S. Senior Open; 1992, ’94 Senior Players)
Bold – 2019 U.S. Senior Open competitor
The 2019 U.S. Senior Open will receive at least 20 hours of live network coverage. Rolex will be the exclusive presenting partner of coverage for seven USGA championships, including the U.S. Senior Open. Rolex’s commitment will allow an uninterrupted broadcast of these championships, providing fans hours of continuous live action.
Date Network Program Time (Local/EDT)
June 26 FS1 Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open Noon-1 p.m.
June 27 FS1 First Round 3-8 p.m.
June 28 FS1 Second Round 3-8 p.m.
June 29 FS1 Third Round 3-4 p.m.
FOX Third Round 4-7:30 p.m.
June 30 FOX Fourth Round 2-7:30 p.m.
FOX FACTS – Fox Sports and FS1 will use 38 cameras (all are 1080p), including 6 1080p wireless, 2 wireless tracer cameras and 1 8,000 fps wireless camera. Other Items – 84 microphones, 16 miles of fiber optics, 66 channels of record, 12 channels of playback, 1.5 Gbps of IP data, 2 edit bays, 5 mobile production units and 225 staff.
LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE
The U.S. Senior Open will receive at least 24 hours of live streaming coverage on the usga.org channel.
Date Channel Program Time (Local/EDT)
June 27 usga.org First Round, full coverage 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
First Round, featured group 2:25-7:30 p.m.
June 28 usga.org Second Round, full coverage 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Second Round, featured group 2:25-7:30 p.m.
June 29 usga.org Third Round, featured group 2-7 p.m.
June 30 usga.org Fourth Round, featured group 2-7 p.m.
HISTORY – This is the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship. The first U.S. Senior Open, played in 1980, was conducted for golfers 55 and older. The next year, the USGA lowered the minimum age to 50.
Miller Barber captured the first of his three U.S. Senior Open titles in 1982 – he also won in 1984 and 1985. The U.S. Senior Open has five two-time winners: Gary Player (1987, 1988), Jack Nicklaus (1991, 1993), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006) and Kenny Perry (2013, 2017). Doyle became the championship’s oldest winner in 2006 at the age of 57 years, 11 months, 14 days.
The youngest champion is Dale Douglass, who won in 1986 at the age of 50 years, 3 months, 24 days.
WINNERS OF U.S. OPEN & U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Winners, Years of Championships
Billy Casper (1959, 1966 U.S. Open; 1983 U.S. Senior Open)
Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990 U.S. Open; 1998, 2000 U.S. Senior Open)
Orville Moody (1969 U.S. Open; 1989 U.S. Senior Open)
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 U.S. Open; 1991, 1993 U.S. Senior Open)
Arnold Palmer (1960 U.S. Open; 1981 U.S. Senior Open)
Gary Player (1965 U.S. Open; 1987, 1988 U.S. Senior Open)
Lee Trevino (1968, 1971 U.S. Open: 1990 U.S. Senior Open)
The U.S. Senior Open, first contested in 1980, is a relatively new national championship when compared with others conducted by the USGA. Yet the U.S. Senior Open Trophy is actually the oldest among the USGA’s championship trophies.
On Sept. 24, 1894, the Tuxedo Club of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., invited three other clubs to compete in the first American interclub tournament. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, and The Country Club of Brookline, Mass., agreed to the challenge. While there is still some dispute as to which team won, The Country Club team, consisting of H.C. Leeds, Laurence Curtis, Robert Bacon and W.B. Thomas, returned home with the trophy. The sterling silver, hourglass-shaped cup remained in the club’s possession until the mid-1950s, when it was given to the USGA for exhibition.
In June 1980, with the USGA preparing for the first U.S. Senior Open, The Country Club suggested that the trophy be used as the formal award for the championship. The cup was presented “by The Country Club and Golfers of Massachusetts,” and formally dedicated as the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy. Roberto De Vicenzo received it at Winged Foot Golf Club as the inaugural champion. A replica of the trophy, complete with engraving of the 1894 Brookline team, was produced by the USGA in 1997 and awarded to Graham Marsh at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois. The original was then given its second and final retirement and is on display at the USGA Golf Museum in Far Hills, N.J.
TWO-TEE START – A two-tee start was adopted for the 2001 U.S. Senior Open. The USGA had adopted a two-tee start for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2000 and used the format for the first time in the U.S. Open in 2002. Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT at the first tee and 7:35 a.m. EDT at the 10th tee on Thursday at the Warren Course at Notre Dame.
SENIOR OPEN PRIZE MONEY – David Toms earned $720,000 from a purse of $4 million when he captured the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. Fred Funk received $470,000 from a purse of $2.6 million when the championship was played in 2009 at Crooked Stick Golf Club, in Carmel, Ind. In 1980, Roberto De Vicenzo won the first U.S. Senior Open and earned $20,000.
SENIOR OPEN BIRTHDAYS – Six players in the U.S. Senior Open field will be celebrating a birthday during championship week. Colin Montgomerie, who won the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, is among the group. He turned 56 on June 23. Loren Roberts, the runner-up in the 2005 U.S. Senior Open, had a birthday on June 24. Montgomerie and Roberts were involved in a playoff with eventual champion Ernie Els to decide the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club.
2019 U.S. Senior Open Competitors
Name Birthdate Age (on birthday)
Kevin Hayashi 6-23-62 57
Colin Montgomerie 6-23-63 56
Loren Roberts 6-24-55 64
a-Tim Dunlavey 6-27-68 51
a-Robin Bradbury 6-28-56 63
Scott Taylor 6-28-59 60
OLDEST & YOUNGEST – Tom Watson is the oldest player in this year’s U.S. Senior Open field. Watson, the 1982 U.S. Open champion and a three-time U.S. Senior Open runner-up, is 69 years old. Tom Kite, the 1992 U.S. Open winner, is also 69, but three months younger than Watson. Chris Smith, a professional from Peru, Ind., and Todd Burgan, an amateur from Knoxville, Tenn., are the youngest in the field. Each player turned 50 on April 15.
FIELD FOR THE AGES – Eight players in the 2019 U.S. Senior Open field have celebrated their 50th birthday since January. Retief Goosen, the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open champion, and Michael Campbell, who won the U.S. Open in 2005 at Pinehurst No. 2, were born in February. Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open champion at Carnoustie, and Shaun Micheel, who won the 2003 PGA Championship, were born four days apart in January.
There are 28 players in the field who are 60 or older. Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Fred Funk (2009) and Bernhard Langer (2010) are U.S. Senior Open champions.
The average age of the 156-player field is 55.47.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP – There are 19 countries represented in the 2019 U.S. Senior Open. The USA has 128 players in the field, while England and Scotland each have three players.
Countries with players in the field: United States (128), England (3), Scotland (3), France (2), Japan (2), South Africa (2), Spain (2), Sweden (2), Wales (2), Australia (1), Canada (1), Columbia (1), Fiji (1), Germany (1), Republic of Korea (1), Mexico (1), New Zealand (1), Northern Ireland (1) and Thailand (1).
FIRST TIME IN U.S. SENIOR OPEN – There are 49 players in the 2019 championship field who are playing in their first U.S. Senior Open. Darren Clarke, who turned 50 last August, won the 2011 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, by three strokes over Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson at Royal St. George’s. He has claimed 14 PGA European Tour victories and won titles on six different tours. Clarke, who competed in 15 U.S. Opens, was a member of five European Ryder Cup teams and served as the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain.
List of First-Time U.S. Senior Open Competitors (49): Don Berry, a-Robin Bradbury, Mark Brown, Todd Burgan, Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Chris DiMarco, Ken Duke, Richard Dukelow, Jim Estes, Richard Gilkey, Retief Goosen, a-Jay Gregory, Carey Hodsden, Chris Hunsucker, Steve Jurgensen, a-Kevin King, Cliff Kresge, Paul Lawrie, Thomas Levet, a-Mark Mance, Michael Meehan, Gregory Meyer, Shaun Micheel, a-Mark Morgan, a-Ray Morton, Gary Nicklaus, Paul Norris, Gary Orr, Scott Paris, Alan Phillips, Phillip Price, Fran Quinn, Bob Rannow, Jean-Francois Remesy, Jesus Rivas, Roger Rowland, a-Tucker Sampson, a-Todd Schaap, Monte Scheinblum, a-Robert Sheats, Chris Smith, a-Tony Soerries, Paul Streeter, Steve Stricker, Toru Suzuki, Scott Taylor, Dennis Wells, Don Wright.
HONORARY CHAIRMEN – Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis, two University of Notre Dame football greats who each went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, are serving as honorary chairmen of the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship.
Brown became the seventh Notre Dame player and the first wide receiver to receive the Heisman Trophy when he was recognized as college football’s most outstanding player in 1987. Brown, who was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009, would later cap a 17-year National Football League career, primarily with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Bettis, an All-America fullback for the Fighting Irish, played for 13 years in the NFL, including his final 10 seasons with Pittsburgh. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XL, a 21-10 victory over Seattle in 2006, advance to four AFC championship games, qualify for the AFC playoffs six times and capture five AFC Central crowns. Bettis, who was chosen to the franchise’s all-time team as part of the 75th season celebration in 2007, was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Brown, in 2015.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE I – Tony Soerries, 50, of Montgomery, Texas, grew up in nearby Granger, Ind. and attended Clay High School. Soerries, who won two Indiana Opens (1996, 1997), shared medalist honors with a 70 in the Spring, Texas, sectional qualifier. Soerries, a sales manager for a flooring service company, qualified for the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park (Black Course). He was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection at the University of Florida in the early 1990s. His college coach, Buddy Alexander, has played in two U.S. Senior Opens.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE II – Chris Smith, 50, of Peru, Ind., was born in Indianapolis and attended Rochester Community High School. Smith, who was the medalist (69) in the Muncie, Ind., sectional qualifier, was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He won an Indiana state high school championship, two state junior titles and the 1990 Indiana State Amateur. Smith, who has competed in five U.S. Opens and was the Big Ten Conference champion while playing at Ohio State University, won the PGA Tour’s Buick Classic in 2002 and five Nike Tour (now Web.com) events. Smith will strike the first ball of the championship from the first tee on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. EDT.
ON THE AIR – Steve Flesch just completed his Fox Network on-course announcing duties at the U.S. Open, held at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, and will now play in his third U.S. Senior Open. Flesch, 52, won the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic last year. Flesch captured four PGA Tour events, including the 2004 Colonial, and was also victorious on the Nike and Asian tours. He competed in 10 U.S. Opens, with his best finish a tie for seventh in 2004. Thomas Levet also worked as an on-course reporter for France’s Canal Plus at the U.S. Open. Levet, who is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open, won six PGA European Tour events and competed in six U.S. Opens. In 2002, he tied for second in the Open Champions at Muirfield, losing to eventual champion Ernie Els in a four-way playoff.
OUTDOOR TV STAR – Jay Gregory, 53, of Lineville, Iowa, has been the host of the Outdoor Channel’s The Wild Outdoors for more than 25 years. The program features bowhunting, from caribou to sandhill crane to whitetail deer. Gregory, who is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open, took his first job as a golf professional in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1990, but regained his amateur status a decade later. Gregory also plays in a 1980’s rock tribute band.
LONG DRIVE – Monte Scheinblum, 52, of Tustin, Calif., won the National U.S. Long Drive Championship and World Long Drive Championship in 1992. He turned to golf after injuring his pitching elbow as a freshman in high school. His father, Richie, played for seven Major League Baseball teams, including the Kansas City Royals when he was chosen to the 1972 American League All-Star Team. Monte competed on the Nike Tour (now Web.com) in the 1990s and played in one PGA Tour event.
RUN TO FIRST SENIOR – Gary Nicklaus, 50, of Jupiter, Fla., is the youngest son of four-time U.S. Open and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Jack Nicklaus. Gary, who has competed in 11 USGA championships, including the 1997 and 2001 U.S. Opens, advanced through the Jupiter, Fla., sectional qualifier. He earned the second of two spots following a 3-for-1 playoff. Gary, who is playing in his first Senior Open, birdied the 17th and par-5 18th to reach the playoff with Lance Ten Broeck and Don Bell.
BIRDIE BARRAGE – Jesus Rivas, of Colombia, and Paul Trittler, of Cave Creek, Ariz., made a pair of birdies on the first playoff hole to share medalist honors and advance in a 4-for-2 playoff in the Naples, Fla., sectional qualifier. Rivas sank a 15-foot putt on the par-4 first at Wilderness Country Club and Trittler followed with a 12-footer. Trittler, who spent five years on the PGA Tour, is the director of instruction at the Peter Kostis Golf Academy, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Rivas, who is competing in his first U.S. Senior Open, struck the first tee shot in PGA Tour Latinoamerica history in Mexico on Sept. 5, 2012.
FIRST CLUB – Prayad Marksaeng, 53, of Thailand, competes primarily on the Asian and Japan tours. He has 47 professional victories, including 13 wins on the Japan Senior Tour. Marksaeng, who is competing in his third U.S. Senior Open, learned to play golf in Hua Hin as he had to walk through a golf course daily to get to school. His first club was made with bamboo and a piece of scrap metal.
STARTING LATE – Paul Streeter, 52, of England, came to golf later than most. He did not take up the game until age 16 and turned professional at age 31. Streeter, who signed as a semi-pro soccer player with Lincoln City FC before choosing golf, advanced to the Staysure Tour through 2018 Qualifying School. He has won twice on tour – Travis Perkins Masters on Sept .2 and Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters on Dec. 1, defeating Miguel Angel Jimenez in a playoff. Streeter earned an exemption into the U.S. Senior Open as a top 10 money leader from the final 2018 Staysure Tour Order of Merit.
ALL IN THE FAMILY – Jeff Gallagher, who is playing in his fourth U.S. Senior Open, is the brother of Jim Gallagher Jr., who owns five PGA Tour wins, and Jackie Gallagher-Smith, who won once on the LPGA Tour. Jeff, who is a teaching professional at the Legacy Golf Course, in Henderson, Nev., recorded two wins on the Nationwide Tour (now Web.com). Gallagher, 54, earned medalist honors in the Woodburn, Ore., sectional qualifier. It marked the third consecutive year he has been a medalist in qualifying.
TEACHING BROTHER-IN-LAW – Jerry Kelly, who tied for second in last year’s U.S. Senior Open, and his brother-in-law, Jim Schuman, are each playing in their third U.S. Senior Open. Kelly posted his fourth PGA Tour Champions victory by winning the American Family Insurance Championship last week. Schuman, who is also Kelly’s swing coach, is the director of instruction at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, in Wauwatosa, Wis., and teaches in Arizona in the winter. Schuman, who was inducted into the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame, was the University of Wisconsin’s head coach from 2003-11.
TWO TOURS – Steve Stricker, 52, of Madison, Wis., is splitting time between the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions in 2018-19. He won the Regions Tradition, the first senior major of the season, on May 13 and has played in in seven PGA Tour events. Stricker, who has 12 PGA Tour victories, attempted to qualify for this year’s U.S. Open where he has made 20 appearances and has 13 top-25 finishes. He advanced to the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying in 2017 and 2018 and tied for 16th and 20th, respectively. Stricker, who has posted three top-10 finishes on PGA Tour Champions this season, was an All-American at the University of Illinois before starting his professional career in 1990.
TRADITIONAL GROUPING – Defending U.S. Senior Open champion David Toms, 2018 Senior Open Championship winner Miguel Angel Jimenez and 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Jeff Wilson are grouped together for the first two rounds. The threesome starts from the first tee on Thursday at 8:36 a.m. EDT. Toms won last year’s U.S. Senior Open, held at The Broadmoor (East Course). Jimenez captured the Senior Open Championship at St. Andrews. Wilson defeated Sean Knapp, 2 and 1, in last year’s U.S. Senior Amateur final.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONS – Roger Chapman (2012), Gene Sauers (2016) and Kenny Perry (2013, ‘17) represent one of two groups of past U.S. Senior Open champions who will play together for the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday at the Warren Course at Notre Dame. The group starts from the first hole on Thursday at 8:47 a.m. EDT. Brad Bryant (2007), Jeff Maggert (2015) and Fred Funk (2009) are the second group of U.S. Senior Open winners. Bryant, Maggert and Funk start from the 10th hole on Thursday at 2:44 p.m. EDT.
U.S. Senior Open Champion Groupings
(Hole 1 on Thursday, 8:47 a.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 2:22 p.m.) – Roger Chapman, Gene Sauers, Kenny Perry
(Hole 10 on Thursday, 2:44 p.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 9:09 a.m.) – Brad Bryant, Jeff Maggert, Fred Funk
U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS – Two groups of past U.S. Open champions will play together for the first two rounds at the Warren Course at Notre Dame. Retief Goosen (2001, ’04), Tom Kite (1992) and Tom Watson (1982) will start from the 10th hole on Thursday at 8:41 a.m. EDT. Steve Jones (1996), Corey Pavin (1995) and Michael Campbell (2005) will begin play from the first hole on Thursday at 2:11 p.m. EDT.
U.S. Open Champion Groupings
(Hole 10 on Thursday, 8:41 a.m./Hole 1 on Friday, 2:06 p.m.) – Retief Goosen, Tom Kite, Tom Watson
(Hole 1 on Thursday, 2:11 p.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 8:36 a.m.) – Steve Jones, Corey Pavin, Michael Campbell
MAJOR GROUPS – Mark O’Meara (1998), Darren Clarke (2011) and Tom Lehman (1996) have each won the Open Championship, conducted by The R&A. The group starts from the first hole on Thursday at 2:28 p.m. EDT. Jeff Sluman (1988), Shaun Micheel (2003) and Vijay Singh (1998, 2004) have each claimed the PGA Championship. The PGA winners start from the first hole on Thursday at 8:58 a.m. EDT.
Major Champion Groupings
(Hole 1 on Thursday, 2:28 p.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 9:03 a.m.) – Mark O’Meara, Darren Clarke, Tom Lehman
(Hole 1 on Thursday, 8:58 a.m./Hole 10 on Friday, 2:33 p.m.) – Jeff Sluman, Shaun Micheel, Vijay Singh
USGA CHAMPIONS GROUP – A group of USGA champions will play together at the Warren Course at Notre Dame. John Cook, Lee Janzen and Olin Browne will start from the 10th hole on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Cook won the 1978 U.S. Amateur, defeating Scott Hoch, 5 and 4, in the final at Plainfield (N.J.) Country Club. Janzen won the 1993 U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club, in Springfield, N.J., and the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif. Browne won the 2011 U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio.
Major Champion Groupings
(Hole 10 on Thursday, 9:30 a.m./Hole 1 on Friday, 2:28 p.m.) – John Cook, Lee Janzen, Olin Browne
TWO OF THE LAST IN – Tommy Tolles, of Cliffs Communities, N.C., and Chris Hunsucker, of San Antonio, Texas, were added to the 2019 U.S. Senior Open field on June 23. Tolles, a 52-year-old professional, replaced 2004 U.S. Senior Open champion Peter Jacobsen when he withdrew due to a back injury. Tolles, who has played in five U.S. Opens, is competing in his second U.S. Senior Open. Chris Hunsucker was added to the U.S. Senior Open field because the USGA had held one spot for the winner of last week’s PGA Tour Champions event, in the instance he was not exempt. But fully exempt player Jerry Kelly won the American Family Insurance Championship. Hunsucker, a 54-year-old professional from San Antonio, Texas, is playing in his first U.S. Senior Open. He is a teaching professional at Mac Wylie Golf Center, in Boerne, Texas.
ON TOUR – Scott McCarron has won three events on PGA Tour Champions in 2019, while Kevin Sutherland has recorded two wins. McCarron, who is competing in his third U.S. Senior Open, has posted 11 PGA Tour Champions victories, including one senior major championship. Sutherland’s two wins this season were both in playoffs. He is playing his sixth U.S. Senior Open. His best finish was a tie for sixth in 2016 at Scioto Country Club.
Multiple PGA Tour Champions Winners in 2019
3, Scott McCarron (Mitsubishi Electric Classic, Insperity Invitational, Mastercard Japan Championship)
2, Kevin Sutherland (Rapsican Systems Classic, Principal Charity Classic)
IN MEMORIAM – Bruce Lietzke, who won the 2003 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Inverness Club, in Toledo, Ohio, passed away at age 67 on July 28, 2018. Lietzke captured seven PGA Tour Champions events. Gene Littler, the 1961 U.S. Open champion and 1953 U.S. Amateur winner, died on Feb. 15. Littler played in six U.S. Senior Opens and tied for second in 1982. He won 29 times on the PGA Tour and recorded eight PGA Tour Champions victories. Littler received the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the USGA, in 1973 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.
TICKETS AVAILABLE – Tickets for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship are available for purchase atussenioropen.com. Gallery Season (weekly) tickets are $139 (good Monday through Sunday with parking). Irish Club Season (weekly) tickets are $229. Championship-round individual gallery tickets are $50, while practice-round tickets are $25.