Is Congressional worthy to host a U.S. Open?

(Jonathan Newton / WASHINGTON POST)

The Bethesda country club reworked its fairways and greens before the 2011 championship to make it a stern test. Many of the golfers found it a breeze, largely because heat and rain made conditions ripe for low scoring.

McIlroy makes some history

McIlroy makes some history

Rory McIlroy posts the lowest mark in Open history, shooting a final-round 69 for a total of 16-under 268, as he runs away with the title.

U.S. Open 2011: Hole-by-hole

Explore the changes made at Congressional Country Club for the 2011 U.S. Open.

McIlroy is a champion all his own

McIlroy is a champion all his own

Despite a rush to compare golf’s newest champion to its history of stars, Rory McIlroy proves imitation isn’t the clearest path to victory.

Yang slips, but finds positives

Yang slips, but finds positives

Y.E. Yang loses his grip on second place down the stretch and finishes in a four-way tie for third, but sees a lot of positives in his play.

Recap: Final round

Recap: Final round

Look back at Rory McIlroy’s march to his first major in our live blog transcript of Sunday’s action.

McIlroy stays in front after 3rd round

McIlroy stays in front after 3rd round

Rory McIlroy builds his lead to eight shots in the third round but he’ll aim for a better Sunday showing than at the Masters.

Under pressure, pair makes cut

Under pressure, pair makes cut

American Brad Benjamin and Canadian Adam Hadwin had each had one hole on Saturday morning to secure a spot in the final rounds

Golfers take advantage of conditions

Golfers take advantage of conditions

Rain leaves Congressional soft, making for uncharacteristically low scores for a U.S. Open.

Mickelson struggles at Open

Mickelson struggles at Open

Sentimental favorite Phil Mickelson has not enjoyed the best of weeks at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy stands alone on historic day

McIlroy stands alone on historic day

Rory McIlroy becomes the first to reach 13-under-par in a U.S. Open, and sets a 36-hole record of 131.

For U.S. golf, a world of challenges

For U.S. golf, a world of challenges

COLUMN | With Tiger Woods ailing and Phil Mickelson struggling, golf’s top players are internationals, but that shouldn’t make the game any less compelling.

POTOMAC, MD - May 6: The 11th fairway at Congressional Country Club lost the bunkers next to the stream creating a new challenge for amatuers and pros alike. Tiger Woods had trouble with this hole prior to the changes. He now faces a different challenge should he play the blue course at Congressional Country Club where the 2011 U.S. Open will be held. Shot Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Potomac, Md. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Thu May 6 14:28:02 2010

Parking and transportation

View our interactive map to see the USGA’s transportation guidelines for the upcoming U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.

McIlroy’s performance raises expectations

McIlroy’s performance raises expectations

Rory McIlroy is the latest prodigy around whom the future of the game revolves.

‘No reason’ Congressional won’t host again

‘No reason’ Congressional won’t host again

USGA head Mike Davis pins the U.S. Open’s low scores on the wet grounds, saying Congressional will be considered as a future host.

Lightning strikes twice for Northern Ireland

Lightning strikes twice for Northern Ireland

Rory McIlroy’s smashing triumph, on the heels of Graeme McDowell winning a year ago, gives Northern Ireland back-to-back U.S. Open champions.

A star may be about to be born

A star may be about to be born

We may one day say the game’s next great player was born as a champion at Congressional.

The kid still has 18 holes to go

The kid still has 18 holes to go

COLUMN | Rory McIlroy has a huge lead and a brilliant game, but faced with adoring fans and fawning players, still has another day to play.

Chasers have a long hill to climb

Chasers have a long hill to climb

Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang and others have a long way to go to catch Rory McIlroy, but are not conceding anything heading into the final round

Recap: Third round

Recap: Third round

Look back as Rory McIlroy shoots a 68 and sets a 54-hole U.S. Open record of 14-under-par as he takes an eight-shot lead into Sunday.

Calm by the green, crazed by the pitch

Calm by the green, crazed by the pitch

At the U.S. Open and the Gold Cup, vastly dissimilar cultures were on display — entirely different, yet very much the same.

U.S. Open notes: Els hits bottom

U.S. Open notes: Els hits bottom

Els came to the U.S. Open hoping rejuvenate himself by returning to the place of his past success. Instead, he shot 73-75 — 148 and missed the cut.

Mickelson is up-and-down

Mickelson is up-and-down

Phil Mickelson backs up a shaky round Thursday with a decent 69 on Friday, yet is far out of contention at the U.S Open.

Growing up before our eyes

Growing up before our eyes

The maturation of Rory McIroy — whether he crumbles or takes the next step toward greatness — has become the story of the 2011 U.S. Open.

Tee times: Final round

Tee times: Final round

A complete, searchable list of Sunday’s pairings for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional.

The U.S. Open’s green carpet

The U.S. Open’s green carpet

The golfer’s uniform, once a palette of safe, soft shades, seemed to be turning into a Rothko spattering of color.

The other end of the leader board

The other end of the leader board

There’s plenty of drama to be found in the competition at the other end of the U.S. Open’s leader board.

Getting into the swing of things

Getting into the swing of things

Rory McIlroy’s golf swing is not something he has toiled over. The simple movements were perfected at age 14 and have been left alone since.

Recap: Second round

Recap: Second round

Look back at Rory McIlroy’s record-breaking day as he sets a 36-hole U.S. Open record.

U.S. Open Field

U.S. Open Field

Bio information on some top players as well as a quick look at the rest of the 156-golfer field.

Love leads a colorful barrage at Open

Love leads a colorful barrage at Open

Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson sport can’t-miss attire on the opening day of play.

Big hitters come up large in first round

Big hitters come up large in first round

U.S. Opens are notoriously difficult for long hitters, but you wouldn’t know it based on the opening rounds of several big bombers.

For McIlroy, easy does it

For McIlroy, easy does it

COLUMN | With his first shot of the day, Rory McIlroy serves notice that he’s ready to contend again.

A tournament unlike any other

A tournament unlike any other

The U.S. Open is about a lot of things, mostly involving pain, and there is no mistaking it for the dozens of other events that fill up golf’s calendar.

USGA ‘delighted with the greens’

USGA ‘delighted with the greens’

Executive Director Mike Davis says that though Congressional’s greens were put under duress by hot temperatures, officials believe they will be up to speed for the Open.

At Congressional, as good as it gets

At Congressional, as good as it gets

Years in the making, the U.S. Open at Congressional is poised to show off the best the sport of golf has to offer.

Curse of the third-round leader

Curse of the third-round leader

Having the lead going into the final day of a major hasn’t proved to be an advantage. In the last 11 major championships, precisely one 54-hole leader has held on to win.

Congressional is his classroom

Congressional is his classroom

For 16-year-old Beau Hossler, the second youngest player in U.S. Open history, a week of golfing alongside PGA Tour stars is a valuable hands-on learning experience.

Root, root, root at the Open

Root, root, root at the Open

COLUMN | It’s not hard to find golfers worthy of your cheers at Congressional this week.

Fay keeping his distance

Fay keeping his distance

COLUMN | The former executive director of the USGA, does not plan to attend the U.S. Open for the first time since 1978 — and that’s just fine with him.

McIlroy seizes opening-round lead

McIlroy seizes opening-round lead

Rory McIlroy leaves the memory of his final-round Masters collapse behind, grabbing a three-shot lead after the opening round of the U.S. Open.

World’s top three stumble in round one

World’s top three stumble in round one

Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, the top three ranked players in the world, have their struggles in the first round.

McDowell enjoys a solid start

McDowell enjoys a solid start

COLUMN | Defending Open champion shows why he’s on the short list of stars-in-waiting.

Recap: First round

Recap: First round

Follow our blog coverage of the first round as Rory McIlroy pushes ahead to a three-shot lead over Y.E. Yang and Charl Schwartzel.

Saunders has heritage and game, too

Saunders has heritage and game, too

Sam Saunders is best known for being the grandson of Arnold Palmer, but lately his golf is gaining him some acclaim as well.

Father’s Day right on course

Father’s Day right on course

COLUMN | I had no idea what I’d been missing until my dad taught me to play golf.

What a way to finish

What a way to finish

COLUMN | The 18th hole at Congressional is new, improved — and long.

Fred Funk’s toughest shot

Fred Funk’s toughest shot

Golfer Fred Funk, 55, has earned more than $20 million in his career. Now a regular on the Champions tour, he’s hoping for one more run at the U.S. Open this week.

Notebook: Weather affects course

Notebook: Weather affects course

When the U.S. Open begins Thursday at Congressional Country Club, the United States Golf Association is worried that neither the greens nor the rough will be in the proper condition.

It’s a bipartisan game

It’s a bipartisan game

U.S. OPEN | In Washington more than anywhere else, politics and golf have long been intertwined.

Venturi returns to Congressional

Venturi returns to Congressional

A onetime stutterer who has struggled with alcohol, finances and injuries, the golf legend is the Open’s de facto ambassador.

From nobody to leading the Open

From nobody to leading the Open

The U.S. Open tends to produce unlikely first-round leaders who usually fade by the end of the tournament.

Honoring a father in the U.S. Open

Honoring a father in the U.S. Open

Less than a year after his father died from cancer, Michael Tobiason Jr. qualified for the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open pairings feature tradition, flair

U.S. Open pairings feature tradition, flair

The marquee attraction when play begins in the 111th Open will be the risky, daredevil grouping of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

Tiger Woods’s caddie to work for Adam Scott

Tiger Woods’s caddie to work for Adam Scott

With Woods injured, Steve Williams will carry Scott’s bag at the U.S. Open this week.

McDowell sleepless after dream year

McDowell sleepless after dream year

Reigning U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell takes a break from his struggles to visit Congressional, where he’ll defend his title next month

For Ernie Els, much has changed since Congressional win

For Ernie Els, much has changed since Congressional win

The South African golfer, who won the U.S. Open the last time it was at Congressional, in 1997, and his wife are involved in helping children with autism after their son was born with it.

Funk finally puts it together

Funk finally puts it together

In U.S. Open qualifying in Rockville and at 10 other sites around the country, Fred Funk plays his best two rounds of the year, but others, like Vijay Singh and Justin Leonard, will miss the major in Bethesda.

A wide-open U.S. Open

A wide-open U.S. Open

The last 10 majors have been won by 10 different players, and it is anybody’s guess who will win this week’s U.S. Open.

Expect more highs and lows

Expect more highs and lows

COLUMN | This year’s U.S. Open looks to be a new hybrid event that attempts to combine the thrills of the back nine at the Masters with all the traditional tortures.

Layout has taken a different course

Layout has taken a different course

Devereux Emmet’s work at Congressional, which opened in 1924, will be barely detectable during the U.S. Open this week after the course has undergone several changes over the years.

Fred Funk is ready

Fred Funk is ready

As the oldest man in the field playing in his 22nd Open, the former Maryland golf coach gets emotional.

USGA wishing for a rainy day

USGA wishing for a rainy day

By all accounts, Congressional is ready to host the Open. But the course would benefit from a good, soaking rain.

Will Tiger 2.0 be new and improved?

Will Tiger 2.0 be new and improved?

COLUMN | Tiger Woods is no longer a world-beater; how he comes to terms with that will determine the rest of his career.

Whitehead gets the call

Whitehead gets the call

COLUMN | Michael Whitehead, 23, goes from falling short in a qualifier to playing his first professional tournament at the U.S. Open as Tiger Woods’s replacement.

The U.S. Open is coming back

The U.S. Open is coming back

Golf’s national championship returns to Congressional for the third time in 47 years.

A setback for D.C. ‘dream’

A setback for D.C. ‘dream’

Personal problems and injuries — the latter forcing him out of the U.S. Open — have cast a shadow on Tiger Woods’s Washington legacy.

Woods won't play in U.S. Open

Woods won't play in U.S. Open

Tiger Woods, the world’s most prominent golfer and the sport’s biggest draw, announces that injuries will prevent him from playing in the U.S. Open.

McIlroy puts golf on hold for ‘inspiring’ trip

McIlroy puts golf on hold for ‘inspiring’ trip

Rising star Rory McIlroy took a detour before going to Congressional for next week’s U.S. Open, traveling to Haiti on Monday as part of his work with UNICEF.

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Rory McIlroy wins British Open

The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.

U.S. Open videos

At 16, Francis Tiafoe rising as U.S. tennis force

At 16, Francis Tiafoe rising as U.S. tennis force

Francis Tiafoe literally grew up around tennis, often spending nights at a Maryland tennis center where his father worked. At only 16, he is ranked number two in the world. Could a future U.S. champion be in the making?
14-year-old Andy Zhang qualifies for U.S. Open

14-year-old Andy Zhang qualifies for U.S. Open

Andy Zhang is believed to be the youngest player in championship history. He was born in China and has lived in Florida since 2008. Zhang lost in a playoff at a sectional qualifier and was an alternate until Paul Casey withdrew with injuries.
Post Sports Live: Extra Points

Post Sports Live: Extra Points

Jason Reid, Liz Clarke, Dan Steinberg and Jonathan Forsythe offer their final thoughts on Bryce Harper, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the University of Maryland and the U.S. Open.
McIlroy wins U.S. Open in record fashion

McIlroy wins U.S. Open in record fashion

Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open by eight strokes Sunday for his first win in a major. The 22-year-old broke the Open scoring record by four shots, and is Northern Ireland's second straight U.S. Open winner. (June 19)
Post Sports Live, June 21

Post Sports Live, June 21

The Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir joins LaVar Arrington, Dan Steinberg and host Jonathan Forsythe to discuss Rory McIlroy's historic weekend at the U.S. Open, the Nationals' recent win streak and the upcoming NBA draft.
McIlroy returns home as U.S. Open champ

McIlroy returns home as U.S. Open champ

Fresh from his record-breaking win at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy met the press and fans at his hometown golf club in Northern Ireland Wednesday. McIlroy won his first major by eight strokes. (June 22)
Tiger Woods not coming back until fully healthy

Tiger Woods not coming back until fully healthy

Tiger Woods says he is making progress in his recovery from injuries to his left leg, although he has no idea when he will return to golf. Woods spoke Tuesday from the AT&T National outside Philadelphia. (June 28)
Rory McIlroy hopes for British Open title

Rory McIlroy hopes for British Open title

U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy hopes to make it back-to-back major championships at the British Open, which starts Thursday at Royal St. George's. (July 13)
Venus Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

Venus Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

Two-time champion Venus Williams dropped out of the U.S. Open following her Sjogren's syndrome diagnosis. (Sept. 1)
Venus Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

Venus Williams withdraws from U.S. Open

Two-time U.S. Open champion Venus Williams pulled out of the event on Wednesday after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain. (August 31)
Nadal, Murray reach Open semis

Nadal, Murray reach Open semis

Second seed Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Andy Murray advanced to the U.S. Open semifinals by winning Friday. The two will square off Saturday following the first semifinal between top seed Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer. (Sept. 9)
Sharapova ousted at U.S. Open

Sharapova ousted at U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova's shaky serving contributed to her early exit at the U.S. Open. (Sept. 2)
Sam Stosur shows off U.S. Open trophy

Sam Stosur shows off U.S. Open trophy

U.S. Open Women's Champion Sam Stosur showed off her trophy in Times Square Monday. Stosur upset three-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams in the women's final on Sunday. (Sept. 12)