The U.S. Senior Open returns to Saucon Valley Nation Membership’s Outdated Course for a report third time.
The Lehigh Valley confirmed up in droves the primary two instances. Huge crowds are anticipated once more.
The primary U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley CC in 1992 was received by cigar-chomping Larry Laoretti, who prevailed by 4 photographs in an unlikely win. Hale Irwin received the second U.S. Senior Open on the Outdated Course in 2000, taking pictures a final-round 65 to beat third-round chief Bruce Fleisher by three photographs.
What is going to occur this yr? Here’s a fan’s information to the forty second version of this USGA occasion:
When: Thursday via Sunday
The place: Saucon Valley Nation Membership’s Outdated Course
Schedule: Monday via Wednesday, observe rounds; Thursday, first spherical; Friday, second spherical; Saturday, third spherical; Sunday, fourth spherical
Subject: 156 golfers. Low 60 scores and ties make the minimize after the second spherical
Playoff: A two-hole mixture carried out instantly after the ultimate spherical is full, if essential.
Purse: $4 million (in 2021); winner receives $720,000, plus a gold medal and the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy for a yr; exemption into 2023 U.S. Open and subsequent 10 U.S. Senior Opens
Defending champion: Jim Furyk
Tv: NBCUniversal from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday via Sunday
Tickets: https://www.usga.org/content material/usga/home-page/championships/2022/us-senior-open-2022-tickets.html
Outdated Course: A gaggle of 16 enterprise leaders from Bethlehem Metal acquired 205 acres in 1920. The Herbert Sturdy design debuted in 1922. It has hosted seven earlier USGA occasions. Revisions have been carried out by William Gordon, Perry Maxwell and, most lately, Tom Marzolf of the Fazio Group in 2008.
Additions: A second 18-hole course, the William and David Gordon-designed Grace Course, was accomplished in 1957. The Weyhill Course, additionally designed by William and David Gordon, was completed in 1968.
A repeat winner: Allen Doyle (2005-06)
Winner in his first try: Jim Furyk (2021)
Worldwide winner: Colin Montgomerie (2014)
Wire-to-wire winner with no ties: Olin Brown (2011)
Birdie on 72nd gap to win by one shot: Hale Irwin (1998)
Defending champion lacking the minimize: Gene Sauers (2017)
Winner coming via qualifying: Don Pooley (2002)
Winner with no spherical within the 60s: Gary Participant (1988)
Winner with 4 rounds within the 60s: Steve Stricker (2019)
Youngest champion: Dale Douglass (50 years, 3 months, 24 days in 1986)
Jim Furyk’s win final yr put him on an inventory of eight who’ve received U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open championships. The others:
Billy Casper (1959, ‘66 U.S. Opens; 1983 U.S. Senior Open)
Hale Irwin (1974, ‘79 and ‘90 U.S. Opens; 1998, 2000 U.S. Senior Opens)
Orville Moody (1969 U.S. Open; 1989 U.S. Senior Open)
Jack Nicklaus (1962, ‘67, ‘72, ‘80 U.S. Opens; 1991, ‘93 U.S. Senior Opens)
Arnold Palmer (1960 U.S. Open; 1981 U.S. Senior Open)
Gary Participant (1965 U.S. Open; 1987-88 U.S. Senior Opens)
Lee Trevino (1968, ‘71 U.S. Opens; 1990 U.S. Senior Open)
Saucon Valley’s Outdated Course has a course ranking of 74.9 and slope ranking of 141. Here’s a take a look at every gap, together with identify, par, yardage and outline:
Gap No. 1: Saddleback, par 5, 555 yards; beneficiant touchdown space for drives; narrowing fairway and three bunkers make it a problem to go for the inexperienced in two
2: Roadside, par 4, 472 yards; a 300-yard drive to the crest of the hill leaves a brief iron to severely undulated inexperienced; this gap was the hardest within the two earlier U.S. Senior Opens and the 2009 U.S. Girls’s Open
3: Meadows, par 4, 374; dogleg left, second shot over Saucon Creek to a tilted inexperienced (again to entrance) that might carry balls again to the water after touchdown with an excessive amount of spin; fairway tough is among the many hardest on the course
4: Knoll, par 3, 157 yards; barely uphill; two-tiered inexperienced guarded entrance and left by bunkers; lacking lengthy, particularly with a back-tier pin placement, brings double bogey into play
5: Cathedral, par 4, 476 yards; bunkers are in play off the tee and on strategy photographs to the course’s longest inexperienced, which has a swale operating via the center
6: Sahara, par 5, 558 yards; aptly named due to the variety of bunkers in play from begin to end; a pot bunker in entrance makes it troublesome to succeed in the inexperienced in two photographs
7: Plains, par 4, 456 yards; straightaway gap with most issues on the lengthy inexperienced with a hog again operating via it; three-putts in play for those who discover the fallacious spot
8: Evergreens, par 4, 426 yards; a dogleg left gap that’s effectively guarded by bunkers and has a humpback that serves as a penalty for lower than correct strategy photographs
9: Creek par 3, 210 yards; Saucon Creek and three bunkers usher in bogey or extra; the inexperienced slopes laborious from again left to entrance; pin placements, too, could make par a very good rating
10: Buttonwood, par 4, 330 yards; what it lacks in size, it makes up for with seven deep bunkers guarding the green and a again left to entrance proper sloped inexperienced
11: Plateau, par 3, 183 yards; a giant uphill gap with bunkers guarding a severely sloped inexperienced from again to entrance; reaching the inexperienced off the tee doesn’t assure par; brief is best than lengthy; a again pin placement will make par troublesome
12: Shock, par 5, 615 yards; the dogleg left gap has a hidden bunker on the left aspect of the green to those that attempt to minimize the nook on the tee shot; the two-tiered inexperienced is guarded by three bunkers
13: Narrows, par 4, 454 yards; first of two straightaway par-4s guarded by bushes and Saucon Creek; no bunkers
14: Willows, par 4, 422 yards; dogleg left gap that requires a effectively positioned tee shot to the precise aspect of the green to have a very good take a look at the inexperienced; Saucon Creek runs throughout the green 50 yards in entrance of the inexperienced
15: Pond, par 4, 351 yards; a picturesque that may be sneaky harmful; bunkers to the left of the green and deep tough to the precise will make an uphill strategy shot to a severely sloped (again to entrance) inexperienced that rather more troublesome to seek out
16: Lookout, par 4, 382 yards; fairway a should on this uphill gap that’s effectively guarded by bunkers slopes severely from again to entrance
17: Turtle, par 3, 172 yards; six bunkers guard the tricky-to-read inexperienced; membership choice key on the downhill tee shot
18: Biarritz, par 4, 435 yards; initially a par-3 earlier than the Perry Maxwell redesign, the dogleg left fairway is effectively guarded by bunkers and a deep swale within the entrance of the inexperienced makes an correct strategy shot a necessity for par
Steven Alker: New Zealander is the PGA Tour Champions’ main cash winner with three victories in 10 occasions this season; by no means received on PGA Tour; missed all 21 cuts in 2010 on Korn Ferry Tour
Stephen Ames: The 58-year-old from Trinidad received 4 instances on the PGA Tour and twice on the PGA Tour Champions, together with final yr’s Precept Charity Basic
Ernie Els: The 2-time U.S. Open champion and 19-time winner on the PGA Tour received twice in his first season (2020-21) on the PGA Tour Champions; he’s eighth on this yr’s cash checklist
Jim Furyk: Defending champion who has a resume stuffed with strong play at USGA occasions; correct off the tee and a strong putter
Retief Goosen: The 53-year-old South African is a two-time U.S. Open champion and two-time winner on the PGA Tour Champions, together with this yr’s Hoag Basic
Thongchai Jaidee: The 52-year-old from Thailand has one win this season and 19 worldwide victories in his profession; joined the Royal Thai Military in 1989 at age 20, changing into a paratrooper; turned skilled 10 years later
Miguel Angel Jimenez: Second on PGA Tour Champions cash checklist with two victories this season; the 58-year-old Spaniard has 12 profession PGA Tour Champions wins and 26 different worldwide victories; performed in 4 Ryder Cups
Jerry Kelly: The 55-year-old Wisconsin native has 9 PGA Tour Champions victories after profitable 3 times on the PGA Tour
Bernhard Langer: Second to Hale Irwin with 43 profession PGA Tour Champions wins, together with one this season; the 64-year-old turned professional in 1972; has no less than one win each season on the tour since changing into eligible in 2007
Steve Stricker: The 55-year-old has 12 PGA Tour wins, together with the 2012 Event of Champions, 2011 Memorial and 2001 WGC Match Play occasion; has eight PGA Tour Champions victories, together with this yr’s Areas Custom and the 2019 U.S. Senior Open
Autographs: The designated space is adjoining to the observe inexperienced for juniors ages 18 and youthful solely. Past this space, followers will likely be requested to chorus from in search of autographs from the time a participant is en path to his first tee till the completion of his spherical. Coverage violation might lead to expulsion and lack of ticket privileges for the rest of the championship.
First help stations: They’re adjoining to the ninth inexperienced and eleventh gap and staffed with physicians and different licensed practitioners. Breast feeding stations and complimentary water is also supplied in any respect first-aid stations and in different fan-centric areas. If a medical emergency arises, notify a volunteer, safety personnel or USGA official.
Hydration stations: They’re positioned behind the eighth tee, adjoining to the ninth inexperienced and gamers’ left of the 18th fairway. You can also go to any first help tent to refill on water. Followers might carry an empty water bottle so long as it’s 32 ounces or fewer, clear and never manufactured from glass.
Merchandise: The ten,000-square foot merchandise pavilion is in Fan Central as you enter via Gate 1. There’s a satellite tv for pc merchandise tent subsequent to the doorway by the nineteenth Gap. They are going to be open Tuesday via Sunday from 7 a.m. till one hour after conclusion of that day’s play. Followers should have a ticket or credential to realize entry through the championship.
Cellular system insurance policies: Followers might carry cellular gadgets smaller than 7 inches in size and/or top; all system quantity controls needs to be set to “silent” or “vibrate” and flash pictures disabled previous to getting into. “Fan Zones” are designated all through the positioning to put or obtain calls. Calls should not be obtained or positioned in any space which will disrupt play together with grandstands. Pictures, video and audio recording are permitted all through the course, however content material should not be used for industrial functions or disrupt play. Livestreaming or shot-by-shot protection of any participant isn’t permitted.
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Parking: Complimentary parking and shuttle transportation is supplied to and from Saucon Valley Nation Membership. The final parking zone could have accessible parking areas for automobiles displaying applicable HP/DP license plates or placards. Complimentary parking is at Lehigh College, Goodman Campus. From the parking zone, there will likely be shuttle transportation to and from Saucon Valley Nation Membership and is predicted to take roughly quarter-hour. Passenger drop-off is just allowed on the designated space (parking zone J positioned at 4370 Outdated Bethlehem Pike). From the drop-off, there will likely be complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Saucon Valley Nation Membership that’s anticipated to take roughly 10 minutes. Followers using a bicycle ought to observe instructions to parking zone J. Bike racks are at this location. Homeowners are accountable for the safety of their bicycles.
Ticket places of work: Situated at Gates 1 and 6 for ticket pickup or points. Photograph ID is required to choose up tickets. The ticket workplace is open Tuesday via Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
USGA app: It’s out there on iOS and Android and the digital dwelling of the U.S. Senior Open. Followers can entry tickets, observe reside scoring and tee instances, watch highlights, get the newest championship information and extra. Full protection additionally is offered at ussenioropen.com.
2023: June 29-July 2, SentryWorld, Stevens Level, Wisc.
2024: June 27-30, Newport (R.I.) Nation Membership)
2025: June 26-29, The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
Morning Name reporter Tom Housenick might be reached at 610-820-6651 or at firstname.lastname@example.org