Where: University Place, Wash.
Course: Chambers Bay (par 70; will play between 7,200 and 7,600 yards each day)
Playoff (if necessary): 18 holes next Monday
Field: 156 players
Purse: TBA ($9 million in 2014)
TV: Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Ch.9. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ch. 9. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Ch. 9.
Last year: Martin Kaymer of Germany became only the seventh wire-to-wire winner in U.S. Open history with an eight-shot victory at Pinehurst No. 2.
Yes, it’s an 8-year-old public course located south of Seattle along the Puget Sound on what used to be a sand and gravel pit, and was built specifically to attract a U.S. Open. Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the course, a majestic site played among dunes with severe elevation changes, a sandy base and fescue grass that requires less water and allows the ball to roll faster. The only tree on the course is a Douglas fir above the 15th green.
Europeans have won four of the past five U.S. Opens.
Par could be two numbers on No. 1 and No. 18. For the first time, the USGA plans to change par on two holes during the course of the championship. On the days that No. 1 is a par 5, then No. 18 will be a par 4. And when No. 1 is a par 4, the closing hole will be a par 5. Either way, it adds to a par 70. And what hasn’t changed is that the low score wins.
Fox Sports, in the first year of a 12-year television deal, will makes its debut in golf — with prime-time coverage no less. There will be different graphics and gadgets, but what’s seen isn’t the biggest difference. Johnny Miller and his blunt analysis were a big part of the U.S. Open show when it was on NBC for the past 20 years. Those duties now fall to Greg Norman. Norman’s partner will be Joe Buck.