WHO’S HERE – Among the 156 golfers in the 2011 U.S. Open there are:
U.S. Open champions (8) – Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, ‘97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, ’04), Graeme McDowell (2010) and Geoff Ogilvy (2006).
U.S. Open runners-up (6) – Ernie Els (2000), Jim Furyk (2006, ‘07), Gregory Havret (2010), Miguel Angel Jimenez (2000), Davis Love III (1996) and Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, ’04, ’06, ‘09).
U.S. Amateur champions (6) – Bubba Dickerson (2001), Matt Kuchar (1997), Phil Mickelson (1990), Edoardo Molinari (2005), Ryan Moore (2004) and Peter Uihlein (2010).
U.S. Amateur runners-up (2) – David Chung (2010), Hunter Mahan (2002).
U.S. Senior Open champions (1) – Fred Funk (2009).
U.S. Senior Open runners-up (1) – Fred Funk (2008).
U.S. Amateur Public Links champions (5) – Brad Benjamin (2009), Trevor Immelman (1998), Ryan Moore (2002, ’04), Chez Reavie (2001) and Brandt Snedeker (2003).
U.S. Amateur Public Links runners-up (3) – Jason Dufner (1998), Anthony Kim (2006) and Bubba Dickerson (2000).
U.S. Junior Amateur champions (1) – Hunter Mahan (1999).
U.S. Junior Amateur runners-up (4) – Aaron Baddeley (1998), Trevor Immelman (1997), Ryan Moore (2000) and Camilo Villegas (1999).
USGA champions (20) – Brad Benjamin (2009 Amateur Public Links), Angel Cabrera (2007 Open), Michael Campbell (2005 Open), Bubba Dickerson (2001 Amateur), Ernie Els (1994, ’97 Opens), Fred Funk (2009 Senior Open), Jim Furyk (2003 Open), Lucas Glover (2009 Open), Retief Goosen (2001, ‘04 Opens), Trevor Immelman (1998 Amateur Public Links), Matt Kuchar (1997 Amateur), Hunter Mahan (1999 Junior Amateur), Graeme McDowell (2010 Open), Phil Mickelson (1990 Amateur), Edoardo Molinari (2005 Amateur), Ryan Moore (2002, ’04 Amateur Public Links, 2004 Amateur), Geoff Ogilvy (2006 Open), Chez Reavie (2001 Amateur Public Links), Brandt Snedeker (2003 Amateur Public Links) and Peter Uihlein (2010 Amateur).
Walker Cup Team Members –
United States (16) – Jonathan Byrd (1999), Bud Cauley (2009), Rickie Fowler (2009), Brian Gay (1993), Lucas Glover (2001), Bill Haas (2003), Dustin Johnson (2007), Anthony Kim (2005), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1985), Phil Mickelson (1989, ‘91), Ryan Moore (2003), Jeff Overton (2005), Michael Putnam (2005), Webb Simpson (2007) and Peter Uihlein (2009).
Great Britain & Ireland (10) – Paul Casey (1999), Robert Dinwiddie (2005), Luke Donald (1999, 2001), Simon Dyson (1999), Padraig Harrington (1991, ‘93, ‘95), David Howell (1995), Graeme McDowell (2001), Rory McIlroy (2007), Matt Richardson (2005) and Justin Rose (1997).
NCAA Division I champions (4) – Kevin Chappell (2008), Luke Donald (1999), Ryan Moore (2004) and Phil Mickelson (1989, ’90, ’92).
NCAA Division II champions (1) – Briny Baird (1994, ’95).
TOTAL OPENS WON BY 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD (10) – Angel Cabrera (1), Michael Campbell (1), Ernie Els (2), Jim Furyk (1), Lucas Glover (1), Retief Goosen (2), Graeme McDowell (1) and Geoff Ogilvy (1).
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST OPEN APPEARANCES (2011 included) – Fred Funk (22), Davis Love III (22), Phil Mickelson (21), Ernie Els (19), Jim Furyk (17), Kirk Triplett (17), Stewart Cink (16), Steve Stricker (16), David Toms (15), Retief Goosen (14) and Padraig Harrington (14).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2011 included) — Ernie Els (19), Phil Mickelson (18), Stewart Cink (16) and Jim Furyk (16).
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD – The USGA accepted 8,300 entries in 2011. A record 9,086 entries were accepted for the 2009 U.S. Open.
The 156-player field includes 73 fully exempt golfers and eight past champions. Local qualifying over 18 holes was held at 111 sites during the month of May in the attempt to advance to sectional qualifying. Sectional qualifying over 36 holes was held at 13 sites. The England and Japan sectionals were held on May 23 and May 30, respectively. Eleven sectionals in the United States were conducted on June 6.
AMATEURS – Twelve amateurs have made the 156-player field. Ten or more amateurs are entered in the Open for the fifth consecutive year. Peter Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion, is among this group. He defeated David Chung, 4 and 2, in the 36-hole final at Chambers Bay last August. As an Oklahoma State University senior, Uihlein tied for third at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship.
David Chung, the 2010 U.S. Amateur runner-up, is a junior on the Stanford University golf team. He led the United States to victory at the 2010 Palmer Cup and went undefeated in four matches. Chung also won last year’s Western Amateur.
Patrick Cantlay and Cheng-Tsung Pan qualified for match play at the 2010 U.S. Amateur and both were defeated by eventual champion Peter Uihlein. Cantlay, who lost to Uihlein in the semifinal round, became the first golfer to win Jack Nicklaus Division I Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year. The UCLA standout was the 2010 California State High School Champion. Pan, who lost to Uihlein in the U.S. Amateur’s second round, is an incoming freshman at the University of Washington. The 19-year old is originally from Taiwan.
Brad Benjamin captured the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship and is one of five former APL winners in the Open field at Congressional Country Club. Benjamin, who played as a collegian at the University of Memphis, made the third round of last year’s U.S. Amateur.
Beau Hossler Jr. is a 16-year-old junior at Santa Margarita High School in California. He qualified for the 2009 U.S. Amateur as an eighth grader. A Rolex Junior All-American, Hossler is one of 27 players in the field to go through both local and sectional qualifying.
Steve Irwin, 36, is the son of three-time U.S. Open and two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Hale Irwin. Steve has played in four U.S Mid-Amateurs and advanced to the round of 16 in 2004. His wife, Jessi, will caddie for him.
Russell Henley, a University of Georgia golfer who tied for low amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2010, is playing in his second consecutive U.S. Open. Henley, who became the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour (Stadion Classic), won the 2008 and 2009 Georgia State Amateur titles.
Brett Patterson, 19, is the first Middle Tennessee State University golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open. Scott Pinckney (Arizona State) and Michael Barbosa (Georgia Tech) also have ties to the collegiate game. Chris Williams, a rising junior at the University of Washington, won the 2010 Phil Mickelson Award as the nation’s top freshman.
Note: Ten amateurs played in last year’s Open championship. Scott Langley and Russell Henley, who tied for 16th, were the amateurs who made the cut at Pebble Beach Golf Links. John Goodman was the last amateur to win the championship in 1933.
Amateurs at Recent Opens
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2011 12 (Michael Barbosa, Brad Benjamin, Patrick Cantlay, David Chung,
Russell Henley, Beau Hossler Jr., Steven Irwin,
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Brett Patterson, Scott Pinckney,
Peter Uihlein, Chris Williams)
2010 10 2 Russell Henley, Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009 15 3 Nick Taylor, 36th (tie)
2008 11 3 Michael Thompson, 29th (tie)
2007 12 0 —–
2006 9 0 —–
2005 9 2 Matt Every, 28th (tie)
2004 8 4 Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003 10 2 Trip Kuehne, 57th (tie)
2002 4 1 Kevin Warrick, 72nd
2001 3 1 Bryce Molder, 30th (tie)
2000 7 1 Jeff Wilson, 59th
1999 6 1 Hank Kuehne, 65th
1998 5 1 Matt Kuchar, 14th (tie)
1997 6 0 —–
1996 6 4 Randy Leen, 54th
1995 3 0 —–
1994 6 0 —–
1993 3 1 Justin Leonard, 68th (tie)
1992 5 0 —–
1991 4 1 Phil Mickelson, 55th (tie)
1990 4 2 Phil Mickelson, 29th (tie)
1989 2 0 —–
1988 4 1 Billy Mayfair, 25th (tie)
1987 2 0 —–
1986 5 1 Sam Randolph, 35th (tie)
1985 8 2 Scott Verplank, 34th (tie)
1984 11 2 Mark Hayes, Jay Sigel, 43rd (tie)
1983 9 2 Brad Faxon, 50th (tie)
1982 14 2 Nathaniel Crosby, 59th
1981 18 1 Joey Rassett, 65th (tie)
1980 18 2 Gary Hallberg, 22nd (tie)
LOCAL-SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS – Bubba Dickerson, the 2001 U.S. Amateur champion, is among 29 Open qualifiers who advanced through local and sectional play. Dickerson, who has played on both the PGA and Nationwide tours, was among 112 golfers who played for 10 spots at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Dickerson, the runner-up at the 2000 U.S. Amateur Public Links, was the medalist with a round of 67 in local qualifying at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club (Island Course). He is playing in the U.S. Open for the first time.
Wes Heffernan (2001), Joey Lamielle (2008), John Ellis (2008) and Bennett Blakeman (2011) have previously made the local-sectional qualifier list. Heffernan, 34, has four Canadian Tour victories and is competing in his second U.S. Open. Matt Edwards, who has played on the Adams Golf Pro Tour, tied for medalist honors (67-70) at the Glendale, Calif., sectional. Edwards, who led New Mexico State University to a pair of Western Athletic Conference championship as a collegian, made the sectional field as a local alternate from Las Cruces, N.M. (Picacho Hills Country Club).
A total of 24 players worked their way to the U.S. Open from the local level in 2010. Seven golfers made the cut. Amateurs Scott Langley and Russell Henley, who is in this year’s Open field, were the low finishers, tying for 16th place at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
In 2011, there were 111 local qualifying sites that led to 13 sectionals, including international sites in Japan and England. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Lucas Glover (2009) and Michael Campbell (2005) are the last to win as sectional qualifiers.
2011 Local-Sectional Qualifiers (29)
Name Sectional Site Local Site
Brad Adamonis Rockville, Md. Weston, Fla.
a-Michael Barbosa Vero Beach, Fla. Bradenton, Fla.
Bennett Blakeman St. Charles, Ill. Aurora, Ill.
Zack Byrd Summit, N.J. Wallace, N.C.
Bud Cauley Tunica, Miss. Palm Coast, Fla.
Christopher Deforest St. Charles, Ill. Indianapolis, Ind.
Bubba Dickerson Rockville, Md. Palm Harbor, Fla.
Matthew Edwards Glendale, Calif. Las Cruces, N.M. (A)
John Ellis Bremerton, Wash. San Martin, Calif.
Elliott Gealy Rockville, Md. Durham, N.C.
Andres Gonzales Tunica, Miss. Roslyn, Wash.
Christo Greyling Rockville, Md. Orlando, Fla.
Wes Heffernan Bremerton, Wash. Roslyn, Wash.
a-Beau Hossler Jr. Glendale, Calif. Palm Desert #2, Calif.
Jesse Hutchins Springfield, Ohio West Palm Beach, Fla.
Steven Irwin Glendale, Calif. Pueblo West, Calif.
Joey Lamielle Vero Beach, Fla. Bradenton, Fla.
Brian Locke Glendale, Calif. Henderson, Nev.
Adam Long Columbus, Ohio St. Louis, Mo.
David May Rockville, Md. Syracuse, N.Y.
Ryan Nelson Ball Ground, Ga. Houston, Texas
a-Brett Patterson Ball Ground, Ga. Cincinnati, Ohio
a-Scott Pinckney Glendale, Calif. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Alexander Rocha Summit, N.J. Purchase, N.Y.
Sam Saunders Vero Beach, Fla. Orlando, Fla.
Michael Smith Dallas, Texas Watersound, Fla.
Michael Tobiason, Jr. Rockville, Md. Malvern, Pa.
a-Michael Whitehead Dallas, Texas Houston, Texas
Chris Wilson Columbus, Ohio Powell, Ohio
History of Local-Sectional Qualifiers
Year Number Made Cut Top Finisher
2010 24 7 Russell Henley, 16th (tie), Scott Langley, 16th (tie)
2009 30 2 Gary Woodland, 47th (tie)
2008 36 6 Kevin Streelman, 53rd
2007 26 2 D.J. Brigman, 30th (tie)
2006 30 4 Scott Hend, 32nd (tie)
2005 30 5 Paul Claxton, 23rd (tie)
2004 35 5 a-Spencer Levin, 13th (tie)
2003 28 3 Dicky Pride, 28th (tie)
2002 22 6 Jason Caron, 30th (tie)
2001 28 6 Michael Allen, 12th (tie)
2000 37 6 Bobby Clampett, 37th (tie) & Charles Warren, 37th (tie)
1999 36 7 David Berganio Jr., 28th (tie)
1998 40 5 Lee Porter, 32nd (tie)
1997 33 10 David White, 51st (tie)
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE – Fred Funk, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion, qualified for the U.S. Open through sectional play in Rockville, Md. Funk shot rounds of 67 and 68 at Woodmont Country Club. Funk, who will be making his 22nd Open appearance, has roots in Montgomery County and was born in Takoma Park, Md., just five miles from Bethesda, Md., and Congressional Country Club. Funk, who graduated from the University of Maryland, served as the Terrapins’ golf coach from 1982-88. His best finish at a U.S. Open came in 2004, when he placed sixth. At age 48, Funk was the oldest golfer to win The Players Championship in 2005. Funk celebrates his 55th birthday on June 14.
THE U.S. OPEN COURSE – Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course will be set up at 7,574 yards and will play to a par of 36-35–71. This layout is the second-longest in U.S. Open history behind the 7,643-yard South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course in 2008. Devereux Emmet designed the Blue Course at Congressional C.C., which opened in 1924. Rees Jones supervised a course renovation in 1990. All 18 greens of the Blue Course were rebuilt in 2009-10.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CONGRESSIONAL C.C. – This is the third U.S. Open Championship and the sixth USGA championship to be conducted at Congressional Country Club.
In 1964, Ken Venturi defeated Tommy Jacobs by four strokes in oppressive conditions in the last U.S. Open with a scheduled 36-hole final day. Venturi battled the elements with ice packs and towels and went against a doctor’s recommendation to withdraw. He shot a 4-under 66 in the third round and a final-round 70.
In 1997, Ernie Els outlasted three other competitors down the stretch to win his second U.S. Open title in four years. He finished with five consecutive pars to card a final-round 69 and post a 4-under-par winning total of 276. He ended up one stroke ahead of Colin Montgomerie and two shots in front of Tom Lehman. Els became the first foreign-born player to win multiple U.S. Open titles since Alex Smith (1906, ’10).
There are 10 golfers in this year’s Open field who played in 1997. Eight of them made the cut. Ernie Els won the 1997 U.S. Open, while Jim Furyk tied for fifth.
Here is the list of 10 players who were in the field at the 1997 U.S. Open – Robert Allenby, Stewart Cink, Ernie Els, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Lee Westwood.
Championship Years and Winners
1949 U.S. Junior Amateur – Gay Brewer def. Mason Rudolph, 6 and 4
1959 U.S. Women’s Amateur – Barbara McIntire def. Joanne Goodwin, 4 and 3
1964 U.S. Open – Ken Venturi by four strokes over Tommy Jacobs, 278-282
1995 U.S. Senior Open – Tom Weiskopf by four strokes over Jack Nicklaus, 275-279
1997 U.S. Open – Ernie Els by one stroke over Colin Montgomerie, 276-277
Past Professional Championships at Congressional C.C.
Year, Event Champion Result
1964, U.S. Open Ken Venturi (-2, 278)
1976, PGA Championship Dave Stockton (+1, 281)
1980, Kemper Open John Mahaffey (-5, 275)
1981, Kemper Open Craig Stadler (-10, 270)
1982, Kemper Open Craig Stadler (-13, 275)
1983, Kemper Open Fred Couples (-1, 287)
1984, Kemper Open Greg Norman (-8, 280)
1985, Kemper Open Bill Glasson (-10, 278)
1986, Kemper Open Greg Norman (-11, 277)*
1995, U.S. Senior Open Tom Weiskopf (-13, 275)
1997, U.S. Open Ernie Els (-4, 276)
2008, AT&T National Anthony Kim (-12, 268)
2009, AT&T National Tiger Woods (-13, 267)
U.S. OPEN PHILOSOPHY – The USGA intends to make the U.S. Open the most rigorous, yet fair, examination of golf skills, testing all forms of shotmaking. The USGA prepares the course after careful consideration of 14 factors. The complete philosophy statement can be found at www.USOPEN.com.