June 14th, 2011 by Kristofer Anderson
The last hole at Congressional will be a 500+ yard par-4. Add to that the pressure of the U.S. Open and the difficulty of the course set up and we could see someone become a hero or lose their shot at history. As usual the USGA is going to provide an extremely difficult challenge to the field. Long rough, fast greens, and length will punish anyone that is not playing their best. The length of the course, 7,500 yards, automatically gives the advantage to long hitters and players that can find the fairway off the tee. Phil Mickelson is still chasing his first U.S. Open title and the course may set up well for him, particularly with his incredible short game. Saving par will be the first priority for most players. Behind Mickelson is a crowd of young talent and seasoned veterans. Many of the top players do not have a major championship under their belt and this course may favor those with the experience. Given the recent history of competitiveness in majors, and the PGA Tour in general, it would be safe to assume we will see a crowded leaderboard on Sunday afternoon.