2019 U.S Open Pebble Beach
The 2019 US Open Pebble Beach
The 2019 US Open Pebble Beach, the 3rdMajor of the year, gets underway this week on the hallowed grounds of Pebble Beach, on the glorious Monterrey Peninsula. The tournament is being held during the course’s 100thyear anniversary.
This year’s edition of the US Open is ripe with drama, story lines and anticipation. For example:
Can Tiger Woods add another major to his resume and inch one closer to the Golden Bears record of 18 majors?
Can Brooks Koepka three-peat? Ain’t ever been done, folks! And he’s a major machine.
Can Phi Mickelson complete a major’s career Grand Slam on a course on which he has won five times. The clock is ticking, Phil.
Will Jordan Spieth ready to return to his major-winning form? It’s been a while, Jordan.
Rory McIlroy. Which version of this immense talent will show up?
Can the USGA set the course up sternly and fairly and quiet the critics?
And finally, will any of the world top 8-15thranked golfers, all who have never captured a major title, break through with a win? The list includes Fowler, Cantlay, Rahm and Kuchar.
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US Open Historical Perspectives
- The first US Open was played on October 4, 1895 on a 9-hole course at the Newport (Rhode Island) Country Club.
- The tournament consisted of 36 holes played in a single day and featured 10 professional and 1 amateur competitors.
- Horace Rawlins, a 21-year-old Englishman from the host club was the winner. He took home $150 cash ($4,563.36 in today’s dollars), a $50 gold medal and the US Open trophy.
- Whoever wins this year will take home $2.25 million out of a total purse of $12 million.
- This year 30 countries will be represented.
- Out of 9,049 golfers with a sub 1.4 handicap who attempted at the local and sectional level to qualify, 17 will get to compete.
- There will be 156 total participants.
- Golfers can be fully exempt from qualifying if they fall inside any one of 15 categories including winners of the US Open in the last 10 years, the past 5 years winners of the other 3 majors, winners of the last 3 Players Championships, and the winner of the last US Senior Open, among others.
- Winning carries a 5-year exemption on the PGA tour and a 5-year invitation to the other 3 majors. And a load of endorsements!
- Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open victories, with four victories each.
Pebble Beach US Open Significant Moments
With the ocean lurking behind the green and the tournament in the balance, Jack Nicklaus hit his famous 1 iron on the 218-yard par 3 17thhole through gale-force winds to within inches of the cup for birdie in 1972 to cement his win.
Ten years later, in 1982, the 17thwould prove pivotal again for Jack, who sat safely in the clubhouse at 4 under and tied with Tom Watson. Watson’s tee on the par-3 a17th sailed wide left into gnarly rough behind the green and above and behind the hole. Even with a decent lie, the risks were great. Hit it short and a tricky down hill putt remained. Long and nasty uphill putt was possible. With guts and gusto, Watson chipped in, jogged to the hole in jubilation, birdied 18, and beat Jack by 2 shots.
In 2000, 8 months after defending champion Payne Stewart’s tragic death, Tiger Woods placed an exclamation point on his brilliant run of Majors golf with a 15-shot victory. At -12, he was the ONLY golfer under par. It was total and complete domination.
In 2010 Dustin Johnson imploded to a final round 82, turning a 3-shot lead into a 5-shot loss to Graeme McDowell’s even-par 284. Tiger and Phil finished 3 shots back.
Here’s what it costs to catch a glimpse of this year’s drama:
Daily Ticket prices for the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach range from $100 to $374 depending on the tier and day you want to attend. For 4 -day passes prepare to shell out between $600 and $830.
Get out the credit card or hit the 401k and see history for yourself. I’ll watch on TV.