The storied venue outside Pittsburgh hosts a record ninth U.S. Open, and provides a brutal backdrop for the year’s second major.
Oakmont Country Club is often called the “hardest” course in golf, and the tournament will be packed with compelling storylines.
Phil Mickelson, who will turn 46 on Thursday’s opening round, is vying to finally win a U.S. Open after a record six runner-up spots. Victory would complete the career grand slam of all four major titles, and make him the oldest champion ahead of 45-year-old Hale Irwin, but the veteran left hander has not won since the 2013 British Open.
The world’s top three players — Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy — resume their battle…