Amateur Johnny Goodman outlasted Ralph Guldahl by a single stroke to win his only major championship.
Goodman’s victory 86 years ago was the eighth and most recent by an amateur at the U.S.
Open; Bobby Jones won four, the last in 1930 was part of his grand slam.
Has an amatuer ever won a golf major?
No amateur has ever won the PGA Championship, as the field is limited to professionals. But back to the Open. Though it has been 85 years since an amateur won the Claret Jug, 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose had one of the best British Open finish since Jones by an amateur.
What happens if an amatuer wins a major?
An amateur winning a golf tournament could accept a prize — if the value is $750 or less. USGA Rule 3-2, “Prize Money,” allows amateurs to compete in events and win prizes such as vouchers for free golf equipment. Amateurs can keep prizes exceeding the $750 limit for winning a hole-in-one, according to the USGA.
What are the four majors on the PGA Tour?
The competitions are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, contested annually. Should the same golfer win all four majors in a calendar year, this would be recognized as a grand slam.
Has any golfer won all 4 majors in one year?
Only five golfers have won all four of golf’s modern majors at any time during their careers, an achievement which is often referred to as a Career Grand Slam: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. Woods and Nicklaus have won each of the four majors at least three times.