DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Live
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
All eyes on Oakmont. It’s a common assessment each year as the U.S. Open inches closer and players get a glimpse of that year’s venue.
“Over par will win,” Daniel Berger said of Oakmont, which he played on Monday.
“It’s a hard golf course. You don’t want to be in the rough there,” offered Brooks Koepka, who played the U.S. Open venue last week.
Phil Mickelson’s take, however, may have been the most foreboding.
“I’ve played Oakmont the last two days, and I really think it is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played,” Lefty said on Wednesday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Often lost in the U.S. Open hyperbole, however, is the fact that, at least in the Mike Davis era, officials have largely erred on the side of the players (last year’s greens at Chambers Bay not withstanding).
“It’s a very fair test, even though it’s hard,” Mickelson added.
Wild stories of ridiculously difficult golf courses are nothing new, but history suggests predictions of player pain and suffering are greatly exaggerated.