U.S. Senior Open History

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Established as a result of the remarkable growth in senior golf, both at the professional and amateur levels, the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1980 was conducted on the East Course of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Roberto De Vicenzo, a national hero in his native Argentina, won the inaugural event by four strokes over amateur William C. Campbell.

While the first Senior Open was for golfers 55 and older, the age limit was dropped to 50 the following year to mirror the fledgling Senior Tour (now PGA Tour Champions), and fittingly, Arnold Palmer, 51, won the championship. With his victory, Palmer joined JoAnne Carner as the only players to win three different USGA Championships (Jack Nicklaus, Carol Semple Thompson, and Tiger Woods have since accomplished this feat).

Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Orville Moody, Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin joined Palmer as the only golfers to have won a U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. Other notable champions include Tom Weiskopf, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Dave Stockton, Fred Funk and Kenny Perry.

U.S. Senior Open Champions (1981-Present)

1980: Roberto De Vicenzo, 285 (+1); a-William C. Campbell, 289; Winged Foot G.C. (East Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Entries: 631

1981: Arnold Palmer, 289 (+9)–70; Bob Stone, 289-74; Billy Casper, 289-77; Oakland Hills C.C. (South Course), Birmingham, Mich.; Entries: 743

1982: Miller Barber, 282 (-2); Gene Littler, Dan Sikes Jr., 286; Portland (Ore.) G.C.; Entries: 665

1983: Billy Casper, 288 (+4)-75-3; Rod Funseth, 288-75-4; Hazeltine National G.C., Chaska, Minn.; Entries: 756

1984: Miller Barber, 286 (+6); Arnold Palmer, 288; Oak Hill C.C. (East Course), Rochester, N.Y.; Entries: 861

1985: Miller Barber, 285 (-3); Roberto De Vicenzo, 289; Edgewood Tahoe G.C., Stateline, Nev.; Entries: 1,029

1986: Dale Douglass, 279 (-5); Gary Player, 280; Scioto C.C., Columbus, Ohio; Entries: 1,225

1987: Gary Player, 270 (-14); Doug Sanders, 276; Brooklawn C.C., Fairfield, Conn.; Entries: 1,277

1988: Gary Player, 288 (E)-68; Bob Charles, 288-70; Medinah (Ill.) C.C. (No. 3 Course); Entries: 1,662

1989: Orville Moody, 279 (-9); Frank Beard, 281; Laurel Valley G.C., Ligonier, Pa.; Entries: 1,762

1990: Lee Trevino, 275 (-13); Jack Nicklaus, 277; Ridgewood C.C. (Center and West nines), Paramus, N.J.; Entries: 1,890

1991: Jack Nicklaus, 282 (+2)-65; Chi Chi Rodriguez, 282-69; Oakland Hills C.C. (South Course), Birmingham, Mich.; Entries: 2,201

1992: Larry Laoretti, 275 (–9); Jim Colbert, 279; Saucon Valley C.C. (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pa.; Entries: 2,156

1993: Jack Nicklaus, 278 (-6); Tom Weiskopf, 279; Cherry Hills C.C., Englewood, Colo.; Entries: 2,275

1994: Simon Hobday, 274 (-10); Jim Albus, Graham Marsh, 275; Pinehurst (N.C.) R. & C.C. (No. 2); Entries: 2,390

1995: Tom Weiskopf, 275 (-13); Jack Nicklaus, 279; Congressional C.C. (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md.; Entries: 2,599

1996: Dave Stockton, 277 (-11); Hale Irwin, 279; Canterbury G.C., Beachwood, Ohio; Entries: 2,665

1997: Graham Marsh, 280 (E); John Bland, 281; Olympia Fields (Ill.) C.C. (North Course); Entries: 2,918

1998: Hale Irwin, 285 (+1); Vicente Fernandez, 286; Riviera C.C., Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Entries: 2,895

1999: Dave Eichelberger, 281 (-7); Ed Dougherty, 284; Des Moines G. & C.C., West Des Moines, Iowa; Entries: 2,850

2000: Hale Irwin, 267 (-17); Bruce Fleisher, 270; Saucon Valley C.C. (Old Course), Bethlehem, Pa.; Entries: 3,007

2001: Bruce Fleisher, 280 (E); Gil Morgan, Isao Aoki, 281; Salem C.C., Peabody, Mass.; Entries: 2,953

2002: Don Pooley, 274 (-10)-4-4-4-3-3; Tom Watson, 274 (-10)-4-4-4-3-4; Caves Valley G.C., Baltimore, Md.; Entries: §3,101

2003: Bruce Lietzke, 277 (-7); Tom Watson, 279; Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio; Entries: 2,788

2004: Peter Jacobsen, 272 (-12); Hale Irwin, 273; Bellerive C.C., St. Louis, Mo.; Entries: 2,930

2005: Allen Doyle, 274 (-10); D.A. Weibring, Loren Roberts, 275; NCR C.C. (South Course), Kettering, Ohio; Entries: 2,876

2006: Allen Doyle, 272 (-8); Tom Watson, 274; Prairie Dunes C.C., Hutchinson, Kan.; Entries: 2,729

2007: Brad Bryant, 282 (-6); Ben Crenshaw, 285; Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wis.; Entries 2,615

2008: Eduardo Romero, 274 (-6); Fred Funk, 278; The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.; Entries: 2,810

2009: Fred Funk, 268 (-20); Joey Sindelar, 274; Crooked Stick G.C., Carmel, Ind.; Entries: 2,794.

2010: Bernhard Langer, 272 (-8); Fred Couples, 275; Sahalee C.C., Sammamish, Wash.; Entries: 2,439

2011: Olin Browne, 269 (-15), Mark O'Meara, 272; Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio; Entries: 2,525

2012: Roger Chapman, 270 (-10), Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, 272; Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Orion, Mich.; Entries: 2,479

2013: Kenny Perry, 267 (-13), Fred Funk, 272; Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Neb.; Entries: 2,746

2014: Colin Montgomerie, 279 (-5) 5-3-4, Gene Sauers, 279 (-5) 5-4-4, Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.; Entries: 2,715

2015: Jeff Maggert, 270 (-10), Colin Montgomerie, 272, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif.; Entries: 2,445

2016: Gene Sauers, 277 (-3), Miguel Angel Jimenez, Billy Mayfair, 278, Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Entries: 2,791

2017: Kenny Perry, 264 (-16), Kirk Triplett, 266, Salem Country Club, Peabody, Mass.; Entries: 2,680      

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Record score (2017)

§ Record entry (2002)