The U.S. Open returned to Oakmont for the first time since 1994 when Ernie Els captured his first major championship. Ángel Cabrera won the championship after Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods were unable to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. Cabrera's victory marked the first U.S. Open championship won by an Argentine or a South American. The event took place in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, located 12 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh. The purse was $7.0 million (€5,241,402) and Cabrera earned $1.26 million (€943,182.74).