Oakmont, Pennsylvania - The world's best golfers return to the Oakmont Country Club this week for 2016 U.S. Open. The 116th playing of America's national championship promises to test the game's elite, as many, including 7-time major champion Phil Mickelson, have described Oakmont as the toughest course they will ever play. Masters champion Danny Willett of England will look to match 2015 U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth by winning the first two majors of the calendar year. Here's what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 U.S. Open.
Last YearSpieth took advantage of a 72nd hole three-putt by his third round co-leader Dustin Johnson to win his first U.S. Open, and second consecutive major championship. Spieth closed with a final round 69, for a four round total of 275, 5-under par, one shot better than Johnson and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen had a 67 on Sunday.
Matt Jones of Australia survived a near disastrous start, that included a double bogey and a triple bogey on a nervous front nine, to hold off two world number ones and win the 2015 Emirates Australian Open. The 35-year old Jones finished up with an unlikely two-over par 73 and a one shot victory over the current number one player in the world, Jordan Spieth and former world #1 Adam Scott. Jones started his final round in the worst possible way, bogeying the first hole and making a double on the par-3 second. The Sydney native recovered with birdies on the fourth and six holes, but gave them back with triple bogey seven on the par-4 ninth, to go out in 4 over par, 39, six-under par for the tournament. Jones settled himself on the back nine, holing a bunker shot on #12 for par, before making birdies on 14 and 16 to claim his first win on the Australasian Tour and a second worldwide win, to go with his victory in the 2014 Shell Houston Open.
I wasn't always pretty, but a late rally by world number one Jordan Spieth has kept him in contention, after three rounds of the Emirates Australian Open. Spieth made four bogies in a sloppy front side 36 and looked to be fading out of a challenging position heading into Sunday's final round. "I made a couple of bad swings and a couple of bad decisions," Spieth said. "Not many pars." But the reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion stormed back with three birdies and an eagle to shoot 31 on the inward nine. His 4-under par 67 moved him into second place and within three shots of leader Matt Jones of Australia.