SEVEN Aussie golfers led by world number one Jason Day take on the daunting Oakmont Country Club this week in search of US Open glory.
Day broke through with his debut major victory at the US PGA Championship last year whilst we also have 2013 US Masters winner and world number eight Adam Scott, and the surprise winner of the 2006 US Open Geoff Ogilvy.
There’s also serial major performer Marc Leishman, the prodigiously talented but sometimes erratic Steven Bowditch, 22 year old Cameron Smith and 1500-1 outsider Aron Price, who won his spot in a Florida qualifying event.
They face an increasingly notorious Oakmont course with lightning fast sloping greens and narrow fairways littered with punishing bunkers that has been described as the hardest open venue ever.
Twenty five start US Open veteran and six time runner up Phil Mickelson certainly believes that to be the case.
“I really think it is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played,” Mickelson said after recent practice rounds.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth has the same opinion.
“I know that if you win a U.S. Open at Oakmont you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf,” the world number two said.
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US Open Favourites
Looking to the bookies for a bit of a guide the top contenders listed as of Wednesday were Day (7.5), Rory McIlroy (8,5), Spieth (10), Dustin Johnson (17), Justin Rose (26), Mickelson (29), Adam Scott (31), Hideki Matsuyama (34), Henrik Stenson (34), Rickie Fowler (34), Sergio Garcia (41), Bubba Watson (41), Matt Kuchar (41), Danny Willett (46) and Brooks Koepka (46).
US Open Tee Times
Attractively for Aussie golf fans Day and Scott are paired together for the first two rounds and tee off Friday at 4.20 am (AEST) (Fox Sports live coverage begins Friday 12 midnight – 10am).
Full Aussie Tee Times:
2016 US Open: 1st round tee times (AEST in brackets)
6:45am (8:45pm) – Denny McCarthy, Aron Price, Mikael Lundberg
8:02am (10:02pm) – Marc Leishman, Jimmy Walker, Paul Casey
1:14pm (Fri 3:14am) – Cameron Smith, Steven Bowditch, Derek Bard (a)
1:47pm (Fri 3:47am) – Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy
2:20pm (Fri 4:20am) – Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott
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