The US Open Golf Championship is an annual tournament held in the US. It is highly regarded in the golfing industry, being the second of the four largest golf majors. This annual competition has a vast history dating back to 1895, under the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) watch. This event is often held around June, save for 2020. 2022’s event is slotted from 17th to 20th June 2022 at Pebble Beach course in California.
Over the years, the US Open has been held in several courses across the US. This tournament is considered among the most difficult tests for golfers of the four majors. Most US Open Championships are played on high roughs and fast greens.
Any golfer with real ambition usually has their eyes set on featuring and possibly winning the US Open Golf Championship. The tournament’s elaborate qualification structure sees 2,500 golfers compete for 156 slots.
The US open usually has a heavy purse for the winners. Over the past few years, the US Open’s total prize pool has averaged around $11 million. The 2022 edition’s prize pool sits at around $12.5. Last year’s winner took home around $2 million. As far as individual prizes go, it remains a wait-and-see affair.
Every year, USGA lists qualification events in 100+ locations in the US and a few international sites. The best part about the US Open is that it is open to all. However, the qualification entries are usually available to professional and armature golfers. Armature golfers must have a handicap index of not more than 1.4 under the USGA handicap system to feature in the local qualification rounds.
Golfers who advance from local qualifiers head to the final qualifying round, held at 11 qualifying sites, most of which are in the US. The best players from the final qualifiers join 20 players in the excepted category, usually based on their golfing credentials.