First of all, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Erin Hills in Wisconsin is likely to be named the U.S. Open site for 2017, as most people have expected. Shinnecock Hills will have to wait at least until 2018, it seems.
Some facts and figures from the USGA: There are nine former Open champions in the field and 10 former Open runners-up.
Of the golfers here, Tom Watson has the most Open appearances, with 31. Fred Funk, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open champion, is second with 21.
Ernie Els has the most consecutive Open appearances, 18, followed by Phil Mickelson's 17.
There are 10 amateurs in the field.
There are 33 golfers here who played in the 2000 Open here, starting with Tiger Woods, who won by a record 15 shots.