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
• COURSE: Oakmont Country Club, 7,254 yards, par 70. With a well-honed standing as America’s toughest test, Oakmont serves as the U.S. Open stage for a record ninth time and almost always identifies golf royalty. Built 112 years ago out of farmland just east of Pittsburgh, Oakmont is the only course ever built by Henry C. Fownes and unforgiving by design. The Pittsburgh industrialist and his son, William, believed a poor shot should be penalized and found a membership who shared that vision. Even today, the Oakmont membership’s average handicap is 11.2. Six of the Open’s eight previous champions are in the World Golf Hall of Fame, as are winners from two PGA Championships, a U.S. Women’s Open and a U.S. Amateur held at the club.
• CHARITY: The USGA distributes more than $5 million a year through its “For the Good of the Game” grants, helping create opportunities for underprivileged youth and people with disabilities. Among the recipients are The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, National Alliance for Youth Sports and National Alliance for Accessible Golf.
• FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 600 points.
• TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1), 5-8 p.m. (FOX). Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (FOX). Sunday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (FOX).
• PGA TOUR LIVE: None.
• RADIO: Thursday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. ET; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. (U.S. Open on SiriusXM).