|By golf artist Lee Wybranski.|
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For Oakmont Country Club in western Pennsylvania, the 116th U.S. Open—to be held June 16-19—will be its ninth men's Open since 1927. For Wybranski—a native of the Philadelphia area who now makes his home in northern Arizona—this year he has painted his ninth consecutive U.S. Open poster, a string that began in 2008 when the championship was held at Torrey Pines.
The poster will be sold in the merchandise tents at Oakmont for $32 unframed, as well as on the websites of the USGA and Wybranski, www.leewybranski.com. It will be available unframed, framed and autographed.
Wybranski's work on the new poster began last fall when he spent a couple of days at Oakmont, walking the grounds and talking with the superintendent and others about changes made by the club to bring its famed course back to the vision of its founders, Henry Clay Fownes and his son William, at the beginning of the 20th century.
"The biggest change is that the club has been taking out trees," Wybranski said. "I was there in 2010 to paint the poster for the U.S. Women's Open, and by then they'd already removed thousands of trees. But the contrast from then to now is even more stark: It's really changed!"