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US Open Golf 2012: Headliners And What To Watch At Olympic

Aside from the local connections to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, the biggest headline is the pairing of Tiger Woods, with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and Woods' longtime nemesis Phil Mickelson.

SB Nation's Brian Floyd details the scene, it's difficulties and the storylines in this piece. No question the biggest obstacle is Olympic itself, as Floyd notes that at a par of 70 -- 34 out and 36 in -- and a length of just over 7,100 yards, it plays both long and narrow. And at six holes on the course the fairway slopes the opposite direction of the track.

This is the toughest challenge for all of those competing, while at the same time gives anyone a chance because of its rigor and uncertainty. Of course, Rory McIlroy was able to dispute that idea with his 16-under par performance to win last year's tournament.

Read more on general golf news and analysis at Waggle Room.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.