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In 1895, October 4, a group of ten professional golfers and an amateur played on a nine-hole course in a day at the Newport Country Club in Newport. It was the first U.S. Open and was a 36-hole competition. The tradition continued and 120 editions have entered the history books so far. Conducted in different states of the United States, U.S. open is organized by the USGA. US Open is third of the four majors conducted in a year.
18 holes per day, four days, the format is similar. The par is set to 71. The qualification criteria, though is a bit complicated. Golf professionals or amateurs contending should have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. Champions of the US Open for the last ten years, top two from the previous year's US Amateur, winners of the previous year's US Junior Amateur, US Mid-Amateur, and Amateur Championship, previous year's Mark H. McCormack Medal, and last five years champions of each of Masters, Open Championship, and PGA Championship. Winners of the last three Players Championships, current BMW PGA Champion, last US Senior Open champion, winners of multiple US PGA tour events, the gold medallist of the Olympic golf tournament in the year after, previous year's US Open top 10 finishers and ties, qualifiers of the previous year's Tour championship, top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking two weeks before and on the day of the tournament, and special invites by the USGA. All of the above-mentioned players qualify for the US Open. A total of 156 players starts on the first day.
Before jumping in detail, let's clear out the terms and rules followed in golf. A professional golf course consists of 18 holes, amateurs practise in courses with holes as less as 9. A golfer should start play from the teeing ground by swinging the golf club. The next player continues the same. After that, the players should walk to the area where the ball landed and try to put it into the hole with as less strokes as possible.
There are different types of golf clubs, a maximum of 14 golf clubs can be carried by a player in a tournament. Different types of clubs include putters, woods, irons, hybrids and wedges. The number of strokes to score are taken into account and added in tournaments. Completion of 18 holes usually form a round.
A par is known as the usual number of strokes it takes to finish a hole. Taking one stroke more than par is known as 1 over par or bogey. Two strokes more, 2 over par or double bogey. One stroke less is 1 under par or birdie, two strokes less is 2 under par or Eagle and three strokes less is 3 under par or Albatross. In most tournaments, just the under or over par stat is displayed for the players to understand their position better. Multiple rounds are played over several days in golf tours.