US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 15

The 15th at Oakmont is not for the faint-hearted

A guide to the fifteenth hole at Oakmont Country Club ahead of the 2016 US Open

US Open 2016 Oakmont Country Club: Hole 15

Hole 15 - Par 4 - 499 yards

The 15th at Oakmont could be where this year's US Open is decided.

A birdie could be decisive for one of the leaders whilst a double-bogey can be made within an instant.

Oakmont Country Club

Eventual winner Angel Cabrera hits his tee shot on the 15th during the final round of the US Open at Oakmont in 2007.

The drive has to be down the fairway, otherwise it will catch the Church Pews bunker left or the two bunkers and ditch down the right.

Down the stretch if you have any doubt about your driving - you will be found out here.

Oakmont Country Club

The second shot, due to the length of the hole, will be a long iron for most into a big, undulating green.

Bunkers right and left here are ready to catch any strayed approach so fairway, middle of the green and two putts are what all the players will be desperate for here.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x