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
• FIELD WATCH: World No.1 Jason Day, who owns seven wins since last year’s Open, is joined by defending champion Jordan Spieth and 2011 winner Rory McIlroy at the forefront of a lineup expected to include 59 of the top 60 in the world rankings. … The lone exception is Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, who withdrew Thursday for unspecified personal reasons. … Six slots remain unfilled for players who move into the world top 60 by Monday and haven’t already qualified. William McGirt, who moved up to No.44 after winning the Memorial Tournament, is certain to get one. … A total of 11 amateurs are in the field, down seven from last year’s mark.
• 72-HOLE RECORD: 268, Rory McIlroy (2011 at Congressional CC).
• 18-HOLE RECORD: 63, Johnny Miller (4th round, 1973 at Oakmont), Tom Weiskopf (1st round, 1980 at Baltusrol), Jack Nicklaus (1st round, 1980 at Baltusrol), Vijay Singh (2nd round, 2003 at Olympia Fields).
• LAST YEAR: Spieth became the youngest man to win both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, standing alone at the end of a wild Sunday at Chambers Bay. Seemingly in control with two holes to play, the 21-year-old Texan lost his grip with a double bogey at No.17 and wasn’t sure his birdie at the par-5 18th would be enough with Dustin Johnson still to play. Sure enough, Johnson’s second shot stopped 12 feet from the hole for an eagle try that would have snatched victory. He missed that – then ran his 4-foot birdie attempt for a playoff past the left edge as Spieth watched in disbelief from the scoring trailer. Spieth (69) became the first player since Bobby Jones to convert a birdie at the 72nd hole into a one-shot triumph. Johnson wound up tied for second with Louis Oosthuizen, who birdied six of his final seven holes to fall just short.
• STORYLINES: Day, the PGA TOUR’s only three-time winner this season, seeks to add the Open trophy to recent acquisitions at the PGA Championship and THE PLAYERS. He held a share of the 54-hole lead at Chambers Bay, despite a bout with vertigo that saw him collapse late in his second round. … Johnson sets out again in quest of his first major crown, trying to step out from the shadow of his calamity at Chambers Bay. He held the 36-hole lead at the Open Championship and 18-hole lead at the PGA, only to fall back in subsequent rounds. … Phil Mickelson, six times an Open runner-up, makes his 26th Open start as he chases the final piece to complete the career Grand Slam. … In its eight previous Opens at Oakmont, just 23 players have been under par after 72 holes. None did it the last time out, as Angel Cabrera’s 2007 winning score was 5-over.
• SHORT CHIPS: After removing some 7,000 trees from the property prior to the 2007 Open, Oakmont has taken out a roughly equal number since then in its effort to restore the original look created by Fownes. … Just six defending Open champions have placed higher than 30th in their title defense. Tiger Woods did it three times, with a best of sixth at Bethpage in 2009, along with Retief Goosen (11th, 2005). Graeme McDowell (14th, 2011) and Justin Rose (12th, 2014). … The Open will be the final bow for Oakmont’s longtime head professional Bob Ford, who will step aside after 41 years serving the club. He’s also head pro at Seminole GC in Florida, a job he’ll keep.
• 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).