U.S. Open

Charlie Riedel/Associated Press file photo (2012)

Webb Simpson never had won a major entering last year’s U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. He shot 1-over for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. Simpson will tee off at 11:36 a.m. Thursday with American amateur Steven Fox and South African veteran Ernie Els.

Site: Ardmore, Pa.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Merion Golf Club, East Course (6,996 yards, par 70).

Purse: TBA ($8 million in 2012). Winner’s share: TBA ($1.44 million in 2012).

Television: ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-5 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, 10 a.m.-noon) and NBC (Thursday-Friday, 1-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Monday, if necessary, noon-playoff conclusion).

Last Year: Webb Simpson won at Olympic Club in San Francisco for his first major title. He finished at 1 over for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. Tiger Woods tied for 21st, six strokes back.

Last Week: Harris English won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., for his first PGA Tour title, beating Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes. ... Dutchman Joost Luiten won the Lyoness Open in Austria for his second European Tour title.

Notes: Woods won the 2008 tournament at Torrey Pines for the last of his 14 major victories. He also won in 2000 at Pebble Beach and 2002 at Bethpage. Woods has four victories this year to increase his PGA Tour total to 78, four short of Sam Snead’s tour record. ... The tournament is being played at Merion for the fifth time. Olin Dutra won at the course in 1934, Ben Hogan in 1950, Lee Trevino in 1971 and David Graham in 1981. The clubs uses red wicker baskets instead of flags on the pins. ... Adam Scott won the Masters in April for his first major title. He will play the first two rounds alongside Woods and 2011 winner Rory McIlroy. ... The 2014 tournament will be played at Pinehurst in North Carolina. ... The Travelers Championship is next week in Cromwell, Conn.

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