US Open Fast Facts

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
U.S. OpenPAR AND YARDAGE ' Winged Foot's West Course is set up at 7,264 yards and will play to a par of 35-35 - 70.
WINGED FOOT GOLF CLUB ' The West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club was designed by A. W. Tillinghast and opened in 1923.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT WINGED FOOT ' Winged Foot has hosted 10 USGA championships. It hosted the U.S. Open in 1929, 1959, 1974 and 1984. The U.S. Women's Open was played at Winged Foot in 1957 and 1972. The Senior Open was played here in 1980. The U.S. Amateur was played at Winged Foot in 1940 and 2004, and the Walker Cup Match was held here in 1949.
COURSE LAYOUT ' The fairways will range in width from roughly 20 (hole 6) to 27 yards (several). Generally, the deepest rough will be 4 inches. A 6-foot wide swatch of intermediate rough running the length of each hole will be set to 1 inches. Around the greens, the swatch of intermediate rough will be the same width. The greens will be set to run at 12 to 12 feet on the Stimpmeter as of Monday (June 12) and will be monitored the rest of the week. (Note: This is the green speeds used for the 2004 U.S. Amateur at Winged Foot)
2005 CHAMPION ' Michael Campbell made an important birdie from 25 feet on the par 3 17th hole that held off Tiger Woods by two strokes as he became the first New Zealander to win the U.S. Open. He also was the first sectional qualifier to win the Open since Steve Jones in 1996.
TRADITIONAL PAIRING ' The reigning U.S. Open, British Open and U.S. Amateur champions are traditionally paired together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. Michael Campbell will be paired with British Open winner Tiger Woods and U.S. Amateur champion Eduardo Molinari of Torino, Italy, for Thursday and Friday play at Winged Foot.
OTHER PRIZES ' Among the benefits enjoyed by the Open winner are:
-an Open exemption for the next 10 years
-an invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
-an invitation to the next five British Open Championships
-an invitation to the next five Players Championships
-an invitation to the next five PGA Championships
-exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years
The top 15 finishers (and ties) are exempt for next year's (2007) U.S. Open
The top 8 finishers (and ties) are invited to next year's (2007) Masters Tournament
The winner qualifies for this year's (2006) British Open
The winner qualifies for this year's (2006) PGA Championship
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD ' The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties), and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT WINGED FOOT ' Winged Foot has hosted 10 USGA championships. It hosted the U.S. Open in 1929, 1959, 1974 and 1984. The U.S. Women's Open was played at Winged Foot in 1957 and 1972. The Senior Open was played here in 1980. U.S. Amateur was previously played at Winged Foot in 1940 and 2004, and the Walker Cup Match was held there in 1949.
Championship Years and Winners
1929 U.S. Open ' Robert Jones, 294-141 (+6)
1959 U.S. Open ' Billy Casper, 282 (+2)
1974 U.S. Open ' Hale Irwin 287, (+7)
1984 U.S. Open ' Fuzzy Zoeller, 276-67 (-4)
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