U.S. Open Records

Bests (and Some Worsts) from the U.S. Open Record Book

Jack Nicklaus won four US Opens
It's no surprise that Jack Nicklaus appears frequently in the list of US Open tournament records. Stephen Munday/Getty Images

Browse through U.S. Open history by checking out records from the event.
See also: 4 amazing records at the US Open

4-Time Winners
• Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905)
• Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930)
• Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)
• Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)

3-Time Winners
• Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990)
• Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008)

2-Time Winners
• Alex Smith (1906, 1910)
• Johnny McDermott (1911, 1912)
• Walter Hagen (1914, 1919)
• Gene Sarazen (1922, 1932)
• Ralph Guldahl (1937, 1938)
• Cary Middlecoff (1949, 1956)
• Julius Boros (1952, 1963)
• Billy Casper (1959, 1966)
• Lee Trevino (1969, 1971)
• Andy North (1978, 1985)
• Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)
• Ernie Els (1994, 1997)
• Lee Janzen (1993, 1998)
• Payne Stewart (1991, 1999)
• Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)

Oldest Winners
• Hale Irwin, 1990 - 45 years, 15 days old
• Raymond Floyd, 1986 - 43 years, 9 months, 11 days old
• Ted Ray, 1920 - 43 years, 4 months, 16 days old

Youngest Winners
• Johnny McDermott, 1911 - 19 years, 10 months, 14 days old
• Francis Ouimet, 1913: 20 years, 4 months, 12 days
• Gene Sarazen, 1922: 20 years, 4 months, 18 days
• Johnny McDermott, 1912: 20 years, 11 months, 21 days
• Horace Rawlins, 1895: 21 years, 1 month, 30 days

Amateurs Winners
• Francis Ouimet, 1913
• Jerome D. Travers, 1915
• Chick Evans, 1916
• Bobby Jones, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
• Johnny Goodman, 1933

Consecutive Wins
• 3 - Willie Anderson (1903, 1904, 1905)
• 2 - Johnny McDermott (1911, 1912)
• 2 - Bobby Jones (1929, 1930)
• 2 - Ralph Guldahl (1937, 1938)
• 2 - Ben Hogan (1950, 1951)
• 2 - Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)

Most Runner-up Finishes
• 6 - Phil Mickelson (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013)
• 4 - Bobby Jones (1922, 1924, 1925, 1928)
• 4 - Sam Snead (1937, 1947, 1949, 1953)
• 4 - Arnold Palmer (1962, 1963, 1966, 1967)
• 4 - Jack Nicklaus (1960, 1968, 1971, 1982)

Most Top-Five Finishes
• 11 - Willie Anderson
• 11 - Jack Nicklaus
• 10 - Alex Smith
• 10 - Walter Hagen
• 10 - Ben Hogan
• 10 - Arnold Palmer

Most Top-Ten Finishes
• 18 - Jack Nicklaus
• 16 - Walter Hagen
• 15 - Ben Hogan
• 14 - Gene Sarazen
• 13 - Arnold Palmer
• 12 - Sam Snead

Oldest Players to Make the Cut
• 61 - Sam Snead, 1973 (tied for 29th)
• 60 - Tom Watson, 2010 (tied for 29th)
• 58 - Jack Nicklaus, 1998 (tied for 43rd)
• 57 - Sam Snead, 1969 (tied for 38th)
• 57 - Dutch Harrison, 1967 (tied for 16th)
• 57 - Jack Nicklaus, 1997 (tied for 52nd)

Youngest Players to Make the Cut*
• Beau Hossler, 2012: 17 years, 3 months old
• Bobby Clampett, 1978: 18 years, 1 month, 25 days
• Jack Nicklaus, 1958: 18 years, 4 months, 25 days
(*Post-World War II era only)

 

Golfers Who've Won Both U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur
• Francis Ouimet (1913 Open; 1914, 1931 Amateurs)
• Jerome Travers (1915 Open; 1907, 1908, 1912, 1913 Amateurs)
• Chick Evans (1916 Open; 1916, 1920 Amateurs)
• Bobby Jones (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930 Opens; 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930 Amateurs)
• John Goodman (1933 Open; 1937 Amateur)
• Lawson Little (1940 Open; 1934, 1935 Amateurs)
• Arnold Palmer (1960 Open; 1954 Amateur)
• Gene Littler (1961 Open; 1953 Amateur)
• Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 Opens; 1959, 1961 Amateurs)
• Jerry Pate (1976 Open, 1974 Amateur)
• Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008 Opens; 1994, 1995 and 1996 Amateurs)

Golfers Who've Won Both U.S. Open and U.S. Junior
• Johnny Miller (1973 Open; 1964 Junior)
• Tiger Woods (2000, 2002 Opens; 1992 and 1993 Junior)
• Jordan Spieth (2015 Open; 2009 and 2011 Junior)

Golfers Who've Won U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open

• Tiger Woods (1991 - 1993 Juniors; 1994 - 1996 Amateurs; 2000, 2002, 2008 U.S. Open)

Lowest Score, 72 Holes
• 268 - Rory McIlroy (65-66-68-69), 2011
• 271 - Martin Kaymer (65-65-72-69), 2014
• 272 - Jack Nicklaus (63-71-70-68), 1980
• 272 - Lee Janzen (67-67-69-69), 1993
• 272 - Tiger Woods (65-69-71-67), 2000
• 272 - Jim Furyk (67-66-67-72), 2003
• 272 - Brooks Koepka (67-70-68-67), 2017
• 273 - David Graham (68-68-70-67), 1981

Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes
• 16-under: Rory McIlroy 2011
• 16-under: Brooks Koepka, 2017
• 12-under: Tiger Woods, 2000
• 12-under: Hideki Matsuyama, 2017
• 12-under: Brian Harman, 2017

Lowest Score by Non-Winner, 72 Holes
• 274 (6 under) - Isao Aoki (68-68-68-70), 1980
• 274 (6 under) - Payne Stewart (70-66-68-70), 1993

Low 72-Hole Score By an Amateur
• 282 - Jack Nicklaus, 1960

Lowest Score 18 Holes
• 63 (8 under) - Johnny Miller, final round, 1973
• 63 (7 under) - Jack Nicklaus, first round, 1980
• 63 (7 under) - Tom Weiskopf, first round, 1980
• 63 (7 under) - Vijay Singh, second round, 2003
• 63 (9 under) - Justin Thomas, third round, 2017

Lowest Score, 9 Holes
• 29 - Neal Lancaster (fourth round, second nine), 1995
• 29 - Neal Lancaster second round, second nine), 1996
• 29 - Vijay Singh (second round, second nine), 2003
• 29 - Louis Oosthuizen (fourth round, second nine), 2015

Largest 54-Hole Lead
• 10 - Tiger Woods, 2000
• 9 - Rory McIlroy, 2011
• 7 - Jim Barnes, 1921
• 6 - Fred Herd, 1898
• 6 - Willie Anderson, 1903
• 6 - Johnny Goodman, 1933

Biggest Final-Round Comeback to Win
• 7 strokes - Arnold Palmer, 1960
• 6 strokes - Johnny Miller, 1973
• 5 strokes - Walter Hagen, 1919
• 5 strokes - Johnny Farrell, 1928
• 5 strokes - Byron Nelson, 1939
• 5 strokes - Lee Janzen, 1998

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Largest Margin of Victory
• 15 Strokes - Tiger Woods (272), 2000
• 11 strokes - Willie Smith (315), 1899

Highest First-Round Score by Eventual Winner
• 91 - Horace Rawlins, 1895
Since World War I:
• 78 (6 over) - Tommy Armour, 1927
• 78 (7 over) - Walter Hagen, 1919
Since World War II:
• 76 (6 over) - Ben Hogan, 1951
• 76 (6 over) - Jack Fleck, 1955

Lowest Score by Winner, Final Round
• 63 (8 under) - Johnny Miller, 1973
• 65 (6 under) - Arnold Palmer, 1960
• 65 (5 under) - Jack Nicklaus, 1967

Highest Score by Winner, Fourth Round
• 84 - Fred Herd, 1898
Since World War I:
• 79 (7 over) - Bobby Jones, 1929
Since World War II:
• 75 (4 over) - Cary Middlecoff, 1949
• 75 (4 over) - Hale Irwin, 1979

Highest Winning Score
• 331 - Willie Anderson, 1901 (won in playoff)
Since World War II:
• 293 - Julius Boros, 1963 (won in playoff)
• 290 - Jack Nicklaus, 1972

Highest Score, One Hole
• 19 - Ray Ainsley, 16th Hole (par 4), Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo., 1938

Most Consecutive Birdies
• 6 - George Burns (holes 2-7), Pebble Beach Golf Links, 1982
• 6 - Andy Dillard (holes 1-6) Pebble Beach Golf Links, 1992

Most Consecutive U.S. Opens Started
• 44 - Jack Nicklaus
• 34 - Hale Irwin
• 33 - Tom Kite
• 33 - Gene Sarazen
• 32 - Arnold Palmer

Most U.S. Opens Completed (72 Holes)
• 35 - Jack Nicklaus
• 27 - Sam Snead
• 27 - Hale Irwin
• 26 - Gene Sarazen
• 26 - Raymond Floyd
• 25 - Gary Player
• 25 - Arnold Palmer

Most Sub-Par Rounds, Career
• 37 - Jack Nicklaus

Most Rounds in the 60s
• 29 - Jack Nicklaus

Most Sub-Par 72-Hole Totals
• 7 - Jack Nicklaus

Most Times Led After 54 Holes
• 6 - Bobby Jones
• 4 - Tom Watson

Most Times Led After 18, 36, or 54 Holes
• 11 - Payne Stewart
• 10 - Alex Smith
• 9 - Bobby Jones
• 9 - Ben Hogan
• 9 - Arnold Palmer
• 9 - Tom Watson

(Source: USGA)