U.S. Open 2017 – Erin Hills

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U.S. Open 2017 Made its Way to Wisconsin

Over the years, golfing tournaments have brought together competitors and spectators of golf from all across the nation. This year, the 2017 United States Open Championship marked the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, and brought together a convergence of 156 players from all over. The tournament took place on June 15th through the 18th.

It is the first time in history that the U.S. Open took place in Wisconsin, and Erin Hills promised to be a fast and firm turf. Year-round, the Erin Hills golf course is kept in championship condition, with smooth greens and bouncy fairways resulting from a healthy amount of drainage. Because of the course’s multiple tee boxes and large greens, there is a great amount of flexibility offered by the terrain. Fans from near and far watched the world’s best golfers face the 7,700-yard, par-72 course.

Erin Hills offered up the potential to change the game compared to other courses that hosted the U.S. Open. Set up on the croplands of Central Wisconsin, the course is reminiscent of Scottish fields, comparable to the intimidating terrain of Chambers Bay. With its sprawling hills and picturesque scenery, the Erin Hills golf course will offer a magnificent view for spectators and a treacherous field for the players. One aspect of Erin Hills that keeps players on their toes is the long and challenging walk. Erin Hills proved to highlight the best of players in the tournament.

The fairways are in certain cases, double the width of those of Oakmont, Pebble Beach, or Winged Foot. And the sprawling land can result in many blind or “semi-blond” shots. An unpredictable influencer of where the ball goes is the wind, which blow at around 10 to 24 mph at this time of year. However during the U.S. Open winds were calm and scores were low.

The U.S. Open has been known to bring together the best golf players, and this year was no different. 2017’s group of players included the elite reigning U.S. Mid-Am champion Stewart Hagestead, high schooler Walker Lee, Wisconsin local Steve Strickler, former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, and Bryson DeChambeau. With a whopping prize of $2.16 million for the Champion, this year’s tournament brought out the most competitive side of players.

From the intriguing pairings and record-setting prize to the rolling hills and potential winds of the golf course, this year, Erin Hills made its mark on golfing history, serving up a game that had the entire country watching. 27 year old Brooks Koepka took the lead on Sunday and held on to win the U.S. Open title and record setting prize.

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