Bryson DeChambeau returns to the community of La Jolla in his home state aiming to become just the fourth player to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles. If he were to do so, the 27-year-old would join fellow Americans and Rolex Testimonees Curtis Strange (1988, 1989) and Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018) in completing the feat.
The reigning U.S. Open champion, whose analytical approach to the game is supplemented by remarkable power and distance off the tee, continues to influence the way the game is played, paving the way for the next generation of talent to extend the frontiers of golfing achievement.
Rolex Testimonee DeChambeau’s final round in last year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot was lauded as one of the most dominant in any Major of the modern era. With that victory, he became the third American, after Nicklaus and Woods, to have won national titles at college, amateur and professional level, those being the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) individual title, the U.S. Amateur Championship and the U.S. Open.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Less than a month after becoming the oldest Major winner in history by taking the PGA Championship at age 50, Phil Mickelson arrives in his hometown of San Diego with another milestone in his sights. The American will be looking to complete a career Grand Slam and join Nicklaus, Player and Woods in achieving the rare golfing feat of winning all four Major championships.
Koepka, meanwhile, shares the U.S. Open scoring record, having posted a 16-under par total in his maiden triumph in 2017, while fellow American Jordan Spieth, a three-time Major winner, became the tournament’s youngest champion since 1923 when he claimed victory in 2015, aged 21.
Hideki Matsuyama, who tied for second behind Koepka four years ago, became the first Japanese man to win a Major at this year’s Masters Tournament. He has enjoyed an exceptional start to his season, firmly establishing himself as one of the finest golfers in the world.
The 2017 U.S. Open was also notable for the scintillating third-round display by Justin Thomas. The former World No. 1 broke the record for the lowest score to par in the championship’s history with a spectacular nine-under 63. Less than two months later he won his first Major at the PGA Championship.
Spain’s Jon Rahm and Matthew Fitzpatrick of England both possess the natural talent to break through for their first Major victory. The former has been one of golf’s most outstanding performers in recent years, capturing four Rolex Series titles and reaching the pinnacle of the Official World Golf Rankings in 2020, while the latter has won six titles on The European Tour and is regarded by many as capable of achieving the highest honours.
Also seeking a first Major trophy is a new generation of outstanding talent. Known collectively as the Rolex New Guard, they play the game with integrity, maturity and respect and are recognized as being among the world’s most promising golfers.
Two New Guard members travelling to the Pacific Coast are American Cameron Champ and South Korea’s Sunjae Im. Both have won on the PGA TOUR® and posted top 10 Major finishes. They will be joined by Chile’s Joaquín Niemann, another member of this exciting band of young players who represent the future of the game and are ready to inspire the golfing stars of tomorrow.
TORREY PINES & ROLEX
This Championship has a formidable reputation, with low scoring often a challenge. To reign supreme, competitors must play with precision, consistency and resilience attributes that define Rolex’s own pioneering spirit and quest for perpetual excellence, in its watchmaking and all other endeavours.
Situated atop cliffs towering above the Pacific Ocean, it last hosted the U.S. Open in 2008, when Rolex Testimonee Tiger Woods clinched his third championship in dramatic fashion, prevailing after 91 gruelling holes despite being hampered by injuries.
For more than 50 years, Rolex and golf have developed one of the most successful and enduring relationships between a brand and sport. The affiliation began in 1967 when Arnold Palmer became the brand’s first Testimonee in the sport, joined by his friends and great rivals Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. The Big Three, as they were affectionately known, won a combined 34 Majors including six U.S. Open titles, demonstrating the pedigree required to succeed at this esteemed event.
Through pivotal partnerships with organizations responsible for overseeing the sport, including the United States Golf Association (USGA) – which conducts the U.S. Open – Rolex has become intimately linked with golf, extending its support to all levels of the game and helping to uphold its great traditions.
Coverage of the 2021 US Open begins on Sky Sport 6 at 6am on Friday morning NZT.