Best by par
Golf’s major season is back on the tee with the US Open (June 15-18), returning to a classic American course, Shinnecock Hills. Of course, the last time the championship visited the Long Island layout in 2004, the organisers almost drove the course set-up into mini-golf-like absurdity in trying to live up to the US Open’s reputation as the toughest tournament around. Expect the US Golf Association to dial it back this year – might even let a few of the players break par! Phil Mickelson, he of the six US Open runner-ups, indeed claimed one of his seconds here 14 years ago, so he’ll be a story in the lead-up. But one to keep an eye on is a back-in-form Jason Day, who also has a very good US Open record without a win in it.