Brendan Steele tees it up Thursday in the second PGA Tour major of the year, the $12 million U.S. Open, played this year on the Erin Hills golf course in Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

Erin Hills is a very long, so-called “heartland” course, with wide fairways and few trees. The bunkers are not flat-bottomed, and the greens should be smooth and relatively flat. All in all, it may be the kind of course on which our native Idyllwilder will do well. We’ll see, beginning Thursday at 11:14 a.m. PDT and continuing Friday at 5:29 a.m. PDT, Brendan’s first two tee times.

Brendan goes into this tournament 12th on this season’s FedExCup list and 53rd in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has had four top-10 finishes so far this year, including a win at the Safeway Open, and has yet to miss a single cut in 14 singles tournaments played.