Therefore, if you are an ardent fan of the sport, you should already be looking to purchase cheaper tickets by now. Which true fan would want to miss out on the entertaining action the tournament has in store for us? Legendary golfers are set to battle it out for glory on the green fields of Shinnecock Hills Club in Southampton, NY.
There are basically four major tournaments in the golf calendar, and these are the Masters, US Open, Open Championship, and the PGA Championship. The US Open golf tournament is the second most prestigious golfing event, featuring consistently in both the European and PGA tour calenders. It is hosted by the USGA. The interesting thing about the US Open 2018 tournament schedule is that it has been set such that the final round of the event falls on the third Sunday of the month, which corresponds with Father’s Day in America. The golf tournament is such a big event and it is expected to attract thousands of fans across America to come and watch their favourite golfers play at the 2018 edition of the US Open tournament.
2018 US Open Dates & Prize Money
The 2018 edition of the US Open date is confirmed and sealed in case you were wondering when is the US Open. The US Open 2018 date has been marked for mid-June, starting on 11th through to the 18th when legendary players will meet at the course to battle for the top honours at Shinnecock Hills Club.
Most prestigious competitions have a heavy purse for the winners, and the US Open is no exception. While golf has always been associated with the rich and wealthy class, the prize money they have on most of their competitions would leave tongues wagging in wonder. For instance, the US Open 2017 edition had a prize money totalling a whooping $12 million! The purse for 2018’s edition is likely to surpass that by a significant margin.
While the event promises loads of action for the attendees, the competing golfers anticipate one of the most challenging events ever. Why is this so? Well, there are a number of premier golfers who are expected to field in during the upcoming US golf Open tournament.
Some of the expected golfers include the following:
- Brooks Koepka (won last year’s edition),
- Brian Harman (position 2 sharing in last year’s edition),
- Hideki Matsuyama (position 2 sharing in last year’s edition).
And much more.
With these premier players expected to field in at the Shinnecock Hills Club, the fans should anticipate competitive action from the legendary players looking to win a portion of the prize money. The winner of last year’s edition took home a significant amount, totalling over $2million! We’ll have to wait and see who will take home the win in the 2018 US Golf Open.
Historical Facts about Shinnecock Hills & the US Open
The first edition of the prestigious golf US open tournament was organized in 1895 at the Newport Country Club, where the players competed over a 9-hole course. Horace Rawlins, a 21-years old British golfer, made history that day by winning the first ever US Open tournament. Over the years, the tournament has been organized in many golf courses across America, and this year’s edition will see the event hosted at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
Shinnecock Hills Club is renowned for hosting prominent golf tournaments, has seen many US Open golf scores, and it has continued to do so for more than a century. The 2018 edition of the US Open will be the fifth US Open to be hosted by the club. Therefore, the club will make history by being the first venue to host the US Open in three centuries.
It first hosted the event in 1896, which was the second edition of the US Open. James Foulis took home the win by three strokes over the previous edition’s winner, Horace Rowlins. The second time it hosted the event was in 1986, where Raymond Floyd won by two strokes over Lanny Wadkins and Chip Beck. The third time was in 1995, in which Corey Pavin won by two strokes. The fourth event was in 2004, in which Retief Goosen took home the win by two strokes over Phil Mickelson. The US Open golf prize money just keeps attracting the best players.
Even though the Shinnecock Hills Club was established way back in 1891, it has maintained its reputation as a quality venue for hosting major golf tournaments. The current golf course at the club was designed by William Flynn, and it is expected to provide a true challenge for the top legendary golf players who will field in during the 2018 US Open golf tournament.
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