US Open Playoff Format History and Current Rules for 2022 Golf Tournament at The Country Club in Brookline, MA

David Kaestle
U.S. Open 2022 Playoff format.
U.S. Open 2022 Playoff format. / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA

The 2022 U.S. Open is set to tee off on Thursday, June 16 at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. With all the top players in the world prepared to play, fans should be preparing for four exciting days of golf. While the U.S. Open is considered by most to be the world's toughest tournament, it is unique in many ways, specifically in its playoff format.

U.S. Open Playoff Format History

The initial playoff format called for a 36-hole playoff that triggered another 36-hole playoff if the parties were still tied. It then moved to a single 18-hole playoff, last being utilized in 2008 when Tiger Woods sank his famous double fist pump putt on the 72nd hole to force the playoff against Rocco Mediate. That format stood until 2017 when it was changed to the current format.

U.S. Open Playoff Format

The current U.S. Open playoff format consists of all tied players at the end of the 72 holes participating in a two-hole aggregate playoff. Everyone will play holes 1 and 18, with the lowest aggregate score being named the winner of the tournament. If multiple players are still tied then it will move to a single-hole sudden-death format until a sole winner is determined.

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