This will be the eighth U.S. Open to be held at Oakmont, more than any other club. Previous Opens were played at Oakmont in 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, and 1994. A total of 12 USGA Championships have been conducted at the club, including the 1992 Womens Open and the U.S. Amateur in 1919, 1925, 1938 and 1969. The 2003 U.S. Amateur will be played there from August 18-24.
Winners of previous Opens at Oakmont are Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983) and Ernie Els (1994).
'Oakmont is well-known as one of the best golf courses in the country,' said Fred Ridley, chairman of the USGA championship committee. 'In addition, Oakmont has provided the U.S. Open history with some dramatic finishes and accomplished champions. We thank Oakmont for its generous invitation to again host our National Championship.'
Designed by Henry C. Fownes and William C. Fownes Jr., the course was opened in 1903. It has undergone revisions by numerous architects, the most recent by Arthur Hills in 1988.
Prior to 2007, the Open will be played in 2002 at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, N.Y., from June 13-16; in 2003 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, from June 12-15. In 2004, the Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., from June 17-20; in 2005 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., from June 16-19, and in 2006 at Winged Foot Golf Club, from June 15-18.
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