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2011 U.S. Open (golf)


2011 U.S. Open (golf)

2011 U.S. Open
Tournament information
Dates June 16–19, 2011
Location Bethesda, Maryland
Course(s) Congressional Country Club
Blue Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Par 71
Length 7,574 yards (6,926 m) [1][2]
Field 156, 72 after cut
Cut 146 (+4)
Prize fund $7,850,000
Winner's share $1,440,000
Rory McIlroy
268 (−16)
Congressional <br>Country Club is located in United States
Congressional <br>Country Club
Country Club
Location in the United States

The 2011 United States Open Championship was the 111th U.S. Open, played June 16–19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb northwest of Washington, D.C. Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won his first major title, eight strokes ahead of Jason Day. He set 11 U.S. Open records on the weekend, including the lowest total 72-hole score (268) and the lowest total under par (−16).[4][5] McIlroy and Robert Garrigus became the fifth and sixth golfers in U.S. Open history to score under par in all four rounds.


  • Venue 1
  • Course layout 2
  • Field 3
    • Past champions in the field 3.1
      • Made the cut 3.1.1
      • Missed the cut 3.1.2
  • Round summaries 4
    • First round 4.1
    • Second round 4.2
    • Third round 4.3
    • Final round 4.4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The 2011 U.S. Open was the third at Congressional Country Club. In 1997, Ernie Els of South Africa won his second U.S. Open at four under par, one stroke clear of Colin Montgomerie. The first U.S. Open at Congressional was in 1964; Ken Venturi defeated Tommy Jacobs by four shots in extreme heat & humidity. The 1964 Open was the last scheduled for three days, with 36 holes on Saturday. The course also hosted the PGA Championship in 1976.

Course layout

Blue Course [1]

The 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yardage n/a 402 233 466 470 413 555 173 354 636 3,702 218 494 471 193 467 490 579 437 523 3,872 7,574
Par 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 36 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 35 71


About half the field each year consists of players who are fully exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open. The players who qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open are listed below. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.[6]

Two tweaks were made to the qualification categories for 2011.[7] The number of players automatically exempted from the previous U.S. Open was reduced from the top 15 scorers plus ties to the top 10 plus ties. A new category was added, exempting the top 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking list as of June 13, the last ranking issued before play starts (this is in addition to the top 50 on the same list as of May 22). 2011 will be the final year that the money lists on the various tours will be used for exemption categories, as well as the multiple PGA Tour winner category (categories 9 and 11 to 16). In the future, the top 60 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, as of both three weeks prior to the tournament and immediately before play starts, will receive invitations.

1. Last 10 U.S. Open Champions
Ángel Cabrera (3), Michael Campbell, Jim Furyk (9,10,17,18), Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen (9,10,17,18), Graeme McDowell (8,11,17,18), Geoff Ogilvy (9,10,16,17,18)

  • Tiger Woods (4,5,8,17,18) withdrew due to a knee injury.[8]

2. Top two finishers in the 2010 U.S. Amateur
David Chung (a), Peter Uihlein (a)

3. Last five Masters Champions
Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson (9,10,17,18), Phil Mickelson (8,9,10,12,17,18), Charl Schwartzel (11,14,17,18)

4. Last five British Open Champions
Stewart Cink, Pádraig Harrington (5,17), Louis Oosthuizen (11,17,18)

5. Last five PGA Champions
Martin Kaymer (8,11,14,17,18), Y. E. Yang (17,18)

6. Last three Players Champions
K. J. Choi (10,12,17,18), Henrik Stenson

  • Tim Clark (9,10,17,18) withdrew due to an elbow injury.[9]

7. The U.S. Senior Open Champion

8. Top 10 finishers and ties in the 2010 U.S. Open
Alex Čejka, Ernie Els (9,10,11,17,18), Grégory Havret, Dustin Johnson (9,10,17,18), Matt Kuchar (9,10,17,18), Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker (17,18)

9. Top 30 leaders on the 2010 PGA Tour official money list
Robert Allenby (10,17,18), Paul Casey (10,11,17,18), Ben Crane (10,17,18), Jason Day (10,17,18), Luke Donald (10,11,12,14,17,18), Rickie Fowler (17,18), Bill Haas (17,18), Charley Hoffman (10), Anthony Kim, Hunter Mahan (10,17,18), Rory McIlroy (11,17,18), Jeff Overton (10), Ryan Palmer (10), Justin Rose (10,17,18), Adam Scott (10,17,18), Heath Slocum, Steve Stricker (10,13,17,18), Bo Van Pelt (10,17,18), Camilo Villegas (10), Nick Watney (10,12,17,18), Bubba Watson (10,12,13,17,18)

10. All players qualifying for the 2010 edition of The Tour Championship
Martin Laird (12,17,18), Ryan Moore (17,18), Kevin Na, Kevin Streelman

11. Top 15 on the 2010 European Tour Race to Dubai
Miguel Ángel Jiménez (17,18), Robert Karlsson (17,18), Francesco Molinari (17,18), Edoardo Molinari (17,18), Ian Poulter (17,18), Álvaro Quirós (14,17,18), Lee Westwood (17,18)

12. Top 10 on the 2011 PGA Tour official money list through May 22, 2010 (the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial)
Aaron Baddeley (18), Rory Sabbatini (17,18), David Toms (17,18), Mark Wilson (13)

13. Winners of multiple PGA Tour events between the end of the 2010 U.S. Open and the start of the 2011 U.S. Open
Jonathan Byrd (17,18)

14. Top 5 from the 2011 European Tour Race to Dubai through May 22, 2011 (the Volvo World Match Play Championship and Madeira Islands Open)

15. Top 2 on the 2010 Japan Golf Tour official money list, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of 2010
Hiroyuki Fujita, Kim Kyung-tae (17,18)

16. Top 2 on the 2010 PGA Tour of Australasia official money list, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of 2010
(Peter Senior, ranked 251st, did not qualify)

17. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking list as of May 22, 2011
Peter Hanson (18), Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero (18)

18. Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking list as of June 13, 2011
Gary Woodland

19. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

Sectional qualifiers


  1. Michael Whitehead – replaced Tiger Woods[8]
  2. Jason Dufner – replaced Anders Hansen[8]
  3. J. J. Henry – replaced Tim Clark[9]
  4. Zack Byrd – took spot reserved for multiple-winner on the PGA Tour[14]
  5. Brad Adamonis – took spot reserved for player moving into Official World Golf Ranking top 50 by June 12[15]

Note: Alternates were drawn from the sectional qualifiers.

  • (a) denotes amateur

Past champions in the field

Made the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 2010 70 74 69 69 282 −2 T14
Retief Goosen  South Africa 2001, 2004 73 73 71 68 285 +1 T23
Lucas Glover  United States 2009 76 69 73 70 288 +4 T42

Missed the cut

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Ernie Els  South Africa 1994, 1997 73 75 148 +6
Jim Furyk  United States 2003 74 75 149 +7
Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 2007 71 79 150 +8
Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 2006 75 76 151 +9
Michael Campbell  New Zealand 2005 75 77 152 +10

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Overnight rain softened the fairways and greens and allowed for lower-than-average scoring for the first round of a U.S. Open. The man to take greatest advantage was Rory McIlroy, keeping up his good recent form in majors: he led after the first round of the 2010 Open Championship and after all of the first three rounds of the 2011 Masters Tournament, as well as finishing T-3rd in the 2010 PGA Championship. He carded a bogey-free 65 to sit at six-under-par, three ahead of two major winners: Y. E. Yang, the 2009 PGA champion, and Charl Schwartzel, who had beat McIlroy at the 2011 Masters and so was looking for his second straight major. The large group on two-under-par included a resurgent Sergio García, reigning Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, and several unexpected names, including journeymen Scott Hend and Alexandre Rocha. 22-year-old New Yorker Chris DeForest, playing in his first professional tournament, looked set to join them until double-bogeying his final hole for a 71. Defending champion Graeme McDowell was well-placed after an opening 70; he was alongside Robert Rock, who had only arrived on-site at 3am that morning after visa problems. However, the marquee group of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, numbers one, two and three in the world, all struggled, carding 74, 75 and 74 respectively. The leading amateurs were Peter Uihlein and Brad Benjamin, who were both at one-over-par.[16][17]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 65 –6
T2 Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 68 –3
Y. E. Yang  South Korea
T4 Sergio García  Spain 69 –2
Scott Hend  Australia
Kim Kyung-tae  South Korea
Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa
Ryan Palmer  United States
Alexandre Rocha  Brazil
T10 Stewart Cink  United States 70 –1
Bubba Dickerson  United States
Johan Edfors  Sweden
Robert Garrigus  United States
Davis Love III  United States
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland
Álvaro Quirós  Spain
Chez Reavie  United States
Robert Rock  England
John Senden  Australia
Brandt Snedeker  United States
Henrik Stenson  Sweden

Second round

Friday, June 17, 2011

Tiger Woods had previously achieved the feat, but having played only 34 holes at the time, McIlroy was the quickest to reach it. One hole later, another birdie made the Northern Irishman the first player in U.S. Open history to reach 13-under-par. An immediate double-bogey at the 18th – McIlroy's first dropped shots of the tournament – took him back to 11-under, and a second round of 66, but the record-breaking continued: his eventual six-shot lead was the joint largest after 36 holes in major championship history. McIlroy also set the record for fewest holes to reach 10-under-par, 26 holes, (13 fewer than the prior record) and lowest 36-hole total in U.S. Open history.[18]

The man McIlroy led was South Korea's Y. E. Yang, who added a 69 to his opening 68 to sit on his own at five-under-par; he himself was three clear of the chasing pack. Sergio García's solid form continued, and he was in the group at two-under-par, as was the consistent Matt Kuchar after a 68. Further down the field, Germany's Marcel Siem tied for the low round of the day, matching McIlroy's 66 to surge up the field after a disappointing opening 79. Amateur Patrick Cantlay also hit a hot streak, shooting a back nine of 30 to complete a round of 67 and move to even par, tying for low amateur with Russell Henley. The premier group of Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer enjoyed a slightly better day, as all three battled hard to stay inside the cutline, with Westwood leading the three at one-over-par. Like all the afternoon starters, they were disrupted by a 42-minute delay in play as a thunderstorm passed over Congressional Country Club; this meant seven groups would need to return on Saturday morning to complete their rounds. After completion of the second round on Saturday morning, the cut fell at four-over-par, with 72 players getting through to the final two rounds.[19][20]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 65-66=131 –11
2 Y. E. Yang  South Korea 68-69=137 –5
T3 Sergio García  Spain 69-71=140 –2
Robert Garrigus  United States 70-70=140
Zach Johnson  United States 71-69=140
Matt Kuchar  United States 72-68=140
Brandt Snedeker  United States 70-70=140
T8 Brandt Jobe  United States 71-70=141 –1
Kim Kyung-tae  South Korea 69-72=141
Davis Love III  United States 70-71=141
Ryan Palmer  United States 69-72=141
Álvaro Quirós  Spain 70-71=141
Robert Rock  England 70-71=141
Heath Slocum  United States 71-70=141

Third round

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Conditions continued to allow good scoring on Saturday, with several players taking advantage. Rory McIlroy was in no mood to relinquish his lead, however. A steady front nine saw him make his way back to 13-under-par, after Friday's closing double-bogey, when he birdied the par-five 9th. Once again 13 proved to be McIlroy's unlucky number as he bogeyed the 10th hole, but he swiftly regained his composure to become the first man ever to reach 14-under-par at a U.S. Open, before parring his way home. Alongside him, former PGA champion Y. E. Yang scrambled well through a difficult front nine, and picked up two shots on his inward nine for a good 70, putting him in the final pairing once again on Sunday.[21] Below him, Saturday began to live up to its "moving day" title. Jason Day, runner-up at the 2011 Masters Tournament, and world number two Lee Westwood surged through the field with best-of-the-day 65s to move into a tie for third and the penultimate pairing for Sunday; Westwood's third round playing partner Fredrik Jacobson fared only one shot worse with a 66.[22] This matched the low score amongst the early starters, made by major debutant Webb Simpson, whose 66 took him from the cutline to one-under-par, and the top 15.[23]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 65-66-68=199 –14
2 Y. E. Yang  South Korea 68-69-70=207 –6
T3 Jason Day  Australia 71-72-65=208 –5
Robert Garrigus  United States 70-70-68=208
Lee Westwood  England 75-68-65=208
T6 Sergio García  Spain 69-71-69=209 –4
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 74-69-66=209
Matt Kuchar  United States 72-68-69=209
9 Kim Kyung-tae  South Korea 69-72-69=210 –3
T10 Brandt Jobe  United States 71-70-70=211 –2
Davis Love III  United States 70-71-70=211
Heath Slocum  United States 71-70-70=211
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 70-72-69=211
Bo Van Pelt  United States 76-67-68=211

Final round

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rory McIlroy began the final day eight shots clear of Y. E. Yang. McIlroy initially birdied the first hole and also went on to birdie the fourth. He narrowly missed the water hazard by a foot on the sixth hole, but still managed to make a par. At this point, Yang was two-under-par for the day but not challenging McIlroy. At the par-3 10th, Yang played first and hit his tee shot to four feet; McIlroy followed with an approach which caught the top of the slope behind the flag, and trickled down past Yang's ball to finish just inches away from the cup. This birdie moved McIlroy to a record-breaking 17-under-par for the tournament. A bogey on the 12th knocked him down to 16-under. On the par-5 16th, he got to 17-under again with a birdie but lost a shot with a bogey on the 17th green, his only three-putt of the tournament, finishing on 16-under. Two bogeys on the back nine saw Yang fall back into a tie for third place, with young Australian Jason Day moving into second place on his own; it was his second consecutive runner-up finish in the majors, in only his fourth major start; but he was a distant eight strokes behind McIlroy.[24]

Rory McIlroy and Robert Garrigus accomplished the rare feat of shooting all four rounds of golf under par in a U.S. Open. This had occurred only four times previously in the history of the event.[25] Yang would have joined this group were it not for a bogey on the 72nd hole. McIlroy also had the additional distinction of setting the U.S. Open 72-hole low marks for total shots and shots under par, at 268 and −16, respectively. McIlroy also became only the third golfer ever to shoot all four rounds under 70 at a U.S. Open, after Lee Trevino in 1968 and Lee Janzen in 1993.[26][27][28]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 65-66-68-69=268 –16 1,440,000
2 Jason Day  Australia 71-72-65-68=276 –8 865,000
T3 Kevin Chappell  United States 76-67-69-66=278 –6 364,241
Robert Garrigus  United States 70-70-68-70=278
Lee Westwood  England 75-68-65-70=278
Y. E. Yang  South Korea 68-69-70-71=278
T7 Sergio García  Spain 69-71-69-70=279 –5 228,416
Peter Hanson  Sweden 72-71-69-67=279
T9 Louis Oosthuizen  South Africa 69-73-71-67=280 –4 192,962
Charl Schwartzel  South Africa 68-74-72-66=280


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External links

  • Official website
  • Coverage from PGA Tour's official site - 2011 U.S. Open
  • Coverage from European Tour's official site - 2011 U.S. Open
Preceded by
2011 Masters
Major Championships Succeeded by
2011 Open Championship

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