2003 US Open Fact Sheet
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2003 US Open | General | 24 Apr 2003
When and Where
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course)
Olympia Fields, Ill.
Par And Yardage
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course) is set up at 7,190 yards and plays to par 36-34—70.
Willie Park Jr. designed the course, which opened in 1923. Interestingly, he was a two-time British Open champion (1887 and 1889). Mark Mungeam did renovations after the 1997 US Senior Open at Olympia Fields, deepening all the bunkers and adding length.
Tiger Woods led from start to finish, claiming his second US Open title. He won his first US Open championship in 2000. In the end, Woods (-3) won by three strokes over Phil Mickelson (-1), by five over Jeff Maggert ( 2) and by six over Sergio Garcia ( 3). Over the 7,214-yard par 70 Bethpage (Black) Course in Farmingdale, N.Y., Woods’ scores were 67-68-70-72—277. He led by one stroke after the first round, then by three after the second round and by four following the third round.
Tiger Woods Wins His Second US Open
“I’m only 26 (27 now); it’s not like my career is finished. I have a long way to go, and I’m going to try to get better. This is what we all play for: major championships and the opportunity to win on Sunday. It’s what we dream of as kids. I’m just living out a dream. It’s awesome, winning your national title on a public course in front of these fans. None of them have been easy, but this one was hard. I fought hard for this one.
Pairings And Starting Times
Pairings and starting times will be available Thursday, June 5, two days after sectional qualifying has been completed. They will be posted on the USGA Internet site at www.usopen.com . Starting times for Thursday and Friday will begin at 7:15 a.m., off the first and tenth tees.
Open a Sellout
For the 17 th consecutive year the US Open is a sellout, with 35,000 tickets sold for each day of the Championship. Ticket-buyers include residents of 26 foreign countries. Some of those making the trip are from Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Sixty-eight players are fully exempt into the 156-player Open field, including six past champions
Ernie Els (1997,1994), Retief Goosen (2001), Lee Janzen (1998,1993), Steve Jones (1996), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002). A champion receives a full exemption into the field for 10 years.
Defending The Crown
Since 1991, only one champion has finished better than 40 th in trying to defend his Open crown. Tiger Woods finished 12 th in 2001 after winning in 2000. Four champions missed the cut the next year, including Retief Goosen in 2002.
The reigning US Open, British Open and US Amateur champions are traditionally paired together for the first two rounds of the US Open. Tiger Woods will be paired with British Open winner Ernie Els and US Amateur champion Ricky Barnes of Stockton, Calif., for Thursday and Friday play at Olympia Fields.
The last time the US Open was played in the Chicago area was 1990, when Hale Irwin won at Medinah Country Club. Irwin took home $220,000 for his dramatic playoff win over Mike Donald. This year’s winner will pocket more than $1 million. In 2002, the winner received $1 million.
Among the benefits enjoyed by the Open winner are:
- Open exemption for the next 10 years
- Invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
- Invitation to the next 10 British Open Championships
- Invitation to the next five Players Championships
- Invitation to the next five PGA Championships
- Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years
Qualifying For The Other Majors
- The top 15 finishers are exempt for next year’s (2004) US Open
- The top 8 finishers are invited to next year’s (2004) Masters Tournament
- The winner qualifies for this year’s (2003) British Open
- The winner qualifies for this year’s (2003) PGA Championship
This is the 103 rd US Open Championship. The first was played in 1895. The Open championship was not held for two years (1917-18) during WWI and for four years (1942-45) during WWII.
The youngest winner of the Open was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911. Eight players age 21 or younger have won the Open, but none that young since Robert Jones won in 1923. Since then, Jerry Pate is the youngest winner at age 22 in 1976. The oldest winner is Hale Irwin, who was 45 when he won in 1990.
Only five players have ever won the Masters and Open titles in the same year
Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002). Thirteen players have won both events in their professional careers, the most recent being Tiger Woods.
Who Can Enter
The Championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries was April 23.
In 2002, the USGA accepted a record 8,468 entries. That is 13 more entries than were received the 2000 Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.
Local qualifying over 18 holes will be held at more than 100 sites in mid-May. From the more than 7,000 golfers making the attempt to qualify, about 750 advanced to sectional qualifying.
Sectional qualifying over 36 holes will be held at 12 sites on June 2-3. Golfers from sectional qualifying will join the players who were fully exempt into the Open field. In 1996, Steve Jones was the first non-exempt winner since 1976. He qualified at the Columbus, Ohio, sectional qualifier. In fact, he survived an 11-for-10 playoff at 141 (-3) to earn his place in the field.
Schedule Of Play
Eighteen holes of stroke play is scheduled each day from June 12 (Thursday) through June 15 (Sunday). In the case of a tie after 72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be held on June 16 (Monday), beginning at noon (EDT). The last playoff was in 2001, won by Retief Goosen over Mark Brooks (70-72). There was a three-way playoff in 1994, which was won by Ernie Els. The other two players in the playoff were Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie.
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties), and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.
USGA Championships at Olympia Fields
Olympia Fields has been host to 17 top-notch championships; the most recent being the 1997 US Senior Open won by Graham Marsh. Marsh shot even par 280 and outlasted his friend, John Bland, by one stroke.
The other USGA championship at Olympia Fields was the 1928 US Open, won by Johnny Farrell by a stroke after a 36-hole playoff against Bob Jones. The difference was Jones’ bogey 4 on the third last hole. Farrell and Jones finished 72 holes at 10-over 294 before Farrell went 70-73—143 in the playoff.
Olympia Fields History
The first president of Olympia Fields was Amos Alonzo Stagg, who served from 1916-1919. He was head football coach at the University of Chicago (from 1892 to 19132) at the time. Records show that he had little time for playing golf. He coached 548 games over 57 years.
He earlier achieved fame as an All-America player and coach at Yale University, finishing his innovative coaching career with 314 wins and a .605 winning percentage.
He is one of 17 coaches in college football history to win more than 200 games at the same school. He was 244-111-27 in 41 years at Chicago, a .671 winning percentage, and his 1905 team shared the national title with Yale. Chicago was 11-0; Yale was 10-0.
This layout is 349 yards more than the US Senior Open was played at in 1997. The configuration of most of the holes is different as well. Holes 1 and 18 are the same.
The fairways of bent and poa anna grasses will range in width from roughly 24 to 30 yards. The deepest rough will be 3?“; the intermediate rough of six feet on each side of the hole in will be set to 1?”. Around the greens, the intermediate rough will be 3-foot wide strip. The rough area grasses are bluegrass and rye. The greens will be set to run at 12 feet on the Stimpmeter as of Monday (June 9) and will be monitored the rest of the week.
The fairways are a bent grass and poa annua mix, while the rough areas are a bluegrass and ryegrass mix.
On The Range
More than 12,000 golf balls are used on the practice range at an Open.
Players Who Are Fully Exempt For The 2003 US Open
as of April 16 (status may change by May 26, 2003)
Adam Scott – 10,16
Angel Cabrera – 10,16
Bernhard Langer – 16
Billy Mayfair – 8
Bob Estes – 9,16
Bob Tway – 16
Brad Faxon – 16
Chad Campbell – 11
Charles Howell – 9,16
Chris DiMarco – 9,16
Chris Riley – 9,16
Colin Montgomerie – 10,16
Corey Pavin – 1 Craig Parry – 15,16
Darren Clarke – 16
David Duval – 4,16
David Toms – 5,9,16
Davis Love III – 6,9,11,16
Don Pooley – 7
Dudley Hart – 8
Eduardo Romero – 10,16
Ernie Els – 1,4,9,10,11,12,16
Fred Funk – 9,16
Hale Irwin – 17
Hunter Mahan – 2
Jay Haas – 8,11,16
Jeff Maggert – 8
Jeff Sluman – 9,16
Jerry Kelly – 9,16
Jim Furyk – 9,11,16
John Huston – 16
John Rollins – 9
Jose Maria Olazabal – 3,9,10
Justin Leonard – 8,9,11,16
Justin Rose – 10,16
K.J. Choi – 9,16
Kenny Perry – 9,16
Lee Janzen – 1
Len Mattiace – 9,16
Loren Roberts – 9
Mark O’Meara – 4
Michael Campbell – 10,16
Mike Weir – 3,11,12,16
Nick Faldo – 8
Nick Price – 8,9,16
Padraig Harrington – 8,10,16
Paul Lawrie – 4,10,16 Peter Lonard – 8,15,16
Phil Mickelson – 8,9,16
Retief Goosen – 1,9,10,16
Rich Beem – 5,9,12,16
Ricky Barnes – 2 Robert Allenby – 8,9,16
Rocco Mediate – 9,16
Scott Hoch – 8,11,16
Scott McCarron – 9,16
Scott Verplank – 16
Sergio Garcia – 8,9,10,16
Shigeki Maruyama – 9,16 Stephen Leaney – 10
Steve Jones – 1
Steve Lowery – 9,16 Stuart Appleby – 16
Thomas Bjorn – 10
Tiger Woods – 1,3,4,5,8,9,11,12,16
Tim Clark – 16
Tom Byrum – 8
Tom Kite – 17
Tom Lehman – 16
Tom Watson – 17
Toru Taniguchi – 14
Trevor Immelman – 10
Vijay Singh – 3,5,9,11,12,16
Key to Player Exemptions
1. Winners of the US Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2. Winner and runner-up of the 2002 US Amateur Championship.
3. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6. Winner of the 2003 Players Championship.
7. Winner of the 2002 US Senior Open Championship.
8. From the 2002 US Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15 th place.
9. From the 2002 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10. From the 2002 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11. From the 2003 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 25.
12. Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 24, 2002 through June 1, 2003
13. From the 2003 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 26.
14. From the 2002 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
15. From the 2002-2003 official PGA Tour of Australasia money list as of March 17, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16. From the World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 26.
17. Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
Source – USGA