As the first U.S. Open to be contested in the Pacific Northwest, the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay was in every way a historical event, cementing the region’s reputation as a world-class golf destination in the process.
The 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay was one of many firsts:
- The first time the 115 year history of the Championship it had been played on an entirely fescue turf surface.
- Chambers Bay was the first U.S. Open course to feature holes with alternating par as the first and eighteenth holes changed par for Round 2.
- The 2015 U.S. Open was home to the longest par-4 in U.S. Open history (Hole #14, 546 yards).
- It was the first U.S. Open to be televised by Fox Sports, revolutionizing the way the game is viewed by millions broadcasting to over 34 million viewers throughout the week including 11.2 million viewers for the final round alone.
- 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, who missed the 2010 U.S. Amateur cut on the very same course after posting a second round 83, found redemption and won in dramatic fashion, making him the youngest champion to win the first two majors of the year.
- Awarded the Championship just months after opening, Chambers Bay became one of the youngest courses to play host at eight years old and the youngest course since Hazeltine National (1970, designed by Robert Trent Jones) to host the event.
- Chambers Bay was only the third municipal course to host a U.S. Open, joining the elite company of Bethpage Black (2002, 2009) and Torrey Pines (2008).
- Tickets to the 2015 U.S. Open Championship sold out in record time (February, 2015), and merchandise sales at the event set an all-time record.
- Total attendance for the week topped 280,000, which was second only to Pinehurst.
- More than 5,500 volunteer positions were filled in just 36 hours.
- The total regional economic impact of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship was estimated at more than $142 million.
- The last five major-championship winners have been under 30 years old, the first time since 1924 that there have been five consecutive major champions under 30.
- The winners of the last six major championships have led or co-led after 54 holes:
- 2015 U.S. Open: Jordan Spieth (co-leader)
- 2015 Masters: Jordan Spieth
- 2014 PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy
- 2014 British Open: Rory McIlroy
- 2014 U.S. Open: Martin Kaymer
- 2014 Masters: Bubba Watson (co-leader)
- Jordan Spieth is the sixth player (and youngest at age 21) to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. He joins Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002).
- Spieth is the youngest two-time major champion since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He joins Young Tom Morris, John McDermott and Gene Sarazen as players who have won two majors before the age of 22.
- Spieth is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923.
- Spieth is the first player to birdie the 72nd hole to win the U.S. Open by one stroke since Bob Jones in 1926.
- Spieth is the 16th player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in his career.
- Spieth is the third player to win the U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Open. He joins Johnny Miller and Tiger Woods with that honor.
- Spieth was the fourth player 25 or younger to hold the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open in the last 40 years. All four have won (Els, 1994; Woods, 2000; McIlroy, 2011; Spieth, 2015).
- Spieth is the second player since 1940 to win four times on the PGA Tour before the age of 22 (Tiger Woods).
- Spieth took home the award for low amateur in the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
- Third-round co-leader Dustin Johnson failed to convert a 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open for the second time. He led by three strokes in 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but shot a final-round 82 to finish tied for eighth.
- Johnson has nine top-10s in 25 career major championships. He would add a 10th top ten finish in 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straights with a tie for 7th
- This is the fourth time that Johnson played in the final group in a major championship and has not won. The others are the 2010 U.S. Open (T8), 2010 PGA Championship (T5) and 2011 British Open (T2).
- Johnson played the second nine in 4 over par for the week. Spieth played it in 5 under par.
- Louis Oosthuizen’s total of 199 over his final 54 holes is the lowest in U.S. Open history. The previous best was Kevin Chappell’s 202 at Congressional in 2011.
- Oosthuizen’s inward nine of 29 ties the lowest nine-hole score in U.S. Open history. It had been accomplished three other times, most recently by Vijay Singh on the second nine of the second round at Olympia Fields in 2003.
- Oosthuizen nearly completed the greatest 54-hole comeback in the U.S. Open as he finished in a tie for 2nd after shooting an opening round 77, trailing the leaders by 12 shots. The best comeback by a winner over the final 54 holes in the U.S. Open is by Jack Fleck, who trailed by nine strokes in 1955.
- In addition to his victory in the 2010 British Open (Old Course at St. Andrews), this would be Oosthuizen’s second runner-up finish in a major championship. He lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson in the 2012 Masters. He would later add a third runner-up finish after falling a playoff to Zach Johnson in the 2015 British Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
- The 64 by Adam Scott is the lowest final-round score in the U.S. Open since Lucas Glover’s second round in 2009 at Bethpage Black.
- This was Scott’s best score in 44 U.S. Open rounds and only his fourth round in the 60s. His previous best was a 67 in the second round in 2014 (Pinehurst).
- The tie for fourth is Scott’s second consecutive top-10 finish in the U.S. Open. Previous to 2014, he played in 12 U.S. Opens recording zero top-10 finishes and five missed cuts.
- It is Scott’s seventh top-10 finish in major championships since 2011.
- Scott did not make a bogey over the last 23 holes of the championship.
- This is the first time Branden Grace has not converted a 54-hole lead in his professional career. He had won the six previous times he led or co-led through three rounds.
- The tie for fourth is Grace’s best finish in a major championship. His previous best was a tie for 18th in the 2013 Masters with his best U.S. Open finish being a tie for 51st in 2012. Grace went on to tie for 3rd in the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.
- Jason Day recorded his fourth top-10 finish in five U.S. Opens. He was runner-up in 2011 and 2013 and tied for fourth in 2014. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 19 career majors. Day went on to win the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straights defeating Spieth by 3 shots.
- Eight players from outside the United States finished in the top 10, matching the highest total since World War I. It is just third time it has occurred since 1919.
- There were two bogey-free rounds in the championship: Kevin Kisner in the second round and Adam Scott in the final round.
- Cameron Smith was the only player to post four rounds of par or better in the championship.
- Smith’s tie for fourth is the best finish by a player competing in his first U.S. Open since John Peterson tied for fourth in 2012.
- The tie for ninth is Rory McIlroy’s fourth consecutive top-10 finish in a major championship.
- The top four finishers (and ties) earn exemptions into the 2016 Masters. The top 10 scorers and ties earn exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open.
- Driving accuracy was not necessarily an important factor in playing well at Chambers Bay. Both Spieth and Oosthuizen hit only 62 percent of their fairways, which was tied for 68th among the 75 players who made the cut.
- The 12th hole yielded 26 eagles in the championship. That is the most eagles on a single hole in the U.S. Open since 1985, when course statistics were first kept. The previous high was 17 on the fifth hole at Pinehurst in 2014.
- There were 37 eagles recorded at Chambers Bay in 2015. That is the most eagles in a championship since 1985, when course statistics were first kept. The previous record was 31 at Pebble Beach in 1992.
- The scoring average of 71.29 in the fourth round is the lowest in any round in U.S. Open history and only the third time it has been below 72. The previous lowest was 71.44 in the fourth round at Congressional in 2011.
- There were 21 rounds under par in the final round. That is the second-most in a final round in the U.S. Open. There were 32 in the final round at Congressional in 2011.
Seven past U.S. Open champions made the cut.
- Rory McIlroy, T9, E, 280
- Geoff Ogilvy, T18, +3, 283
- Justin Rose, T27, +5, 285
- Jim Furyk, T42, +7, 287
- Webb Simpson, T46, +8, 288
- Ernie Els, T54, +11, 291
- Angel Cabrera, T64, +13, 293