FIVE REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT GOLF'S US OPEN
Phil Mickelson: Lefty can complete golf's coveted career grand slam with a win this week. The catch? He has been a US Open bridesmaid a record six times.
Tiger Woods: This US Open marks 10 years since Woods' last major title. "And no, I don't like that feeling," Woods said. He's determined to end the drought.
Dustin Johnson: The world No.1 laid down the marker with a dramatic hole-out victory on the US PGA Tour last week. He's also a former US Open champion.
High Australian hopes: There are nine Australians teeing up at Shinnecock Hills, spearheaded by Jason Day. Day's record includes two runner-ups, three top 10s. He is a red-hot chance to win.
The venue: Shinnecock Hills is one of the most iconic US Open venues and will play host for the fifth time, with perfect weather forecast.