The 2016 U.S. Open returns to Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania this summer, where the world’s No. 1 golfer, Jordan Spieth, will look to be the first repeat champion since Curtis Strange in 1989. Spieth will enter as the favorite after taking down the event in 2015, but history and a flooded talent pool suggest it may be difficult for him to win the major for the second season in a row.
Even aside from Spieth’s run at history, this year’s U.S. Open offers plenty to get excited about, as recent winners such as Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose and others will be on hand. Joining them could be Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson and more when the U.S. Open tees off on June 16.
Spieth’s bid to repeat as U.S. Open champion is one huge selling point heading into June, while U.S. Open tickets in general look to carry some serious value. All of the stars will be out for the second major on the 2016 PGA Tour on day one, where tickets start at a conservative $95, per Razorgator.com. U.S. Open tickets only heat up from there, as day two costs $104. That price only climbs as fans get closer to Sunday’s championship round on June 19. U.S. Open Championship Round tickets won’t be easy to locate, nor will they be cheap, with the final round already starting out at $109 and going for as high as $897.
Fans looking to get the best possible U.S. Open tickets may be bearing the brunt of of exorbitant ticket prices, but they can luckily save some cash by securing Pittsburgh parking well ahead of time. A quick glance at ParkWhiz.com shows countless (and reasonably priced) parking spots at this year’s U.S. Open for all four days of the event.
While fans can locate value both in the price of U.S. Open tickets and parking, the real value should be in the lineup and player performance of the event itself. Spieth and the other big names are naturally the headline acts, but the difficult Oakmont Country Club course should demand the very best out of the PGA’s top talent, making the 2016 U.S. Open extremely competitive and borderline impossible to predict. PGA Tour majors tend to go down at difficult courses, but Spieth and Co. will have to be prepared for sulking greens and brutal putting conditions. That’s one reason why Spieth could be the leader of the pack when it’s all said and done, thanks to his elite putting game.
Oakmont Country Club hosts the U.S. Open for the first time since 2007, when Angel Cabrera took home first place. Ernie Els did the very same at this course in 1994 and the duo could be the perfect pairing to show the randomness of the course. Someone like Spieth or McIlroy could easily rise above the field just like the experts and Vegas expect them to, but this course is difficult enough to throw spokes into the tires. While not very predictable, the U.S. Open will at least be entertaining and should provide value for fans looking to hit the green from June 16 through the 19.