The last time the U.S. Open was played at Oakmont Country Club in 2007, its eighth hole made history as the first par 3 to be played from 300 yards during the final round.
While the hole is expected to be played from 288 yards for the majority of this year's tournament, USGA executive director Mike Davis hinted at U.S. Open Media Day on Monday that the tee marker may be moved back for a day to honor the way the hole was originally designed.
"As we said in 2007, before everybody thinks we have lost our marbles making a par 3 300 yards, when you go back and you read historically about what (course designers) HC and WC Fownes wanted, they designed that hole to be a driver, 3-wood hole," Davis said, according to Sean Zak of Golf.com. "The only way to get it to that way now days is to get something back there."
The eighth hole was the fifth-toughest on the course nine years ago, with the green being reached in regulation on just 26.7 percent of attempts and Angel Cabrera emerging victorious.