Wednesday, June 11, 2014
US Open at a glance
PINEHURST, N.C. -- Facts and figures for the 114th U.S. Open golf championship (all times EDT):
The course: Considered the masterpiece of architect Donald Ross, who completed Pinehurst No. 2 in 1907 and refined it until his death in 1948. Hosted the U.S. Open in 1999 and 2005. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw renovated No. 2 three years ago, effectively removing the rough and restoring the native sandy areas and vegetation prevalent in the 1930s and 1940s.
Length: 7,562 yards
Cut: Top 60 and ties after 36 holes.
Playoff (if necessary): 18 holes on June 16.
Field: 156 players
Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2013).
Defending champion: Justin Rose.
Last year: Rose won his first major championship, closing with an even-par 70 at Merion for a two-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. He became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open.
Last time at Pinehurst No. 2: Michael Campbell of New Zealand closed with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods. He finished at even-par 280 and became the first Kiwi since Bob Charles in the 1963 British Open to win a major.
U.S. Open champions at Pinehurst No. 2: Payne Stewart (1999), Michael Campbell (2005).
Let's play two: The U.S. Women's Open will be held the following week on Pinehurst No. 2, the first time the men's and women's Opens have been contested in consecutive weeks on the same golf course.
Noteworthy: Gary Player is the only one to complete the career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open.
Quoteworthy: "I'm sad. I miss him, yes." -- Rory McIlroy joking about the absence of Tiger Woods, still recovering from back surgery.
Key pairings: Webb Simpson, United States; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland (7:40 a.m.; Justin Rose, England; a-Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Phil Mickelson, United States (7:51 a.m.); Bubba Watson, United States; Adam Scott, Australia; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (1:25 p.m.).
Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, noon-2 p.m.) and NBC (Thursday-Friday, 3-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, noon-7:30 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, 2 p.m.-playoff conclusion).