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U.S. Senior Open

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U.S. Senior Open
2020 U.S. Senior Open logo.png
Tournament information
LocationOmaha, Nebraska
Established1980, 41 years ago
Course(s)Omaha Country Club
Length6,771 yards (6,191 m)
Organized byUSGA
Tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
European Senior Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fundUS$4,000,000
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Steve Stricker (2019)
To par−20 Fred Funk (2009)
Current champion
United States Jim Furyk
Location Map
Omaha CC is located in the United States
Omaha CC
Omaha CC
Location in the United States
Omaha CC is located in Nebraska
Omaha CC
Omaha CC
Location in Nebraska

The U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf, introduced 41 years ago in 1980.[1] It is administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is recognized as a major championship by both the PGA Tour Champions and the European Senior Tour. The lower age limit was 55 in 1980, but it was lowered to 50 for the second edition in 1981,[2] which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. By definition, the event is open to amateurs, but has been dominated by professionals; through 2019, all editions have been won by pros. Like other USGA championships, it has been played on many courses throughout the United States.

Allen Doyle became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in 2006, winning two weeks before his 58th birthday.[3]

The total purse was the highest of any senior tour event until the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea, a Champions Tour event in 2010 and 2011 with a $3 million purse, but had a lower winner's share ($450,000). The U.S. Senior Open is again the highest purse on the PGA Tour Champions; in 2016 it was $3.75 million, and champion Gene Sauers earned $675,000. The purse in 2017 is anticipated to be $4 million, yielding a winner's share of $720,000.

Like other senior majors, players must walk the course unless they receive a medical exemption to use a cart. Winners gain entry into the following year's U.S. Open.

The playoff format was modified for 2018, reduced from three to two aggregate holes, followed by sudden death.[4] The three-hole aggregate playoff was used in 2002 and 2014; the final 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Senior Open was in 1991, won by Jack Nicklaus.[5]


The following players are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open, provided they are 50 years old as of the opening day of the tournament. Amateur categories require that the player is still an amateur on the opening day of the tournament, except for the one-time exemption for former champions of the U.S. Amateur or The Amateur Championship.[6]

  • Any past winner of the U.S. Senior Open
  • Winners of any of the major championships in the last 10 years
  • Winners of any of the U.S. Amateur in the last 10 years and runner-up in previous year
  • Winners of the Senior PGA Championship in the last 10 years
  • Winner of the Senior Open Championship in the last five years
  • Top 15 finishers from the previous year's U.S. Senior Open
  • Any amateur completing 72 holes in last U.S. Open
  • Low amateur in last U.S. Senior Open
  • Winner and runner-up of the U.S. Senior Amateur in the previous year
  • Members of the Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy teams for the last two competitions
  • Members of both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams for the last five competitions
  • Top 30 from the previous year's PGA Tour Champions money list, top 20 from current list
  • Top 50 leaders from the PGA Tour Champions career money list
  • Winners of PGA Tour Champions events in the previous three years
  • Top six from previous year's European Senior Tour money list
  • Top two from previous year's Japan Seniors Tour money list
  • Winners of PGA Tour events in the previous five years
  • Winners of the U.S. Open in first ten years of age eligibility
  • One-time exemption for any winner of a major championship, U.S. Amateur, or British Amateur.
    • Winners of amateur championships who have since turned professional are able to use this exemption.

Special exemptions are given occasionally, and like other USGA events, many qualify through the local and sectional ranks.


Year Champion Score To par Margin of
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Venue Location
2021 United States Jim Furyk 273 −7 3 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen
Canada Mike Weir
4,000,000 720,000 Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic[7][8]
2019 United States Steve Stricker 261 −19 6 strokes United States Jerry Kelly
United States David Toms
4,000,000 720,000 Warren Golf Course
U of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
2018 United States David Toms 277 −3 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
United States Jerry Kelly
United States Tim Petrovic
4,000,000 720,000 Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado
2017 United States Kenny Perry (2) 264 −16 2 strokes United States Kirk Triplett 4,000,000 720,000 Salem Peabody, Massachusetts
2016 United States Gene Sauers 277 −3 1 stroke Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
United States Billy Mayfair
3,750,000 675,000 Scioto Upper Arlington, Ohio
2015 United States Jeff Maggert 270 −10 2 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie 3,750,000 675,000 Del Paso Sacramento, California
2014 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 279 −5 Playoff United States Gene Sauers 3,500,000 630,000 Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma
2013 United States Kenny Perry 267 −13 5 strokes United States Fred Funk 2,750,000 500,000 Omaha Omaha, Nebraska
2012 England Roger Chapman 270 −10 2 strokes United States Fred Funk
Germany Bernhard Langer
United States Tom Lehman
United States Corey Pavin
2,750,000 500,000 Indainwood Lake Orion, Michigan
2011 United States Olin Browne 269 −15 3 strokes United States Mark O'Meara 2,750,000 500,000 Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio
2010 Germany Bernhard Langer 272 −8 3 strokes United States Fred Couples 2,600,000 470,000 Sahalee Sammamish, Washington
2009 United States Fred Funk 268 −20 6 strokes United States Joey Sindelar 2,600,000 470,000 Crooked Stick Carmel, Indiana
2008 Argentina Eduardo Romero 274 −6 4 strokes United States Fred Funk 2,600,000 470,000 Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado
2007 United States Brad Bryant 282 −6 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw 2,600,000 470,000 Whistling Straits
Straits Course
Haven, Wisconsin
2006 United States Allen Doyle (2) 272 −8 2 strokes United States Tom Watson 2,600,000 470,000 Prairie Dunes Hutchinson, Kansas
2005 United States Allen Doyle 274 −10 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts
United States D. A. Weibring
2,600,000 470,000 NCR
South Course
Kettering, Ohio
2004 United States Peter Jacobsen 272 −12 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin 2,600,000 470,000 Bellerive St. Louis, Missouri
2003 United States Bruce Lietzke 277 −7 2 strokes United States Tom Watson 2,600,000 470,000 Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio
2002 United States Don Pooley 274 −10 Playoff United States Tom Watson 2,500,000 450,000 Caves Valley Owings Mills, Maryland
2001 United States Bruce Fleisher 280 E 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki
United States Gil Morgan
2,400,000 430,000 Salem Peabody, Massachusetts
2000 United States Hale Irwin (2) 267 −17 3 strokes United States Bruce Fleisher 2,250,000 400,000 Saucon Valley
Old Course
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1999 United States Dave Eichelberger 281 −7 3 strokes United States Ed Dougherty 1,750,000 315,000 Des Moines West Des Moines, Iowa
1998 United States Hale Irwin 285 +1 1 stroke Argentina Vicente Fernández 1,500,000 267,500 Riviera Pacific Palisades, California
1997 Australia Graham Marsh 280 E 1 stroke South Africa John Bland 1,300,000 232,500 Olympia Fields Olympia Fields, Illinois
1996 United States Dave Stockton 277 −11 2 strokes United States Hale Irwin 1,200,000 212,500 Canterbury Beachwood, Ohio
1995 United States Tom Weiskopf 275 −13 4 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 1,000,000 175,000 Congressional
Blue Course
Bethesda, Maryland
1994 South Africa Simon Hobday 274 −10 1 stroke United States Jim Albus
Australia Graham Marsh
800,000 145,000 Pinehurst Resort
No. 2 Course
Pinehurst, North Carolina
1993 United States Jack Nicklaus (2) 278 −6 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf 700,000 135,330 Cherry Hills Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
1992 United States Larry Laoretti 275 −9 4 strokes United States Jim Colbert 700,000 130,000 Saucon Valley
Old Course
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1991 United States Jack Nicklaus 282 +2 Playoff United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez 600,000 110,000 Oakland Hills
South Course
Birmingham, Michigan
1990 United States Lee Trevino 275 −13 2 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus 500,000 90,000 Ridgewood Paramus, New Jersey
1989 United States Orville Moody 279 −9 2 strokes United States Frank Beard 450,000 80,000 Laurel Valley Ligonier, Pennsylvania
1988 South Africa Gary Player (2) 288 E Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles 400,000 65,000 Medinah
Course No. 3
Medinah, Illinois
1987 South Africa Gary Player 270 −14 6 strokes United States Doug Sanders 300,000 47,000 Brooklawn Fairfield, Connecticut
1986 United States Dale Douglass 279 −9 1 stroke South Africa Gary Player 275,000 42,500 Scioto Columbus, Ohio
1985 United States Miller Barber (3) 285 −3 4 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo 225,000 40,199 Edgewood Tahoe Stateline, Nevada
1984 United States Miller Barber (2) 286 −2 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer 200,000 36,448 Oak Hill
East Course
Pittsford, New York
1983 United States Billy Casper 288 +4 Playoff United States Rod Funseth 175,000 30,566 Hazeltine National Chaska, Minnesota
1982 United States Miller Barber 282 −2 4 strokes United States Gene Littler
United States Dan Sikes
150,000 28,648 Portland Portland, Oregon
1981 United States Arnold Palmer 289 +9 Playoff United States Billy Casper
United States Bob Stone
149,000 26,000 Oakland Hills
South Course
Birmingham, Michigan
1980 Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo 285 +1 4 strokes United States William C. Campbell (a) 100,000 20,000 Winged Foot
East Course
Mamaroneck, New York

Multiple winners

Six men have multiple victories in the U.S. Senior Open:

3 wins

2 wins

Successful defenders of the title were Barber (1985), Player (1988), and Doyle (2006).

Winners of both U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open

The following men have won both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open, the majors run by the USGA:

Player U.S. Open U.S. Senior Open
Arnold Palmer 1960 1981
Billy Casper 1959, 1966 1983
Gary Player 1965 1987, 1988
Orville Moody 1969 1989
Lee Trevino 1968, 1971 1990
Jack Nicklaus 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 1991, 1993
Hale Irwin 1974, 1979, 1990 1998, 2000
Jim Furyk 2003 2021

Palmer (1954) and Nicklaus (1959, 1961) also won the U.S. Amateur, previously considered a major.

Final round ratings

2019: 761,000 on Fox[9]

Future sites

Year Venue Location Dates
2022 Saucon Valley Country Club Bethlehem, Pennsylvania June 23–26
2023 SentryWorld Stevens Point, Wisconsin June 29 – July 2
2024 Newport Country Club Newport, Rhode Island June 27–30[10]

See also


  1. ^ "De Vicenzo cops Senior Open". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. Associated Press. June 30, 1980. p. 7B.
  2. ^ "Seniors tee it up in the US Senior Open". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. July 8, 1981. p. 24.
  3. ^ Senko, David (July 9, 2006). "Doyle becomes oldest winner of U.S. Senior Open". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006.
  4. ^ "U.S. Open abandons 18 holes for 2-hole playoff". ESPN. Associated Press. February 26, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Nicklaus' 65 beats Rodriguez". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 30, 1991. p. 23.
  6. ^ "2014 U.S. Senior Open Entry Form" (PDF). USGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  7. ^ Barrett, Scott (April 6, 2020). "U.S. Senior Open at Newport County Club canceled". The Newport Daily News. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Altstadter, Jeff (April 6, 2020). "2020 U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Senior Women's Open Canceled". USGA.
  9. ^ "U.S. Senior Open ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Archived from the original on 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  10. ^ DePasquale, Brian (April 20, 2021). "Newport Country Club Awarded 2024 U.S. Senior Open". USGA.

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