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Thursday, 10 July 2014
Bernhard Langer  (Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer (Getty Images)

Ahead of the season's next Senior Major Championship, europeantour.com took a look at ten key facts about this week's 156 man field at Oak Tree National...

- 10 US Senior Open champions: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Larry Laoretti (1992) and Kenny Perry (2013).

- 9 US Senior Open runners-up: Fred Funk (2008, ’12, ‘13), Hale Irwin (1996, 2004), Bernhard Langer (2012), Tom Lehman (2012), Gil Morgan (2001), Mark O’Meara (2011), Corey Pavin (2012), Loren Roberts (2005) and Joey Sindelar (2009).

- 5 US Open champions: Hale Irwin (1974, ’79, ’90), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Scott Simpson (1987).

- 8 US Open runners-up: Mark Brooks (2001), Tom Lehman (1996), Davis Love III (1996), Rocco Mediate (2008), Colin Montgomerie (1994, ‘97, 2006), Scott Simpson (1991), Jeff Sluman (1992) and Loren Roberts (1994).

- 6 US Amateur champions: John Cook (1978), John Harris (1993), Mark O’Meara (1979), Sam Randolph (1985), Hal Sutton (1980) and Scott Verplank (1984).

- 11 US Senior Open titles won by 2014 field: Olin Browne (1), Brad Bryant (1), Roger Chapman (1), Dave Eichelberger (1), Fred Funk (1), Hale Irwin (2), Peter Jacobsen (1), Bernhard Langer (1), Larry Laoretti (1) and Kenny Perry (1).

- 59 players making their US Senior Open debut: this includes Simon Brown, Phillip Golding, Miguel Angel Martin, Steen Tinning, Simon Brown, Vijay Singh, Jeff Maggert and Scott Verplank.

- 16 countries represented: United States (131), England (5), Australia (3), Japan (3), South Africa (3), Argentina (1), Canada (1), Denmark (1), Fiji (1), Germany (1), Republic of Korea (1), Mexico (1), Philippines (1), Scotland (1), Spain (1) and Sweden (1).

- The last time it happened at the US Senior Open:

Roger Chapman – the last international winner (2012)
Allen Doyle – the last to defend title successfully (2006)
Roger Chapman – the last to win in his first appearance (2012)
Kenny Perry – the last to win on his second attempt (2013)
Olin Browne – the last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2011)
Hale Irwin – the last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (1998)
Gary Player – the last winner without a round in the 60s (1988)
Roger Chapman – the last winner with all rounds in the 60s (2012)
Don Pooley – the last winner to come through sectional qualifying (2002)

- Oldest and youngest at the US Senior Open: the 1992 champion Larry Laoretti is the oldest player in this week's field, and celebrates his 75th birthday on July 11, while Scott Verplank is the youngest after turning 50 on Jul 9.

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