USGA Boss Welcomes LIV Golfers to US Open: History of the Tournament and Tiger Woods

Whan emphasized that LIV Golfers are welcome just as they have been so far

by Sead Dedovic
USGA Boss Welcomes LIV Golfers to US Open: History of the Tournament and Tiger Woods
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There is already much talk about the participation of individuals from LIV Golf at the US Open. Considering the inability of LIV Golfers to be awarded ranking points, many of them will have a tough time securing a spot in this Major. The only way for most LIV Golfers is to qualify for the US Open through qualifiers. 

Interestingly, almost half of the spots at the US Open will be secured through qualifiers. USGA boss Mike Whan spoke to the media about how the US Open is actually a championship that allows various golfers to compete there. The intention is to give all golfers the chance to play through qualifiers.

“One of the advantages we have versus most other championships in golf is, a lot of other championships call themselves open but we are the most open, meaning half of the spots in the US Open are not held and are going to be filled by qualifying players,” Whan said, as reported by Sports Illustrated.

Whan emphasized that LIV Golfers are welcome just as they have been so far. Some of them have already had the opportunity to compete while under contract with LIV Golf. He is proud of that fact.

He didn't forget to mention other Tours such as the DP World Tour, PGA Tour, as well as the Korn Ferry Tour and the Asian Tour, which will have the chance to compete in this tournament by playing 36 holes with opportunities to qualify. 

Various names will be part of this US Open, a Major that many dream of winning. Some individuals from LIV Golf will have the chance to compete with exemptions. These are mostly names that have achieved great things on the PGA Tour and are big names in the world of golf.

When discussing other Majors, Whan explained that some of them have limited spots and require invitations for entry. However, in the case of the US Open, he pointed out that half of the field is not only not full but also wide open. This means that if a golfer is good enough to qualify, they are warmly welcomed to participate. 

The US Open differs in many ways from other Majors. However, just like the remaining three majors, the US Open has many unique aspects. This year's edition could attract attention like never before, at least that's what the announcements suggest.

US Open history, winners, and Tiger Woods

The US Open Majors began in 1895. Throughout history, only the greatest names have played in this Major and had the opportunity to win it. 

The golfers who have won this competition the most times are the legendary Willie Anderson, who managed to win the US Open in 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905, four consecutive years. He is the man who first left a great mark on the US Open, and everyone after him looked up to what the brilliant Anderson achieved.

After him came Bobby Jones, who also had the opportunity to win this Major four times: in 1923, 1926, 1929, and 1930. 

Ben Hogan also achieved the same feat, winning the US Open in 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1953. 

Ultimately, perhaps the most famous name to us, Jack Nicklaus, managed to secure victory in 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980. 

Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus© Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

One of the currently active golfers we all know has won this competition three times, most recently in 2008. His name is Tiger Woods. Although some expected the legendary Tiger to break the records of the previously mentioned golfers, Woods has not yet succeeded in doing so. Tiger Woods received a special exemption for this year's edition of the US Open, which particularly delighted fans.

Woods won this competition in 2000, 2002, and 2008. It has been 16 years since his last victory at the US Open. Although it's unrealistic to expect him to achieve such a feat after injuries and everything he has been through in recent years, hardcore Woods fans believe that nothing is impossible. In an interview with the media, Tiger confirmed that he is happy to compete at the US Open this year, aware of how important this Major is for everyone. His intentions are to compete in Majors or at least one event per month. We'll see how Woods performs this year.

Tiger Woods with US Open trophy in 2000
Tiger Woods with US Open trophy in 2000© Jamie Squire / Getty Images Sport

The last one who had the chance to win this Major was Wyndham Clark, who claimed victory at the Los Angeles Country Club last year. Previously, his colleague Matt Fitzpatrick managed to win in the 2022 edition. 

Interestingly, two LIV Golfers, Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau, won the US Open in 2021 and 2020, respectively. It will be interesting to see how LIV Golfers perform in this year's US Open. The competition will be as fierce as ever.

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