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99th U.S. Open, Pinehurst No. 2: hole by hole

Par: 35-35-70

Yardage: 7,175

A hole-by-hole look at Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 99th U.S. Open championship to be played June 17-20:

1404 yards, par 4: A straightforward start, not much more than a wedge to the green. Bunker right is about 20 yards shorts of the green, making the hole look closer than it is. Missing the green left with a left pin placement spells trouble.

2447 yards, par 4: Slightly elevated tee to a blind landing area. Best position is toward fairway bunkers on the left, for wide open view of green. Big mound in the middle of the green makes this hole one of the toughest.

3335 yards, par 4: Position is everything off the tee, and that depends where the flag is. Out of bounds left may cause long hitters to think twice about trying to drive the green. Any ball over the green makes for a difficult up-and-down.

4566 yards, par 5: Right-center off the tee opens up the green and eliminates the fairway bunker on the left. Long hitters can get home in two, but most will lay up about 70 yards short of the green, between two bunkers. Probably the best chance for birdie.

5482 yards, par 4: Donald Ross once called the second shot on this hole the hardest in golf. Another blind landing area, and the fairway falls off to the left. As far right as possible opens up the green to a long iron approach. Green is subtle, but not severe.

6222 yards, par 3: Bunkers left and right, but open green allows players to run the ball up. Best shot is to aim at the front left bunker with a draw, and let a downslope carry it onto the green.

7398 yards, par 4: Risk-reward for big hitters off the tee who want to take off some of the dogleg right. A cluster of five bunkers guard the dogleg. Most will play between left and right bunkers, leaving a wedge or short iron to the green.

8485 yards, par 4: The first of two par-5 that will play to a par-4. Length of hole is compensated by wide driving area. The approach is uphill, with a severe slope off to the left of the green and a bunker to the right about 10 yards short of the green.

9179 yards, par 3: Shortest hole on the course, green guarded by three bunkers front and left. Good birdie opportunity, but only with the right club selection. Anything short catches the bunkers, anything long catches a slope that runs off the back.

10610 yards, par 5: Can possibly be reached in two, but most will play it as a three-shot hole. Best position off tee is left-center, which opens up right-center landing area for layup. Cross bunker 100 yards from green must be avoided. Green can't be seen from tee or from second shot in fairway.

11453 yards, par 4: Slight dogleg right with nature area down the right side. Bunkers guard the green on the left and right, making position off the tee critical in order to get the ball close to the pin.

12447 yards, par 4: A waste area of hardpan sand and wire grass stretches down the right side of the fairway. A swale runs across the green from the left.

13383 yards, par 4: All the trouble starts with the second shot. Green is about 20 feet higher than landing area in the fairway, and is shaped like an inverted saucer. Anything short will roll back into the fairway.

14436 yards, par 4: View from the tee one of the prettiest on the course. Fairway bunkers right and left with mounds on both sides. Bunker on the right 20 yards short of the green will hide the green from any tee shot down the right side of the fairway. Swales and hollows around the green.

15205 yards, par 3: Prevailing wind is left-to-right, and most of the trouble is on the right. Bunkers to the right, and green small because of sloped edges that will not hold any shot but one hit perfectly.

16489 yards, par 4: The other par-5 playing as a par-4. Bunkers down the left side make a fade the best tee shot. Green sits on a rise, so second shot must carry. Two bunkers front and right.

17188 yards, par 3: Five bunkers surround the green, including one the stretches two-thirds of the way across the front. Club selection will be crucial.

18443 yards, par 4: Long, deep bunker down the right side will almost always take par out of the equation. Bunker in front is farther from the green than it looks, luring players into hitting too little club. Swale in the middle of the green protects back pin positions.

Source: AP