PREVIEW: What to expect at the 2017 US Open

Who could be the dark horse in this years championship?

BY Rob Fanning 15:59 Tuesday 13 June 2017, 15:59 13 Jun 2017

Detail view of an Erin Hills logo golf ball for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images

The 117th U.S. Open kicks off on Thursday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee.

This is the first U.S. Open in Wisconsin, but the state's fifth major championship. This will be the first major with the winner's share exceeding $2 million. It is also the only U.S. Open since 1992 whose course will play to a par of 72. 

At 7,741 yards it is the longest course in U.S. Open history. The four par fives are all over 600 yards, meaning the majority of the field will not be able to make the green in two. As well as the course being incredibly long, the length of the rough has also brought its own debate from the players.

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