Youngest, Oldest Golfers to Make the Cut in a U.S. Open

Who are the youngest and oldest golfers to make the cut in the U.S. Open golf championship? The list of golden oldies below includes nothing but legends. The list of young whippersnappers ... doesn't. Well, with one exception. Jack Nicklaus (yes, he's the exception) appears on both lists.

Youngest Golfers to Make the Cut in a U.S. Open

Nicklaus established a record in this category in the 1958 U.S. Open, and held that record for 20 years. Today, there are two golfers under the age of 18 who've made a U.S. Open cut.
  • 17 years, 3 months — Beau Hossler made the cut at that age in the 2012 U.S. Open. He went on to finish tied for 29th place.
  • 17 years, 8 months, 29 days — Michael Thorbjornsen made the cut at that age in the 2019 U.S. Open. He finished 79th.
  • 18 years, 1 month, 25 days — Bobby Clampett made the cut at that age in the 1978 U.S. Open. He finished tied for 30th place.
  • 18 years, 4 months, 25 days — Jack Nicklaus made the cut at that age in the 1958 U.S. Open, and went on to finish tied for 41st.

Oldest Golfers to Make the Cut in a U.S. Open

  • 61 years old — Sam Snead was 61 when he made the cut in the 1973 U.S. Open. He finished tied for 29th place.
  • 60 years old — Tom Watson was 60 when he made the cut in the 2010 U.S. Open, and he also finished tied for 29th.
  • 58 years old — Jack Nicklaus was 58 when he made the cut in the 1998 U.S. Open. He tied for 43rd place.
Snead was playing some great golf in the majors in his early 60s. From 1972 through 1974, at ages 60, 61 and 62, Snead entered seven majors and had Top 30 finishes in all seven. That included tying for fourth place in the 1972 PGA Championship, tying for ninth in the 1973 PGA Championship, and tying for third at age 62 in the 1974 PGA Championship.

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