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US OPEN ’24: Facts and figures from golf’s toughest test

PINEHURST, NC – Facts and Figures for the 124th US Open Golf Championship:

Play-off (if necessary): two-hole aggregate immediately after 72 holes are completed.

Field: 156 players (19 amateurs).

Wallet: TBD. Last year: $20 million.

Defending champion: Wyndham Clark.

Last year: Wyndham Clark won his first major when he closed with an even-par 70 and held off Rory McIlroy to win by one stroke at Los Angeles Country Club. Scottie Scheffler finished third. Clark seized control with a 3-wood on the par-5 14th to set up a two-putt birdie, and he capped it off with a two-putt par from 60 feet. In the first round, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler set the American record with a difference of 10 minutes at 62.

US Open champions at Pinehurst No. 2: Martin Kaymer (2014), Michael Campbell (2005), Payne Stewart (1999).

The odds (BetMGM Sportsbook): Scottie Scheffler (+400), Rory McIlroy (+1000), Xander Schauffele (+1200), Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland (+1600).

Streaking Americans: Five different Americans have won the last five majors, the longest streak in four decades.

Tiger Stories: Tiger Woods has gone 11 straight rounds in the Majors without breaking par.

Grand Slam: Phil Mickelson must win the US Open for Grand Slam career. In his previous nine attempts at the final stage he has not finished better than a tie for 28th.

Return visit: Andy Ogletree won the 2019 US Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2. He joined LIV Golf and made it to the US Open as the leading Asian Tour player in the International Federation Ranking.

The veterans: Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar are the only players to play in all four US Opens at Pinehurst No. 2 participated.

Key Stat: There are 117 sand bunkers at Pinehurst No. 2. There is one water hazard.

Of note, the US Open is the final event before the 60-man field for the Olympic Games is determined by the official World Golf Ranking.

Quoteworthy: “It’s a tree-lined golf course without a tree in play.” — Jack Nicklaus at Pinehurst No. 2.

Television (all times EDT): Thursday, 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM (USA Network), 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Peacock); Friday, 6:30 PM to 1:00 PM (Peacock), 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM (NBC), 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Peacock); Saturday, 10am to 12pm (USA Network), 12pm to 8pm (NBC); Sunday, 9am to 12pm (USA Network), 12pm to 7pm (NBC).

Next year: Oakmont Country Club.

AP Golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf

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