Oakmont Par 3 a monster

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

OAKMONT, Pa. -- The eighth hole at Oakmont Country Club is the longest par-3 in U.S. Open history at 288 yards.

For a lot of us, the big question wouldn't be what to hit off the tee.

It would be what do you hit for the second shot?

But Trevor Immelman didn't have any trouble with it yesterday.

The South African had a hole-in-one there yesterday with a 3-wood.

"We were so far away, we couldn't even hear the crowd, I mean, seriously," said Immelman. "You've got a 288-yard par-3. It's kind of ridiculous. We played it from the back and the flag was at the back.

"We were walking up to the green wondering where the hell the ball had gone and found it in the hole. I'll definitely take that during the tournament."

STUMPED BY THE STIMP

The greens at Oakmont are legendary for their speed. It's said it's the only course where the greens have to be slowed down for the U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson has been checking out the speed of the greens with a gizmo designed by short game guru Dave Pelz which is calibrated to give results like the Stimpmeter.

"Pelz is a former NASA scientist and he spent $150,000 (US) on this computer chip. It allows him to measure greens on any green surface regardless of slope and pitch," said Mickelson.

So?

One green measured an incredible 15.6 on Pelz's gizmo and one was as "slow" as 11.2. Your decent public course would be around nine. Maybe.

PAR FOR THE COURSE

From the "par is a good score" department: In seven previous U.S. Opens here, only 23 players have finished 72 holes under par.

ROOKIE JINX

This is no place for first timers. The last time an Open rookie won the tournament was Francis Ouimet in 1913.


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