Championship Facts

July 29-Aug. 1, 2010
Sahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Wash.  

PAR AND YARDAGE - Sahalee Country Club will be set up at 6,857/6,866 yards and will play to a par of 35-35–70. The South Course will be used for the front nine, while the North Course will be used for the back nine.

HOLE BY HOLE -  

Hole 

1 

2 

3 

4 

5 

6 

7 

8 

9 

Out 

Par 

4 

5 

4 

4 

3 

4 

4 

4 

3 

35 

Yards 

403 

508 

415 

392 

181/190 

480 

420 

443 

205 

3,447/3,456 

    

Hole 

10 

11 

12 

13 

14 

15 

16 

17 

18 

In 

Par 

4 

5 

4 

3 

4 

4 

4 

3 

4 

35 

Yards 

400 

545 

455 

170 

370 

413 

375 

212 

470 

3,410 



ARCHITECT - Ted
Robinson designed the original 18-hole course, which opened in 1969. Rees Jones oversaw a redesign and renovations in 1996 in preparation for the 1998 PGA Championship. 

COURSE LAYOUT -
The fairways, on average, will be 26 yards wide. On either side of the fairways, a 6-foot-wide swath of intermediate rough running the length of each hole will be set to 1½ inches. Then, an 8-foot-wide band of first cut of primary rough will be grown to 2½ inches. The balance of the rough (secondary cut) will be 4 inches. Putting greens will be kept at 12 feet on the Stimpmeter.

COURSE RATING AND SLOPE - Based on the course setup for the championship, the Course Rating is 74.4. Its Slope Rating is 143.

WHO CAN ENTER - The championship is open to any professional and amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 29 with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The deadline for entries is June 9.

ENTRIES - Entries for the 2010 U.S. Senior Open close June 9. The record number of entries is 3,101 in 2002. 

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING - Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be held at 42 sites between June 21 and July 12.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD - The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties) and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY - Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from July 29 (Thursday) through Aug. 1 (Sunday). In the case of a tie after 72 holes, a three-hole aggregate playoff will be held immediately after the conclusion of the fourth round on Aug. 1. 

2009 CHAMPION - Fred Funk shot a final-round 65 for a USGA 72-hole record of 20-under-par 268 to win the 2009 U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. For more details, visit: http://www.ussenioropen.com/news/game82.html.

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES - Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Senior Open winner is a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Senior Open.  

PURSE - The 2009 purse was $2.6 million and the winner received $470,000. 

TELEVISION COVERAGE SCHEDULE - The U.S. Senior Open will receive at least 14 hours of live network coverage, with six of those hours on NBC. ESPN2 will air at least eight hours over the first two days of play.

Date            Network            Broadcast Hours (EDT)

 

July 29          ESPN2                         5-9 p.m.
July 30          ESPN2                         5-9 p.m.
July 31           NBC                            4-7 p.m.
Aug. 1           NBC                            4-7 p.m.

TICKETS - Individual and group tickets are available at various prices. For more information, visit www.2010ussenioropen.com, or call (877) 281-OPEN for tickets.

HISTORY - This is the 31st U.S. Senior Open Championship. The first U.S. Senior Open, played in 1980, was conducted for golfers 55 and older. The next year, the USGA lowered the age minimum to 50.

Miller Barber captured the first of his three Senior Open titles in 1982, later winning in 1984 and 1985. In its history, the U.S. Senior Open has had four two-time winners: Gary Player (1987-88); Jack Nicklaus (1991, 1993); Hale Irwin (1998, 2000); and Allen Doyle (2005-06). Doyle became the championship’s oldest winner in 2006 at the age of 58 years and 13 days. 

Dale Douglass is the youngest champion, having won the championship on his first try, in 1986, at the age of 50 years, 3 months and 24 days. 

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WASHINGTON - The 2010 U.S. Senior Open is the first USGA championship to be conducted at Sahalee Country Club and the 22nd to be conducted in the state of Washington, which has hosted no prior U.S. Senior Opens. It last welcomed the 2007 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood. The 2010 U.S. Amateur will be held at Chambers Bay in University Place Aug. 23-29. The 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur will take place at Gold Mountain Golf Club (Olympic Course) in Bremerton July 18-23, and Chambers Bay will host the 2015 U.S. Open June 18-21.

OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT SAHALEE - Sahalee Country Club hosted the 1998 PGA Championship (won by Vijay Singh) and the 2002 NEC World Golf Championship (won by Craig Parry). Since 1992, it has hosted the Sahalee Players Championship, a prominent amateur event.

FUTURE SITES - July 28-31, 2011 – Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
                               July 12-15, 2012 – Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Orion, Mich.
                               Aug. 1-4, 2013 – Omaha (Neb.) Country Club
                               TBD, 2014 – Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE - The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Senior Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact John Mummert of the USGA at jmummert@usga.org. His office phone number is (908) 234-2300, ext. 1983.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS - USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION - Please contact Pete Kowalski of USGA Championship Communications by cell phone at (908) 216-8435 or e-mail at pkowalski@usga.org. For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/press_room/Press-Room/. 

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