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The front nine will play at a par 34 and the back nine a par 36. The first hole is now a par 4 and the 17th a par 5; the eighth hole, once one of the easiest on the course, is entirely new from 1998 -- with little room for error along the right-side trees.
The par-5 16th can play as long as 670 yards on the back tees, which Davis expects to happen "at least two days." The previous longest hole in Open history is the 667-yard Par-5 12th in 2007 at Oakmont, according to the USGA.
"I'm going to try to park my cart and watch that hole," Davis said of the 16th. "Probably hide when I'm doing it, but nonetheless, I think it's going to be a very, very exciting hole."
Olympic has historically been more famous for the stars who have lost than the winners.
The place "where champions go to die," as some call it, saw Arnold Palmer lose a seven-shot lead to Billy Casper with nine holes to go in 1966. Jack Fleck also beat Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff at Olympic in 1955, the first of four previous times the club hosted the U.S. Open. And Scott Simpson won by a stroke over Tom Watson in 1987.
"My predecessor's predecessor, which was Frank Hannigan, I read a quote of his, and he said, `Something always magical seems to happen at Olympic,'" Davis said. "There is something magical about it."
The USGA expects a 26th consecutive sellout, tournament director Danny Sink said.
About 80 percent of tickets are already sold.
More than 95 percent of corporate sales are complete.
Davis and Sink expect to give another update at the course March 19.
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