U.S. Open History in North Carolina: Years, Courses, Winners

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In this April 14, 2014, file photo, the men's and women's U.S. Open Championship trophies are displayed in a bunker along the 18th fairway at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Jan 29, 2024, 10:45 AM

The U.S. Open is one of four golf majors held every year since 1895.

It has been played in North Carolina three times, with all three being at Pinehurst No. 2. 

It will return for a fourth time in 2024. Scottie Scheffler is the early favorite when it comes to U.S. Open odds.

U.S. Open in North Carolina

YearCourseWinner
2014Pinehurst No. 2Martin Kaymer
2005Pinehurst No. 2Michael Campbell
1999Pinehurst No. 2Payne Stewart

2014 – Pinehurst No. 2, Martin Kaymer

Kaymer led wire-to-wire, blitzing the field for an eight-stroke victory over runner-ups Rickie Fowler and Erik Compton. Kaymer was the first to open a major with two rounds of 65 or lower and also set a U.S. Open record for the lowest 36-hole score at 130. 

2005 – Pinehurst No. 2, Michael Campbell

Campbell, who finished at even-par, won his only major title, two strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods. Retief Goosen entered the final round with a three-shot lead but struggled, shooting an 81 to finish in 11th place. Campbell and Woods both shot one-under 69s on the final day.

1999 – Pinehurst No. 2, Payne Stewart

Stewart won his second U.S. Open and third major championship, one stroke ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson. Stewart made a birdie on the 17th hole and a 15-footer for paron the 18th to finish at 1-under. 

Stewart tragically died in a plane crash four months later. There is now a statue roughly 50 yards from the green at Pinehurst No. 2 of Stewart raising his fist after draining his putt on the 72nd hole in 1999.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”