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Friday 15 December 2017

First six holes in San Fran 'the hardest'

'GRAVEYARD of Champions', 'Graveyard of Legends', whatever it is called, the Lake Course at Olympic Club will provide the sternest imaginable start for those looking to claim the 112th US Open.

Located in downtown San Francisco it seems fitting that the opening six holes are on the San Andreas Fault, such is the destructive nature of them. They have the potential to destroy a round before it has barely begun.

They can only be described as brutal. Tiger Woods described them as the "hardest six holes to start off a tournament that I have seen".

This will not be like Congressional last year where Mcllroy stormed out of the blocks, the opening holes at the Lake Course is all about survival.

The total length of the course is just over 7,100 yards with 2,620 yards coming in the first six holes. With only one fairway bunker on the course and no water hazards, the design has more subtle challenges for the golfers. The first six holes in particular share a combination of narrow fairways with greens small, undulating and lightning quick.

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