Some of the milestones and defining moments of the US Open Championship
The US Open took off in a big way when 20-year-old American amateur Francis Ouimet stunned the golf world in 1913. He defeated the then famous English professionals, Ted Ray and Harry Vardon, in a playoff. Subsequent surge in the popularity of the Championship coincided with the amazing rise of Bob Jones, a Georgia amateur, who won it four times (1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930).
In 1922, spectator tickets were put on sale for the first time. In 1924, a boom in entries prompted the USGA to start sectional qualifying.
John Goodman became the last amateur to win the US Open in 1933.
The amateur to win the US Open were Ouimet, Charles Evans Jr., (1916), John Goodman, Jones and Jerome D. Travers (1915).
Ben Hogan won the Championship four times (1948, 1950, 1951, and 1953). Jack Nicklaus’s historic domination began when he won in 1962 the first of his four U.S. Open Championships. It was his ‘rookie’ season as a professional.
The US Open course was roped in 1954 from tee to green for the first time ever. The year also marked the first ever national TV coverage.