Fact Sheet - 2004 US Open
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2004 US Open | General | 13 Jun 2004
Par And Yardage
Shinnecock Hills Country Club is set up at 6,996 yards and plays to a par of 35-35—70.
Willie Davis completed the first 12 holes in 1891 and head professional Willie Dunn contributed six holes by 1894. The path of the railroad line forced the club to acquire land north of the clubhouse, where, from 1916-17, Blair Macdonald fashioned six new holes for play. William Flynn then constructed 12 new holes and largely altered Macdonald’s layout from 1929 to 1931.
Jim Furyk tied the US Open scoring record (272) and finished with a three-stroke victory over Australian Stephen Leaney to claim his first victory among golf’s four majors. Furyk finished at 8 under par, but along the way he set a 54-hole mark of 10-under-par (leader by three strokes) and moved to 11-under with a birdie on the par 5 sixth hole in his final round before slipping back. Only four players finished under par. Kenny Perry and Mike Weir tied for third place at 1 under par.
Jim Furyk played in just two events in Hawaii in January 2004 before being sidelined by a left wrist injury that had bothered him for more than a year. After rest didn’t do the trick, he had arthroscopic surgery in New York on March 22 to repair cartilage damage. He expects to be out of action from three to six months. He began rehabilitation in early April. He played his last competitive round January 18 at the Sony Open.
Jim Furyk Wins The US Open
“It’s a special day; a dream come true,” said Furyk. “My name will be on that trophy forever with some of the unbelievable names in golf. You can’t take that away from me.”
“I came here wanting to win, not just play well. If I was going to improve on my play in the last three US Opens, I had to have a better attitude. I couldn’t let things like course set-up and tough conditions bother me. I was a bit more relaxed this week and it showed.”
Jim Furyk enjoyed a wonderful week at the 2003 US Open, highlighted by the following firsts:
First – Major championship
First – Holds US Open 72-hole scoring record (272), shared with Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Tiger Woods
First – Holds 54-hole US Open scoring record at 200 (10 under par)
First – Victory of the 2003 season
First – Time to win more than $1 million for a tournament
First – Time to earn more than $3 million for a season
First – Victory in the Chicago area
Open A Sellout
For the 18th consecutive year the US Open is a sellout, with roughly 35,000 tickets sold for each day of the Championship. Ticket-buyers include residents of more than 25 foreign countries.
Defending The Crown
Since 1991, only Tiger Woods has finished better than 40th in trying to defend his Open crown. Tiger Woods finished 12th in 2001 after winning in 2000. He was tied for 20th in 2003 after winning in 2002. Since 1991, four defending 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. Jim Furyk will be paired with British Open winner Ben Curtis and US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan of Australia, for Thursday and Friday play at Shinnecock Hills.
The last time the US Open was played at Shinnecock Hills was 1995, and first prize money was $350,000 for Corey Pavin, who won by two strokes over Greg Norman. The 2004 winner will receive $1,125,000.
The Winner’s Share
First-place money for this Open will be $1,125,000. The total purse in 2004 will be $6.25 million.
Among the benefits enjoyed by the Open winner are:
- An Open exemption for the next 10 years
- An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
- An invitation to the next five British Open Championships
- An invitation to the next five Players Championships
- An 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 (2005) US Open
. The top 8 finishers are invited to next year’s (2005) Masters Tournament
. The winner qualifies for this year’s (2004) British Open
. The winner qualifies for this year’s (2004) PGA Championship
There are 12 Australians in the field, headed by 2004 Players Championship winner Adam Scott and reigning US Amateur champion Nick Flanagan. The others are Stephan Allen, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Scott Hend, Peter Lonard, Craig Parry, John Senden and Andrew Tschudin.
Also, Oscar Alvarez (Am) and Camillo Villegas, who just turned professional upon graduation fro the University of Florida, are the first golfers from Colombia to play in a US Open. Villegas was the runner-up at the 1999 US Junior Amateur.
This is the 104th 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 T. Jones Jr. 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 28.
The USGA accepted a record high 8,726 entries for the 2004 Open at Shinnecock Hills. More than 72 percent of the entries were submitted online, including those of past champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Corey Pavin.
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 Shinnecock Hills
Shinnecock Hills has been host to three previous US Opens – 1896, 1986 and 1995. The winners were, in order, James Foulis, Raymond Floyd and Corey Pavin. Floyd and Pavin are fully exempt for the 2004 Championship.
Shinnecock also has hosted three other USGA championships and the 1977 Walker Cup Match, an international amateur team competition won by the USA squad, 16-8. The 1896 US Amateur, the 1900 US Women’s Amateur and the 1967 USGA Senior Amateur were held at Shinnecock. H.J. Whigham won the 1896 Amateur, Beatrix Hoyt won the 1900 Women’s Amateur, and Ray Palmer won the 1967 Senior Amateur.
USGA President Fred Ridley was a member of the winning USA Walker Cup squad. Among his teammates were past US Open winner Scott Simpson, Gary Hallberg and Jay Sigel. Sandy Lyle and Peter McEvoy were members of the Great Britain and Ireland side.
Shinnecock Hills’ General History
Opened in 1891 with 12 holes, Shinnecock Hills is recognized as the first top-notch golf course in the United States, complete with a clubhouse. The clubhouse was the work of famed architect Stanford White, whose credits also included the original Madison Square Garden.
The course was expanded to include 18 holes by 1895 and the US Amateur and US Open were held here on back-to-back days in July 1896. While James Foulis won the Open that year, much has been written about 16-year-old John Shippen, a young professional of African-American and Native American backgrounds, who challenged for the title amid racial controversy. Much of the golf course was re-routed on land to the north in 1927 because new railroad lines and roads cut through the original design.
This layout is 52 yards more than was laid out for the 1995 US Open at Shinnecock Hills. But oddly enough, the par 3 17th is playing seven yards shorter than it did in 1995; the par 5 16th is playing four yards shorter.
The fairways of bent and poa annua grasses will range in width from roughly 26 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 1.5". 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 12.5 feet on the Stimpmeter as of Monday (June 14) 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 ryegrass and poa annua mix.
The Shinnecock Hills golf course has 164 sand bunkers and two water hazards. The average size of the greens is 5,700 square feet, about what the players see weekly on the PGA Tour. About 18,000 rounds of golf are played annually at Shinnecock Hills.
On The Range
More than 12,000 golf balls are used on the practice range at an Open.
Source – USGA