2011 US Open Golf Championships - Congressional Country Club
The US Open returned the Congressional Country Club in June 2011, with Rory McIlroy storming to victory. The club previously held the US Open back in 1997 when it was won by the South African Ernie Els.
The tournament was held on the impressive Blue Course at Congressional, which is considered to be one of the very best courses in the world. The course has been playing host to the AT&T Championships on the PGA Tour in recent seasons, with Tiger Woods hosting the tournament in recent years.
The Blue Course was renovated in 2009 meaning it will play differently to the last time the US Open was held here in 1997. The first hole offers players a good opportunity to get off to a birdie start due to its relative simplicity and flat green. Holes 5 and 8 represent two other good birdie opportunities early on.
As you’d expect on a US Open golf course there are a number of challenging holes. Hole 2 is the longest par 3 on the course, and with no less than six bunkers surrounding the green will represent the first real challenge for players.
Hole 10 is particularly tricky as any shot that falls short of the green will most definitely fall into the water, therefore distance control is very important on this hole. Hole 16 is a pivotal hole on the course and has the potential to determine the outcome of the US Open, as is hole 18. Players must be extra careful on these late holes as any errors could see their dreams fade and burn.