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U.S. Open golf tournament history, last year’s winner, biggest margins, more

We take a look at the history of the U.S. Open as one of the four major tournaments on the PGA Golf tour.

Bryson DeChambeau poses and celebrates with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 U.S. Open Championship tees off Thursday, June 17 at the always enjoyable Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA. Jon Rahm is installed as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook with odds to win at +1050. He’s followed by Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele at +1500, and Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth at +1900.

This is the third major of the year and thus far we’ve had different winners at each: Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters and Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship. Both made history, with Matsuyama becoming the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship and Mickelson becoming the oldest golfer to win a major championship.

2020 U.S. Open winner

Last year, Bryson DeChambeau won the tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. He defeated Matthew Wolff by six strokes, finishing the tournament at -6. Justin Thomas shot a five-under to lead after the first round while DeChambeau shot one under. DeChambeau shot the low round on Friday with a two-under 68 to improve to second place, one shot back of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed. Wolff shot a five-under 65 to take the lead, and was two shots up on DeChambeau who shot even on Saturday.

DeChambeau blew past Wolff on Sunday, taking the lead on the fifth hole and never looking back. DeChambeau shot a three-under 67 on Sunday, which was the low round. He claimed $2.25 million in prize money with the win.

Past 10 winners of the U.S. Open golf tournament

2020: Bryson DeChambeau
2019: Gary Woodland
2018: Brooks Koepka
2017: Brooks Koepka
2016: Dustin Johnson
2015: Jordan Spieth
2014: Martin Kaymer
2013: Justin Rose
2012: Webb Simpson
2011: Rory McIlroy

Who has won the most U.S. Open golf tournaments?

Four golfers have won the U.S. Open a record four times. The group includes:

  • Willie Anderson: 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905
  • Bobby Jones: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
  • Ben Hogan: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
  • Jack Nicklaus: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980

Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008) each won three times.

Brooks Koepka is the last repeat winner, claiming the trophy in 2017 and 2018.

What is the largest margin of victory in U.S. Open history?

Tiger Woods set the U.S Open and overall major record when he won the 2000 tournament by 15 strokes. He shot -12 and Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez came in second.

1. Tiger Woods (2000): 15 strokes
2. Willie Smith (1899): 11 strokes
3. Jim Barnes (1921): 9 strokes
4. Martin Kaymer (2014): 8 strokes
4. Rory McIlroy (2011): 8 strokes
6. Tony Jacklin (1970): 7 strokes
6. Alex Smith (1906): 7 strokes
6. Fred Herd (1898): 7 strokes