It’s finally here, the second Major championship of the 2016 golf season. The US Open tees off with first round coverage this Thursday from Oakmont CC in suburban Pennsylvania. The Open will conclude on Father’s Day, which is an annual tradition. Oakmont opened in 1903 and is regarded as the hardest golf course in America with large contouring greens and over two hundred bunkers. The course now features very few trees on the property.
The course set up will be very difficult for the players. It will feature rough that is at least 4 inches long. As for the greens, they will be running around 14 on the Stimp meter. For those who do not know, 14 is extremely fast for a green speed. The winning score will most likely be around even par, which is pretty normal for a US Open.
Oakmont has hosted 8 previous US Opens. The last occurred in 2007 when Angel Cabrera held off Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods to win his first career Major. The winning score in 2007 was 5 over par. In 1973, Johnny Miller shot a final round 63 to come back from a 6 stroke deficit to win the US Open. He was one of only 3 players to break 70 that Sunday. At -5, Miller would go on to win by 1 shot.
Last year, Jordan Spieth avoided a Monday playoff with Dustin Johnson by winning by one shot. Johnson made a 3 putt par on the last hole to miss out on the playoff. 2011 US Open Champion Rory McIlroy will also compete. Phil Mickelson, who is now 45 years old, still needs to win the US Open to complete the career grand slam. Lefty has come in second at the open on 6 different occasions.