U.S. Open 2017: The Majestic Erin Hills to host the greats of the game


For the first time in its 117-year history, the U.S. Open will head to Wisconsin. This year, Erin Hills will host one of the greatest challenges in golf, the U.S. Open 2017. The Erin Hills course takes pride in utilizing the natural shapes of the land, which makes for exciting but tricky lies and stances. It boasts a course rating of 77.9 and a slope of 145. During the 117th U.S. Open, the course will play 7,693 yards.

The course at Erin Hills was built essentially on farmland in the middle of Wisconsin, so this kind of grass should be expected.

DSport will live telecast the U.S. Open 2017 from 15th June.

Qualifying and Exemption Categories

A golfer has to be one of the best to qualify for the U.S. Open. They can get a U.S. Open exemption if they meet one of 18 criteria to get an invitation.

Here are the criteria and the players who got selected based on those criteria.

  • Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last ten years:

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover, Tiger Woods (won’t be playing due to back injury), Angel Cabrera

  • Winner and runner-up of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur):

Brad Dalke

  • Winner of the 2016 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur):

Scott Gregory

  • Winner of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in Men’s World Amateur Golf Rankings; must be an amateur):

Maverick McNealy

  • Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years:

Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott

  • Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years:

Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els

  • Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years:

Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner

  • Winners of the Players Championship the last three years:

Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler

  • Winner of the 2017 European Tour BMW PGA Championship:

Alex Noren

  • Winner of the 2016 U.S. Senior Open Championship:

Gene Sauers

  • From the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry, Scott Piercy, Braden Grace, Kevin Na, Daniel Summerhays

  • The 2016 Olympic men’s golf gold medallist:

Justin Rose

  • Players qualifying for the season-ending 2016 Tour Championship:

Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore, Paul Casey, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo, CharlSchwartzel, Gary Woodland, Daniel Berger, Matt Kuchar, Roberto Castro, William McGirt, Sean O’Hair, Brandt Snedeker, Russell Knox, Patrick Reed, Jhonattan Vegas, Kevin Kisner, J.B. Holmes

  • From the current official World Golf Rankings, the top 60 point leaders and ties as of May 22, 2017:

Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Louis Oosthuizen, CharlSchwartzel, Brooks Koepka, Thomas Pieters, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tommy Fleetwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman, Wesley Bryan, Pat Perez, Matt Fitzpatrick, Bill Haas, Billy Horscel, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin, Brendan Steele, Yuta Ikeda, Charley Hoffman, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Byeong-hun An, Lee Westwood, HidetoTanihara, Jeunghun Wang, Scott Piercy

  • From the current official World Golf Rankings, the top 60 point leaders and ties as of June 12, 2017:

Yet to be decided

  • Special exemptions as selected by the USGA:

None as of now

To swing the clubs at U.S. Open is every golfer’s dream. Though, it takes a lifetime to play at this event. The list of players to tee at U.S. Open 2017 is not yet final as the selection is still under course, some of the past champions like Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Webb Simpson are certain to register their presence at the event.

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