US Open: Frequently Asked Questions


2018 US Open FAQs: Plus the facts, figures and stories behind Shinnecock’s return

When is the 2018 US Open?

The 118th US Open will be played from the 14th - 17th June.

Where is the US Open played? 

The 2018 US Open will be played at Shinnecock Hills, New York.

Apart from being the oldest golf club in the US (opened in 1891), Shinnecock was the first venue to host the US Open in three centuries. This year will represent the fifth time the prestigious championship has been staged there, and the first since Retief Goosen won in 2004. Other former winners at Shinnecock include James Foulis (1896), Raymond Floyd (1986) and Corey Pavin (1995).

US Open prize money: How much does the winner of the U.S. Open receive?

The purse for the 2018 U.S. Open is $12 million. The winner will take home $2.16 million.

Who won the 2017 US Open?

Brooks Koepka won by four shots at Erin Hills in 2017. Koepka will be bidding to become the first man to retain the trophy since Curtis Strange in 1989. 

How big is the field at the US Open?

This year, the field will be made up of 156 players, which will be cut to 60 and ties after the second round. If two or more golfers are tied after 72 holes, they will go to a play-off. 

Who is in the field at the US Open? 

For a full list of players who have qualified for the US Open, click here

What is the play-off format at the US Open?

The 2018 US Open will be the first to host a two-hole aggregate play-off if two or more golfers are tied after 72 holes. It will replace the customary 18-hole play-off for the rst time in a US Open.

Is Tiger playing in the US Open? 

Yes. Tiger has qualified through a 10-year exemption as a past champion, which will expire after 2018. Past winners Jim Furyk and Ernie Els have had to rely on a special exemption to get in this year. 

Where can I watch the US Open?

Live coverage and highlights will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports, from June 14-17. BBC Radio 5 Live will also be broadcasting from 10pm - 1am from Thursday. 

What is the par of Shinnecock?

The par of Shinnecock Hills is 70, although it may feel like a different course than what was played in 2004. Numerous new back tees have stretched the yardage from 6,996 to 7,445 yards, making it longer than ever before. To make the layout leaner and meaner, seven acres of fairway have also been converted into fescue rough and tee positions have been altered to bring more bunkers into play.

What kind of course is Shinnecock Hills? 

Shinnecock Hills is a links-style golf course on Long Island, and it has had four different architects: Willie Davis, Willie Dunn, C.B. MacDonald and William Flynn.

Who has form at Shinnecock Hills?

Not many. Only two of the world’s top 10 have ever played at Shinnecock competitively. The grand-slam chasing Phil Mickelson has perhaps the best record, with a tied fourth in 1995 and a runner-up in 2004. In comparison, Tiger withdrew during the second round in 1995 due to injury and then finished tied 17th on 10 over par – his joint-third highest 72-hole score in a Major – nine years later. Adam Scott  currently holds the course record (63), but Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler played Shinnecock last autumn and both shot rounds of 65...

Who are the favourites to win the US Open?

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are among the favourites to win the 2018 US Open, while Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler are closely behind in the current odds market. 

We'll be publishing our betting tips shortly, so check back soon to see who we think you should back!

Who has won the most U.S. Opens?

Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for most U.S. Open victories, each winning four.

What is the US Open Scoring Record?

The U.S. Open scoring record is held by Rory McIlroy, who shot a total of 16-under 268 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., in 2011. Brooks Koepka also shot 16-under par in 2017, but his total was 272. 

What is the lowest round shot at the US Open?

63. Justin Thomas' 63 in the third round of the 2017 US Open is the lowest in relation to par (nine-under), but he's not the only one to have carded 63 in this tournament. Four others have that title; Johnny Miller, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Vijay Singh and Justin Thomas.

Who are the youngest and oldest winners of the U.S. Open? Youngest?

The youngest player ever to win was John McDermott, who was 19 years and 315 days old when he won at Chiacgo GC in 1911. 

Hale Irwin is the oldest player to win the U.S. Open is Hale Irwin, winning the tournament in 1990 at Medinah when he was 45 years and 15 days olds. 

Has an amateur ever won the U.S. Open?

Five amateurs have won eight U.S. Opens in history: Francis Ouimet (1913), Jerome D. Travers (1915), Charles Evans Jr. (1916), Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930) and John Goodman (1933).

How many world ranking and FedEx Cup points does the U.S. Open Winner get?

The winner of the U.S. Open receives 100 world ranking points, and will also receive 600 FedEx Cup points. 

Where will the next US Open be held?

Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, Calif. (2019)
Winged Foot Golf Club – Mamaroneck, N.Y. (2020)
Torrey Pines Golf Course – La Jolla, Calif. (2021)
The Country Club – Brookline, Mass. (2022)
Los Angeles Country Club – Los Angeles (2023)
Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2 – Pinehurst, N.C. (2024)
Oakmont Country Club – Oakmont, Pa. (2025)
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - Southampton, N.Y. (2026)
Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, Calif. (2027)