2012 US Golf Open

The USGA hosts the 112th edition of the U.S. Open on the Lake Course at Olympic Club in San Francisco, and it’s the fifth time that the historic venue has hosted the national championship.From Jack Fleck‘s improbable upset over Ben Hogan in a playoff in 1955 to Lee Janzen‘s come-from-behind victory, thwarting Payne Stewart (for the second time in six years) in 1998, Olympic Club hasn’t just identified the best golfer, it’s leveled the playing field. Figuratively, and literally.

Olympic Club is a par 70 that can stretch to 7,170 yards. Its greens average only 4,400 square feet. Eight holes will feature new angles off the tees, and seven greens are accompanied by closely mown chipping areas.

Adding to the challenge is the largely universal notion that the first six holes at the Lake Course “offers the hardest start in golf,” according to USGA Executive Director and setup guru, Mike Davis. And that opening doesn’t even include the longest hole in U.S. Open history, a 670-yard behemoth of a par 5 at No. 16.

The weather forecast is extremely favorable. There is a zero chance for rain, and temperatures will top out in the high 60s to low 70s. However, early-morning marine layers can never be ruled out as a threat for delays. Prevailing winds from the west and northwest are expected to serve the primary challenge at a sustained 15 mph.

Could be Luke Donald, Lee Westwood or maybe Tiger Woods? But how about Phil Mickelson or Jason Duffner?

Don’t forget Rory McIlroy or Ricky Fowler

A dark horse, but not that dark, is Graeme McDowellImage

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