U.S. Senior Open

U.S. Senior Open
Tournament information
Location Upper Arlington, Ohio (2016)
Established 1980, 36 years ago
Course(s) Scioto Country Club (2016)
Par 70 (2016)
Length 7,140 yards (6,529 m) (2016)
Organized by USGA
Tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
European Senior Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $3.75 million
Month played August (in 2016)
Tournament record score
Aggregate 267 Hale Irwin (2000)
267 Kenny Perry (2013)
To par −20 Fred Funk (2009)
Current champion
United States Gene Sauers
Scioto C.C.
Location in the United States
Scioto C.C.
Location in Ohio

The U.S. Senior Open is one of the five major championships in senior golf, introduced 36 years ago in 1980.[1] It is administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is recognized as a major championship by both the PGA Tour Champions and the European Seniors Tour. The lower age limit was 55 in 1980, but it was lowered to 50 for the second edition in 1981,[2] which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. The event is open to amateurs, but has been dominated by professionals. It has been played on many different courses throughout the United States.

Allen Doyle became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in 2006, winning two weeks before his 58th birthday.[3]

In 2011, the prize fund was $2.6 million, with $500,000 awarded to the champion, Olin Browne. The total purse was the highest of any senior tour event until the Posco E&C Songdo Championship, a new and since-discontinued Champions Tour event held in South Korea, launched in 2010 with a $3 million purse. However, the first prize in the U.S. Senior Open remains the highest on the Champions Tour (the first prize in the Korean event was $450,000). In 2012, the prize fund increased to $2.75 million, with winner Roger Chapman earning $500,000. Like other senior majors, players must walk the course unless they receive a medical exemption to use a cart. Winners gain entry into the following year's U.S. Open.


The following players are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open, provided they are 50 years old as of the opening day of the tournament. Amateur categories require that the player is still an amateur on the opening day of the tournament.[4]

Special exemptions are given occasionally, and like other USGA events, many qualify through the local and sectional ranks.


YearChampionCountryVenueLocationScorePurse ($)Winner's
share ($)
2016 Gene Sauers  United States Scioto Country Club Upper Arlington, Ohio 277 (−3) 3,750,000 675,000
2015 Jeff Maggert  United States Del Paso Country Club Sacramento, California 270 (−10) 3,750,000 675,000
2014 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma 279 (−5) 3,500,000 630,000
2013 Kenny Perry  United States Omaha Country Club Omaha, Nebraska 267 (−13) 2,750,000 500,000
2012 Roger Chapman  England Indianwood Golf and Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan 270 (−10)2,750,000 500,000
2011 Olin Browne  United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 269 (−15)2,750,000 500,000
2010 Bernhard Langer  Germany Sahalee Country Club Sammamish, Washington 272 (−8)2,600,000 470,000
2009Fred Funk United StatesCrooked Stick Golf ClubCarmel, Indiana 268 (−20)2,600,000 470,000
2008 Eduardo Romero ArgentinaBroadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado274 (−6)2,600,000 470,000
2007Brad Bryant United StatesWhistling Straits, Straits CourseHaven, Wisconsin282 (−6)2,600,000 470,000
2006Allen Doyle (2) United StatesPrairie Dunes Golf ClubHutchinson, Kansas272 (−8)2,600,000 470,000
2005Allen Doyle United StatesNCR Country Club, South CourseKettering, Ohio274 (−10)2,600,000 470,000
2004Peter Jacobsen United StatesBellerive Country ClubSt. Louis, Missouri272 (−12)2,600,000 470,000
2003Bruce Lietzke United StatesInverness ClubToledo, Ohio 207 (−6)2,600,000 470,000
2002Don Pooley United StatesCaves Valley Golf ClubOwings Mills, Maryland 274 (−10)2,500,000 450,000
2001Bruce Fleisher United StatesSalem Country ClubPeabody, Massachusetts 280 (E)2,400,000 430,000
2000 Hale Irwin (2)  United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 267 (−17)2,250,000 400,000
1999Dave Eichelberger United StatesDes Moines Golf and Country ClubWest Des Moines, Iowa 281 (−7)1,750,000 315,000
1998Hale Irwin United StatesRiviera Country ClubPacific Palisades, California 285 (+1)1,500,000 267,500
1997Graham Marsh AustraliaOlympia Fields Country ClubOlympia Fields, Illinois 280 (E)1,300,000 232,500
1996Dave Stockton United StatesCanterbury Golf ClubBeachwood, Ohio 277 (−11)1,200,000 212,500
1995Tom Weiskopf United States Congressional Country Club, Blue Course Bethesda, Maryland 275 (−13)1,000,000 175,000
1994Simon Hobday South AfricaPinehurst Resort, No. 2 CoursePinehurst, North Carolina 274 (−10)800,000 145,000
1993Jack Nicklaus (2) United StatesCherry Hills Country ClubCherry Hills Village, Colorado 278 (−6)700,000 135,330
1992Larry Laoretti United StatesSaucon Valley Country Club, Old CourseBethlehem, Pennsylvania 275 (−9)700,000 130,000
1991Jack Nicklaus United StatesOakland Hills Country Club, South CourseBirmingham, Michigan 282 (+2)600,000 110,000
1990Lee Trevino United StatesRidgewood Country ClubParamus, New Jersey 275 (−13)500,000 90,000
1989Orville Moody United StatesLaurel Valley Golf ClubLigonier, Pennsylvania 279 (−9)450,000 80,000
1988Gary Player (2) South AfricaMedinah Country Club, Course No. 3Medinah, Illinois 288 (E)400,00065,000
1987Gary Player South AfricaBrooklawn Country ClubFairfield, Connecticut 270 (−14)300,000 47,000
1986Dale Douglass United StatesScioto Country ClubColumbus, Ohio 279 (−9)275,000 42,500
1985Miller Barber (3) United StatesEdgewood Tahoe Golf CourseStateline, Nevada 285 (−3)225,000 40,199
1984Miller Barber (2) United StatesOak Hill Country Club, East CoursePittsford, New York 286 (−2)200,000 36,448
1983Billy Casper United StatesHazeltine National Golf ClubChaska, Minnesota 288 (+4)175,000 30,566
1982Miller Barber United StatesPortland Golf ClubPortland, Oregon 282 (−2)150,000 28,648
1981Arnold Palmer United StatesOakland Hills Country Club, South CourseBirmingham, Michigan 289 (+9)149,000 26,000
1980Roberto De Vicenzo ArgentinaWinged Foot Golf Club, East CourseMamaroneck, New York 285 (+1)100,000 20,000

Multiple winners

The following men have had more than one win in the U.S. Senior Open, through the 2016 tournament:

Winners of both U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open

The following men have won both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open, the majors run by the USGA:

Player U.S. Open U.S. Senior Open
Arnold Palmer 1960 1981
Billy Casper 1959, 1966 1983
Gary Player 1965 1987, 1988
Orville Moody 1969 1989
Lee Trevino 1968, 1971 1990
Jack Nicklaus 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 1991, 1993
Hale Irwin 1974, 1979, 1990 1998, 2000

Palmer (1954) and Nicklaus (1959, 1961) also won the U.S. Amateur, previously considered a major.

Future sites

2017 Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts June 29 – July 2
2018 Broadmoor Golf Club, East Course Colorado Springs, Colorado June 28 – July 1
2019 Warren Golf Course, University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana June 27–30

See also


  1. "De Vicenzo cops Senior Open". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. Associated Press. June 30, 1980. p. 7B.
  2. "Seniors tee it up in the US Senior Open". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. July 8, 1981. p. 24.
  3. Senko, David (July 9, 2006). "Doyle becomes oldest winner of U.S. Senior Open". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on July 16, 2006.
  4. "2014 U.S. Senior Open Entry Form" (PDF). USGA. Retrieved July 8, 2014.

Coordinates: 40°00′07″N 83°04′30″W / 40.002°N 83.075°W / 40.002; -83.075

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