The 112th U. S. Open will be held this week at Olympic Club in San Francisco. The Lake Course will host the entrants trying to add their name to the list of golfing greats who have come before.
Olympic Club's Lake Course has been lengthened in recent years to 7,060 yards, and it has been reported that the opening six holes will be the most difficult in U. S. Open history.
Players who have had practice rounds at the Olympic feel that the field could average six over par through the first six holes.
The fireworks will happen late in the round, as hole Nos. 16-18 offer birdie and even eagle opportunities.
The course features bent grass greens and rolling, tree-lined fairways. The undulating greens will be lightning fast, and in the past, some players' putts have rolled off the steeply sloped greens.
Olympic will favor a golfer who has complete trust and control of his driver, irons and short game over the four days. Any weakness will be exposed.
Here are the betting odds and a short scouting report of the top 50 golfers, as listed on Ladbrokes.com.