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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.

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