The U.S. Open is notorious for its idea of par as a standard. The courses that host the tournament are usually set up to be quite penal. "Par is a good score" you'll hear pros say, and this year's event at Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh, PA is looking no different.
The typical U.S. Open course has pinched fairways, long holes, super-fast, super-firm undulating greens, and the nastiest, thickest, juiciest rough you'll ever want to see.
And yet the U.S. Open typically plays to about even par, and is actually trending lower. Let's have a look.