2016 U.S. Open: Sifting stats ahead of Oakmont

Written By Sacha Pisani
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World No. 2 and defending champion Jordan Spieth will seek to claim back-to-back wins at the U.S Open, starting on Thursday.

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After taking out the Masters last year, Spieth became the first man since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the first two majors of a season, pipping fellow American Dustin Johnson by one stroke at Chambers Bay.

This week, Spieth will tee it up at the picturesque Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania looking to vanquish the demons of his April meltdown at Augusta.

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Spieth must overcome the challenge of in-form world No. 1 Jason Day, who was hampered by a severe bout of vertigo 12 months ago.

Northern Ireland's four-time major champion Rory McIlroy also looms large in a star-studded field set to be tested by a fiendishly difficult course.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at some of the numbers behind this week's showpiece event:

- This is the 116th edition of the U.S. Open. Oakmont is hosting it for the ninth time, more than any other course.

- Angel Cabrera was the last winner of the U.S. Open at Oakmont, back in 2007. He won with a score of 285 (+5), the joint-highest winning total (to par) in any major in the 21st century, alongside Geoff Ogilvy's 2006 U.S. Open win at Winged Foot.

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- The last five U.S. Opens played at Oakmont have not seen anyone win by more than one clear stroke (two play-offs, three wins by one stroke).

- Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for most U.S. Open wins (4). Woods is one behind, alongside Hale Irwin.

- John McDermott is the youngest player to win the U.S. Open (19 years, 10 months and 14 days in 1911) while Irwin is the oldest (45 years and 15 days in 1990).

- Seventy percent of U.S. Opens have been won by American players (81 out of 115).

- However, since 2010, more Europeans have won the U.S. Open than any other major: four out of six (McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer).

- Spieth could become the first player to win consecutive U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange (1988, 1989). The 22-year-old has not finished lower than fourth in a major since the start of 2015.

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- McIlroy holds the record for lowest score at the U.S. Open: 268 (-16) in 2011 at Congressional. Since then, he has never finished better than tied ninth in the year's second major.

- McIlroy currently has four major victories. Among current active golfers, only Woods (14), Phil Mickelson (5) and Ernie Els (4) can boast as many or more major titles.

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