Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GEARGUIDE -

• Erin Hills will be the first par-72 setup in a US Open since 1992 when Peb­ble Beach Golf Links hosted and ninth since World War II.

• This year marks the first U.S. Open in the Mid­west since 2003 when Olympia Fields, in Illi­nois hosted.

• Erin Hills is the third course in the last decade to host a US Open for the first time (Tor­rey Pines/2008, Cham­bers Bay/2015).

• Erin Hills opened in 2006 and was de­signed by the team of Dr. Michael Hur­dzan, Dana Fry and

Ron Whit­ten. The 652-acre prop­erty fea­tures bent-grass tees and greens with fine fes­cues cov­er­ing the fair­ways and rough.

• In Round 1, Erin Hills played at 7,741 yards -- the long­est course in U.S. Open and ma­jor cham­pi­onship his­tory. Cham­bers Bay, which mea­sured 7,695 yards at the 2015 U.S. Open, is sec­ond on the list. At its max­i­mum, Erin Hills can tip out over 8,000 yards.

• In ad­di­tion to the U.S. Open Cham­pi­onship tro­phy and the win­ner's prize money, the U.S.

Open cham­pion re­ceives a 10-year U.S. Open ex­emp­tion, a five-year ex­emp­tion to the Mas­ters, Open Cham­pi­onship, PGA Cham­pi­onship and THE PLAY­ERS and a five-year ex­emp­tion on the PGA TOUR.

• The 2017 U.S. Open gen­er­ated 9,485 en­tries, the fifth high­est be­hind the record 10,127 ap­pli­cants ac­cepted for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pine­hurst No. 2.

• The field this year in­cludes 11 past U.S. Open cham­pi­ons, 25 ma­jor cham­pi­onship win­ners, 19 of the top 20 play­ers in the cur­rent FedExCup stand­ings and 49 of the top 50 in the Of­fi­cial World Golf Rank­ing. Four­teen am­a­teur par­tic­i­pants will also com­pete in the 2017 U.S. Open.

• Five play­ers have won the U.S Open in their de­but ap­pear­ance: Ho­race Rawl­ins (1895), Fred Herd (1898), Harry Var­don (1900), Ge­orge Sar­gent (1909), a-Fran­cis Ouimet (1913).

• The last player to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship in their sec­ond at­tempt is Titleist Brand Am­bas­sador Webb Simp­son, who won in 2012 at Olympic Club.

• Erin Hills is the third course in the last decade to host a U.S. Open for the first time (Tor­rey Pines/2008, Cham­bers Bay/2015)

• Af­ter the USGA de­nied his re­quest for a spe­cial ex­emp­tion into the U.S. Open, Titleist Brand Am­bas­sador Steve Stricker, 50, of Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, shot rounds of 67-65 to win a sec­tional qual­i­fier in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, earning a spot in the field at Erin Hills. Stricker, a 12-time win­ner on the PGA TOUR and the 2017 Pres­i­dents Cup U.S. Team cap­tain, will be mak­ing his 20th ap­pear­ance in the U.S. Open. He fin­ished fifth in both 1998 and '99.

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