US Open: Key talking points ahead of the 118th edition at Shinnecock

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Rivulets Koepka will safeguard his US Open title at Shinnecock Hills one week from now as the year’s second significant title happens from June 14-17.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a gander at five ideas in front of the competition.

Will the USGA get the course set-up right?

The last time Shinnecock Hills facilitated the US Open in 2004, play must be suspended amid the last round – in which 28 of the 66 players incredibly neglected to break 80 – to water the seventh green, which had just been depicted as “silly” and “unplayable” by Ernie Els daily prior. All the more as of late the eighteenth opening at Chambers Bay in 2015 was named “incredibly inept” when played as a standard four by Jordan Spieth, while Henrik Stenson contrasted the dry greens with “putting on broccoli”. A year ago at Erin Hills, previous champion Rory McIlroy was paralyzed to take in the USGA were chopping down overwhelming harsh on four gaps amidst his pre-competition question and answer session. It is not really astounding that USGA CEO Mike Davis concedes the association is cheerful to “have a Mulligan this time” at Shinnecock.

Will Koepka turn into the first consecutive victor for a long time?

Curtis Strange was the last player to make a fruitful title barrier, following his play-off triumph over Nick Faldo in 1988 with a one-shot win a year later. Koepka equalled McIlroy’s competition record with a 16-under-standard aggregate and four-shot triumph at Erin Hills, and furthermore won by nine shots in the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in November. Genuine wrist damage implies the 28-year-old has played only five occasions in 2018, despite the fact that he was second in the ongoing Forth Worth Invitational.

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