Golf fans can watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online and see who can emerge atop the field in one of the nation’s toughest courses.
For the first time in nine years, the annual tournament will return to Oakmont Country Club, which is just outside of Pittsburgh. Notoriously difficult — USA Today noted that there isn’t a single hole that can be described as “easy” — Oakmont is actually so unwieldy that the winning score in the 2007 U.S. Open played there was five over par.
Jordan Spieth predicted it would be just as difficult this time around.
“I don’t think anyone’s going to be in the red come 72 holes,” said Spieth, the defending U.S. Open champion.
— Cristina Gonzales (@GCristina42) June 16, 2016
Even a good performance is likely to net an above-par score at Oakmont, noted 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Oglivy. He said the combination of the pressure of the tournament and the ultra difficult course – with some of the hardest greens in the nation – should make for an interested four days.
“You’re going to see the best players in the world having the hardest time shooting good scores,” Ogilvy told USA Today. “You could play well and shoot 76. The U.S. Open messes with your brain. You can’t escape a day at the U.S. Open without some adversity. And you know that on the first tee. And you know you have to deal with the crazy greens. They make putting at Augusta seem quite easy.
“We had perfect weather last time and five-over won.”
Fans who watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online could see quite a bit of stop-and-go in the early days of the tournament. The forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday, which could shorten the rounds and potentially soften the course up a bit. Oakmont is known for its fast greens, and a soaking may help even the odds a bit.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 16, 2016
But golf fans who watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online will be missing one of the sport’s most familiar faces. Tiger Woods announced earlier this month that he would not be physically ready to join the field at Oakmont Country Club. The three-time U.S. Open champion also announced that he wouldn’t be able to play in his own tournament, the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods announced on his official website. “I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”
For fans looking to watch the 2016 U.S. Open live online, here is a complete schedule of start times and streaming video links.
Round 1 — Thursday
Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Danny Willett (8:24 a.m.)
Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau (8:35 a.m.)
Round 2 — Friday
Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia (7:51 a.m.)
Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott (8:35 a.m.)
Round 3 — Saturday
Round 4 — Sunday
Those who want to skip the rest of the tournament and just watch the end of the 2016 U.S. Open live online will also be able to catch the final holes at USOpen.com.
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