Unflappable Dustin Johnson, fresh from the birth of his second son on Monday, said he likes his game and the Erin Hills layout ahead of defence of his U.S. Open title starting on Thursday. "(The USGA has) taken criticism for the last two years; I'm sure they're not liking it. Let's just have something that's a challenge and interesting, not just playing brutal".
This year, Erin Hills in the rural Wisconsin town of Erin (about 35 miles northwest of Milwaukee) is the host course for the 117th edition of America's golf championship. "It just means I'm going to have to be really focused".
"That was pretty awesome", Harvey says. The baby is healthy.
Justin Rose (9 to 1): He has the flawless temperament for this tournament (which he won in 2013 at Merion), and just doesn't seem to get rattled. There is a lot of skill to chipping on this golf course too.
"I think my season was going very smoothly into Augusta, and I was very conscious of trying to peak at the Masters, and obviously I did a good job of that", Rose said.
"The way it worked out, I feel much better the way I got here", Stricker said Tuesday. This is why I'm here.
With no blueprint to follow, getting more than 35,000 spectators, 5,000-plus volunteers, hundreds of media and 156 golfers in and out and around the golf course will be a monumental logistical feat. "So that's what my job is this week".
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In those three tournaments, Johnson finished tied fourth and tied second before his maiden major past year.
Johnson, who missed the U.S. Masters after hurting his back, failed to make the halfway cut at the Memorial tournament last week while McIlroy has not played in almost a month, since reporting back problems at the Players Championship.
McIlroy won the first of his four majors in the U.S. Open 6 years ago at Congressional, a course so softened by rain that he shattered the scoring record (268) and won by eight shots. "It's a matter of how you handle yourself in that moment to prepare yourself to greatness". That stuff is going to make the ball jump, and you won't be able to control it into the green. If his ribs are all right, he is another player who has the power and the finesse to bring Erin Hills to its knees.
McIlroy on Monday had voiced dismay at the decision, insisting that players who were unable to make the fairway shouldn't bother turning up to a tournament often described as the toughest test in golf.
One U.S. Open veteran who's seen it all since he began battling the tourney's typically swift greens and treacherous off-fairway conditions in 1997 took a more humorous look at what will likely drive many of his peers mad and to early exits. "So if you're playing well, hopefully you won't be out there too many times".
"You can't get bogged down in the, 'Holy (expletive), I've never played this one.' Everyone's in the same situation". I was walking in and I was feeling butterflies just looking at everything. "Then, there's a time in between waves where I can go back in and rest, and then wait again".
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