US Open at a glance
SOUTHAMPTION, N.Y. (AP) Facts and figures for the 118th U.S. Open golf championship:
DATES: June 14-17.
Site: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
The course: Shinnecock Hills has the oldest clubhouse in the United States. Twelve holes were open for play in 1891, with an additional six holes built in 1894. It hosted the second U.S. Open in 1896 at 4,423 yards. William Flynn redesigned the course in 1937, and the U.S. Open returned in 1986, 1995, 2004 and 2018. The course has added about 450 yards since the last U.S. Open and some of the greens expanded during a restoration to bring back Flynn’s intended strategy.
Length: 7,445 yards.
Par: 70 (35-35).
Cut: Top 60 players and ties.
Playoff (if necessary): Two-hole aggregate immediately after 72 holes are completed.
Field: 156 players.
Purse: $12 million. Winner’s share: $2.16 million.
Defending champion: Brooks Koepka.
Last year: Brooks Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 for a four-shot victory. He made a conservative par on the par-5 18th to finish at 16-under 272, tying Rory McIlroy’s record to par for a U.S. Open. With generous fairways at Erin Hills, seven players finished at 10 under or better. Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama tied for second. Justin Thomas in the third round became the fifth player to shoot 63 in the U.S. Open, and the first to do it on a par 72.
Tiger tales: Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015. Woods has not finished closer than three shots of the lead in a major since his last major championship, in the U.S. Open 10 years ago at Torrey Pines.
Key statistic: Dustin Johnson is the only U.S. Open champion to play in the last group Sunday in the last six years.
Noteworthy: Justin Thomas is the seventh player in the last seven years to be No. 1 in the world going into the U.S. Open.
Quoteworthy: ”I look forward to getting my teeth kicked in.” – Keegan Bradley upon qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (FS1), 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Fox); Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Fox); Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Fox).