You are now entering The Oakmont Zone. United States Open thoughts only, and please, no mention of the P-word. (Playoff.) Shhhh! What did I just say?
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
The state of golf: Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk told me at the Memorial Tournament that he’s looking forward to playing his last major in his home state, which was a little surprising to hear. You don’t think of Furyk being that late into his career but then again, he is 46. Maybe he doesn’t seem that old because he has looked the same for 10 years.
“As far as looking forward to Oakmont, I don’t know if anyone ever looks forward to Oakmont,” he said with a grin. (Pause to laugh.)
“It’s penal, it’s tough,” he added. “The layout is as hard as I’ve ever seen. Add the Open conditions, you have to be on top of your game. You can play well there and shoot 76. It kind of has a way of snowballing on you. I look forward to going there but I’m cautiously guarded because I know how tough it is.”