2014 U.S. Senior Open Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: Oak Tree National will be set up at 7,219 yards and will play to a par of 35-36–71. (Note: Yardages and par subject to change)


Hole 1  2  3 4 5 6 7 8  9  Total
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 35
Yards 407 474 469 175 454 438 511 201 411 3,540
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 4 36
Yards 437 383 585 206 599 364 455 180 470 3,679


ARCHITECT: Oak Tree National was designed by Pete Dye and opened for play in 1976. Located on a 640-acre countryside near Edmond, Okla., the course was named after a majestic oak tree that stands on the fifth hole.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any professional and amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 10. An amateur is eligible with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. Entries closed on May 28.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 2,715 entries for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, 31 fewer than for the 2013 championship. The record number of entries is 3,101 in 2002.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be held at 34 sites around the country between June 12-24.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers and ties.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13. 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 July 13.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE: ESPN2 and NBC will broadcast 15 hours of live golf from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. Here is the schedule:


Date/Day Time (EDT) Network Program
July 10 (Thursday) 4-8 p.m. ESPN2 First Round
July 11 (Friday) 4-8 p.m. ESPN2 Second Round
July 12 (Saturday) 2:30-6 p.m. NBC Third Round
July 13 (Sunday) 2:30-6 p.m. NBC Final Round


EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 78 golfers were exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open when entries closed on May 28. Here are those 78 golfers:

Player Category Player Category
Michael Allen 9,11,17,19,20 Graham Marsh 3
    Miguel Angel Martin 21
Billy Andrade 19 a-Michael McCoy 26
Woody Austin 16,18 Rocco Mediate 11,17,18,19,20,23
Simon Brown 21 Larry Mize 25
Olin Browne 1,2,19 Colin Montgomerie 16,19,20
Bart Bryant 11,17,19,20 Gil Morgan 18
Brad Bryant 1,3 Kiyoshi Murota 22
Mark Calcavecchia 17,18,19,20 Seiki Okuda 22
Roger Chapman 1,2,9,20 a-Pat O'Donnell 14
Russ Cochran 10,17,20 Mark O'Meara 17,18
John Cook 17,18,20 Steve Pate 19
Fred Couples 10,11,16,17,18,19,20 Corey Pavin 11,17,18,20
Joe Daley 20 Tom Pernice Jr. 17,18,19,20
Joe Durant 18 Kenny Perry 1,2,11,16,17,18,19,20
Dave Eichelberger 3    
Steve Elkington 11,17,18 Nick Price 18
Brad Faxon 18 Sam Randolph 25
Dan Forsman 17,20 Mike Reid 9
Peter Fowler 21 John Riegger 17,20
David Frost 17,18,19,20 Loren Roberts 11,18,20
Fred Funk 1,3,11,16,17,18,20 Gene Sauers 17
Bob Gilder 18 Peter Senior 11,17
Philip Golding 21 Scott Simpson 24
Mike Goodes 17 Joey Sindelar 18
Jay Haas 9,16,17,18,19,20 Vijay Singh 16,18
a-Doug Hanzel 13.14 Jeff Sluman 11,17,18,19
Jeff Hart 11 Craig Stadler 17,18,20
Scott Hoch 18 Kevin Sutherland 26
John Huston 18 Hal Sutton 18
Kohki Idoki 9,20 Steen Tinning 21
Hale Irwin 3,18 Esteban Toledo 17,20
Peter Jacobsen 1,3 Kirk Triplett 11,17,18,19,20
Steve Jones 24 Bob Tway 18
Tom Kite 18 Scott Verplank 16
Bernhard Langer 1,2,10,11,17,18,19,20 Duffy Waldorf 11,17,18,19
Larry Laoretti 3 Paul Wesselingh 21
Tom Lehman 9,11,17,18,19,20 Mark Wiebe 10,17,20
Steve Lowery 18 Chris Williams 11
Jeff Maggert 18,19,20 Willie Wood 20

Bold=Past U.S. Senior Open champion
Guide to Exemption Categories:

1. Winners of the U.S. Senior Open Championship the last 10 years. (a) The last 10 years; or (b)Age 65 or under on July 14, 2013; or (c) From 1980-2009.

2. Any winner of the U.S. Senior Open Championship since 2010 who has not yet reached his 66th birthday on or before July 13, 2014.

3. Winners of the U.S. Senior Open Championship from 1980-2009.

4. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2005-14) NOTE: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries.

5. Winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship the last 10 years (2004-13) and the runner-up from 2013. (must be an amateur)

6. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last 10 years. (2005-14)

7. Winners of the British Open Championship the last 10 years. (2004-13)

8. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last 10 years. (2004-13)

9. Winners of the PGA of America Seniors Championship the last 10 years (2004-13)

10. Winners of the Senior British Open Championship the last four years. (2010-13)

11. From the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.

12. From the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, any amateur returning a 72-hole score (must be an amateur). NOTE: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries.

13. From the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship, the amateur returning the lowest 72-hole score. (must be an amateur)

14. From the 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, the winner and runner-up. (must be an amateur)

15. Playing members of the 2011 & 2013 USA Walker Cup and the 2010 & 2012 USA Men's World Amateur Teams. (must be an amateur)

16. Playing members of the five most current United States and European Ryder Cup and United States and World Presidents' Cup Teams.

17. From the final 2013 official Champions Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.

18. From the Champions Tour all-time money list, the top 50 money leaders through the close of entries on May 28, 2014. (must have filed an entry by May 28)

19. From the 2014 official Champions Tour money list, the top 20 money leaders through the close of entries on May 28, 2014. (Must have filed an entry by May 28)

20. Winners of Champions Tour co-sponsored events, excluding team events, whose victories are considered official, in the last two calendar years (2012-13) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship. (NOTE: USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries)

21. From the final 2013 official Senior PGA European Tour money list, the top six money winners.

22. From the final 2013 official Japan Seniors Tour money list, the top two money winners.

23. Winners of PGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, in the last five calendar years (2009-13) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship. (NOTE: The USGA will file blank entries for those players who become exempt after the close of entries)

24. Any player in his first 10 years of eligibility who has won the U.S. Open Championship.

25. Any player who has won a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, Masters Tournament, British Open, British Amateur or PGA Championship (one-time exemption).

26. Special exemptions as selected by the USGA. 

2013 CHAMPION: Kenny Perry carded a 7-under-par 63 that matched the week’s low round and was one off the championship record to win the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship by five strokes at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Perry’s 72-hole score of 13-under 267 was well ahead of runner-up Fred Funk (272). Corey Pavin and Rocco Mediate tied for third at 7-under 273.

Perry’s 127 total over the final two rounds shattered the U.S. Senior Open record by three strokes and his 10-stroke comeback over the final 36 holes is the greatest in championship history. Perry is the third player to win the Senior Open and Senior Players in the same year, joining Gary Player (1987) and Orville Moody (1989).

Perry, who matched Hale Irwin for the lowest 72-hole score in U.S. Senior Open history, started the day two strokes behind 54-hole leader Michael Allen, who shot a 2-over 72 to finish fifth at 274. Perry raced by the field with a 5-under 30 on the outward nine. During one stretch, he birdied five of six holes.

PURSE: The 2013 purse was $2.685 million; the winner earned $500,000. This year's purse has yet to be determined. 

TICKETS: Tickets for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship are available at www.2014ussenioropen.com. Weekly tickets are $150 (good Thursday-Sunday with parking). Trophy Club tickets are $250.

HISTORY: This is the 35th 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 minimum age to 50.

Miller Barber captured the first of his three U.S. Senior Open titles in 1982; he also won in 1984 and 1985. The U.S. Senior Open has four two-time winners: Gary Player (1987, 1988), Jack Nicklaus (1991, 1993), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006). Doyle became the championship’s oldest winner in 2006 at the age of 58 years and 13 days.

The youngest champion is Dale Douglass, who won in 1986 at the age of 50 years, 3 months and 24 days.

U.S. SENIOR OPEN AT OAK TREE NATIONAL: This is the first U.S. Senior Open Championship and the second USGA championship to be conducted at Oak Tree National.

In 1984, Scott Verplank defeated Sam Randolph, 4 and 3, to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. Verplank, a student at Oklahoma State University, earned medalist honors with a two-round total of 137. He survived two close calls in match play. In the semifinals, he holed an 8-foot par putt on No. 18 to defeat Randy Sonnier, 1 up. Verplank was 2 down after 10 holes against Peter Parsons in the quarterfinals, but rallied on the inward nine for a 1-up victory.  The start of the championship match was delayed by rain for two hours. Verplank made three consecutive birdies in the afternoon round to move ahead for the first time and sank a 25-footer on 33rd hole that ended the match.

Verplank, who becomes eligible for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open on July 9, is an Oak Tree National member.


1984 U.S. Amateur: Scott Verplank def. Sam Randolph, 4 and 3

PLAYERS WHO PLAYED IN 1984 U.S. AMATEUR AT OAK TREE NATIONAL (5): Davis Love III, Rocco Mediate, Kirk Triplett, Scott Verplank and Duffy Waldorf.


1988 PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman by three strokes over Paul Azinger, 272-275
2006 Senior PGA Championship: Jay Haas def. Brad Bryant, 279-279 (3rd playoff hole)

AMATEUR EVENTS AT OAK TREE NATIONAL: Oak Tree National has hosted the Oklahoma Open since 1986. Lucas Glover, Bob Tway, Willie Wood, Gil Morgan, Todd Hamilton, David Edwards and Mark Hayes are among the champions. Frederick Lutz won the State Amateur at Oak Tree in 1985.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN OKLAHOMA: This will be the 20th USGA championship held in Oklahoma and the first U.S. Senior Open held in the state. Tommy Bolt (1958), Hubert Green (1977) and Retief Goosen (2001) have won U.S. Open titles in Oklahoma.

1946 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Babe Didrikson Zaharias)
1953 U.S. Junior Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Rex Baxter Jr.)
1953 U.S. Amateur: Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club (Gene Littler)
1958 U.S. Open: Southern Hills Country Club (Tommy Bolt)
1960 U.S. Girls’ Junior: The Oaks Country Club (Carol Sorenson)
1960 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Tulsa Country Club (JoAnne Gunderson Carner)
1961 U.S. Senior Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Dexter H. Daniels)
1965 U.S. Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Robert L. Murphy Jr.)
1967 U.S. Junior Amateur: Twin Hills Golf & Country Club (John T. Crooks)
1970 U.S. Women’s Open: Muskogee Country Club (Donna Caponi)
1977 U.S. Open: Southern Hills Country Club (Hubert Green)
1983 U.S. Women’s Open: Cedar Ridge Country Club (Jan Stephenson)
1984 U.S. Amateur: Oak Tree National (Scott Verplank)
1987 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Cindy Scholefield)
1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Page Belcher Golf Course (Pearl Sinn)
2001 U.S. Open: Southern Hills Country Club (Retief Goosen)
2008 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Tulsa Country Club (Diane Lang)
2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (Brad Benjamin)
2009 U.S. Amateur: Southern Hills Country Club (Byeong-Hun An) 
2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (Lauren Diaz-Yi)


1983 U.S. Senior Open: Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. (Billy Casper)
1999 U.S. Senior Open: Des Moines Golf & Country Club, West Des Moines, Iowa (Dave Eichelberger)
2004 U.S. Senior Open: Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis (Peter Jacobsen)
2006 U.S. Senior Open: Prairie Dunes Country Club, Hutchinson, Kan. (Allen Doyle)
2013 U.S. Senior Open: Omaha (Neb.) Country Club (Kenny Perry)


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


June 25-28, 2015: Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 11-14, 2016: Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

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 photorequests@usga.org.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS                         

USGA Communications Department: 908-234-2300
U.S. Senior Open Media Center: TBD

MEDIA OPERATIONS/SERVICE: Please contact Brian DePasquale or Pete Kowalski for more information regarding your U.S. Senior Open coverage. Their contact information is:


Brian DePasquale: bdepasquale@usga.org, (O) 908-326-1884, (C) 908-655-8395
Pete Kowalski: pkowalski@usga.org, (O) 908-234-2300 x1322, (C) 908-216-8435

Media-specific information can be found at www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.


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