The U.S. Senior Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), will return to the Chicagoland area for the first time in more than two decades when The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame hosts June 24-30, 2019. The U.S. Senior Open has been hosted on many of the country’s most renowned venues including area courses Medinah Country Club and Olympia Fields Country Club.
“The USGA is proud to partner with the University of Notre Dame, an institution whose national and international student body is reflective of the 156-player field in the U.S. Senior Open Championship,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior Open is senior golf’s most coveted championship and we know the Warren Course will examine the players’ skills as they compete for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”
Senior golf’s most desired championship has been won by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino and Hale Irwin. In 2019, another storied and international field will be eligible to compete, including Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Darren Clarke.
The William K. and Natalie O. Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame opened in the fall of 1999 thanks to the generous benefaction of William K. Warren Jr., a 1956 graduate. This will be the first time the U.S. Senior Open will be conducted on a collegiate golf course.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the golf course, the University and the South Bend area to not only the thousands of people attending but TV viewers worldwide who might not have tuned in on Saturdays to watch Notre Dame football,” said John Foster, general manager and head golf professional at the Warren Course. “We think we have the perfect venue to deliver the absolute best fan experience and player experience a major championship can offer.”
Fox and FS1 will provide live television coverage of all four rounds of the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship to a worldwide audience.