U.S. Open: A numerical look at the field
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – A numerical look at the U.S. Open field from information provided by the U.S. Golf Association:
14: Number of U.S. Opens won by this year’s field. Angel Cabrera (1), Michael Campbell (1), Ernie Els (2), Jim Furyk (1), Lucas Glover (1), Retief Goosen (2), Graeme McDowell (1), Rory McIlroy (1), Geoff Ogilvy (1) and Tiger Woods (3).
20: Players in the field who played the 1998 U.S. Open at Olympic Club. Thomas Bjorn (T25), Stewart Cink (T10), Jim Furyk (T14), Matt Kuchar (T14), Casey Martin (T23), Phil Mickelson (T10), Vijah Singh (T25), Steve Stricker (T5), Lee Westwood (T7) and Tiger Woods (T18) finished in the top 25.
23: Number of U.S. Open appearances for Davis Love III, the most in the field. Phil Mickelson has appeared in 22 Opens.
20: Consecutive U.S. Open appearances for Ernie Els, the most in the field. Mickelson is second with 19. Stewart Cink and Jim Furyk have appeared in 17 in a row.
8: Number of amateurs in the field, the lowest since 2004. Patrick Cantlay, the 2011 U.S. Amateur runner-up, was the only amateur who didn’t have to qualify.
14: Age of amateur Andy Zhang, who got in the field Monday as an alternate.
25: Number of players who advanced through local and sectional qualifying to earn spots in this year’s field. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through local and sectional play. Jerry Pate (1976), Steve Jones (1996), Michael Campbell (2005) and Lucas Glover (2009) have won as sectional qualifiers.
5: Players in the U.S. Open who were alternates out of local qualifying: Dennis Miller, Steve LeBrun, Nicholas Thompson, Morgan Hoffmann and Cole Howard.
2: Number of players in the past five U.S. Opens who finished in the top 25 after advancing through local and sectional qualifying. Scott Langley and Russell Henley, both playing as amateurs, tied for 16th at the 2010 U.S. Open. Bud Cauley (63rd) was the low finisher last year among players who advanced out of local and sectional qualifying.
8: Players in this field who competed in the 2007 U.S. Amateur at Olympic, including champion Colt Knost and runner-up Michael Thompson. Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, Morgan Hoffmann, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley are the others. Harman was the medalist by eight strokes in the 2004 U.S. Junior at Olympic.
77.1: The course rating for Olympic, based on the U.S. Open setup. The slope is 150.
520: The length of the par-4 first hole, the third-longest par-4 in U.S. Open history. The seventh at Bethpage State Park (525) and 18th at Congressional (523) rank ahead of Olympic’s opening hole.
670: The length of Olympic’s par-5 16th hole, the longest par-5 in Open history.
30s: The four previous U.S. Open champions at Olympic were in their 30s when they won.
10: The U.S. Open’s top 10 finishers are exempt into next year’s championship. The top eight are exempt into the 2013 Masters.
4: Number of U.S. Amateur champions in the U.S. Open field. Colt Knost (2007), Matt Kuchar (1997), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Tiger Woods (1994, ’95, ’96). Knost won the 2007 U.S. Amateur at Olympic.
4: Number of U.S. Junior champions in the U.S. Open field. Brian Harman (2003), Hunter Mahan (1999), Jordan Spieth (2009, ’11) and Tiger Woods (1991, ’92, ’93).