About the U.S. Amateur Championship:
A field of 312 golfers is cut to the top 64 following two days of stroke play. Those 64 move on to single-elimination match play culminating in a 36-hole championship match.
Gunn Yang won the 2014 championship over Carey Conners by a score of 2 and 1. Yang is from Korea and Conners from Canada. Yang won the first hole of the 36-hole final, and led the entire first 18. But Conners squared the match on the 19th hole, and it remained all square through the 23rd. But Yang went up again on the 25th hole and never relinquished the lead.
Matt Fitzpatrick of England defeated Oliver Goss of Australian in the 36-hole championship match by a score of 4 and 3. The match was all square after the 19th hole, but Fitzpatrick won the 20th and 21st, and led the rest of the way.
2012 U.S. Amateur
Steven Fox rolled in a long putt on the first extra hole to defeat Michael Weaver, 1-up, in 37 holes for the championship. Weaver took the lead on the seventh hole and held it until the 36th, when Fox squared the match. Fox was 2-down with two holes to play, then won the 35th and 36th holes to take the match to extra holes.
2011 US Amateur Championship
Kelly Kraft defeated Patrick Cantlay, 2-up, in a match that went back and forth throughout. Kraft was as much as 4-up in the morning 18, and ended the first 18 2-up. But Cantlay squared it on the 24th hole and led 1-up with four holes to play. Kraft won the next two holes to go back in front, then won the 36th hole for the final margin.
Peter Uihlein, the world's No. 1-ranked amateur, defeated fellow NCAA collegian David Chung, 4 and 2. Chung had beaten Uihlein in match play twice previously. The win came on Uihlein's 21st birthday.
U.S. Amateur Championship Records:
- 5 - Bobby Jones (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930)
- 4 - Jerome Travers (1907, 1908, 1912, 1913)
- 3 - Tiger Woods (1994-96)
- 2 - H.J. Whigham (1986-7); Walter Travis (1900-01); H. Chandler Egan (1904-5); Jerome Travers (1907-8, 1912-13); Bobby Jones (1924-5, 1927-8); Lawson Little (1934-5); E. Harvie Ward (1955-6); Jay Sigel (1982-3)
- Danny Lee, 2008 (18 years, 1 month)
- Jack Westland, 1952 (47 years, 3 months, 9 days)
- 12 and 11 - Charles B. Macdonald def. Charles Sands, 1895
U.S. Amateur Championship Golf Courses:
- 2015 - Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.
- 2014 - Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlanta, Ga.
- 2013 - The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
- 2012 - Cherry Hills Country Club, Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
U.S. Amateur Championships Trivia and Notes:
- The USGA was founded in 1894, and in 1895 the U.S. Amateur Championship debuted.
- Charles B. Macdonald won the first U.S. Am. Yes, he's the Charles B. Macdonald - the renowned golf course architect who designed such courses as Chicago Golf Club, National Golf Links of America and the Yale University course.
- The first U.S. Amateur and first U.S. Open were played simultaneously, but the Open started one day later than the Amateur. That makes the Amateur the oldest golf tournament in America.
- The U.S. Amateur has usually included stroke-play qualifying rounds, and has almost always concluded with match play. However, from 1965-72, the Amateur was played entirely at stroke play.
- The trophy of the U.S. Am is known as the Havemeyer Cup, and the winner receives possession of it for one year.
- Bobby Jones is the only 5-time winner of this event. He reached the final 7 times (the record), losing in 1919 and 1926.
- Tiger Woods is the only golfer to win this tournament three times in a row. Woods also holds records as the youngest champion, and for most consecutive matches won (18, over three championships).
- Chick Evans (1916) and Bobby Jones (1930) are the only golfers to win the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open in the same years. Nine other golfers won both tournaments during the course of their careers. But two of those - Francis Ouimet and Johnny Goodman - won the Open before they won the Amateur.
- Two-time winner and five-time finalist Chick Evans played in the U.S. Amateur a record 50 times. William C. Campbell, a onetime USGA president, played every year from 1941-77 (excluding 1942-45, when the championship wasn't played), a record 33 straight years.
U.S. Amateur Championship Winners:
2014 - Gunn Yang def. Corey Conners, 2 and 1
2013 - Matt Fitzpatrick def. Oliver Goss, 4 and 3
2012 - Steven Fox def. Michael Weaver, 1-up (37 holes)
2011 - Kelly Kraft def. Patrick Cantlay, 2-up
2010 - Peter Uihlein def. David Chung, 4 and 2
2009 - Byeong-Hun An def. Ben Martin, 7 and 5
2008 - Danny Lee def. Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4
2007 - Colt Knost def. Michael Thompson, 2 and 1
Full List of U.S. Amateur Champions