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The 2017 US OpenDates, Prize Money, Champions & History

The United States Open Championship is commonly referred to as the US Open. If you are a fan of this sport, then you must know that there are four major golf tournaments held in America, and these are the Masters Tournament, the US Open, the Open Championship, and finally, the PGAChampionship. From this list, the US Open ranks second as a major golf tournament and it features prominently on the PGA and European Tour calendars. The US Open prize money is another reason why it’s so big of an event.

The golf event is hosted by the United States Golf Association and is usually scheduled to take place in mid June so that the final round takes place on Father’s Day, which is usually the third Sunday of the month.

2017 US Open Dates& Prize Money

The 2017 edition will be held at Erin Hills in Erin and it will be the 117th US Open edition. The event will be the first ever to be held in Wisconsin, which is northwest of Milwaukee (US Open location). The total prize fund for this year’s edition is $12 million, meaning that the winner’s share will exceed $2million. The 2017 US Open is scheduled for June 15-28 and some of those expected to be in the field include the following:

  • Dustin Johnson who won the previous edition of the US Open,
  • Jordan Spieth who won the 2015 edition of the US Open,
  • Tiger Woods who won three times, in 2000, 2002, and 2008, and
  • Angel Cabrera who won the 2007 US Open edition.

These are some of the regular professional golfers set to feature in this year’s US Open championship.

Historical Facts about the US Open

The first tournament was held at the Newport Country Club in 1895, and it featured a nine-hole course. The 36-hole tournament ran only for a single day, with ten professionals and one amateur competing for the top honors. The historical event was won by Horace Rawlins, a 21-years old Briton.

The US golf prize money for this first edition was a measly $350, and Rawlins took home only $150 plus a gold medal worth $50. The USGA presented Rawling’s club with the Open Championship Cup trophy. Today, the US golf Open tournament carries high stakes, with the winners sharing more than $2 million prize money.

Even though the event was organized in America, history of the tournament shows that the first editions were dominated by Englishmen until 1911 when the dynamics of the game shifted to favor American golfers. In fact, the first American to win the event was John J. McDermott, and he took home the trophy in 1911. It was only after this historical win that the event started seeing Americans winning the US Open Championshiptrophy more frequently and eventually, the event became one of the most popular tournaments on American soil.

Since 1950, only a handful of non-Americans have taken home the win, and most of the winners came from South Africa. In fact, since 1965, South Africa has won in the tournament 5 times.

Qualification and Prizes

The major sporting event is open to any golfer whose updated USGA Handicap does not exceed 1.4. To qualify to compete in the tournament, golfers have to compete successfully in the qualifying round. Even though the field holds 156 golfers, approximately half of these are exempt from participating in the qualifying round. One could say this is how US Open champions are born – through difficult qualifying stages.

Since 2014, the following are some of the USGA exemption categories:

  • Winners of the tournament held in the last decade
  • Winner and runner-up of the previous edition of the US Amateur
  • Winner of the previous edition of the Amateur Championship
  • Winners of the last 3 editions of Players Championship
  • Winner of the previous edition of the US Senior Open
  • Golfers who qualified for the previous edition of the Tour Championship
  • Top 60 golfers listed in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR)
  • Special exemption as decided by the USGA
Year Edition Course Location Dates Times hosted
2017 117th Erin Hills Erin, Wisconsin June 15–18 Never
2018 118th Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Shinnecock Hills, New York June 14–17 1896, 1986, 1995, 2004
2019 119th Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach, California June 13–16 1972, 1982, 1992, 2000, 2010
2020 120th Winged Foot Golf Club Mamaroneck, New York June 18–21 1929, 1959, 1974, 1984, 2006
2021 121st Torrey Pines Golf Course La Jolla, California June 17–20 2008
2022 122nd The Country Club Brookline, Massachusetts June 16–19 1913, 1963, 1988
2023 123rd Los Angeles Country Club Los Angeles, California June 15–18 Never
2024 124th Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2 Pinehurst, North Carolina June 13–16 1999, 2005, 2014
2025 125th Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, Pennsylvania June 12–15 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2016
2026 126th Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Shinnecock Hills, New York June 18–21 1896, 1986, 1995, 2004, (2018)

The US Open Top Competitors

Now that the Masters is over and the US Open is only a few weeks away, fans and bettors alike are looking to see who among the professional golfers has what it takes to win this year’s edition of the US Open Championship. Let’s look at the top three golfers who have the highest chances of taking home the win.

Dustin Johnson

1. Dustin Johnson

Even though he failed to participate in the Masters due to an injury, Dustin Johnson is still the number one golfer and a favorite betting shot for the upcoming US Open championship. The legendary golfer has a strong support considering that he won the previous edition at Oakmont last year.

The professional golfer has shown great form in the past few tournaments, and he will probably be the same at US Open Erin Hills. He has won the last 3 competitions and boasts six top 10s in the last 8 majors. If there is anyone you should consider waging your money on, Dustin Johnson is the best winning shot at8/1 odds.

2. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy

This professional golfer comes second to Dustin Johnson with 9/1 odds to win the 2017 US Open championship. He won the 2011 edition of the US Open Championship golf at Congressional and has only one top 20.

Currently, he ranks at 48 with 462 points from 5 events. He is still a favorite among golf fans, and being a member of the European and PGA Tours shows his commitment to winning these tournaments. McIlroy was ranked number 1 by the OWGR for 95 weeks. He boasts winning the major championships four times and these are: the 2011 US Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, and the 2014 PGA Championship.

3. Jason Day

Jason Day

This Australian professional golfer is a member of the PGA Tour. He was once ranked the top golfer by OWGR in 2015. Even though he has been hit with injuries and inconsistency, there is still a chance for the 29-year-old professional golfer to take home the win for this year’s edition of the US Open. He has 12/1 odds to win.

Get Ready for Massive Action at the US Open 2017 Location

This year’s edition of the US Open promises lots of fun and action for golfers and fans alike. The event is expected to field several legendary golfers and fans would very much like to see them in action as they tackle the challenging course at Erin Hills in Erin. If you are a golf fan, prepare to be enthralled by all the golfing action at this yearUS Open.

1 Dustin Johnson, USA 46 13.32 612.78 -139.57 304.30
2 Rory McIlroy, NIR 40 8.50 340.09 -140.71 67.79
4 Hideki Matsuyama, JPN 52 7.70 400.37 -102.00 112.97
3 Jason Day, AUS 40 7.61 304.23 -160.21 27.85
6 Sergio Garcia, ESP 42 7.22 303.11 -69.88 169.41
5 Jordan Spieth, USA 49 7.21 353.43 -178.14 121.35
7 Henrik Stenson, SWE 46 7.19 330.93 -127.15 49.46
8 Justin Rose, ENG 46 5.47 251.51 -93.07 131.48
11 Adam Scott, AUS 45 5.41 243.67 -86.16 48.28
9 Rickie Fowler, USA 49 5.34 261.61 -106.28 114.54