The 2016 U.S. Open returns to historic Oakmont Country Club in western Pennsylvania for the ninth time, the most of any venue. A course that has seen champions such as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Ernie Els will test the players with its “church pew” bunkers and difficult greens once again. Here’s everything you need to know:
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live 2016
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
DATES: The 2016 U.S. Open will be played June 16-19, 2016. The event is part of a compressed PGA Tour summer schedule in 2016, making way for the Olympic golf tournament in Rio de Janeiro in mid-August.
SCORES: The U.S. Open leaderboard will be published on PGA.com the week of the event.
FIELD: Every year, thousands of entrants attempt to advance to one of golf’s grandest stages. This year, there were 9,877 entrants into the local qualifying rounds, from all 50 states and 72 different countries. The field narrowed to roughly 1,000 competitors at the sectional qualifying round level, and was then trimmed to a final U.S. Open field of 156 golfers.
COMPETITION: The U.S. Open is a 72-hole stroke-play tournament. If two or more players are tied after the regulation 72 holes, there will be a full 18-hole playoff the following day (Monday). If a tie exists after that fifth round, then the playoff continues as sudden-death on the 91st hole, which has occurred three times since the rule was implemented (1990, 1994, 2008).