Meet the 12 players who have won both the US Amateur and US Open

Meet the 12 players who have won both the US Amateur and US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick has a chance to make some unique golf history on Sunday.

Not only does the 27-year-old Englishman have a chance to become just the 12th player to win both the US Amateur and US Open, but he’d be the first to do so at the same course. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 US Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and enters Sunday’s final round tied for first at 4 under with Will Zalatoris.

The last to accomplish the impressive feat? That’d be Bryson DeChambeau, who claimed the 2015 US Amateur and the 2020 US Open. Get to know the 12 players who have won both the US Amateur and US Open.

1. Francis Ouimet

By now everyone is well aware of Ouimet’s historic US Open victory in the 1913 US Open at The Country Club via a playoff with Harry Vardon and Ted Ray (as seen in the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played). The youngster won the 1914 US Amateur just a year later and also won the 1931 US Amateur.

American golfer Francis D. Ouimet, center, shakes hands with Harry Vardon, left, and Ted Ray, both of Britain, at the US Open Golf Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1913. Ouimet defeated the pair to become the new champion. (AP Photo)

2. Jerome Travers

Travers was next to do so, achieving the double the very next year by winning the 1915 US Open after claiming the US Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912 and 1913. Travers lost his shot at a US Amateur three-peat in 1914 when he got rolled in the final match by Ouimet, 6 and 5.

3. Chick Evans

Evans joined the party a year later in 1916, becoming the first player to win both events in the same year. Like Ouimet, he won’t them in reverse order, claiming the US Open in June of 1916 before adding the US Amateur two months later in September. He also went on to win the 1920 US Amateur.

Chick Evans

Chick Evans

Charles “Chick” Evans in a photo published in The Indianapolis Star on June 20, 1925.

4. Bobby Jones

Jones won the 1923 US Open and followed it up with the 1924 US Amateur before becoming the second player to win both championships in the same year in 1930, while also adding the British Amateur and British Open titles. He also won the US Amateur in 1925, 1927 and 1928 and the US Open in 1926 and 1929.

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones enters the national amateur golf championship at Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Ill., on June 30, 1923. Jones was a student at Harvard University where he studied law.

5. Johnny Goodman

Goodman won the 1933 US Open as an amateur and claimed the US Amateur four years later in 1937.

6. Lawson Little

Little is a legend in the amateur golf world, winning both the US and British amateurs in 1934 and 1935 for the double defense. A few years later Little won the 1940 US Open.

7. Arnold Palmer

Palmer started his legacy as one of the best to ever touch a club with his win at the 1954 US Amateur, and added to his legacy with his 1960 US Open win, where he overcame a seven-shot deficit to defeat Jack Nicklaus.

Arnold Palmer after winning the 1960 US Open (AP)

8. Gene Littler

Littler almost beat The King to the punch. He won the US Amateur the year prior to Palmer in 1953, but won the US Open a year after him in 1961.

Gene Littler holds the trophy he received after winning the US Open in Birmingham, Mich., June 17, 1961.

Gene Littler holds the trophy he received after winning the US Open in Birmingham, Mich., June 17, 1961.

Gene Littler holds the trophy he received after winning the US Open in Birmingham, Mich., June 17, 1961.

9. Jack Nicklaus

You think Jack would let Arnie have all the fun? Nicklaus won the first of two US Amateur titles in 1959 and won the first of four US Open titles just three years later in 1962. He won his second US Amateur the year before in 1961 and added the 1967, 1972 and 1980 US Opens to complete His record total of 18 major championships.

Somewhat similar to what Fitzpatrick is attempting to accomplish, Nicklaus won both his second US Amateur and third US Open at Pebble Beach.

Jack Nicklaus holds his trophies after winning the US Open golf Championship at the Oakmont, Pa. country club, in this June 17, 1962 photo.

10. Jerry Pate

Pate won the 1974 US Amateur then claimed the 1976 US Open as a rookie on Tour. Not a bad way to start your career.

Jerry Pate poses with his trophy after winning the US Open with a score of 277 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., on June 20, 1976.

11. Tiger Woods

Woods has three titles to his name, the US Amateur three-peat from 1994-1996 before winning his first US Open in 2000 and again in 2002 and 2008.

Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the US Open at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, 18th June 2000. This was Woods’ first US Open victory, which he won by fifteen strokes. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Getty Images)

12. Bryson DeChambeau

As noted above, DeChambeau is the most-recent winner of the USGA double (2015 US Amateur and 2020 US Open).

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau poses and celebrates with the trophy after winning the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club – West. (Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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