Looking back at US Open winning scores to see how low every champion has taken the score at this major in each tournament since 2000.
Whenever you thinkg about US Open winning scores, you tend to think of relatively modest scoring. That’s by design as the USGA, who sets up the course and the conditions for the third major championship of the golf season, loves to put players through the wringer.
So it was much to the surprise of fans (and probably the USGA too) that Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele each tore apart Los Angeles Country Club in the first round, shooting 62 on Thursday for the lowest round in US Open history and tying the record for the lowest round in major championship history too.
That pair going 8-under in the first round and with scoring looking crowded around 1-under through 3-under, fans were starting to wonder just how abnormal this was and if it would hold. Subsequently, it’s a good idea to look at previous US Open winning scores to see where the winning number has ended up for champions. So let’s do just that, looking back to 2000 and every US Open since to see what the winning scores were.
US Open winning scores for every champion since 2000
Here’s a look at the US Open winning scores that have crowned a champion since 2000, ranging from -16 to +5.
- 2000 (Pebble Beach): Tiger Woods (-12)
- 2001 (Southern Hills): Retief Goosen (-4)
- 2002 (Bethpage Black): Tiger Woods (-3)
- 2003 (Olympia Fields): Jim Furyk (-8)
- 2004 (Shinnecock Hills): Retief Goosen (-4)
- 2005 (Pinehurst): Michael Campbell (E)
- 2006 (Winged Foot): Geoff Ogilvy (+5)
- 2007 (Oakmont): Angel Cabrera (+5)
- 2008 (Torrey Pines): Tiger Woods (-1)
- 2009 (Bethpage Black): Lucas Glover (-4)
- 2010 (Pebble Beach): Graeme McDowell (E)
- 2011 (Congressional): Rory McIlroy (-16)
- 2012 (Olympic Club): Webb Simpson (+1)
- 2013 (Merion): Justin Rose (+1)
- 2014 (Pinehurst): Martin Kaymer (-9)
- 2015 (Chambers Bay): Jordan Spieth (-5)
- 2016 (Oakmont): Dustin Johnson (-4)
- 2017 (Erin Hills): Brooks Koepka (-16)
- 2018 (Shinnecock Hills): Brooks Koepka (+1)
- 2019 (Pebble Beach): Gary Woodland (-13)
- 2020 (Winged Foot): Bryson DeChambeau (-6)
- 2021 (Torrey Pines): Jon Rahm (-6)
- 2022 (The Country Club): Matt Fitzpatrick (-6)
It’s worth noting that some of the extremely low scores were tournaments in which the champions completely lapped the field. For instance, in 2000, Tiger beat the field by 15 strokes to win at Pebble Beach. Martin Kaymer at Pinehurst in 2014 beat the field by eight strokes. Brooks Koepka was five shots clear of the field at Erin Hills in 2017. So you get the picture there.
We’ve also seen 6-under win the US Open in each of the last three years leading into LACC. Given that Fowler and Schauffele started off with 8-under rounds, we’ll have to see if that’s something that continues or if someone is going to have to go lower than normal at the USGA’s championship to get it done this week.