By The Devel's Advocate
THE US Open is the second oldest major championship having made its debut on my birthday, October 4, in 1895.
For the avoidance of any doubt I wasn't born until some, ahem, years later.
Run by the United States Golf Association, it has long been switched to its established date in mid-June.
For reasons which I can't be bothered to even think about, the final round is usually scheduled to coincide with Father's Day.
I've attended the US Open on a number of occasions and the love lavished in the direction of Phil Mickelson on the Sunday, especially, is a sight to behold.
He is a noted family man, and even this week took time out to fly from Oakmont to his home in San Diego for his daughter Sophia's eighth-grade graduation.
The fact he did it in his private plane made the gesture more bearable, but it shows where Phil's priorities lie.
The most famous lefty in golf has, of course, never won the US Open.
He's had six near-misses in the last 15 years but never managed to cross the line.
Will he do it this time? Well you'd have to think interrupting his preparations to fly home for a graduation isn't the best omen.
The US Open always splits opinion because of the way the USGA sets up the courses.
According to the traditionalists they are “tricked up” and unfair.
Maybe so, but I belong to the school of thought which likes to see elite professional golfers really have to dig in and fight for their prize money.
Target golf on easy courses does little for my excitement levels.
There's nothing better than seeing the big players having to use their imaginations and expertise to navigate an ultra-difficult golf course.
If the winning total is over par, so much the more satisfying for us weekend hackers.
Phil has more imagination and expertise than most, but the US Open is one championship he seems destined never to win.
And having made that forecast, he's now nailed-on to do it this week . . .
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!