1. How An Artist Who Didn’t Golf Became The Painter For The U.S. Open Posters
Writer: Erik Matuszewski
Excerpt: Lee Wybranski created his own niche in the golf world, and it’s one that will be highly visible during U.S. Open week. Wybranski, a professional artist since 1992, painted the official tournament poster for golf’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club – as he has for years – and is the creative mind behind the logo found on tens of thousands of pieces of officially-licensed merchandise. Wybranski’s company has designed 11 of the past 13 U.S. Open logos for the USGA. READ IT
2. Starter keeps the golf moving at Oakmont
Writer: Dan Majors
Excerpt: The professionals who tee off in the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club will have to overcome chasmal bunkers, thick rough and ice-slick greens. But they will be spared one of the signature hazards faced by the members who regularly golf there. The pros won’t have to compete under the pace-of-play scrutiny of longtime starter Reed Clarke. READ IT
3. Ryder Cup 2016: US Open will help shape plans ahead of Hazeltine showdown, says Darren Clarke and Davis Love III
Writer: James Corrigan
Excerpt: Ryder Cup captains tell James Corrigan how this week’s US Open and other majors will help them make key decisions.
James Corrigan: The next major of the season is the US Open at Oakmont [starting Thursday]. What sort of test will that pose?
Darren Clarke: A flaming brutal one.
Davis Love III: Oh boy, I’ve played two majors where five-over has won and Oakmont is one of them. It is on the brink of “sadistic”. READ IT
4. Pain the name of the game at Oakmont
Writer: Jason Sobel
Excerpt: OAKMONT, Pa. — When it comes to classifying golf courses, Phil Mickelson likes to break them down into three specific categories. On the topic of Oakmont Country Club, this week’s U.S. Open host for a record ninth time, he espouses this theory. “Courses are either fun, great or hard,” he explained. “There’s nothing fun about Oakmont. There’s nothing great about Oakmont. But it’s extremely hard. It’s probably the hardest course I’ve ever played.” READ IT
5. U.S. Open rough at Oakmont will swallow golf balls whole
Writer: Dillon Mullan
Excerpt: All right, so we went 0-for-6 at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. At the risk of sounding defensive, if you consider yourself a fantasy gamer, then you and your league have been there. Trophies aren’t handed out just because. It’s why they play. And these are the reminders that help soften the sting. READ IT
6. Nine interesting things to know ahead of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont
Writer: Kyle Porter
Excerpt: The U.S. Open will be played at Oakmont Country Club for the ninth time next week. The first one occurred in 1927 when Tommy Armour won in a playoff with a score of 13 over. The most recent edition was in 2007 when Angel Cabrera beat Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk with a score of 5 over. This year’s Open will likely be more like 2007 than 1927 when it comes to scoring. But it’s still going to be rough when the best players on the planet tee it up on Thursday for the 116th United States Open. READ IT
7. Tour Confidential: Storylines, Picks for 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont
Excerpt: SI Golf Group convened a panel of experts—senior writers Michael Bamberger, Cameron Morfit, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, along with a tour pro who participated on the condition of anonymity—to tackle these questions and other hot topics. READ IT
8. U.S. Open: As moaning commences from diabolical Oakmont, Northwood provides proof that things could be worse
Writer: Bill Nichols
Excerpt: Imagine Dallas’ Jordan Spieth going for his third straight U.S. Open win in his hometown instead of preparing for this week’s Open title defense at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh. A local faced a similar situation entering the 1952 U.S. Open at Northwood Club in Dallas. Fort Worth’s Ben Hogan had won a three-way playoff at Merion at the U.S. Open in 1950 and then brought “this monster to its knees” with a final-round 67 at Oakland Hills CC in 1951. READ IT
9. U.S. Open security plans for worst
Writer: Tom Fontaine
Excerpt: When Jack Nicklaus — The Golden Bear — appeared in the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, it spelled trouble for other golfers. That’s where he won the first of his record 18 major championships.
When a black bear appeared on the course 45 years later, the last time Oakmont hosted a U.S. Open, it posed an unforeseen danger. READ IT
10. 25 Greatest US Open Golf Moments
Writer: AJ Foss
Excerpt: This week, golfers around the world are preparing for the second major championship: The U.S. Open. Over the 100+ years of the U.S. Open, they have been many great performances, shots, and upsets that occurred in this major championship which is known for its deep rough and narrow fairways. READ IT