The prior champion can’t be forgotten about, especially when he’s the second-ranked player in the world. Spieth opted to skip last week’s St. Jude Classic, and went straight to Oakmont in an attempt to familiarize himself with the layout and the grueling conditions he and several others will have to drudge through. Spieth hasn’t been on top of his game due to his struggles getting off the tee accurately but a more conservative approach off the tee could serve him well. Something Spieth could be considering is playing irons off the tee as a nearly surefire way to avoid the treacherous rough that lines the fairways at Oakmont. Spieth tees off on the back at 8:35 AM ET with Zach Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.