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U.S. Amateur

The U.S. Amateur Championship is the golf tournament annually run by the United States Golf Association for male amateur golfers. Although is no longer considered a major tourney, winners of this event are still automatically invited to 3 majors - the Masters, the British Open and the US Open.

 


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A duo of tournaments called the National Amateur Championship in 1894 prompted the Chicago Golf Club to call for the creation of a national governing body to authorize an official national tournament.

On December 22, 1894 the Amateur Golf Association of the United States was formed to fill that void. It was later renamed the United States Golf Association.

In 1895 it organised both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open, both of which were played at Newport Country Club.

There are no age restrictions on entry, but players must have a handicap index of 2.4 or less. It consists of two days of strokeplay, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition held at matchplay to decide the champion. All knockout matches are over 18 holes except for the final, which consists of 36 holes, separated into morning and afternoon 18-hole rounds. Nowadays it is usually won by players in their early twenties who are working towards a career as a tournament professional. Before World War II more top-level golfers chose to remain amateur, and the average age of U.S. Open champions was higher.

Many of the leading figures in the history of golf have been U.S. Amateur Champions, including Bobby Jones five times, Jack Nicklaus twice and Tiger Woods three times (all consecutive; the only player to win three in a row). Woods' first win, as an 18-year-old in 1994, made him the youngest winner of the event, breaking the previous record of Nathaniel Crosby (son of Bing). Before the professional game became dominant, the event was regarded as one of the majors. This is no longer the case, but the champion still receives an automatic invitation to play in all of the majors except the PGA Championship, and the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the U.S. Open.

Champions
2005 Edorado Molinari - Italy
2004 Ryan Moore
2003 Nick Flanagan
2002 Ricky Barnes
2001 Ben Dickenson
2000 Jeff Quinney
1999 David Gossett
1998 Hank Kuehne
1997 Matt Kuchar
1996 Tiger Woods
1995 Tiger Woods
1994 Tiger Woods
1993 John Harris
1992 Justin Leonard
1991 Mitch Voges
1990 Phil Mickelson
1989 Chris Patten
1988 Eric Meeks
1987 Billy Mayfair
1986 Buddy Alexander
1985 Sam Randolph
1984 Scott Verplank
1983 Jay Sigel
1982 Jay Sigel
1981 Nathaniel Crosby
1980 Hal Sutton
1979 Mark O'Meara
1978 John Cook
1977 John Fought
1976 Bill Sander
1975 Fred Ridley
1974 Jerry Pate
1973 Craig Stadler
1972 Marvin Giles III
1971 Gary Cowan
1970 Lanny Wadkins
1969 Steve Melnyk
1968 Bruce Fleisher
1967 Robert B. Dickson
1966 Gary Cowan
1965 Robert J. Murphy Jr
1964 William C. Campbell
1963 Deane Beman
1962 Leban E. Harris Jr
1961 Jack Nicklaus
1960 Deane Beman
1959 Jack Nicklaus
1958 Charles R. Coe
1957 Hillman Robbins Jr
1956 E. Harvie Ward Jr
1955 E. Harvie Ward Jr
1954 Arnold Palmer, CC of Detroit, Grosse Pte. Farms, Michigan
1953 Gene Littler, Oklahoma City G&CC, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1952 Jack Westland, Seattle GC, Seattle, Washington
1951 Billy Maxwell, Saucon Valley CC, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1950 Sam Urzetta, Minneapolis GC, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1949 Charles Coe, Oak Hill CC, Rochester, New York
1948 William Turnesa, Memphis CC, Memphis, Tennessee
1947 Robert Riegel, Monterey G&CC, Pebble Beach, California
1946 Stanley Bishop, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, New Jersey
1945 No championship -- World War II
1944 No championship -- World War II
1943 No championship -- World War II
1942 No championship -- World War II
1941 Marvin Ward, Omaha Field Club, Omaha, Nebraska
1940 Richard Chapman, Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, New York
1939 Marvin Ward, North Shore GC, Glenview, Illinois
1938 William Turnesa, Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1937 John Goodman, Alderwood CC, Portland, Oregon
1936 John Fischer, Garden City GC, Garden City, New York
1935 W. Lawson Little Jr., The Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1934 W. Lawson Little Jr., The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1933 George Dunlap Jr., Kenwood CC, Cincinnati, Ohio
1932 C. Ross Somerville, Baltimore CC, Timonium, Maryland
1931 Francis Ouimet
1930 Robert T. Jones Jr
1929 Harrson Johnston, Monte G&CC, Pebble Beach, California
1928 Robert T. Jones Jr
1927 Robert T. Jones Jr
1926 George Von Elm, Baltustrol CC, Springfield, New Jersey
1925 Robert T. Jones Jr
1924 Robert T. Jones Jr
1923 Max Marston, Flossmoor CC, Flossmoor, Illinois
1922 Jess Sweetser, The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1921 Jesse Guilford, St. Louis CC, Clayton, Missouri
1920 Charles Evans Jr., Engineers' CC, Roslyn, New York
1919 D. Davidson Herron, Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1918 No championship -- World War I
1917 No championship -- World War I
1916 Charles Evans Jr., Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, Pennsylvania
1915 Robert Gardner, CC of Detroit, Grosse Pte. Farms, Michigan
1914 Francis Ouimet
1913 Jerome Travers, Garden City GC, Garden City, New York
1912 Jerome Travers, Chicago GC, Wheaton, Illinois
1911 Harold Hilton, The Apawamis Club, Rye, New York
1910 William Fownes Jr., The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1909 Robert Gardner, Chicago GC, Wheaton, Illinois
1908 Jerome Travers, Garden City GC, Garden City, New York
1907 Jerome Travers
1906 Eben M. Byers
1905 H. Chandler Egan
1904 H. Chandler Egan
1903 Walter J. Travis
1902 Louis N. James
1901 Walter J. Travis
1900 Walter J. Travis
1899 H.M. Harriman
1898 Findlay S. Douglas
1897 H.J. Whigham
1896 H.J. Whigham
1895 Charles B. McDonald

Most Wins
5 - Robert T. Jones Jr. (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930)
4 - Jerome D. Travers (1907, 1908, 1912, 1913)
3 - Tiger Woods (1994, 1995, 1996)
3 - Walter Travis (1900, 1901, 1903)

Youngest Winner
Tiger Woods, 1994 (18 years, 7 months, 29 days)

Oldest Winner
Jack Westland, 1952 (47 years, 3 months, 9 days)

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