The 14th hole will be the longest listed at 546 yards.
UNIVERSITY PLACE — The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay will feature the three longest par 4s in the 115-year history of the event.
The downhill 14th hole is listed at 546 yards, the 11th hole at 527 yards and the 13th hole at 534 yards.
The par 3 15th hole, which has the only tree on the course, will be the sixth longest par 3 in Open history when the 246-yard tees are used. The 15th has two shorter teeing grounds available — 167 and 123 yards.
Two more set to go
With the latest Official World Golf Rankings released Sunday, two more players are set to join the field for the U.S. Open.
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Kevin Kisner of the U.S. was 55th in the latest rankings and Andy Sullivan of England was 58th. Any player in the top 60 not already in the field earns a berth.
Kisner moved up into the top 60 when he tied for eighth at The Memorial. Sullivan tied for sixth in the Irish Open and tied for 13th at The Memorial.
That leaves four spots still to be filled by alternates from the sectional qualifying or by USGA special exemptions.
• The field includes Sam Saunders, who is Arnold Palmer’s grandson. Saunders, 27, played his college golf at Clemson and graduated from the Web.com Tour to the PGA Tour for this season. His future wife didn’t know the legendary Palmer was Saunders’ grandfather until she did some Internet research about a month after the couple started dating.
• Examples of prices from a stroll through the massive merchandise tent: Baseball-style golf hats $27 to $34, men’s golf shirts $58 to $86.
• The only current mild suspense in the National Weather Service forecast for University Place for the championship Thursday through Sunday calls for the chance of showers Friday.
Partly sunny skies with highs near 70 are predicted for Thursday. Highs near 70 with the chance of showers are expected Friday. Conditions are expected to change from cloudy on Saturday morning to mostly sunny Saturday afternoon with temperatures in the 70s. Sunday should be sunny with highs in the upper 70s.
• U.S. Open spectators will be able to pinpoint the position of their favorite players, check the scores, find the nearest restrooms and more on a newly enhanced free app from the USGA.
The “USGA U.S. Open” app, available for iPhone and Android phones, will make the cellphones useful from just about anywhere on the course, even though voice phone calls will be allowed only from a few designated “phone zones.” For more details on topics relating to spectators, go to www.usopen.com and click on “Know before you go.”
• Chambers Bay is in the Tacoma suburb of University Place. The town got its name when there were plans in the late 1800s for the University of Puget Sound to move to the area, but the university (then a college) never made the move. The suggestion has been made recently that the town rename itself Chambers Bay to take advantage of all the publicity.
• On the driving range and practice area, golfers have their choice of 10 different brands or models of golf balls so they can practice with the same kind of ball with which they will play.
• This is the first U.S. Open to be held in the Northwest, but the very first U.S. Women’s Open was held in 1946 at the Spokane Country Club and was won by Patty Berg. It was the only time the Women’s Open was a match-play event and Berg beat Betty Jameson by 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final to win $5,600.
• The USGA has a preferred vocabulary it uses in its news releases and have network announcers use. Some of the examples: “championship” not “tournament,” “hole location” not “pin placement,” “flagstick” not “pin,” “hole” not “cup.” None of these comes close to the Masters telling CBS announcers to refer to spectators as “patrons.”