2015 US OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
1. Major title needed by Phil Mickelson to complete a career grand slam. But it has to be the US Open where he has been runner-up six times.
2 – Australians who have won the US Open. David Graham (1981) and Geoff Ogilvy (2006)
3 – top-four finishes by Jason Day in the US Open, in just four starts, twice a runner-up.
4 – birdies in his last six holes at sectional qualifying helped 21-year-old Queenslander Cameron Smith into his first major.
5 – years of exempt status on the US PGA Tour, the Masters, British Open and PGA Championships awarded to the winner. Also gets 10-year exemption to the US Open.
7 – years since Tiger Woods won his last major, the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.
8 – Australians in the field this year: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Marcus Fraser, Kurt Barnes and Cameron Smith
10 – Over-par score Marc Leishman says might win this year’s open, such is the difficulty of the Chambers Bay course.
11 – world ranking spots Adam Scott has dropped in a year, now 12th after starting the 2014 US Open as No.1.
13 – former US Open champions in the field. Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, 97), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, 04), Lee Janzen (1993, 98), Martin Kaymer (2014), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, 02, 08).
16 – amateurs in the field, including 14-year-old American Cole Hammer. The last amateur to win the US Open was John Goodman in 1933.
70 – par for the course. But it will be 36-34-70 when the first hole is a par 5 and 35-35-70 when the 18th hole is a par 5 as the USGA intend to switch it up between rounds. The total yardage of the course will be in the range of 7200-7600 yards.
546 – the yardage of the 14th hole at Chambers Bay, the longest par 4 in US Open history. For the record the 11th is 537 yards and the 13th 534 yards, the second and third longest in history.
17,927 – grandstand seats at Chambers Bay. Important given it is near-impossible to walk the course for spectators.
100,000 – hot dogs expected to be sold along with 42,000 hamburgers and 365,000 beers.