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PGA - U.S. Open Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 16th through Sunday, June 19th
SITE: Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Devereux Emmet (1924), Donald Ross (1930),
         Robert Trent Jones Sr (1957), Rees Jones (1990s, 2006-10)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,574
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 402 yds10 - Par 3 218 yds
2 - Par 3 233 yds11 - Par 4 494 yds
3 - Par 4 466 yds12 - Par 4 471 yds
4 - Par 4 470 yds13 - Par 3 193 yds
5 - Par 4 413 yds14 - Par 4 467 yds
6 - Par 5 555 yds15 - Par 4 490 yds
7 - Par 3 173 yds16 - Par 5 579 yds
8 - Par 4 354 yds17 - Par 4 437 yds
9 - Par 5 636 yds18 - Par 4 523 yds
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36 3,702 yds35 3,872 yds
 
Annual:  111th
Television:  ESPN - Thursday/Friday -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (et), 5-7 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Thursday/Friday -- 3-5 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 2-8 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 1:30-7:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Graeme McDowell
Runner-Up:  Gregory Havret
Tournament Record:  272 (Jack Nicklaus, 1980; Lee Janzen, 1993 - Baltusrol GC;
  Tiger Woods, 2000 - Pebble Beach Golf Links;
  Jim Furyk, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
54-Hole Record:  200 (Jim Furyk, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Ricky Barnes, 2009 - Bethpage State Park, Black Course)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Johnny Miller, 1973 - Oakmont Country Club;
  Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, 1980 - Baltusrol Golf Club;
  Vijay Singh, 2003 - Olympia Fields Country Club)
Course Record:  62 (Anthony Kim, 2009)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000 (2010 figures)
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd place - $810,000; 3rd place - $480,687
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Graeme McDowell284Matt Kuchar288
Gregory Havret285Davis Love III288
Ernie Els286Alex Cejka289
Phil Mickelson287Dustin Johnson289
Tiger Woods287Martin Kaymer289
Brandt Snedeker289
 
Past United States Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Graeme McDowell (284) -- Gregory Havret
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
2009Lucas Glover (276) -- Ricky Barnes, David Duval, Phil Mickelson
Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
2008*Tiger Woods (283) -- Rocco Mediate
Torrey Pines Golf Club (South Course), La Jolla, California
2007Angel Cabrera (285) -- Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
2006Geoff Ogilvy (285) -- Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
2005Michael Campbell (280) -- Tiger Woods
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2), Pinehurst, North Carolina
2004Retief Goosen (276) -- Phil Mickelson
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York
2003Jim Furyk (272) -- Stephen Leaney
Olympia Fields Country Club (North Course), Olympia Fields, Illinois
2002Tiger Woods (277) -- Phil Mickelson
Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, New York
2001*Retief Goosen (276) -- Mark Brooks
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2000Tiger Woods (272) -- Ernie Els, Miguel Angel Jimenez
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1999Payne Stewart (279) -- Phil Mickelson
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2), Pinehurst, North Carolina
1998Lee Janzen (280) -- Payne Stewart
The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
1997Ernie Els (276) -- Colin Montgomerie
Congressional Country Club, (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland
1996Steve Jones (278) -- Tom Lehman, Davis Love III
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
1995Corey Pavin (280) -- Greg Norman
Shinnecock Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1994*Ernie Els (279) -- Loren Roberts, Colin Montgomerie
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1993Lee Janzen (272) -- Payne Stewart
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1992Tom Kite (285) -- Jeff Sluman
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1991*Payne Stewart (282) -- Scott Simpson
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
1990*Hale Irwin (280) -- Mike Donald
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1989Curtis Strange (278) -- Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, Ian Woosnam
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Rochester, New York
1988*Curtis Strange (278) -- Nick Faldo
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1987Scott Simpson (277) -- Tom Watson
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1986Raymond Floyd (279) -- Lanny Wadkins, Chip Beck
Shinnecock Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1985Andy North (279) -- Dave Barr, T.C. Chen, Denis Watson
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1984*Fuzzy Zoeller (276) -- Greg Norman
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1983Larry Nelson (280) -- Tom Watson
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1982Tom Watson (282) -- Jack Nicklaus
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1981David Graham (273) -- George Burns, Bill Rogers
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1980Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Isao Aoki
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1979Hale Irwin (284) -- Gary Player, Jerry Pate
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1978Andy North (285) -- Dave Stockton, J.C. Snead
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1977Hubert Green (278) -- Lou Graham
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1976Jerry Pate (277) -- Tom Weiskopf, Al Geiberger
Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Duluth, Georgia
1975*Lou Graham (287) -- John Mahaffey
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1974Hale Irwin (287) -- Forrest Felzer
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1973Johnny Miller (279) -- John Schlee
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1972Jack Nicklaus (290) -- Bruce Crampton
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
1971*Lee Trevino (275) -- Jack Nicklaus
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1970Tony Jacklin (281) -- Dave Hill
Hazeltine Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
1969Orville Moody (281) -- Deane Beman, Al Geiberger, Bob Rosburg
Champions Golf Club (Cypress Creek Course), Houston, Texas
1968Lee Trevino (275) -- Jack Nicklaus
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1967Jack Nicklaus (275) -- Arnold Palmer
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1966*Billy Casper (278) -- Arnold Palmer
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1965*Gary Player (278) -- Kel Nagle
Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
1964Ken Venturi (278) -- Tommy Jacobs
Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Washington, D.C.
1963*Julius Boros (293) -- Jacky Cupit, Arnold Palmer
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
1962*Jack Nicklaus (283) -- Arnold Palmer
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1961Gene Littler (281) -- Bob Goalby, Doug Sanders
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1960Arnold Palmer (280) -- Jack Nicklaus
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1959Billy Casper (282) -- Bob Rosburg
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1958Tommy Bolt (283) -- Gary Player
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
1957*Dick Mayer (282) -- Cary Middlecoff
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1956Cary Middlecoff (281) -- Ben Hogan, Julius Boros
Oak Hill Country Club (East Course), Rochester, New York
1955*Jack Fleck (287) -- Ben Hogan
Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
1954Ed Furgol (284) -- Gene Littler
Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1953Ben Hogan (283) -- Sam Snead
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1952Julius Boros (281) -- Ed Oliver
Northwood Country Club, Dallas, Texas
1951Ben Hogan (287) -- Clayton Heafner
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1950*Ben Hogan (287) -- Lloyd Mangrum, George Fazio
Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1949Cary Middlecoff (286) -- Sam Snead, Clayton Heafner
Medinah Country Club (Number 3), Medinah, Illinois
1948Ben Hogan (276) -- Jimmy Demaret
Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, California
1947*Lew Worsham (282) -- Sam Snead
St. Louis Country Club, Clayton, Missouri
1946*Lloyd Mangrum (284) -- Vic Ghezzi, Byron Nelson
Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1945No championship (World War II)
1944No championship (World War II)
1943No championship (World War II)
1942No championship (World War II)
1941Craig Wood (284) -- Denny Shute
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
1940*Lawson Little (287) -- Gene Sarazen
Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio
1939*Byron Nelson (284) -- Craig Wood, Denny Shute
Philadelphia Country Club (Spring Mill Course), Philadelphia, PA
1938Ralph Guldahl (284) -- Dick Metz
Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado
1937Ralph Guldahl (281) -- Sam Snead
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1936Tony Manero (282) -- Harry Cooper
Baltusrol Golf Club (Upper Course), Springfield, New Jersey
1935Sam Parks Jr. (299) -- Jimmy Thomson
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1934Olin Dutra (293) -- Gene Sarazen
Merion Cricket Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pennsylvania
1933Johnny Goodman (287) -- Ralph Guldahl
North Shore Country Club, Glenview, Illinois
1932Gene Sarazen (286) -- Phil Perkins, Bobby Cruickshank
Fresh Meadows Country Club, Flushing, New York
1931*Billy Burke (292) -- George Von Elm
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
1930Robert T. Jones Jr. (287) -- Macdonald Smith
Interlachen Country Club, Hopkins, Minnesota
1929Robert T. Jones Jr. (294) -- Al Espinosa
Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York
1928*Johnny Farrell (294) -- Robert T. Jones Jr.
Olympia Fields Country Club (Number 4), Matteson, Illinois
1927*Tommy Armour (301) -- Harry Cooper
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1926Robert T. Jones Jr. (293) -- Joe Turnesa
Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio
1925*Willie Macfarlane (291) -- Robert T. Jones Jr
Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts
1924Cyril Walker (297) -- Robert T. Jones Jr.
Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan
1923*Robert T. Jones Jr. (296) -- Bobby Cruickshank
Inwood Country Club, Inwood, Long Island, New York
1922Gene Sarazen (288) -- John L. Black, Robert T. Jones Jr
Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Illinois
1921James M. Barnes (289) -- Walter Hagen, Fred McLeod
Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland
1920Edward Ray (295) -- Harry Vardon, Jack Burke, Leo Diegel,Jock Hutchison
Inverness Country Club, Toledo, Ohio
1919*Walter Hagen (301) -- Mike Brady
Brae Burn Country Club, West Newtown, Massachusetts
1918No championships (World War I)
1917No championships (World War I)
1916Charles Evans Jr. (286) -- Jock Hutchison
Minikahda Club, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1915Jerome Travers (297) -- Tom McNamara
Baltusrol Golf Club (Revised Course), Short Hills, New Jersey
1914Walter Hagen (290) -- Charles Evans Jr.
Midlothian Country Club, Blue Island, Illinois
1913*Francis Ouimet (304) -- Harry Vardon, Edward Ray
The Country Club (Original Course), Brookline, Massachusetts
1912John McDermott (307) -- Tom McNamara
Country Club of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
1911*John McDermott (307) -- Mike Brady, George Simpson
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1910*Alex Smith (289) -- John McDermott, Macdonald Smith
Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martin's Course), Chestnut Hill, PA
1909George Sargent (290) -- Tom McNamara
Englewood Golf Club, Englewood, New Jersey
1908*Fred McLeod (322) -- Willie Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1907Alex Ross (302) -- Gil Nicholls
Philadelphia Cricket Club (St. Martin's Course), Chestnut Hill, PA
1906Alex Smith (295) -- Willie Smith
Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, Illinois
1905Willie Anderson (314) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1904Willie Anderson (303) -- Gil Nicholls
Glen View Club, Golf, Illinois
1903*Willie Anderson (307) -- David Brown
Baltusrol Golf Club (Original Course), Short Hills, New Jersey
1902Laurie Auchterlonie (307) -- Stewart Gardner
Garden City Golf Club, Garden City, Long Island, New York
1901*Willie Anderson (331) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1900Harry Vardon (313) -- JH Taylor
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1899Willie Smith (315) -- George Low, Val Fitzjohn, WH Way
Baltimore Country Club (Roland Park Course), Baltimore, Maryland
1898Fred Herd (328) -- Alex Smith
Myopia Hunt Club, Hamilton, Massachusetts
1897Joe Lloyd (162) -- Willie Anderson
Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Illinois
1896James Foulis (152) -- Horace Rawlins
Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, New York
1895Horace Rawlins (173) -- Willie Dunn
Newport Golf Club, Newport, Rhode Island

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Graeme McDowell------------T-80T-48T-30---T-18Won
Gregory Havret---------------------------2nd
Ernie ElsT-66T-24T-5T-9T-15T-26T-51T-14mc3rd
Phil MickelsonT-72ndT-552ndT-33T-2mcT-18T-2T-4
Matt Kuchar---mc------mcmc---T-48mcT-6
Davis Love IIIT-7T-24mcmcT-6mcmcT-53---T-6
Dustin Johnson---------------------T-48T-40T-8
Brandt Snedeker------------mc---T-23T-9mcT-8
Martin Kaymer---------------------T-53mcT-8
Alex Cejka------T-61T-60---------------T-8
Lee Westwoodmc------T-36T-33---T-363rdT-23T-16
Jim FurykT-62mcWonT-48T-28T-2T-2T-36T-33T-16
Charl Schwartzel---------------T-48T-30---mcT-16
Sergio GarciaT-124thT-35T-20T-3mcmcT-18T-10T-22
Angel CabreraT-7T-66T-3516thT-33T-26WonmcT-54T-22
Padraig HarringtonT-30T-8T-10T-31mc5thmcT-36mcT-22
Robert Karlsson---T-45------mc---mcT-4---T-27
Henrik Stenson---------------T-26mcmc9thT-29
Robert AllenbymcT-12mcT-7mcT-16mcT-18mcT-29
Stuart ApplebymcT-37mcmcmcmcT-26T-36mcT-29
David TomsT-66T-45T-5T-20T-15wdT-5T-60mcT-33
Stewart Cink3rdmcT-28mcT-15T-37mcT-14T-27T-40
Paul Casey------mcmcwd15thT-10T-65mcT-40
Ian Poulter---------mcT-57T-12T-36wdT-18T-47
K.J. ChoimcT-30mcT-31T-15mcmcmcT-47T-47
Luke Donald---T-18------T-57T-12mcwdmcT-47
Lucas Glover---mc---------mcmc---WonT-58
Retief GoosenWonmcT-42WonT-11mcmcT-14T-16T-58
Steve StrickermcT-16---mc---T-6T-13T-29T-23T-58
Camilo Villegas---------mc---T-59T-26T-9T-33T-70
Nick Watney------------------mcT-60mc76th
Zach Johnson---------T-48mcmcT-45mcmcT-77
Hunter Mahan------mc---------T-13T-18T-6mc
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-10mc
Adam Scott---mcmcmcT-28T-21mcT-26T-36mc
Geoff Ogilvy------mc---T-28WonT-42T-9T-47mc
Rory Sabbatini------mcmcT-71mcT-51T-58mcmc
Michael CampbellmcmcmcmcWonmcT-58mcmcmc
Bubba Watson---------mc------T-5mcT-18---
Brandt JobeT-52---T-35---T-33mc---T-18------
Jason Day------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar
Darkhorse - Mark Wilson, Brandt Jobe, Kevin Streelman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished tied for 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jonathan Byrd) - Finished tied for 25th
 
NOTES:
Will Phil Mickelson win his fifth major and first U.S. Open? Can Ernie Els win his third U.S. Open and second at Congressional? Will Graeme McDowell successfully defend his first major championship after winning last year at Pebble Beach? Will Charl Schwartzel win his second straight major after winning the Masters in April? Will Lee Westwood, Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson or Rory McIlroy break through and win their first major championship? These questions will all be answered this week as the world's best make the trek to Congressional Country Club in Maryland as it hosts the U.S. Open for the third time. Three-time champion Tiger Woods will not be on hand this week as he is still recovering from a knee injury and Achilles injury.

Last year, Northern Ireland's McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open, shooting rounds of 71-68-71-74 for a one-shot victory over Gregory Havret of France. Tony Jacklin was the last European player to win when he captured the event in 1970. Hanging on down the stretch, McDowell laid up and made a two-putt par at the 18th hole to clinch the first major championship of his career. Dustin Johnson began the day with a three-shot lead but was out of contention by the seventh hole, an epic collapse that included a triple- bogey at No. 2, where he took one of his shots left-handed. Johnson missed a short putt at the 18th that would have been his only birdie of the day. He finished with a par instead for an 82 that left him five shots back.

In 2009, Lucas Glover won exactly two weeks to the day after he qualified to play in it. Glover never even made a U.S. Open cut before 2009. Scratching his way to a three-over 73 in the final round, he beat Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes by two shots at four-under 276. Glover became only the sixth qualifier since 1960 to win this event. It was the second time Mickelson took runner-up on the Black course, as he lost to Tiger Woods in 2002. Glover, No. 71 in the world when he arrived at Bethpage, became the fourth-lowest ranked golfer to win this event since the rankings were instituted in 1986.

Schwartzel won the Masters in April for his first major championship. He has a chance to become only the sixth player ever to win the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year. Ben Hogan (1951, 53) did it twice. The others were Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Woods (2002).

In 2008, Woods finally beat Rocco Mediate on the 91st hole on Monday, ending a classic major championship with a par at the 19th hole of a playoff. Woods made a birdie to send the scheduled 18-hole playoff into sudden-death, then needed only a routine par at the next hole after Mediate bounced a bunker shot off the cart path and against the bleachers. It brought to an end one of the longest U.S. Opens in history, a tournament whose first four rounds played out in primetime on the East Coast. Millions watched one of Woods' most compelling victories. With his win in 2008, Woods recorded his ninth USGA national championship title, matching the record set by Bobby Jones.

Angel Cabrera from Argentina won in 2007 with a one-under 69 in the final round to hold off Woods and Jim Furyk for his country's first major championship in 40 years. Cabrera ended at five-over 285, carding two of the eight sub-70 rounds yielded by tough Oakmont all week to beat Woods and Furyk by a shot. Roberto DeVicenzo won Argentina's only previous major championship at the 1967 British Open at Hoylake, but is probably best remembered for a scoring gaffe that cost him a chance to win the 1968 Masters. Furyk became the first player to post back-to-back second-place finishes since Palmer in 1966-67.

In 2006, Mickelson found a trash can, a tent, and yet another way to finish runner-up. Mickelson's try for a third straight major championship ended in a collapse at Winged Foot when he double-bogeyed the 18th hole to all but hand Australian Geoff Ogilvy the win. Ogilvy chipped in for par at 17, made par from a sand divot on 18 and closed with a two-over 72 to become the first Australian since David Graham in 1981 to win this event. He celebrated in front of a television monitor, having finished one group ahead of Mickelson. Ogilvy won by one shot over Mickelson, Furyk and Colin Montgomerie, who all stumbled down the stretch.

It's been 21 years since there was a repeat champion. The last back-to-back winner of the championship was Curtis Strange, who titled in 1988-89.

Since 1991, only Woods and Retief Goosen have finished better than 40th in trying to defend their Open crowns. Goosen finished tied for 11th in 2005 after holding a three-stroke lead after 54 holes. Woods finished 12th in 2001 after winning in 2000; he was tied for 20th in 2003 after winning in 2002; and tied for sixth in 2009 after winning in 2008.

In 2005, New Zealand's Michael Campbell overcame a four-shot deficit and a hard charge from Woods in the final round to capture the title at Pinehurst No. 2. Campbell was the only one in the championship to finish at par or better with a four-round total of even-par 280. It was Campbell's first major victory and first title in the United States. Campbell joined Bob Charles as the only players from New Zealand to win major championships. Charles captured the 1963 British Open.

Furyk set numerous records in winning his first major back in 2003. Furyk's 54-hole mark of 200 was a new record, breaking the score of 203 set by George Burns in 1981 at Merion, T.C. Chen's 1985 score at Oakland Hills and Lee Janzen's 1993 mark at Baltusrol. Furyk's tournament total of 272 matched Nicklaus' 1980 and Janzen's 1993 marks at Baltusrol and Woods' score of 272 at Pebble Beach in 2000.

An American has won this event in 21 of the last 29 years. Only South Africa's Els (1994, 97) and Goosen (2001, 04), New Zealand's Campbell (2005), Australia's Ogilvy (2006), Argentina's Cabrera (2007) and Northern Ireland's McDowell (2010) have won the title in that span. In the last 57 years, American players have captured 46 U.S. Opens. Lee Trevino and Janzen are the only players ever to shoot four rounds in the 60s in regulation -- Trevino in 1978 and Janzen in 1993.

Only eight past champions are in the field this week; Angel Cabrera, Michael Campbell, Ernie Els, Jim Fuyrk, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Graeme McDowell and Geoff Ogilvy.

Not only will the winner receive a check for $1,350,000, but the victor also receives an Open exemption for the next 10 years, an invitation to the next five Masters, an invitation to the next five British Opens, an invitation to the next five PLAYERS Championships, an invitation to the next five PGA Championships and exempt status on the PGA Tour for the next five years.

It's happened seven times, but only five players have won this event wire-to- wire: Walter Hagen (1914), James Barnes (1921), Hogan (1951 & 1953), Jacklin (1970) and Woods (2000 & 2002).

The Championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries was April 27th. The USGA accepted 8,300 entries for Congressional. A record 9,086 entries were accepted for Bethpage Black in 2009.

The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut June 23-26 for the Travelers Championship, where Bubba Watson captured his first PGA Tour title last year.

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