LAST WEEK: FedEx St. Jude Classic (Dustin Johnson)
THIS WEEK: U.S. Open, June 14-17
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y. (Par 70, 7,445 yards)
Purse: $12 million (Winner: $2.16 million)
Television: Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (FS1), 6-9 p.m. ET (FOX); Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (FOX); Sunday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. p.m. ET (FOX)
Defending Champion: Brooks Koepka
Koepka birdied three consecutive holes on the back nine at Erin Hills last year to win by four shots, tying Rory McIlroy’s 16-under 272 U.S. Open scoring record to par. … Tiger Woods is playing in his first U.S. Open since 2015. His last major victory came at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 – which is also the last time he finished within three shots of the winner in a major. … The USGA announced in February that it scrapped the 18-hole Monday playoff for a two-hole aggregate format to be played immediately after Sunday’s round. If players remain tied, it will move into sudden death. … Shinnecock Hills has the oldest clubhouse in the United States. Twelve holes opened in 1891, with six more added in 1894. Shinnecock played host to the second U.S. Open in 1896 (won by James Foulis) when the course played to just 4,423 yards. It has since hosted three more Opens (1986, Raymond Floyd; 1995, Corey Pavin; 2004, Retief Goosen). … About 450 yards has been added to the course since 2004, with the goal of restoring the course back to the strategy intended by William Flynn’s redesign in 1937. … There are 156 players in the field, with the top 60 and ties making the cut after the second round.
NEXT WEEK: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Conn.