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2013 U.S. Open (golf)

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Length  6,996 yards (6,397 m)
Prize fund  $8,000,000 €6,118,872
Dates  13 Jun 2013 – 16 Jun 2013
Cut  148 (+8)
Winner's share  $1,440,000 €1,101,397
Par  70
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Course(s)  Merion Golf Club East Course
Field  156 players, 73 after cut
Location  Merion Golf Club, Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States
Organized by  United States Golf Association
Tours  PGA TOUR, PGA European Tour, Japan Golf Tour
Similar  2012 US Open, 2011 US Open, 2010 US Open, 2009 US Open, 2013 Open Championship (British O

The 2013 United States Open Championship was the 113th U.S. Open, held June 13–16 at the East Course of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, west of Philadelphia. Justin Rose won his first major title, two strokes ahead of runners-up Jason Day and Phil Mickelson.


Rose became the first player from England to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970, and the first to win any major since Nick Faldo won his third Masters in 1996. It was a record sixth runner-up finish for Mickelson and defending champion Webb Simpson tied for 32nd place. Inclement weather in the opening round delayed the completion of each of the first two rounds to the following day, and the average score in each of the four rounds exceeded 74 (+4). Shawn Stefani recorded the first-ever hole in one during a U.S. Open at Merion, acing the 229-yard (209 m) 17th on Sunday.


The 2013 U.S. Open was the fifth Open played at Merion's East Course, which opened in 1912. The past Open champions on the course were Olin Dutra in 1934, Ben Hogan in 1950, Lee Trevino in 1971, and David Graham in 1981. The course has also hosted the U.S. Amateur six times.


About half the field consisted of players who are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, and other categories are shown in parentheses.

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last ten years
  2. Ángel Cabrera (5,13,14), Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk (11,12,13,14), Lucas Glover, Graeme McDowell (11,13,14), Rory McIlroy (7,12,13,14), Geoff Ogilvy, Webb Simpson (11,12,13,14), Tiger Woods (8,12,13,14)
  3. Retief Goosen (11) did not play due to a back injury.
  4. Winner and runner-up of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship
  5. Steven Fox (a), Michael Weaver (a)
  6. Winner of the 2012 Amateur Championship
  7. Alan Dunbar turned professional in April 2013, forfeiting his exemption.
  8. Winner of the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Men's World Amateur Golf Rankings)
  9. Chris Williams (a)
  10. Winners of the Masters Tournament during the last five years
  11. Phil Mickelson (12,13,14), Charl Schwartzel (13,14), Adam Scott (12,13,14), Bubba Watson (12,13,14)
  12. Winners of The Open Championship during the last five years
  13. Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els (11,12,13,14), Pádraig Harrington (7,11), Louis Oosthuizen (12,13,14)
  14. Winners of the PGA Championship the last five years
  15. Keegan Bradley (12,13,14), Martin Kaymer (13,14), Y. E. Yang
  16. Winners of The Players Championship during the last three years
  17. K. J. Choi, Matt Kuchar (12,13,14)
  18. Winner of the 2013 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
  19. Matteo Manassero (13,14)
  20. Winner of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  21. Roger Chapman withdrew due to a shoulder injury.
  22. The 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place at the 2012 U.S. Open Championship
  23. Kevin Chappell, Jason Dufner (12,13,14), John Peterson, John Senden (12), Michael Thompson (13,14), David Toms, Lee Westwood (12,13,14), Casey Wittenberg
  24. Players who qualified for the season-ending 2012 Tour Championship
  25. Luke Donald (13,14), Rickie Fowler (13,14), Sergio García (13,14), Robert Garrigus (13,14), John Huh, Dustin Johnson (13,14), Zach Johnson (13,14), Hunter Mahan (13,14), Ryan Moore (13,14), Carl Pettersson (13,14), Scott Piercy (13,14), Justin Rose (13,14), Brandt Snedeker (13,14), Steve Stricker (13,14), Bo Van Pelt (13,14), Nick Watney (13,14)
  26. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of May 27, 2013 in the World Rankings
  27. Tim Clark (14), George Coetzee (14), Nicolas Colsaerts (14), Jason Day (14), Jamie Donaldson (14), Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (14), Branden Grace (14), Bill Haas (14), Peter Hanson (14), Russell Henley (14), Billy Horschel (14), Fredrik Jacobson (14), Martin Laird (14), Paul Lawrie (14), Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari (14), Thorbjørn Olesen (14), D. A. Points (14), Ian Poulter (14), Marcel Siem (14), Henrik Stenson (14), Kevin Streelman (14), Thongchai Jaidee (14), Boo Weekley (14)
  28. David Lynn (14) and Richard Sterne (14) opted not to compete.
  29. The top 60 point leaders and ties as of June 10, 2013 in the World Rankings
  30. Kyle Stanley
  31. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
  32. None

The remaining contestants earned their places through sectional qualifiers.

  • Japan: Hiroyuki Fujita, Hwang Jung-gon, Hideki Matsuyama, Yoshinobu Tsukada, Yui Ueda
  • Europe: Paul Casey, Chris Doak, Marcus Fraser, Estanislao Goya, Peter Hedblom, David Howell, Simon Khan, Morten Ørum Madsen, José María Olazábal, John Parry, Eddie Pepperell, Jaco van Zyl
  • U.S.: Steven Alker, Aaron Baddeley, Bae Sang-moon, Matt Bettencourt, Jay Don Blake, Brandon Brown, Wil Collins, Brandon Crick, Zack Fischer, Mathew Goggin, Luke Guthrie, Adam Hadwin, John Hahn, Gavin Hall (a), Matt Harmon, David Hearn, Jim Herman, Justin Hicks, Charley Hoffman, Morgan Hoffmann, Max Homa (a), Mackenzie Hughes, Randall Hutchison, Brandt Jobe, Robert Karlsson, Jerry Kelly, Kim Bi-o, Michael Kim (a), Russell Knox, Cliff Kresge, Doug LaBelle II, Scott Langley, David Lingmerth, Edward Loar, Cory McElyea (a), Grayson Murray (a), Ryan Nelson, John Nieporte, Joe Ogilvie, Pan Cheng-tsung (a), Kevin Phelan (a), Ted Potter, Jr., Alistair Presnell, Rory Sabbatini, Geoffrey Sisk, Jesse Smith, Jordan Spieth, Brendan Steele, Shawn Stefani, Brian Stuard, Ryan Sullivan, Kevin Sutherland, Andrew Svoboda, Roger Tambellini, Josh Teater, Nicholas Thompson, Matt Weibring
  • Six alternates were also selected from sectional qualifiers.

  • Scott Stallings – replaced Roger Chapman
  • Mike Weir – claimed spot held for category 14
  • Harold Varner III – claimed spot held for category 14
  • Ryan Palmer – claimed spot held for category 14
  • Ryan Yip – claimed spot held for category 14
  • Rikard Karlberg – claimed spot held for category 14
  • (a) denotes amateur

    For 28 players, the U.S. Open was their first major appearance.

  • Brandon Brown, Brandon Crick, Chris Doak, Zack Fischer, Luke Guthrie, John Hahn, Gavin Hall, Matt Harmon, Max Homa, Mackenzie Hughes, Randall Hutchison, Kim Bi-o, Michael Kim, Russell Knox, David Lingmerth, Cory McElyea, Grayson Murray, John Nieporte, John Parry, Eddie Pepperell, Jesse Smith, Brian Stuard, Ryan Sullivan, Jaco van Zyl, Yui Ueda, Harold Varner III, Matt Weibring, and Ryan Yip.
  • Past champions in the field

    The field included ten previous champions, half of whom made the cut.

    Course layout

    East Course


    Lengths of the course for U.S. Opens:

  • 2013: 6,996 yards (6,397 m), par 70
  • 1981: 6,544 yards (5,984 m), par 70
  • 1971: 6,544 yards (5,984 m), par 70
  • 1950: 6,694 yards (6,121 m), par 70
  • 1934: 6,694 yards (6,121 m), par 70
  • First round

    Thursday, June 13, 2013
    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Due to rain delays, the first round was not completed on Thursday; only the morning half of the field completed their rounds. Luke Donald was the overnight leader at −4, while Mickelson was the clubhouse leader at 67 (−3). When the first round was completed Friday morning, only five players were under par: Mickelson at 67 (−3), Donald and Mathew Goggin at 68 (−2) and Nicolas Colsaerts and Russell Knox at 69 (−1). Since 2008, the USGA has placed the top three players in the world rankings in the same grouping for the first two rounds. None of the three broke par in the first round: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shot 73 (+3) and Adam Scott 72 (+2). The scoring average for the field was 74.31, more than four strokes over par.

    Second round

    Friday, June 14, 2013
    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    On Friday, the second round was suspended due to darkness, with 68 players yet to complete their rounds. The leaders in the clubhouse were Mickelson and Billy Horschel, at 139 (−1). Horschel hit all 18 greens in regulation and shot a 67 (−3). When the second round was completed Saturday morning, Horschel and Mickelson still stood atop the leader board. Only six players shot under-par rounds, led by Horschel's 67. The scoring average for the second round was 75.13.

    Amateurs: Kim (+3), Pan (+4), Weaver (+8), Phelan (+8), Williams (+9), Fox (+10), Hall (+11), Homa (+11), McElyea (+20), Murray (+24)

    Third round

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    Mickelson shot an even-par round for 209 (−1) to stay atop the leaderboard, his second 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open. Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel, and Steve Stricker were one shot back at even-par 210. As in the second round, only six players had under-par rounds, led by Rickie Fowler at 67. Woods struggled with his putting; after a birdie on the par-4 1st, he made seven bogeys to shoot 76 and fall to 219 (+9), ten strokes back. The scoring average for the third round was 74.36.

    Final round

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Phil Mickelson three-putted the third and fifth holes for double bogeys, but took back the lead with an eagle on the 10th. Justin Rose responded with birdies on the 12th and 13th. A bogey by Mickelson on the 13th gave Rose the lead.

    Through 16 holes, Rose had five birdies and five bogeys and a one-shot lead over Mickelson. He managed par on the challenging final two holes, finishing with an even-par 70 for a 281 (+1) overall. Mickelson narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 16th that would have tied Rose and did not threaten to birdie either of the final two holes. A missed long par putt on 18 dropped him to +3 overall and into a tie with Jason Day for second place.

    For Rose, it was his first major title. He completed the tournament without any double bogeys. On his win, Rose commented "It feels fantastic. I committed myself to the process this week. I committed myself to putting a strategy in place that I hoped would work in five-to-10 years in delivering major championships ... it's a moment where you can look back and think childhood dreams have come true." He was the first English player to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970, and the first to win any major since Nick Faldo won the 1996 Masters. Rose, who entered the tournament ranked fifth in the world, moved up to third as a result of the win.

    For Mickelson, it was his sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, an event record. He has never won the event and called the loss heartbreaking: "this is tough to swallow after coming so close ... I felt like this was as good an opportunity I could ask for and to not get it ... it hurts."

    Mahan was tied for the lead as late as the 14th hole before going +4 on the last four holes and dropping into a four-way tie for fourth, four strokes back. Jason Dufner shot a 67 (−3) despite a triple-bogey on 15 to tie Mahan, Horschel, and Ernie Els. Hideki Matsuyama also shot a 67 with six birdies to finish in a tie for tenth. Schwartzel started the day one shot back, but a 78 dropped him outside the top 10.

    Shawn Stefani recorded the first-ever hole-in-one during a U.S. Open at Merion, acing the 229-yard (209 m) 17th. His 4-iron tee shot bounced off the slope left of the green and rolled a considerable distance into the cup. The scoring average for the fourth round was 74.05.

    Amateurs: Kim (+10), Pan (+15), Phelan (+20), Weaver (+21)


    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    2013 U.S. Open (golf) Wikipedia