Who are the Youngest US Open Winners?

Photo of American golfer, Francis Ouimet, (1893-1967), posing in a driving stance.
Francis Ouimet, the second-youngest winner of a US Open. Bettman/Getty Images

When Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters at age 21, he became the second-youngest Masters champion ever.

But where does he rank among the youngest U.S. Open winners? Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open, also at age 21.

Turns out, he's much lower on the U.S. Open list. Which makes sense, really, since the U.S. Open has been played since 1895, The Masters only since 1934.

List of Youngest US Open Winners

  1. Johnny McDermott: 19 years, 9 months, 14 days when he won in 1911
  1. Francis Ouimet: 20 years, 4 months, 12 days when he won in 1913
  2. Gene Sarazen: 20 years, 4 months, 18 days when he won in 1922
  3. Johnny McDermott: 20 years, 11 months, 21 days when he won in 1912
  4. Horace Rawlins: 21 years, 1 month, 30 days when he won in 1895
  5. Bobby Jones: 21  years, 4 months, 12 days when he won in 1923
  6. Walter Hagen: 21 years, 8 months, 0 days when he won in 1914
  7. Willie Anderson: 21 years, 8 months, 25 days when he won in 1901
  8. Jordan Spieth: 21 years, 10 months, 25 days when he won in 2015

(Source: USGA)

So Spieth is "only" the ninth-youngest U.S. Open champion. But there are only seven golfers ahead of him, because one guy appears on the list twice.

That's Johnny McDermott, and McDermott very nearly made three appearances on this list: In 1910, when McDermott was 18, he lost in a playoff. (McDermott, by the way, was the first golfer born in the United States to win a U.S. Open.)

No. 2 on the list, Ouimet, played the 1913 U.S. Open with 10-year-old Eddie Lowery as his caddie. Which made the combined age of player and caddie 30.

Rawlins was the winner at the very first U.S. Open in 1895.

One last note: Aside from Spieth, every other golfer on the list won his U.S. Open in 1923 or earlier.

So although Spieth ranks only ninth overall, he's the youngest U.S. Open winner in anything resembling the modern era of golf.

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