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U.S. Senior Open Golf Tournament

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Allen Doyle

Allen Doyle won the U.S. Senior Open in 2005 and 2006.

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About the U.S. Senior Open:

The U.S. Senior Open, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), has been played annually since 1980. Local and sectional qualifiers are played for this national championship, just as for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open. The format is four rounds of stroke play, with a cut after two rounds.

2014 US Senior Open
Colin Montgomerie defeated Gene Sauers in a 3-hole, aggregate-score playoff to win his second senior major and first-ever USGA championship. Montgomerie and Sauers finished 72 holes tied at 5-under 279 (four strokes clear of the third-place finishers, David Frost and Woody Austin). They matched scores on the first extra hole, then Monty took a 1-stroke edge after two playoff holes. When Montgomerie parred the third playoff hole, he sealed the victory. Just a few weeks prior to his win here, Montgomerie had won the Senior PGA Championship.

2013 Tournament
Kenny Perry tied the tournament's 72-hole scoring record in winning. After shooting 73 in the second round, Perry rebounded with spectacular weekend scores of 64-63, finishing at 13-under 267. That was good for a 5-shot margin of victory over runner-up Fred Funk. It was Perry's fourth win since joining the Champions Tour, and his second senior major.

2012 U.S. Senior Open
Roger Chapman surged in the final round by shooting 66 to pass by third-round leader Bernhard Langer and claim the trophy. It was Chapman's second victory in a senior major in 2012; earlier, he won the Senior PGA Championship, joining Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only golfers to win both those tournaments in the same year. Langer shot 72 and finished tied for second with Fred Funk, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin.

Official Web site

U.S. Senior Open Scoring Records:

  • Low round: 62 - Loren Roberts, third round, 2006
  • Low total: 267 - Hale Irwin (66-71-65-65), 2000; Kenny Perry (67-73-64-63), 2013

U.S. Senior Open Golf Courses:

Recent Sites
  • 2014 - Oak Tree National, Edmond, Olka.
  • 2013 - Omaha Country Club, Omaha, Neb.
  • 2012 - Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Orion, Mich.
  • 2011 - Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
Full list of U.S. Senior Open golf courses

Future Sites

  • 2015 - Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, California
  • 2016 - Scioto Country Club, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • 2017 - Salem Country Club, Peabody, Massachusetts

U.S. Senior Open Trivia and Notes:

  • The first U.S. Senior Open was for golfers ages 55 and up, but in 1981 the minimum age was lowered to 50.

  • Roberto de Vicenzo won the first U.S. Senior Open, with amateur William C. Campbell runner-up.

  • Miller Barber is the only three-time winner of this event, taking the title in 1982, 1984 and 1985.

  • Three golfers have won the title in back-to-back years: Barber (1984-85), Gary Player (1987-88), and Allen Doyle (2005-06).

  • Don Pooley is the only U.S. Senior Open champion to win after playing his way into the tournament through qualifying. Pooley won in 2002.
  • In case of playoff, a 3- or 4-hole aggregate playoff is used. But before that switch was made, there were four 18-hole playoffs: in 1981, Arnold Palmer defeated Bob Stone and Billy Casper; in 1983 Casper defeated Rod Funseth in 19 holes; in 1988 Gary Player defeated Bob Charles; and in 1991 Jack Nicklaus defeated Chi Chi Rodriguez.

U.S. Senior Open - Past Champions:

2014 - Colin Montgomerie
2013 - Kenny Perry
2012 - Roger Chapman
2011 - Olin Browne
2010 - Bernhard Langer
2009 - Fred Funk
Full List of U.S. Senior Open Winners

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