Oakmont test can provide Spieth with a major reason to forget his travails | Ewan Murray

Pennsylvania course does not yield reward easily but the Texan is looking to retain the US Open and recover from his previous title defence at Augusta

Oakmont: a hard course in a hard city. US Opens had delved into war of attrition territory long before this Pittsburgh venue was selected to host the 116th version, which begins on Thursday. The last time the tournament visited Oakmont, in 2007, 11-over par earned a top-10 place. Ángel Cabrera prevailed at plus-five, his 13 birdies in 72 holes a share of the highest total.

Johnny Miller’s closing round of 63 to claim the US Open of 1973 should be hailed as one of the finest in history. When Paul Casey signed for a second-round 66 nine years ago, he received a round of applause from fellow competitors.

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