U.S. Open 2017 at Erin Hills: Everything You Need To Know About Golf's Second Major Of The Year

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson at Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania, June 19, 2016. Last year's winner Johnson is favorite to lift the trophy again this weekend. Andrew Redington/Getty

On Thursday, the world's best golfers will be in Wisconsin for the 117th U.S. Open major championship.

After Sergio Garcia lifted the Masters trophy in April, the Spaniard will be among the players back Stateside looking to win the second major of the season.

The tournament has been contested since 1895 but Wisconsin will host it this year for the first time in the state's history. Here, Newsweek compiles everything you need to know about the 2017 U.S. Open:

Where is it being held?

Erin Hills Golf Club, located 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee, is the selected venue for this year's tournament. The course only opened in 2006, bought by Wisconsin developer Robert Lang with the goal of one day hosting the U.S. Open.

So has it ever been played there before?

No, but Erin Hills hosted the Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, its first USGA championship, in 2008. That tournament was won by Tiffany Joh, from Philadelphia.

When does it start and end?

At 6.45 a.m. on Thursday, Jordan Niebrugge, Talor Gooch and Kevin Dougherty will tee off from the first tee at Erin Hills, while Ted Potter, Jnr. and Daniel Chopra will start on the 10th. The tournament will come to a close with the winner lifting the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday evening, as well as being awarded a cheque for $2.16 million.

What's the course like?

At this year's Open, it will be playing at a length of 7,693 yards. Due to the location, the course is known for its bumpy landscape with tricky lies and stances. Players will have to be accurate off the tee because the rough is long and thick, which will be made even more difficult by the gusts of wind that whip around the area.

Holes to look out for?

18th—This hole is set up to provide what could be a dramatic finish on Sunday. Playing at a massive 663 yards, the par five regularly catches the most experienced players out to bogey. If the wind is blowing, the green can sometimes take more than three shots to reach.

7th—Another draining par five, the 7th at Erin Hills plays at 607 yards. The issue with this hole is not just length, though. Players are going to do well to hit the green in three but they must beware not only hitting a wayward drive into the thick rough, but also the traps that run along the hole. The winding fairway is narrow and has sand traps along either side as well as three on the approach to the green. When you do make it onto the green, the slope from right to the left makes it an extremely hard read.

9th—Hit the green first time with your tee shot on this par three, or you're in trouble. There are small patches of grass on the fringes of the green but you'll likely either hit heavy rough or one of the many deep bunkers that suffocate the pin. Selecting the right club is the first challenge for players, as the hole may play over just 165 yards but there is a 26-foot drop from tee to green. It is a challenge for any golfer.

Where can I watch it?

Fox and FS1 will have live television coverage in the U.S., while the USGA will also provide coverage on usopen.com and on the app.

In the U.K., Sky Sports has full live TV coverage of the event from Thursday through Sunday, but BBC One has a highlights package in the evening.

Who's the bookies' favorite?

Reigning champion Dustin Johnson is the favorite heading into the tournament, at 6-1, with world No. 2 Rory McIlroy just behind him at 9-1 and Jordan Spieth at 10-1. The rest line up like this:

Jason Day: 11-1
Jon Rahm: 16-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 20-1
Justin Rose: 20-1
Sergio Garcia: 22-1
Rickie Fowler: 22-1
Henrik Stenson: 25-1

*All odds collected from OddsShark.com

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