2011 US Open: The Key Holes for Phil Mickelson and Other Contenders

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2011 US Open: The Key Holes for Phil Mickelson and Other Contenders
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The Blue Course of Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, is the site of the 2011 US Open.   It has previously hosted the 1964 US Open, the 1976 PGA Championship and the 1997 US Open.  From 2007-2009, following a Rees Jones redesign, the venue held the AT&T Championship.  Jones has further tweaked the course in preparation for the Open.  

The 18th hole is now a challenging par 4 measuring over 500 yards.  The former 18th hole Par 3 has been completely overhauled and is now the 10th hole.  The 6th hole has been lengthened to a Par 5 that can be reached in two shots.  The course has been lengthened by over 300 yards and will play as a 7,547 yard Par 71.  The grass has been changed from poa annua to bent.  

Congressional appears to be a daunting challenge.  On his twitter account, reigning US Open champion Graeme McDowell stated, “No one will break par.”

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