Rolex and
the U.S. Open2019

The U.S. Open, the third of the four men’s Majors each year, was first held at Newport Golf Club in 1895. Every year, the most iconic venues in the United States are set up to provide golf's ultimate test. This year’s venue, the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links lipping California’s dramatic Pacific coast, is no exception. Rolex Testimonees Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka are among the champions to have risen to the occasion at this revered event. At this tournament, accuracy is everything, making Rolex, Official Timekeeper since 1980, a perfect partner.

Rolex and the U.S. Open

Rolex and golf

The men ready
to rise the
challenge

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka is seeking another slice of history at Pebble Beach. In 2019 he became the only golfer to defend two Major titles in two seasons, winning a second straight PGA Championship after completing back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2018.

Now he is aiming to match Scotsman Willie Anderson’s unique feat of three consecutive U.S. Open wins (1903-05). Koepka’s journey to golfing excellence has been an innovative one. After an outstanding college career, he honed his craft in Europe, winning four titles before joining the PGA TOUR® elite.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has captivated the golfing world for more than 20 years. At 21, he changed the game forever, winning his first Major, the 1997 Masters, by a record 12 shots. In April 2019, he completed one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history when, aged 43, he won his 15th Major, once again at Augusta National, after a gap of 11 years.

His enduring powers – resilience, dedication and technical prowess – means he will return to Pebble Beach, scene in 2000 of the first of three U.S. Open triumphs, once again among the top contenders.

Jason Day
Jason Day has had his share of setbacks. But like Tiger Woods, the man whose towering deeds inspired him when he was a learning the game in Australia, Day always get up. Winless in 2017, he bounced back in 2018 with five top-10 finishes including two two titles for a total of 12 since turning professional in 2006.

That haul includes the 2015 PGA Championship where he carded the lowest total, 20 under par, in the history of the Majors, helping him become World No. 1 later in the year.

Phil Mickelson
A U.S. Open title would be particularly sweet for Phil Mickelson. He has been runner-up no fewer than six times and needs this trophy to complete a career grand slam of all four Majors. Encouragingly, Pebble Beach is much to his liking. In February 2019, he won his fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, shooting a final-round 65.

Mickelson’s career has been one of sustained excellence since he turned professional in 1992. The left-hander has a peerless short game, while his touch and timing around the course enable him to conjure extraordinary shots.

Jon Rahm
After an outstanding amateur career – he held the World No. 1 ranking for a record 60 weeks – Jon Rahm has made a big impact since turning professional in 2016. The Spaniard has three PGA TOUR® titles to his credit and four other international victories. In January 2018 he reached a career-high world ranking of No. 2.

Tom Watson

At Pebble Beach 37 years ago, Tom Watson won the U.S. Open in a thrilling duel with Jack Nicklaus, responding to a final-day surge from his fellow Testimonee to reclaim the lead with perhaps the greatest shot of his career. After hitting a two-iron into dense rough behind the 17th green, he prophetically told his caddie: “Get it close? Hell, I’m going to sink it.” Such technical precision, allied with an unwavering commitment to be the best, brought this enduring champion eight Majors on the PGA TOUR® and six on the senior PGA Tour Champions.

THE DAY-DATE 40

Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. Exceptional precision, reliability, legibility and presence have made it the ultimate status watch, the embodiment of prestige. With the President bracelet, originally created especially for it, the Day-Date continues to be the watch par excellence of influential people. Like the elite golfers competing at the U.S. Open, they are the leaders in their field.

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