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U.S. OPEN preview


The 116th U.S. Open is upon us and it’s returning to its home at the Oakmont Country Club for a record 9th time.  Let’s take a look at what is in store for the best golfers in the world as they set out to conquer what many consider the hardest course in the United States.

When fans tune in on Thursday June 16, 2016 to watch the second major championship of the year they will be getting exactly what they would expect of a U.S. OPENOakmont Country Club is well-known for the challenges that it offers to these golfers.  The Extreme rough, Slick as glass greens and emphasis on accuracy can make even the greatest golfers look average.
The field is composed of 156 golfers including all the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, led by World No. 1 Jason Day and followed in the top 10 by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Danny Willett and Justin Rose.

Jordan Spieth, who won last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington, says it best when he talks about the challenges Oakmont presents.

“This is arguably the hardest course in America. It’s normally the hardest U.S. Open, at least what history shows,”

said Spieth, per the Kansas City Star‘s Tom Smith.

The joint winning score in eight previous U.S. Opens at Oakmont is nine over. Angel Cabrera won the last Oakmont-hosted U.S. Open in 2007 with a five-over score.

Jordan Speith

Speith is attempting to become only the sixth player to win the U.S. Open in back-to-back years: Curtis Strange (1988- 89), Ben Hogan (1950-51), Ralph Guldahl (1937-38), Bobby Jones (1929, 1930) and John McDermott (1911-12).  He recorded a 5-under 275 at the 2015 U.S. Open for a one-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

World #1 Jason Day

Day has finished inside the top 10 in half of his 22 Major Championship appearances and owns four top-10 finishes in five U.S. Open starts. In 2015 Day battled a bout of Benign Positional Vertigo, even sharing the 54-hole lead, and finished tied for 9th at the 2015 U.S. Open.


The 116th U.S. OPEN also features 3 Players with the most U.S. Open appearances:

Phil Mickelson (26), Ernie Els (24), and Jim Furyk (22).

The most active Consecutive U.S. Open starts (2016 included): Ernie Els (24), Phil Mickelson (23), Jim Furyk (21).

 Oldest Player: Wes Short Jr., 52 (born Dec. 4, 1963).
 Youngest Player: Justin Suh, 19 (born June 12, 1997

Phil Mickelson

 Mickelson has a record six runner-up finishes in 25 previous U.S. Open appearances (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013), the most by any player.


Rory Mcllroy

Mcllroy won the 2011 U.S. Open championship and will make his 30th Major Championship start this week at Oakmont. He is in search of his fifth Major Championship victory.


The 7200 total yardage for Oakmont is not extremely high, but this is a course that requires you to be extremely accurate.  It will test the golfers and their ability to contain the urge to take many risks throughout their rounds.  It will challenge the mentality of each golfer as they face the treacherous hazards that Oakmont provides.

Like most of the Majors these days we hear a lot of the same names as the favorites, but Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Speith are the first three names you hear most experts claiming as potential winners.  All three of these golfers have played well and are capable of putting up a respectable score on any given day.

As we all know from the most recent Masters tournament,  you can’t count out the other guys in the field.  Some dark horse candidates are:  Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kucher, Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott.

What the 2016 U.S. Open champion will receive:

 10-year U.S. Open exemption
 Five-year exemption to the Masters, Open Championship, PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS  Five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR (if a member or joins the TOUR)  600 FedExCup points (if a member) and a payout of $10,000,000.

As it stands only one player will be able to hoist the US OPEN trophy and receive the Jack Nicklaus Gold Medal and starting Thursday morning at 6:45am the quest begins.

US OPEN preview

Oakmont Country Club