As you've doubtless heard, the USGA is changing its playoff format for the U.S. Open, from a full 18-hole slugfest into a two-hole aggregate haymaker. If gamers are tied after that, it's sudden loss of life TKO. Group honcho Mike Davis has said that the explanation for the change is a collective need for a Sunday end. (Quaint facet word: the USGA used to by no means play on Sundays as a result of that was when members had their video games.)


So we had been wondering: What would the USGA report e-book look like if this format had been in place because the inaugural 1895 18-holer? Seems almost half of the 33 playoffs would have produced a unique champ. This is the tale of the tape.


1901 Myopia Hunt Membership

PLAYOFF Willie Anderson and Alex Smith
Authentic WINNER Anderson
NEW FORMAT WINNER Smith
Whole Rating 331
PLAYOFF STROKES
Anderson: 5/5/4/5
Smith: 5/5/4/four


Alex Smith fumbled away the playoff, going six over on the ultimate seven playoff holes. Had they performed beneath as we speak's rules, Smith's par on No. 4 would've gained him the title. He did get the job accomplished in 1906 and 1910. As it was, Anderson bagged his first of 4 Opens.


1913 The Country Club

PLAYOFF Francis Ouimet, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray
Original WINNER Ouimet
NEW FORMAT WINNER Vardon
Complete Rating 304
PLAYOFF STROKES
Ray: 5/4/5/4/5/four
Ouimet: 5/4/4/4/5/4
Vardon: 5/4/4/4/5/three


Nearly the best Sport Never Performed. Vardon would've vanquished the newbie with a chicken on the sixth playoff hole.


1923 Inwood C.C.

PLAYOFF Bobby Jones and Bobby Cruickshank
Unique WINNER Jones
NEW FORMAT WINNER Cruickshank
Whole Score 296
PLAYOFF STROKES
Jones: 4/4/5
Cruickshank: 5/3/four


A tale of two Bobbies. Jones would've needed to wait for his first of 4 titles. Cruickshank never truly gained.


1925 Worcester C.C.

PLAYOFF Willie Macfarlane and Bobby Jones
Authentic WINNER Macfarlane
NEW FORMAT WINNER Jones
Total Score 291
PLAYOFF STROKES
Macfarlane: 4/6
Jones: 4/5


This one would've been Jones's first U.S. Open win.

Al Espinosa seems on as Bobby Jones is offered with the U.S. Open trophy in 1929. Though Espinosa was overwhelmed by 23 pictures over 18 holes within the playoff towards Jones, he would have received the championship underneath the new playoff guidelines.


1928 Olympia Fields C.C.

PLAYOFF Johnny Farrell and Bobby Jones
Authentic WINNER Farrell
NEW FORMAT WINNER Jones
Total Score 294
PLAYOFF STROKES
Farrell: 5/5
Jones: 4/5


This one would've been Jones's second.

1929 Winged Foot G.C.


PLAYOFF Bobby Jones and Al Espinosa
Original WINNER Jones
NEW FORMAT WINNER Espinosa
Complete Score 294
PLAYOFF STROKES
Jones: 6/4
Espinosa: 4/5


Bobby would have to present one other one back here. Don't fret, he still totals 4 wins within the Open (he received 1930 in regulation); tied for many with Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.


1931 Inverness Club

PLAYOFF Billy Burke and George Von Elm
Original WINNER Burke
NEW FORMAT WINNER Von Elm
Total Score 292
PLAYOFF STROKES
Burke: 4/5
Von Elm: 4/three


Burke and Von Elm went 72 holes of regulation, then, in the playoff, 72 more. Two tournaments for the value of one! Von Elm would've ended it after solely two additional.


1939 Philadelphia C.C.

PLAYOFF Byron Nelson, Craig Wood, Denny Shute
Authentic WINNER Nelson
NEW FORMAT WINNER Wooden
Whole Rating 284
PLAYOFF STROKES
Shute: 4/4/4/4/4
Nelson: 4/3/4/4/5
Wooden: 4/3/4/4/4


This one is remembered as much for Sam Snead's 72nd-gap, triple-bogey present to the sector than it is for the playoff end, which Wooden would've gained immediately.


Byron Nelson, Craig Wood and Denny Shute (from left to proper) pose with the U.S. Open trophy before embarking on their 18-gap playoff in 1939. Nelson won, however beneath the new playoff guidelines, the title would have belonged to Wood.


1946 Canterbury, G.C.

PLAYOFF Lloyd Mangrum, Vic Ghezzi and Byron Nelson
Original WINNER Mangrum
NEW FORMAT WINNER Nelson
Total Score 284
PLAYOFF STROKES
Mangrum: 4/four
Ghezzi: 4/four
Nelson: 4/three


Since Lord Byron would've had to offer back the '39 title, it's fitting he benefits from the new playoff guidelines here.


1947 St. Louis C.C.

PLAYOFF Lew Worsham and Sam Snead
Unique WINNER Worsham
NEW FORMAT WINNER Snead
Complete Score 282
PLAYOFF STROKES
Worsham: 4/3
Snead: 3/three


Snead's most disheartening runner-up finish would've been a win had at present's guidelines been in place.

1950 Merion G.C.


PLAYOFF Ben Hogan, Lloyd Magnum and George Fazio
Unique WINNER Hogan
NEW FORMAT WINNER Mangrum
Whole Score 287
PLAYOFF STROKES
hogan donne (getmework-er.com): 4/5
Fazio: 5/4
Mangrum: 4/4


Mangrum would've lastly earned the Open title he needed to relinquish in '46, however the golf world would've been denied Hogan's superb comeback story.


1963 The Country Membership

PLAYOFF Julius Boros, Jack Cupit and Arnold Palmer
Authentic WINNER Boros
NEW FORMAT WINNER Cupit
Whole Rating 293
PLAYOFF STROKES
Boros: 4/4
Cupit: 4/3
Palmer: 5/three


Boros used just 23 putts over 18 playoff holes to win. But a steady start from Cupit would've received it earlier.


Underneath the USGA's new U.S. Open playoff guidelines, things would have ended otherwise for Mark Brooks (left) who misplaced an 18-hole playoff to Retief Goosen at Southern Hills in 2001.


1966 Olympic Membership

PLAYOFF Billy Casper and Arnold Palmer
Unique WINNER Casper
NEW FORMAT WINNER Palmer
Complete Score 278
PLAYOFF STROKES
Casper: 5/4/3/4
Palmer: 5/4/3/three


The King's breakdown in regulation let Casper again in the sport. Palmer's birdie on the fourth playoff gap would've earned him a second Open title.


1994 Oakmont C.C.

PLAYOFF Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Loren Roberts
Original WINNER Els
NEW FORMAT WINNER Roberts
Total Rating 279
PLAYOFF STROKES
Els: 5/7
Montgomerie: 4/6
Roberts: 4/5


The Boss of the Moss would've lastly gained a major if they'd performed by right now's rules. As it was, Els earns his first.


2001 Southern Hills C.C., Tulsa, Okla.

PLAYOFF Retief Goosen and Mark Brooks
Original WINNER Goosen
NEW FORMAT WINNER Brooks
Whole Score 276
PLAYOFF STROKES
Goosen: 4/4/four
Brooks: 4/4/3


Brooks would've bagged his second main championship (1996 PGA) had they used 2018 rules. As a substitute, Goosen will get the primary of two Opens ('04).