The United States Open, also referred to as the U.S. Open, is an annual golf tournament that honors both the top male and female competitor in American golf today. Every year, one separate competition is held for each gender in early summer and is designed to challenge each player regardless of their experience or skill level.
In 1895, the inaugural U.S. Open was held by the United States Golf Association. In 1898, the competition became a 72-hole tournament. Years later, in 1965, the U.S. Open became a four-day competition and is currently held at a different location every year. The event, which is highly respected by both golfers and fans, is open to both amateur and professional male competitors.
The inaugural U.S. Women’s Open was held in 1946, but much has changed since that time. Currently, the competition format of the U.S. Women’s Open is similar to the U.S. Open in that both are 72-hole tournaments that progress over a four-day event. Additionally, the U.S. Women’s Open is held at a different location every year, and is open to both amateur and professional competitors.
As one would expect, both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open have seen their share of talent through the years. Despite that, winning the title is anything but easy. Of all players to have competed in this prestigious competition, which is a part of both the men’s and women’s ‘grand slam’ of golf, only four men have been victorious on four separate occasions. Among them, Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus. Only two women, however, have won the U.S. Women’s Open on four occasions. They include Betsy Rawls and Mickey Wright.
Both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open remain a popular competition among golfers, fans and even the media. As one of the four most significant competitions in golf today, this tournament is filled with anticipation and talent.