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Wednesday 15th June 2016

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WEDNESDAY 15.6.16 SUBSCRIBE CONTENTS AGENDA COLUMNS & OPINIONS PREVIEW THIS WEEK'S EVENTS NEW GEAR THE LATEST KIT REVEALED WEEKLY ROUNDUP THE LATEST GOLF NEWS WEEKLY STATS VIDEO OF THE WEEK Digital Editor: Peter Finnan Tel: 01 5036099 Print Editor: John Shortt Tel: 01 5036090 CONTACT US Match Play Media Publishers: Match Play Media Limited, Golf House, Buckley's Lane, Main Street Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Contributors: Ivan Morris, Kevin Markham, Bernie Maguire, Paul Kelly, Denis Kirwin, Niall O'Shea, John Craven, Mary Doyle Design: Photography:, R&A, Pat Cashman, Getty Images, Natalie Jones, Colin Farquharson, USGA Disclaimer: Copyright Match Play Media 2016. The publisher cannot accept responsibility for, nor do they agree with any of the views expressed, statements or claims made in any article, news items or advertisement published in this magazine. Peter Finnan, on behalf of the team hampionship golf is never more exacting than in the US Open and when it is staged at Oakmont Country Club the test is usually the hardest of all. The world's best players know this week's showdown, on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, will provide the most rigorous examination of their game and their mental strength. The last time the US Open was staged here, in 2007, Angel Cabre- ra was the eventual champion, fin- ishing five over par, as he held off Ti- ger Woods and Jim Furyk to win the first of his two major titles. Oakmont is steeped in history and since it was founded in 1903 has had various incarnations through the decades. The fairways are narrow, the rough thick and, weather permitting, the undulating and slick greens will be granite hard. There are 210 bunkers which av- erages nearly 12 per hole. They include the famous "church pews" to the left of the 3rd and right of the 4th fairways. Measuring 100 yards in length a dozen strips of unruly grass run horizontally across the hazards. Length can also be an issue at Oakmont and the par-three eighth stretches to around 288 yards on the 7,219-yard par-70 layout. Typically the more penal the set-up, the more random the win- ner and Cabrera was 41st in the world when he won in here in 2007 (where the cut fell at +10). It will be the player who maintains their mental fortitude while all around are losing theirs that will likely emerge last man standing against the relentless pressure of this brute of a course. C LAST MAN STANDING Oakmont set to provide ultimate test

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