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Spieth: Oakmont is “hardest test in all of golf”

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Jordan Spieth visited Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh this week, and there is no mistaking how the defending U.S. Open winner feels about next month’s major venue.

“I know that if you win a U.S. Open at Oakmont, you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf, because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day,” Spieth said. “Normally the hardest U.S. Open, at least what history shows. That would obviously be a tremendous honor. Any time you win the U.S. Open, you’ve won the hardest test in golf that year, but this is potentially the hardest test in all of golf.”

The No. 2 player in the world got in 27 holes of action at Oakmont in preparation for the tournament, holing this shot on No. 9 during one of his practice days:

Despite the shot, Spieth is adamant that red numbers will be few and far between.

“There’s just so many other tough holes that par is going to be a fantastic score,” Spieth said. “I’d sign for even par right now for 72 holes in June.”


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