This story was originally published on October 15, 2016, it was updated on April 25, 2017, to include an official release from the USGA.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) has named the Newport Country Club in Newport, RI the host site for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
The championship for golfers age 50 and older is expected to take place at the end of June in 2020.
The U.S. Senior Open Championship was first played in 1980. The championship is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. In 2017, the U.S. Senior Open Championship will be played June 29-July 2 at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The USGA announced on Friday, October 14th that the 2019 tournament will be held at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, the first collegiate course to host the event.
Newport Country Club Awarded 2020 U.S. Senior Open Championship
Historic club will host its fifth USGA championship and first U.S. Senior Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. (April 25, 2017) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced Newport (R.I.) Country Club as the host site for the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship. This will be the fifth USGA championship to be held at the historic venue, which hosted the inaugural U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur championships in 1895. The dates of the championship are June 25-28, 2020.
“Newport Country Club and its membership helped to lay the foundation upon which the USGA was built more than a century ago, and we are pleased to continue our rich history with the club,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman.
“The U.S. Senior Open is senior golf’s most prestigious championship and we look forward to awarding the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy at Newport for the first time in 2020.”
William F. Davis designed Newport Country Club as a nine-hole layout in 1894, and the course was expanded to 18 holes five years later. In 1923, A.W. Tillinghast remodeled the course, which sits on the southern end of Newport. Ron Forse supervised a restoration in 2005. The Beaux Arts-style clubhouse, which was designed by architect Whitney Warren, overlooks Brenton Point.
“On behalf of the Newport Country Club, we are thrilled to be the host club for the 2020 U.S. Senior Open Championship,” said Barclay Douglas Jr., club president. “The state of Rhode Island, the city of Newport and the club are most pleased to have the USGA return to Newport. Our ‘City by the Sea’ will be enhanced by having the world’s best senior players compete on our historic Tillinghast course.”
Newport Country Club is one of the five founding members of the USGA, which was formed on Dec. 22, 1894. Theodore A. Havemeyer, the co-founder of Newport Country Club, was the Association’s first president,and the Havemeyer Trophy is annually presented to the U.S. Amateur champion.
Newport Country Club was the site of the first U.S. Amateur and first U.S. Open in 1895. Charles Blair Macdonald, who is considered the father of American golf course architecture, defeated Charles E. Sands, 12 and 11, to win the inaugural Amateur. One day later, Horace Rawlins, an English professional, posted a two-stroke victory over Willie Dunn to claim the U.S. Open over 36 holes, four trips around the original Newport course.
In 1995, the U.S. Amateur returned to the course as part of the USGA’s centennial celebration. Tiger Woods won the second of three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles by defeating George “Buddy” Marucci, 2 up, in the 36-hole final. Woods, who has won nine USGA championships, including three U.S. Opens, was 3 down in the morning round but took the lead for good by winning the 30th hole.
Annika Sorenstam shot a 1-under-par 70 to defeat Pat Hurst by four strokes in an 18- hole playoff that decided the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Newport. The two players were tied at even-par 284 following 72 holes. Sorenstam recorded her third U.S. Women’s Open victory, which ties her for third for most wins behind Betsy Rawls and Mickey Wright, who each won four times.
By hosting the 2020 U.S. Senior Open, Newport Country Club will become the sixth club to have held a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. The other clubs to have hosted the four USGA championships are Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.; Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minn.; Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club; Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in Village of
Pinehurst, N.C.; and Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
The 2020 U.S. Senior Open will be the 10th USGA championship hosted in Rhode Island and the fourth Senior Open in New England. This year’s U.S. Senior Open will be played at Salem Country Club, in Peabody, Mass., on June 29-July 2. Salem also hosted the 2001 Senior Open, while Brooklawn Country Club, in Fairfield, Conn., hosted the 1987 championship.
The U.S. Senior Open was first played in 1980. The championship for golfers age 50 and older is open to any professional and any amateur with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4. The 2018 championship is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at The Broadmoor Golf Club (East Course), in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2019, Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, Ind., will host
from June 27-30.
According to reports, Notre Dame is expected to see crowds in 2019 upward of 120,000 over a 6 day period and anticipates an $18 million economic impact as a direct result from the event.
Out of 2,791 entries, Gene Sauers won the 2016 U.S. Senior Open at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. The event had a $3.75 million prize fund.
Newport Country Club, founded in 1893, hosted both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open in 1895. In 1995, in celebration of the U.S. Amateur Championship centennial, the club hosted the 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship, which was won by Tiger Woods. To this day, the U.S. Amateur champion is awarded the Havemeyer Trophy. It was also the venue of the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open, which was won by Annika Sörenstam.
Golf fans can only hope that Phil Mickelson, who turns 50 years old on June 16th, 2020, will make his U.S. Senior Open debut in Newport.
U.S. Senior Open History:
Established as a result of the remarkable growth in senior golf, both at the professional and amateur levels, the inaugural U.S. Senior Open in 1981 was conducted on the East Course of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Roberto De Vicenzo, a national hero in his native Argentina, won the inaugural event by four strokes over amateur William C. Campbell.
While the first Senior Open was for golfers 55 and older, the age limit was dropped to 50 the following year to mirror the fledgling Senior Tour, and fittingly, Arnold Palmer, 51, won the championship. With his victory, Palmer joined JoAnne Carner as the only players to win three different USGA Championships (Jack Nicklaus, Carol Semple Thompson, and Tiger Woods have since accomplished this feat).
Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Gary Player, Orville Moody, Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin joined Palmer as the only golfers to have won a U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open. Other notable champions include Tom Weiskopf, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Dave Stockton, Fred Funk and Kenny Perry.