The U.S. Open 2011: Nine Things You Should Know About This Year at Congressional

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The U.S. Open 2011: Nine Things You Should Know About This Year at Congressional
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From June 16-19 the center of the golf universe will be Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD for the 111th playing of the U.S. Open. This will be the third U.S. Open held at Congressional, the most recent being Ernie Els's second Open win in 1997.

Considered by many to be one of the hardest golf tournaments, with rough typically five to six inches deep, and greens rolled and groomed to the consistency of concrete, par is a good score at the U.S. Open.

Several things make the U.S. Open unique amongst major golf championships, from the playoff format to the courses themselves.

Let's look at somethings you may not know about Congressional Country Club and the U.S. Open.

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