Of course, we’re talking about the US Open, the biggest of the tournaments on the schedule in June. But the Open is just the biggest of a pretty big five week period on the PGA Tour.
The month starts with the Memorial Tournament, hosted once again by founder Jack Nicklaus at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. This year’s honoree is Nicklaus’ most notable rival: Tom Watson. The Memorial runs from May 31st through June 3rd.
The tour then heads a short distance south to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The tournament is held at TPC Southwind June 7-10 and the defending champion is Harrison Frazar.
The 2012 U.S. Open will be contested June 14th through 17th at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Rory McIlroy will try to rebound from his recent poor play on tour in time to successfully defend his 2011 Open win. Olympic has been the site of the Open four times before, most recently in 1998 when Lee Janzen won his second national championship. (The 2013 U.S. Open will be held at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia.)
The PGA Tour visits Cromwell, Connecticut on June 21-24 for the Travelers Championship. The tournament will be held at TPC River Highlands. Last year’s winner was Fredrik Jacobson.
As June ends and July begins, the tour visits the Washington, DC area for the AT&T National, hosted by Tiger Woods. After a couple of years on the road (due to preparations for last year’s U.S. Open held there) the tournament returns to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Last year’s winner, when it was held at Aronimink, was Nick Watney.