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The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in men's senior golf. It was first played in 1980 and is administered by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and is recognised as a major championship by both the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour. Initially the lower age limit was 55, but it is now 50, which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. The event is open to amateurs but it is dominated by professionals. It has been played on several different courses. In 2009 the prize fund was $2.6 million, with $470,000 awarded to the champion, Eduardo Romero. Allen Doyle became the oldest U.S. Senior Open Champion in 2006, winning two weeks before his 58th birthday.[1] The prize money is usually the highest of any senior tour event, and 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 season's U.S. Open.

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Eligibility

The following players are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open, provided they are 50 years old (amateur categories require that the player is still an amateur):

  • Any past winner of the U.S. Senior Open
  • Winners of any of the major championships in the last 10 years
  • Winners of any of the U.S. Amateur in the last 10 years and runner-up in previous year
  • Winners of the Senior PGA Championship in the last 10 years
  • Winner of the Senior British Open in the last three years
  • Top 25 finishers from the previous year's U.S. Senior Open
  • Low amateur in last U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open
  • Winners of the U.S. Amateur Public Links, U.S. Mid-Amateur and the USGA Senior Amateur in the last two years and runner-up in previous year
  • Members of the Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy teams for the last two competitions
  • Members of both Ryder Cup teams for the last five competitions
  • Top 30 from the previous year's Champions Tour money list, top 20 from current list
  • Top 50 leaders from the Champions Tour career money list
  • Winners of Champions Tour events in the previous three years
  • Previous year's European Seniors Tour money list leader
  • Winners of PGA Tour events in the previous five years
  • Winners of the U.S. Open in first five years of age eligibility
  • One-time exemption for any winner of a major championship, U.S. Amateur, or British Amateur

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

Winners

Year Champion Country Venue Location Score
2009 Fred Funk  United States Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel, Indiana 268 (–20)
2008 Eduardo Romero  Argentina Broadmoor Golf Club Colorado Springs, Colorado 274 (–6)
2007 Brad Bryant  United States Whistling Straits, Straits Course Haven, Wisconsin 282 (–6)
2006 Allen Doyle  United States Prairie Dunes Golf Club Hutchinson, Kansas 272 (–8)
2005 Allen Doyle  United States NCR Country Club, South Course Kettering, Ohio 274 (–10)
2004 Peter Jacobsen  United States Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri 272 (–12)
2003 Bruce Lietzke  United States Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio 207 (–7)
2002 Don Pooley  United States Caves Valley Golf Club Owings Mills, Maryland 274 (–10)
2001 Bruce Fleisher  United States Salem Country Club Peabody, Massachusetts 280 (E)
2000 Hale Irwin  United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 267 (–17)
1999 Dave Eichelberger  United States Des Moines Golf and Country Club Des Moines, Iowa 281 (–7)
1998 Hale Irwin  United States Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, California 285 (+1)
1997 Graham Marsh  Australia Olympia Fields Country Club Olympia Fields, Illinois 280 (–8)
1996 Dave Stockton  United States Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio 277 (–11)
1995 Tom Weiskopf  United States Congressional Country Club, Blue Course Bethesda, Maryland 275 (–13)
1994 Simon Hobday  South Africa Pinehurst Resort, No. 2 Course Pinehurst, North Carolina 274 (–10)
1993 Jack Nicklaus  United States Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 278 (–6)
1992 Larry Laoretti  United States Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 275 (–9)
1991 Jack Nicklaus  United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 282 (+2)
1990 Lee Trevino  United States Ridgewood Country Club Paramus, New Jersey 275 (–13)
1989 Orville Moody  United States Laurel Valley Golf Club Ligonier, Pennsylvania 279 (–9)
1988 Gary Player  South Africa Medinah Country Club, Course No. 3 Medinah, Illinois 288 (E)
1987 Gary Player  South Africa Brooklawn Country Club Fairfield, Connecticut 270 (–14)
1986 Dale Douglass  United States Scioto Country Club Columbus, Ohio 279 (–9)
1985 Miller Barber  United States Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course Stateline, Nevada 285 (–3)
1984 Miller Barber  United States Oak Hill Country Club, East Course Pittsford, New York 286 (–2)
1983 Billy Casper  United States Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota 288 (+4)
1982 Miller Barber  United States Portland Golf Club Portland, Oregon 282 (–2)
1981 Arnold Palmer  United States Oakland Hills Country Club, South Course Birmingham, Michigan 289 (+9)
1980 Roberto De Vicenzo  Argentina Winged Foot Golf Club, East Course Mamaroneck, New York 285 (+1)

Multiple winners

The following men have had more than one win in the U.S. Senior Open after the 2009 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

Year Venue Location Dates
2010 Sahalee Country Club Sammamish, Washington Jul. 29 - Aug. 1
2011 Inverness Club Toledo, Ohio Jul. 28-31
2012 Indianwood Golf & Country Club Lake Orion, Michigan Jul. 12-15
2013 Omaha Country Club Omaha, Nebraska Aug. 1-4
2014 Oak Tree National Edmond, Oklahoma

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