During the week of 12th-18th of June, 2017, the U.S. Open Championship will be contested in Wisconsin for the first time. The championship will welcome the world’s top players competing for the title that has been contested since 1895. The United States Golf Association will provide the ultimate, most comprehensive test in golf to identify the best of the best, with past champions including Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Wisconsin’s own Andy North and Tiger Woods.
The U.S. Open is played at iconic venues around the country, Erin Hills being the sixth public access course to host the championship, joining Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Bethpage, Torrey Pines and Chambers Bay. More than 35,000 spectators are expected to attend each day, and more than 5,000 volunteers are needed (these positions are filled in a heartbeat!). The championship will support the community through more than $130 million in anticipated economic impact.
The U.S. Open is considered one of the preeminent worldwide golf events, delivering the most memorable moments in golf history. The 2017 U.S. Open Championship, held on the grand stage of Erin Hills, will be its 117th playing.
Of the 156 man field for this years tournament, FirstPointUSA former clients, Danny Willett and Russell Knox qualify to play.
Knox is on strong form following his recent results at the Memorial Tournament and the FedEx St. Jude Classic. “I decided late to play in Memphis and all I needed was that little thing to grab on to, and that little bit of a confidence lift and away I go. Then it will be game on again,” he said. “Clearly, I have not had the results I wanted leading into this US Open but last week at the Memorial I made 16 birdies.” Knox fancies himself as being up there on the scoreboard, “a US Open is good for me as I drive the ball straight, so if I get a good week where I am keeping the ball in play, then I would say this event is my best chance at a major.” he said.
Willett, whose biggest success came at The Masters last year, has only made a couple of cuts since throwing away a three-shot lead at the Maybank Championship back in February. He failed to make the weekend in his Augusta defence and then withdrew from The Players' Championship with a back injury, but he did make the cut at BMW Championship at Wentworth last month before finishing tied for 58th. Although Willett’s form may not be as good as Knox’s, he still has a chance of bringing home the silverware
We wish them both luck in the next couple of days at the US Open!