For the first time since 1964, the U.S. Open returns to Congressional Country Club, just outside the nation's capital. Thirty-three years ago. the course was the site of one of the most compelling finishes in Open history, as Ken Venturi, suffering from dehydration and playing in a mind-numbing daze, stumbled down the 18th fairway to victory. The course was redesigned by architect Rees Jones in 1989, and this year's tournament will be played over the longest course in Open history a demanding 7,213-yard par 70.
12 miles from Capitol Hill
Hole 9: 607 yards
Hole 17: 480 yards
Hole 18: 190 yards
18: The last time a U.S. Open finished with a par three was in 1909. Since then, the traditional 18th hole has been a debilitating par four. But at Congressional on Sunday, contenders will get one swing at history. They face a 190-yard shot over water, to a steeply banked green. A ball a little short or left could easily get wet. It's one of several holes that could be pivotal in this year's tournament.