U.S. Senior Open Coming to South Bend

Two traditions in sports collide in The Bend this summer.

Many of golf’s legendary names will descend on Warren Golf Course at the University of Notre Dame in late June for the U.S. Senior Open. It marks the first time the U.S. Senior Open has been held on a college campus — and it’s not just any campus.

Championship history

Roberto De Vicenzo in 1980 won the first U.S. Senior Open. Since then several golf icons have hoisted the Francis Ouimet trophy.

Arnold Palmer won in 1981. Gary Player emerged victorious in 1987 and 1988. Lee Trevino captured the title in 1990. Jack Nicklaus won in 1991 and 1993. Other past winners include Hal Irwin (twice), Fred Funk, Tom Weiskopf, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry (twice) and Colin Montgomerie.

David Toms is the defending champion after holding off three players by one stroke at Broadmoor Golf Club in 2018.

Current star power

Who can we expect to test themselves at Warren Golf Course? Many of the Champions Tour’s best players.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Tim Petrovic and Jerry Kelly all finished within one stroke of Toms at Broadmoor. Here are more notables that participated in 2018:

Lee Janzen (eight PGA Tour wins, including two U.S. Open titles)
Davis Love III (21 PGA Tour wins, including one PGA Championship)
Vijay Singh (34 PGA Tour wins, including three major championships)
Bernhard Langer (42 European Tour wins, two-time Masters champion)
Colin Montgomerie (31 European Tour wins)
Fred Couples (15 PGA Tour wins, including the Masters)

Others worth mentioning: Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Tom Kite, Fred Funk, Jesper Parnevik, Hale Irwin.

Toms at the 2018 U.S. Senior Open. Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images

Don’t miss the action

Ready to see the U.S. Senior Open for yourself? There’s no better time than now to start planning your trip to The Bend.

Tournament week is scheduled for June 24-30. Several types of tickets are available and keep this in mind: Kids under 18 years old are admitted free with a ticketed adult every day of the championship. If you want an even closer view of the tournament, volunteering might be for you.

If you’re ready to book the trip, it’s time to take a look at available hotel accommodations.

Turn your trip into a golf getaway: There are several public courses nearby that cater to all skill levels. Check out our Guide to Golf in The Bend to find out what course hosts another professional event and which one Arnold Palmer played in 1961.