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Jun 11, 2024 1:40 pm

Golf Glance: Iconic Pinehurst No. 2 hosts 124th U.S. Open

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PGA TOUR
LAST TOURNAMENT: the Memorial Tournament (Scottie Scheffler)
THIS WEEK: 124th U.S. Open, Village of Pinehurst, N.C., June 13-16
Course: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Par 70, 7,548 Yards)
Purse: TBD
Defending Champion: Wyndham Clark
FedEx Cup Leader: Scottie Scheffler
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ET (USA), 5-8 p.m. (Peacock); Friday: 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Peacock), 1-7 p.m. (NBC), 7-8 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday: 10 a.m.-noon (USA), noon- 8 p.m. (NBC); Sunday: 9 a.m.-Noon (USA), Noon-7 p.m. (NBC)
Streaming: Various times with featured holes and groups at USOpen.com.
X: @USOpenGolf
NOTES: The field includes each of the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings and the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings. … Three-time U.S. Open champion Tiger Woods will make his fourth start of the season. He withdrew from the Genesis Invitational, finished 60th at the Masters and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. This will be Woods’ first start at the U.S. Open since 2020. … Xander Schauffele leads the PGA Tour with 48 consecutive cuts made, followed by Scheffler with 38. Hideki Matsuyama holds the longest active streak of cuts made in major championships at 16. … Pinehurst No. 2 is playing host to its fourth U.S. Open, with the three previous champions being Payne Stewart (1999), Michael Campbell (2005) and Martin Kaymer (2014). It is also scheduled to host the U.S. Open in 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047. … Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson will each compete in their fourth U.S. Opens at Pinehurst. … Adam Scott will compete in his 93rd career major championship and 92nd consecutive. … Four players ranked in the top-10 are seeking their first major titles: Viktor Hovland (No. 5), Ludvig Aberg (No. 6), Patrick Cantlay (No. 9) and Max Homa (No. 10). … The U.S. Open marks the final qualification week for the Olympic Golf competition in Paris. The top four Americans who would currently qualify are Scheffler, Schauffele, Clark and Collin Morikawa.
BEST BETS: Scheffler (+280 at DraftKings) is the first player to win five times on tour before the U.S. Open since Tom Watson in 1980. His five wins include a major, The Players and three signature events. … Schauffele (+1000) followed up his first major title with a T8 at the Memorial, and has finished in the top 15 in each of his previous seven U.S. Open starts. … Rory McIlroy (+1100) is seeking his first major title since 2014. The 2011 U.S. Open champion finished second last year and has five consecutive top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open. … Morikawa (+1400) has three consecutive top-5 finishes, including a second at the Memorial. … Bryson DeChambeau (+2000) tied for sixth at the Masters a finished solo second at the PGA Championship. … Brooks Koepka (+2000) is a two-time U.S. Open champion.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Conn., June 20-23

LPGA Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: ShopRite LPGA Classic (Linnea Strom)
THIS WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., June 13-16
Course: Blythefield Country Club (Par 72, 6,556 yards)
Purse: $3M ($450,000)
Defending Champion: Leona Maguire
Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Saturday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel, Peacock, International); Sunday, 1-2 p.m. (GC/International), 2-4 p.m. (CBS)
X: @MeijerLPGA
NOTES: Maguire defeated Ariya Jutanugarn by two strokes last year. … Blythefield played host to the 1961 Western Open on the PGA Tour won by Arnold Palmer. … The field includes the top three players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: Korda, No. 2 Lilia Vu and No. 3 Celine Boutier.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 20-23

PGA Tour Champions
LAST TOURNAMENT: American Family Insurance Championship (Ernie Els)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Stephen Ames
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Dick’s Open, Endicott, N.Y., June 21-23

LIV Golf League
LAST TOURNAMENT: Houston (Individual: Carlos Ortiz; Team: Cleeks GC)
THIS WEEK: OFF.
2024 Leaders: Players, Juaquin Niemann; Team, Crushers GC
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Nashville, June 21-23

–Field Level Media

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