USGA History: 1991 - present
  • Long-hitting rookie John Daly overpowers the field in the PGA Championship, after making the field as an alternate.
  • Amateur Phil Mickelson wins the PGA Tour's Northern Telecom Open at age 20.
  • Chip Beck shoots a 59 during the Las Vegas Invitational to tie Al Geiberger's PGA Tour record.
  • Payne Stewart claims the U.S. Open at Hazeltine in a playoff with Scott Simpson.

  • Fred Couples' victory at The Masters puts him over $1million in earnings in the second week of April.
  • The PGA Tour tops $50 million in purses; the LPGA and Senior Tours both go over $20 million.
  • Ray Floyd, at age 49, wins the Doral Ryder Open 29 years after his first PGA Tour victory. Later in the year, he wins on the Senior Tour.
  • Betsy King wins the LPGA Championship by 11 strokes with a 72-hole record 267.
  • John F. Merchant, a Connecticut attorney, is the first African-American elected to the USGA Executive Committee.
  • Nick Faldo captures his third British Open.

  • Bernard Langer wins his second Masters.
  • Greg Norman wins his second British Open. Norman's 267 total sets a British Open record.
  • For the third consecutive year, Tiger Woods is the U.S. Junior Amateur champion. No other player has repeated in the event.
  • Sarah LeBrun Ingram becomes the first player to take the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur Championship twice. The event began in 1987.

  • Nick Price wins the British Open at Turnberry, aided by a final-round eagle on the 17th hole.
  • Tim Finchem succeeds Deane Beman as Commissioner of the PGA Tour.
  • Arnold Palmer bids farewell to the U.S. Open in a stirring march up the 18th fairway at Oakmont.
  • Patty Sheehan wins the U.S. Women's Open at Indianwood, her second in three years.
  • Nick Price wins his second major of the year -- the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

  • Corey Pavin claims the USGA's Centennial U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
  • Ben Crenshaw wins The Masters just days after the death of his mentor and teacher Harvey Penick.
  • Tiger Woods wins his second consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship, held at Newport (R.I.) Country Club.
  • At St. Andrews, John Daly captures the British Open, his second career major.
  • The European team wins the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill by the margin of 14½-13½.

  • Judy Bell becomes the first woman elected President of the USGA.
  • Nick Faldo overtakes Greg Norman to win The Masters.
  • Tiger Woods wins his third consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship at Pumpkin Ridge. Later, he joins the PGA Tour, wins twice, and earns Rookie of the Year honors.
  • Tom Watson wins the Memorial Tournament - his first victory in nine years.
  • Kelli Kuehne wins her second consecutive U.S. Women's Amateur title, and later adds the British Ladies Open Amateur.
  • Annika Sorenstam wins her second consecutive Women's Open Championship, held at Pine Needles.

  • Tiger Woods wins The Masters in record fashion, with an 18-under-par total and a 12-stroke margin of victory.
  • Ernie Els wins the U.S. Open at Congressional, his second in four years.
  • The first Ryder Cup is held on Continental European soil, at Valderrama in Spain. The European team wins.
  • Justin Leonard wins the British Open at Royal Troon, carding a final-round 65.
  • Jack Nicklaus competes in the U.S. Open at Congressional -- his 150th consecutive major championship.

  • Lee Janzen wins his second U.S. Open title of the 90's at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Casey Martin is awarded the right to ride in a golf cart at the U.S. Open.
  • Mark O'Meara, at age 41, becomes the oldest player to win The Masters and the British Open in the same year.
  • Vijay Singh, with a victory at the PGA Championship, wins his first major; it is the first major championship claimed by a player from Fiji.
  • Se Ri Pak, a 19-year-old phenom from Korea, captivates the LPGA Tour with major wins at the U.S. Women's Open and the LPGA Championship.

  • Thirteen-year-old Aree Wongluekiet becomes the youngest winner in USGA history by capturing the Girls' Junior championship at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.
  • The U.S. wins the Ryder Cup in dramatic comeback at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
  • Paul Lawrie, a native of Scotland, wins the British Open in a three-way playoff when Frenchman Jean Van de Velde collapses on the 72nd hole.
  • Jose Maria Olazabal wins his second Masters.
  • The U.S. Senior Open attracts record crowds of over 250,000 in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Payne Stewart wins his second U.S. Open title at Pinehurst, sinking a dramatic par putt on the 72nd hole. Tragically, he perishes along with five others in a plane crash four months later.
  • Juli Inkster smashes the U.S. Women's Open scoring record at Old Waverly. Later in the year, with a victory in the Safeway LPGA Golf Championship, she earns entry into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
  • The USGA implements testing protocol for "spring-like" effect in metal woods.

  • The USGA celebrates the 100th playing of the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, and U.S. Women's Amateur, as well as the 75th playing of the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
  • Shigeki Maruyama cards a 58 in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open.
  • At 10 years of age, Michelle Wie becomes the youngest player to compete in a USGA women's amateur competition when she qualifies for the Women's Amateur Public Links in Aberdeen, N.C.
  • Tiger Woods rolls to a record 15-stroke victory at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. It is Woods' first Open title and his seventh USGA championship. He would go on to win the season's final two major championships, the British Open at St. Andrews and the PGA Championship at Valhalla, becoming the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in a year.
  • By defeating Anna Schultz, 3 and 2, in the final of the Women's Mid-Amateur, Ellen Port becomes only the second player in the championship's history to win three Women's Mid-Amateur titles, joining Sarah LeBrun Ingram.

  • Tiger Woods is the first player to hold all four professional-major titles at one time when he captures The Masters in April. It becomes known as the "The Tiger Slam."
  • Retief Goosen of South Africa wins the U.S. Open at Southern Hills in an 18-hole playoff over Mark Brooks.
  • Karrie Webb rolls to an eight-shot victory at the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles and joins six others (Mickey Wright, Donna Caponi, Susie Maxwell Berning, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King and Annika Sorenstam) as back-to-back winners of this championship.
  • Annika Sorenstam becomes the first female golfer to ever shoot a 59 in an LPGA event, achieving the feat at the Standard Register PING in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Christina Kim registers the lowest 18-hole score in any USGA championship when she fires a 62 in the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Girls' Junior at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan.
  • James Vargas establishes a U.S. Junior 36-hole stroke-play scoring record of 132 at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Meredith Duncan outlasts Nicole Perrot in a 37-hole thriller for the U.S. Women's Amateur title at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Wichita, Kan. The loss prevented Perrot from becoming the first golfer to capture the U.S. Girls' Junior and Women's Amateur in the same year.
  • In the first 36-hole final in U.S. Mid-Amateur history, Tim Jackson defeats George Zahringer, 1 up, at San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno, Calif.
  • The Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team registers a 15-9 victory over the USA squad at Ocean Forest Golf Club. It's the first time the GB&I squad had posted consecutive victories over the USA in the 79-year history of the Match.
  • Kemp Richardson joins his later father, John, as the only father-son duo to capture a USGA championship, when he defeats Bill Ploeger, 2 and 1, for the USGA Senior Amateur crown at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. John Richardson also won the Senior Amateur title in 1987 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.


  • For the first time ever, the U.S. Open is held at a publicly owned facility (Bethpage State Park's Black Course). Tiger Woods wins the title by three strokes over Phil Mickelson and is the only player in the field to finish under par (-3).
  • Ernie Els ends Tiger Woods' hopes for a Grand Slam by taking the British Open at Muirfield in a playoff over Steve Elkington, Thomas Levet and Stuart Appleby. Woods had won the Masters and U.S. Open titles.
  • Juli Inkster returns to the site of her first Women's Amateur championship (Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.) and fires a final-round 66 to beat Annika Sorenstam by two strokes for her second U.S. Women's Open title. Inkster joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win a U.S. Amateur and Open at the same course.
  • Carol Semple Thompson, playing in her record 12th Curtis Cup Match, sinks a 27-foot birdie putt from the fringe at the 18th hole to secure the USA's 11-7 victory over Great Britain and Ireland. The dramatic putt was fitting since the Match was played in Thompson's hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. It was also Thompson's 18th victory in Curtis Cup play, another record.
  • George Zahringer, at 49, becomes the oldest player to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur title, when he defeats Jerry Courville Jr., 3 and 2, at his home course, The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.
  • Carol Semple Thompson, en route to winning her fourth consecutive USGA Senior Women's Amateur championship at Mid-Pines Inn and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., establishes a consecutive match-play winning streak record of 24.


  • Michelle Wie, 13, becomes the youngest champion of an adult USGA championship when she defeats Virada Nirapathponporn in the final of the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship at Ocean Hammock Golf Club in Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Jim Furyk establishes a 54-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 200 en route to a three-stroke victory over Stephen Leaney. Furyk's 72-hole total of 272 tied an Open mark held by Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Tiger Woods.
  • Hilary Lunke outlasts Angela Stanford and Kelly Robbins in an 18-hole playoff for the U.S. Women's Open title. Lunke becomes the first player since Annika Sorenstam in 1995 to make the Women's Open her first professional victory. Lunke also is the first champion to have won by going through local and sectional qualifying.


  • Retief Goosen of South Africa wins his second U.S. Open title in three years by registering 11 one-putt greens in the final round to best Phil Mickelson by two strokes at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Goosen carded a 1-over-par 71 on a day when the scoring average was 78.7.
  • Meg Mallon fires a final-round 65 at The Orchards in South Hadley, Mass., to edge Annika Sorenstam by two strokes. Mallon's 13 years between Women's Open victories was the most in championship history. She won the 1991 Women's Open at Colonial C.C. in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Three months after successful hip-replacement surgery, Peter Jacobsen survived a marathon 36-hole final day at hot and steamy Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis to win the U.S. Senior Open by one stroke over two-time champion Hale Irwin. 
  • Yani Tseng, 15, of Chinese Taipei became the second-youngest champion in U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links history when she defeated 14-year-old defending champion Michelle Wie of Honolulu, Hawaii, 1 up, in the 36-hole final match at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club's Green Course in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Ryan Moore, 21, of Puyallup, Wash., completed arguably the greatest summer by an amateur golfer since Bob Jones won the "Grand Slam" 74 years earlier by claiming both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links titles. In July, Moore defeated Dayton Rose, 6 and 5, in the APL final at Rush Creek G.C. in Maple Grove, Minn. One month later at Winged Foot G.C. in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Moore not only claimed stroke-play medalist honors, but won the final four holes, three with birdies, to beat 19-year-old Luke List, 2 up, in the 36-hole final match of the U.S. Amateur. Moore also won the NCAA Division I individual title for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Western Amateur and the Sahalee Players Amateur. He also became the first player to win the APL and Amateur titles in the same summer.


    • In the final round when much of the field faltered, Michael Campbell of New Zealand played steady and solid, shooting a 1-under-par 69 over the No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort to capture the 105th U.S. Ppen Championship by two strokes over Tiger Woods. Campbell joined Bob Charles, the 1963 British Open champion, as one of just two golfers from New Zealand to have won a major championship.
    • With a closing round of 8-under-par 63, Allen Doyle tied the record for lowest 18-hole score in any of the three USGA Open championships, to win the U.S. Senior Open on the South Course at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. Doyle’s nine-stroke comeback established a record for the largest comeback in a final round.
    • Italy’s Edoardo Molinari one-putted 10 times in his last 15 holes to become the first Italian to win the U.S. Amateur title at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Molinari was the first European to win the Amateur since Harold Hilton of Liverpool, England, won in 1911 at Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y.
    • Mary Ann Lapointe, 45, of Canada became the first foreign-born winner of the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur with her 1-up win over Kerry Postillion at Shadow Hawk G.C. in Richmond, Texas. 
    • Despite an injured shoulder, Mike Rice, 65, of Houston, Texas, became the oldest winner in 18 years and thwarted the title defense hopes of Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., with a 1-up victory in the final of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga.




  • Geoff Ogilvy won his first career major in one of the wildest finishes in U.S. Open history. He made gutsy pars on the final two holes, including a chip-in from off the green on 17, to beat Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson by one stroke at Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Montgomerie and Mickelson each suffered double-bogey 6s on the 72nd hole, the latter hitting his tee shot off a hospitality tent to the left of the fairway. 
  • Allen Doyle successfully defended his U.S. Senior Open title at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., becoming, at age 58, the oldest champion in the event’s short history. Doyle defeated the home-state hero, Tom Watson, by two strokes, giving the 1982 U.S. Open champion his third runner-up Senior Open finish.

  • History was also made at the U.S. Women's Amateur when 14-year-old Kimberly Kim of Hilo, Hawaii, became the championship's youngest winner, defeating 26-year-old German Katharina Schallenberg in a thrilling 36-hole final at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course in North Plains, Ore. Kim was 15 months younger than the previous youngest champion, Laura Baugh (1971).





  • The U.S. Open returned to Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh for the first time since 1994 when Ernie Els captured his first major championship. Argentina’s Ángel Cabrera won the championship after Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods were unable to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Cabrera's victory marked the first U.S. Open championship won by a South American.
  • Trip Kuehne of Dallas, Texas, finally chased down a USGA title at the U.S. Mid-Amateur, 13 years after he lost to Tiger Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur final. Kuehne defeated Dan Whitaker, 9 and 7, in the 36-hole final match held at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore. It was a remarkable month for Kuehne, who also helped the USA Walker Cup Team win at Royal County Down and played a major role in his Texas squad claiming the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
  • Colt Knost of Dallas won a pair of USGA titles, the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Cantigny in Wheaton, Ill., and the U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, and was undefeated in helping the USA win the Walker Cup Match at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. Knost joined Ryan Moore as the only two players to claim the APL and Amateur titles in the same year.





  • Plagued throughout the week by an ailing left knee, Tiger Woods won his third U.S. Open championship and 14th major title by beating Rocco Mediate in a memorable Monday playoff that was extended to 19 holes. Woods became just the second man, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each of the majors at least three times. Woods forced the playoff with a clutch birdie putt at the 72nd hole as Mediate watched from outside the clubhouse. Woods would undergo knee surgery after the Open and miss the next two majors of the year.
  • At 19, Inbee Park became the youngest player to win the U.S. Women's Open Championship, posting scores of 72-69-71-71 at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn. Her 9-under score of 283 was four strokes better than Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, a Women’s Open runner-up for a second time (1993).
  • Steve Wilson, the owner of convenience stores/gas stations in Mississippi, claimed the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Milwaukee Country Club by defeating former minor-league baseball player Todd Mitchell, 5 and 4, in the 36-hole final. Wilson, a 38-year-old reinstated amateur, registered 14 one-putts over 32 holes in beating the 30-year-old Mitchell, who was in infielder in the New York Yankees farm system.
  • Diane Lang of Weston, Fla., became the sixth woman to have won three or more USGA Senior Women's Amateur titles by defeating Toni Wiesner, 6 and 5, in the 18-hole final at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. The Jamaican-born Lang also raised her match-play record in four appearances to an impressive 22-1. Only 2008 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Carol Semple Thompson (24-0) owns a better record in the first four years playing this championship for females 50 and over. It was the third final-match loss for the left-handed Weisner in the Senior Women’s Amateur.



  • Lucas Glover, a 29-year-old from Greenville, S.C., won the 2009 U.S. Open with a 4-under-par total of 276 on a Bethpage State Park Black Course that endured so much rain that the championship ­didn’t conclude until Monday. It was the first time the Open had a Monday regulation finish since the 1983 championship at Oakmont C.C. Glover, a sectional qualifier, finished two strokes ahead of three past USGA champions: Ricky Barnes (2002 U.S. Amateur), David Duval (1989 U.S. Junior Amateur) and Phil Mickelson (1990 U.S. Amateur). For Mickelson, it was his record fifth runner-up Open finish.
  • Fred Funk won his second major championship on the Champions Tour at the U.S. Senior Open conducted at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Funk won by six strokes over Joey Sindelar and broke the championship scoring record with a 20-under 268 total.
  • Marvin (Vinny) Giles III, 66, of Richmond, Va., drained a birdie putt on the 18th hole to beat 61-year-old John Grace, 1 up, at Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Giles set the rec­ord for most years between USGA titles, having won the 1972 U.S. Amateur.
  • Nathan Smith, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa. Smith, who won the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur, claimed his second Mid-Am title with a 7-And-6 victory over Tim Spitz of Rochester, N.Y., Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club’s Cassique. Smith matched what Texan Trip Kuehne did two years earlier by winning the Mid-Am, helping the USA to a Walker Cup victory (Merion Golf Club) and leading Pennsylvania to the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at St. Albans (Mo.) C.C.
  • Martha Leach, 47, of Hebron, Ky., became part of just the second pair of sisters (after Margaret and Harriot Curtis) to have won USGA titles by claiming the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur title at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Fla. Hollis Stacy, Leach’s older sister, claimed six USGA titles, including three consecutive U.S. Girls’ Juniors and three Women’s Opens. In the Women’s Mid-Am final, Leach beat Laura Coble, 3 and 2.



  • Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland became the first European to win the U.S. Open in 40 years by claiming a one-stroke victory over Gregory Havret at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The former Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup member and All-American at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, finished with a 72-hole total of even-par 284.
  • Paula Creamer was the 65th U.S. Women’s Open champion at Oakmont Country Club, shooting 3-under 281 to win her first major championship, four shots ahead of Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi of Korea. It was only her fourth event after undergoing surgery to her left thumb earlier in the year.
  • In early June, the USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 12½-7½, at Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., for its seventh consecutive victory in the biennial competition. The team, captained by Massachusetts native Noreen Mohler, was led by teenager Alexis Thompson, who turned professional after the three-day competition.
  • Mina Hardin, runner-up in the 2001 U.S. Women’s Mid-Ama­teur and a veteran of more than 20 USGA championships, finally put her name on a USGA trophy with her 2-and-1 victory over Alexandra Frazier in the 18-hole USGA Senior Women’s Amateur final at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Naples, Fla. Hardin became the first Mexican-born player to win a USGA title. Frazier was bidding to become the first No. 64 (and last) seed to claim a USGA match-play championship.
  • Jim Liu of Smithtown, N.Y., surpassed Tiger Woods as the youngest U.S. Junior Ama­teur champion with a 4-and-2 win over Justin Thomas at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Mich. Liu, 14, was seven months younger when Woods won the first of his three consecutive Junior Amateur titles in 1991.



  • Rory McIlroy, taking advantage of soft conditions from heavy rains earlier in the week, established several scoring marks en route to an eight-stroke victory over Jason Day at the 111th U.S. Open conducted at Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course in Bethesda, Md. The Northern Irishman posted a 72-hole total of 16-under-par 268, four strokes better than the previous scoring record held by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Jim Furyk and Lee Janzen. While joining fellow countryman Graeme McDowell as a U.S. Open champion, the 22-year-old McIlroy also became the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923. McIlroy became the fifth golfer in U.S. Open history to score under par in all four rounds.
  • The champion of the 66th U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor’s East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., was So Yeon Ryu. Ryu became the fourth Korean to win the Open in the last seven years. She defeated compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in the first three-hole aggregate playoff in Women’s Open history. The Women’s Open had employed an 18-hole playoff until the USGA changed the format following the 2006 playoff at Newport (R.I.) C.C. Plagued by weather suspensions throughout the week, the Women’s Open was forced into having a Monday finish.
  • Olin Browne sealed the biggest win of his career with a 30-foot birdie putt at the 72nd hole for a three-shot victory at the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Browne finished at 15-under-par 269 – one off of Fred Funk’s 72-hole scoring mark – to hold off past U.S. Amateur champion and two-time major winner Mark O’Meara.
  • Louis Lee, 55, of Heber Springs, Ark., won the USGA Senior Amateur to equal his older brother, Stanford, the 2007 champion. On his way to winning, Louis defeated Stanford in what is believed to be the first USGA match between amateur brothers. In the 18-hole final, Lee defeated Philip Pleat of Nashua, N.H., 1 up, at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va.
  • Ellen Port won her record fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach, Va., by defeating Martha Leach in the 18-hole final, 2 and 1. The St. Louis, Mo., native previously had won the championship in 1995, 1996 and 2000.
  • Jordan Spieth of Dallas joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateur titles with an impressive 6-and-5 victory over Chelso Barrett of Keene, N.H. Spieth turned 18 a few days after winning his title at Gold Mountain Golf Club’s Olympic Course. Two months later, Spieth went 2-0-1 for the USA in a Walker Cup defeat at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club to Great Britain and Ireland.











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