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Golf Glance: U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines

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Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

LAST TOURNAMENT: Palmetto Championship at Congaree (Garrick Higgo)
THIS WEEK: U.S. Open, San Diego, Calif., June 17-20
Course: Torrey Pines, South Course (Par 71, 7,652 yards)
Purse: $12.5M (Winner: 2.25M)
Defending Champion: Bryson DeChambeau
FedEx Cup leader: Patrick Cantlay
TV: Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. ET (Peacock), 1:30-8 p.m. (Golf Channel), 8-11 p.m. (NBC), 11-12 p.m. (Peacock); Friday, 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Peacock), 1:30-7 p.m. (Golf Channel), 7-10 p.m. (NBC), 10-11 p.m. (Golf Channel), 11-12 p.m. (Peacock); Saturday-Sunday, 12-10 p.m. (NBC); Sunday 1-9 p.m. (NBC).
NOTES: If players are tied for the lead after 72 holes, a two-hole aggregate playoff will be played followed by sudden death until a champion is determined. … Originally designed by William F. Bell in 1957, the South Course underwent renovations overseen by Rees Jones in 2001 and 2019. … The last time Torrey Pines played host to the U.S. Open in 2008, Tiger Woods famously overcame a broken leg and torn ACL to beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole Monday playoff. … Phil Mickelson is a San Diego native and three-time winner of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Mickelson, who turns 51 on Wednesday, became the oldest major winner in history at last month’s PGA Championship. A six-time U.S. Open runner-up, Mickelson is attempting to become the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam. … Cole Hammer is one of seven amateurs in the field. He also played in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay when he was 15 years old. … Two sets of brothers made the field: Alvaro and Carlos Ortiz and Edoardo and Francesco Molinari.
BEST BETS: Jon Rahm (+1050 at DraftKings) has been medically cleared after withdrawing from the Memorial with a six-shot lead due to a positive COVID-19 test. His most recent victory came at the BMW Championship in August and he seeks his first career major title. He finished second at the 2020 Farmers and T7 this year. … DeChambeau (+1500) is attempting to successfully defend his U.S. Open title. The last person to do so was rival Brooks Koepka (+1900) in 2017-18. Koepka finished T2 at the PGA Championship before missing the cut last week. … Dustin Johnson (+1500) is coming off his first top-10 since February, although he faded from contention on the back nine last Sunday. … Xander Schauffele (+1500) is another San Diego resident with intimate knowledge of Torrey Pines, where he finished T2 earlier this year. He hasn’t won since 2019 but has six top-fives in 16 career majors. … Rory McIlroy (+2100) snapped his winless drought at the Wells Fargo and has a T16 and a T3 at the Farmers the past two years. … Patrick Cantlay (+2200) won his last start at the Memorial after Rahm’s WD and is seeking his first career major title. … Patrick Reed (+2500) won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year and is attempting to join Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win a PGA Tour event and the U.S. Open on the same course in the same year. He also finished T6 in the 2020 Farmers.
NEXT WEEK: Travelers Championship, Cromwell, Conn., June 24-27

LAST TOURNAMENT: LPGA MediHeal Championship (Matilda Castren)
THIS WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic, Belmont, Mich., June 17-29
Course: Blythefield Country Club (Par 72, 6,556 yards)
Purse: $2.3M (Winner: $345,000)
Defending Champion: Brooke Henderson (2019)
Race to the CME Globe leader: Lydia Ko
TV: Thursday-Friday: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)
Streaming: Thursday-Friday: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3-6 p.m.; Sunday, 2-4 p.m. (All times NBC Sports app)
NOTES: This is the seventh edition of the event, with the 2020 tournament canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. … Top-ranked Jin Young Ko and two-time champion Henderson headline the 144-player field, along with previous winners Lexi Thompson (2015) and Mirim Lee (2014). Henderson’s combined scored in her two wins in the event were a combined 39-under par. … With sister, Brittany, unable to work in the United States as she awaits approval of her new immigration status, veteran LPGA caddie Evertte Nini will be on Brooke Henderson’s bag this week. … Inbee Park leads the LPGA Tour with a 69.321 scoring average in 2021.
NEXT WEEK: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Johns Creek, Ga., June 24-27

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: American Family Insurance Championship (Jerry Kelly)
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Kelly
NEXT WEEK: Senior Players Championship, Akron, Ohio, June 24-27

–Field Level Media

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