BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Facts and figures for the 122nd U.S. Open golf championship:
Dates: June 16-19.
Site: The Country Club.
Length: 7,264 yards.
Cut: Top 60 and ties.
Playoff (if necessary): Two-hole aggregate immediately after 72 holes are completed.
Field: 156 players (15 amateurs).
Purse: TBA. Last year: $12.5 million.
Defending champion: Jon Rahm.
Last year: Jon Rahm won his first major at Torrey Pines and became the first player to birdie the last two holes to win by the U.S. Open by one shot. He was one shot behind when he made birdie putts of 25 feet on the 17th and 18 feet on the final hole. The victory came two weeks after Rahm had a six-shot lead through 54 holes at the Memorial and had to withdraw because of a positive COVID-19 test. Louis Oosthuizen, who drove into a canyon on the 17th hole and made bogey, was runner-up for the sixth time in a major.
Last U.S. Open at The Country Club: Curtis Strange won the first of back-to-back U.S. Open titles by beating Nick Faldo in a playoff in 1988.
Last big event at The Country Club: Justin Leonard made a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and the Americans rallied from a 10-6 deficit to win the 1999 Ryder Cup over Europe.
U.S. Open champions at The Country Club: Curtis Strange (1988), Julius Boros (1963), Francis Ouimet (1913).
Tiger tales: Tiger Woods has decided not to play this year to rest his injured right leg. He has missed five of the last 10 U.S. Opens.
Grand slam: Phil Mickelson needs to win the U.S. Open for the career Grand Slam. In his previous seven tries at the career slam, he has not finished in the top 25.
Saudi implications: Former U.S. Open champions Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer, Mickelson and Sergio Garcia are among 12 players in the U.S. Open who were in England the previous week for the inaugural Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational.
Key statistic: Players in their 20s have won five of the last six majors. The exception was Phil Mickelson (50) at the PGA Championship last year.
Noteworthy: The U.S. Open has not been decided in a playoff since 2008, the longest stretch of the four majors. The three previous U.S. Opens at Brookline were all decided by a playoff.
Quoteworthy: “The salvaging of rounds, the grind and the patience, it's truly a week you have to be in it or the golf course will overtake you.” — Justin Thomas on the U.S. Open.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (USA Network), 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (USA Network); Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (USA Network), 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (NBC); Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. (NBC).
Streaming: (all times EDT): Thursday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon (Peacock).
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