The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open national championship of golf in the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
Since 1898 the competition has been 72 holes of stroke play (4 rounds on an 18-hole course), with the winner being the player with the lowest total number of strokes. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day. The U.S. Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult, with a premium placed on accurate driving.
The purse at the 2017 U.S. Open was $12 million, and the winner's share was $2.16 million.
In line with the other majors, winning the U.S. Open gives a golfer several privileges that make his career much more secure if he is not already one of the elite players of the sport. U.S. Open champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (the Masters, The Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship) for the next five years, as well as The Players Championship, and they are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open itself for 10 years.
Winners may also receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, which is automatic for regular members. Non-PGA Tour members who win the U.S. Open have the choice of joining the PGA Tour either within 60 days of winning, or prior to the beginning of any one of the next five tour seasons.
Finally, U.S. Open winners receive automatic invitations to three of the five senior majors once they turn 50; they receive a five-year invitation to the U.S. Senior Open and a lifetime invitation to the Senior PGA Championship and Senior British Open.
The top 10 finishers at the U.S. Open are fully exempt from qualifying for the following year's Open, and the top four are automatically invited to the following season's Masters.
Center stage is the 118th U. S. Open, on June 17, 2018 and the last day of this U. S. Open is a whirlwind event being played at Shinnecock Hills in the town of Southhampton, in Long Island, New York - a BREATHTAKING venue with an amazing set of challenges and triumphs taking place during the previous days.
The last day of the Open is keeping avid golf viewers glued to their seats and as of this writing, with the following professionals in the lead:
- Daniel Berger
- Tony Finau
- Dustin Johnson
- Brooks Koepka
- Justin Rose
- Tommy Fleetwood
- Henrik Stenson
- Kiradech Aphibarnat
- Matthew Fitzpatrick
- Jim Furyk
- Patrick Reed
- Xander Schauffele
- Webb Simpson
We’re wishing them all the best of luck because how you start the game may not be how the game ends! WHAT a way to spend Father’s Day!