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Brooks Koepka's golf ball
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Brooks Koepka took to Instagram on Wednesday to give a special shoutout to his Dad, Bob Koepka.

It's here. 

The 116th U.S. Open, golf's second major and our national champioship, begins Thursday at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. With storylines abundant, the golf world is already buzzing about what could possibly happen this weekend at one of the toughest courses in U.S. Open history. 

But before the world's best tee-off, some players and media members have taken to Twitter and Instagram to give fans one final look into the course, the local happenings, and much more.

 

 

The driveable par-4, 8th at Oakmont will be a birdie opportunity for most players, including Bubba Watson. 

Wait, it's a par-3? 

Is that even allowed? 

 

 

Sorry, Byeong. It's not stopping.

 

 

If you haven't heard about Oakmont's brutal rough yet, you've really been missing out. I think some golfers should just hit five-iron off the tee to almost guarantee hitting the fairway. And when I say "some golfers," I mean every golfer. 

 

 

I went Black Friday shopping. Once. 

 

 

Hit it like you mean it..... but make sure it's on the fairway! H @usopengolf

A photo posted by Henrik Stenson (@henrikstenson) on

 

Five-iron, Henrik. Trust me. 

 

 

When Mr Kuchar comes to the merchandise tent and starts stamping ball marks. What a moment! @usga @usopengolf

A photo posted by SEAMUS GOLF (@seamusgolf) on

 

Matt Kuchar. The people's golfer. 

 

 

This one's for you, dad! #fathersday #usopen @nikegolf

A photo posted by Brooks Koepka (@bkoepka) on

 

Happy Father's Day, Bob Koepka...and to all the Dad's out there, including mine. 

bubba watson
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Leading up to this year's U.S. Open, many PGA Tour players have been posting photos and videos showcasing the difficulty of the course.

Bubba Watson, however, seems to be focused on problem-solving. Sure the rough is tough, but he seems to have figured out a way to get out of it.

That way may not be strictly speaking...legal...but it certainly appears to be effective. This brings a whole new meaning to "Bubba golf."

Anyone who's messed around on a golf course has tried using the old "hand wedge" out, and it's not as easy as it looks. Combine that with the flop shot, the pop back to himself, the catch, and the quick release? Impressive.

Unfortunately, Bubba is going to have to find short game solutions that don't involve a hand wedge once the U.S. Open starts Thursday. You can learn everything you need to know about the tournament before it starts here.

 

 

rory mcilroy, us open
Golf Channel

"You get no points for style when it comes to putting. It's getting the ball to drop into the cup that counts."

That quote comes from Laurie Auchterlonie, the winner of the 8th U.S. Open in 1902. It's a piece of wisdom that still applies in 2016, even though Auchterlonie could've never imagined how crazy-fast the greens have been at Oakmont this week for the U.S. Open.

Rory McIlroy got the ball to drop into the cup during his practice rounds Tuesday, with maximum style points.

He launched a three-foot putt sideways up the green, and after running all the way up and back down the green, the ball rolled down over the practice hole location, across the green further and into the cup.

In the words of another great golfer and philosopher, Happy Gilmore, "go to your home ball!"

Even though this putt was totally by accident, it's good to see Rory in good spirits preparing for the tournament. If he can sink any long putts come Thursday, most people expect to see him near the top of the leaderboard.

 

 

 

young golfer, golf fireworks
Instagram / hensharpegolf

I was never allowed to play with fireworks as a kid. My dad always worried about me blowing my fingers off.

I wasn't as smart as 7-year-old Henson Sharpe, who both ensured the safety of his fingers and showed off his wedge skills on Instagram by using a flaming golf ball to ignite a fire-pit full of fireworks.

One of the funniest parts is the other children in the video, standing at varying distances from the pit based on how courageous they're feeling.

The result? One of the hottest and most explosive golf shots of 2016. Pun definitely intended.

 

 

June 13, 2016 - 12:16pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Philo Brathwaite
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Whether you're a fan of disc golf or not, you can't deny how impressive this score of 2 on a par-6 was for Philo Brathwaite.

UPDATE: We've been told this was actually an "albatross" -- a 2 on a par 5, not a par 6 as initially reported. Still incredibly impressive.I'll be the first to admit: There's not a lot I know about disc golf.

But what I do know is what my eyes tell me. My eyes are telling me that this "double albatross" -- a 2 on a par 6 -- from 850 feet by Philo Brathwaite in the Professional Disc Golf Association's 2016 Beaver State Fling might be one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.

Check it out (h/t BroBible):

 

Are you kidding me with that "fling?"

Wow.

And just to be clear -- I'm not even sure a "double albatross" is a thing. I think I just made it up. What do you call something that's even more rare than the rarest of birds? 

 

dicky pride
Twitter / DickyPride

Could this be the most difficult U.S. Open ever?

It's not out of the question, as videos and photos rolling in from players at Oakmont showcase lightning-fast greens and rough so thick you need a weed-whacker.

A difficult course setup is something on which Oakmont and the U.S. Open has prided itself. The 2007 U.S. Open held at Oakmont had a winning score of five-over-par 285. Depending on the weather, it could be even higher this year.

With greens this week running as high as 14.5 on the stimpmeter, and rough high enough to hide golf balls, what score might win this week?

The highest winning score in U.S. Open history, since World War II, was 293 by Julius Boros in 1963. While it's unlikely that record is in danger, it may not be far off. The highest score on one hole was a 19 by Ray Ainsley in 1938, another record that I shamefully hope gets challenged.

Here are some of the photos and videos shared by players during their practice rounds:

 

 

Max Kieffer showing everyone that Happy Gilmore's "just tap it in" advice may not help players this week.

 

 

 

AP Golf writer Doug Ferguson has had enough. I think he'd prefer to stick to writing this week.

 

 

 

Rough short of 17 green... Yeah, I'd say Oakmont is ready @usopengolf

A video posted by Justin Thomas (@justinthomas34) on

 

 

Justin, I would suggest not leaving your approach shot short on 17.

 

 

bit of slopes and fast green speed... @usopengolf #oakmont

A video posted by Byeong Hun An (@benan0917) on

 
He couldn't have played that bunker shot any better.

 

 

Yeeeeeehaw

A photo posted by Keegan Bradley (@keeganbradley1) on

 

How many of us could reach this hole?

 

 

How did he even find his ball in there in the first place?

 

 

Rickie Fowler's latest snapchat story shows just how fast the greens at Oakmont are. (Rickie is RickieFowler15 on !)

A video posted by Golf Digest (@golfdigest) on

 

This won't be the last time we're all saying "bye" as a ball rolls of the green this week.

 

 

Can u find the ball? #ipromisethereisone #oakmont

A photo posted by Keegan Bradley (@keeganbradley1) on

 

Are you sure there is a ball in there Keegan?

 

After seeing these, what do you all think? Is this going to be the most difficult U.S. Open of all time?