As the best field in senior golf descends on Columbus, Ohio, here are nine things you need to know about the 37th U.S. Senior Open, being played at Scioto (pronounced SIGH-oh-tah) Country Club:
1) Jack I: Jack Grout grew up in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was an avid golfer. He caddied for Walter Hagen, played with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, and played on the PGA Tour from 1931 to 1950. He held a number of jobs as a teaching pro to make ends meet while on Tour, and in 1950, he took a job at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. One of his first students was a stocky 10-year-old, also named Jack.
2) Jack II: Jack Nicklaus began working with Jack Grout and never stopped. Under Grout’s tutelage, Nicklaus set the Scioto course record at 15, won the Ohio Open, the NCAA individual title while a student at Ohio State in his hometown and two U.S. Amateur Championships. On his way to becoming arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Nicklaus worked with Grout at the start of every season to keep his swing finely tuned.
3) Championship Pedigree: Donald Ross designed Scioto, which opened for play in 1916. A decade later, Bob Jones claimed the second of his four U.S. Open Championships at Scioto and quickly became the hero of 13-year-old Charlie Nicklaus. Bruce Fleisher, who won the 1968 U.S. Amateur here, went on to win the 2001 U.S. Senior Open and is in the Senior Open field here. Scioto hosted the 1986 U.S. Senor Open, which was won by Dale Douglass (at 50 years, 3 months, 24 days, he remains the youngest Senior Open champion).