The USGA released the tee times for the first two rounds of next week’s championship at Oakmont overnight and Day and Scott will partner 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen for the first two days. Scott and Day will tee off the first at 2.20pm Thursday Pennsylvania time (4.20am Friday Australian Eastern Time) meaning Australian viewers will get to see plenty of the pair.
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live 2016
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
The 2016 PGA Championship will be held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. This edition is special, as it marks a century since the 1916 founding of the PGA of America in nearby New York City, and the tournament will be one of the true high points of the PGA’s yearlong Centennial celebration. This will be the second time the PGA Championship has been held at Baltusrol, with Phil Mickelson winning the 2005 tournament.
The venue was Chambers Bay, a links course in the Pacific Northwest with no trees, yellow fairways, bumpy “broccoli” greens and high skies that made it hard to see the flight of the ball. TV viewers accustomed to NBC’s Johnny Miller and Dan Hicks instead got the Fox Sports tandem of Greg Norman and Joe Buck, best known for calling the World Series and calling out Randy Moss.
Oh, and the first and 18th holes played as par-4s and par-5s on different days.
The public did not exactly take to a U.S. Open that felt more like an April Fools’ prank.
In the tried-and-true sports tradition of replacing a fired coach or manager with his or her exact opposite, this year’s championship will be held at what Buck called “the quintessential U.S. Open test.”
“If the USGA were to pick one course to have the U.S. Open for the rest of time,” he said, “this would be it.”
The venue is Oakmont Country Club, 14 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.
Tommy Armour won a U.S. Open at Oakmont. So did Ben Hogan. And Jack Nicklaus. Johnny Miller eclipsed Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino with a 63, the best final-round score to win a major. Ernie Els romped in a 20-hole playoff. And Angel Cabrera won most recently, in 2007, with a final score of 5 over par.