What To Expect From The 2016 US Open


It’s the 116th Version Of The Tournament, Here’s What To Look For

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The 116th US Open gets underway Thursday at America’s most difficult course, Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

The 2nd major of the year has a 156 player field that boasts 11 amateurs, 9 US Open runner ups and 12 past US Open champions, including Jordan Spieth, who’s 2015 victory puts him in a position to be the first back-to-back winner since 1989.

 

The Course:


 

Oakmont is highly regarded as the most difficult golf course in the United States. It has been host to the US Open on 15 other occasions, most recently in 2007, ending with Angel Cabreras one shot win over Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.

The course plays to a par 70, 35 on the front and the back. Yardage will vary day to day but averages about 7,200 yards.

This year’s course adaptation includes two par 5’s longer than 600 yards. But with the length on tour the scoring chances will be more attainable on the long par 5’s than on Oakmont’s signature par 3’s. Of the 7 longest par 3’s in US Open history, Oakmont holds 5. This week they’ll gain another spot, 2nd longest, with the par 3 8th hole that comes in at 288 yards.

Distance poses a strategical problem at Oakmont but precision is the most important skill when playing Golf Digest’s 5th best course in the US. 210 deep bunkers guard all of Oakmont’s greens and fairways, most notably the ‘Church Pews’ that split the 3rd and 4th fairways and line the par 4, 500 yard 15th hole.

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All of that aside, players this weekend will be putting on some of the fastest and hardest greens in the United States. 2007 US Open champ Angel Cabrera won with a +5 and 1983’s champion, Larry Nelson, won with a +6.

Arnold Palmer once said, “You can hit 72 greens in regulation in the Open at Oakmont, and not come close to winning.”

 

On The Radar:


 

Phil Mickelson – Looking to complete the career Grand Slam, Mickelson has been a runner up in 6 US Open majors (1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013) to this point in his career.

Jordan Spieth – Last year’s US Open champion, a win this weekend would garner him a 3rd major win before the age of 23.

Rickie Fowler – Looking for his first major title, Fowler has 4 top-5 finishes in majors since 2014.

Rory McIlroy – With 5 top-10 finishes under his belt this season, McIlroy is playing for his 5th major title this weekend.

Matt Kuchar – Playing for his first career major title, Kuchar has 6 top-10 finishes this season.

Jason Day – A two-time runner up in US Opens (2011, 2013), Day looks to add a second major to his collection this weekend.

Sergio Garcia – Per the PGA Tour, Garcia has finished in the top 10 of 29% of his career major appearances.

 

Notable Pairings:


 

US Open Pairings

 

How To Watch:


 

THURSDAY’S ROUND 1:
 
TV
Fox Sports 1 – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
FOX – 5:00PM – 8:00PM

STREAMING
USOpen.com/US Open App:
Featured Groups 1 & 2 – 7:30AM – 7:00PM
Featured Holes – 7:30 AM – 7:00PM
 
FRIDAY’S ROUND 2:
 
TV
Fox Sports 1 – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
FOX – 5:00PM – 8:00PM

STREAMING
USOpen.com/US Open App:
Featured Groups 1 & 2 – 7:30AM – 7:00PM
Featured Holes – 7:30 AM – 7:00PM
 
SATURDAY’S ROUND 3:
 
TV
Fox Sports 1 – 11:00AM – 7:00PM
FOX – 4:00 – 7:00PM

STREAMING
USOpen.com/US Open App:
Featured Groups 1 & 2 – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Featured Holes – 11:00AM – 6:00PM
 
SUNDAY’S FINAL ROUND:
 
TV
Fox Sports 1 – 11:00AM – 7:30PM
FOX – 4:00 – 7:30PM

STREAMING
USOpen.com/US Open App:
Featured Groups 1 & 2 – 11:00AM – 6:30PM
Featured Holes – 11:00AM – 6:30PM

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