Friday, 17 November, 2017

US OPEN 2017: EVERYONE is talking about the fescue at Erin Hills

Lucia Summers | 15 June, 2017, 04:07

If he defends his title, Johnson will be the first man to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989.

Of course, Tiger Woods won 12 of 33 majors during one stretch.

The timing couldn't have been better for the world's No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks. "I think that's a fair thing to say". "The future was so unknown". To see how I've accomplished my goals on such a fast pace ... of course, I wanted to be top 10 in the world someday.

"But with that said, I think if we can have a little bit more runout, it would fit perfectly because I can hit my 2-iron would go 270, 275 yards off the tee and then run another 30 yards and it would be 300-plus yards, and that would be flawless around here, because I could be very super aggressive with the lines, and I don't have to pull that driver too much".

"This is one of those tournaments that if you let it [course conditions] get into your head I feel like you're already defeated before your tee off", said McIlroy, who shared with reporters on Tuesday his dismay that maintenance crews had trimmed the thick, high fescue on four holes.

He made a few bad swings after a second rain delay that cost him five shots, and he opened with a 76. Even if you lay up, you're surrounded by so many traps that you'll be punished for anything less than a very good shot.

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ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.

And that unknown future was cleared up quickly. He ranks 20th on the PGA Tour thus far in the season in driving distance.

But it was the way he finished at Congressional, and a month later in the Canadian Open, that showed why he is such a threat no matter where he plays. Instead, the officials indicated that some rough on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes was trimmed Tuesday due to forecasted storms that were expected make some of the native grasses lay down and cause the lies on wayward shots to become unplayable. "I'm thinking about that great three-man play-off in 1994 at Oakmont".

"I've had it to where I needed to hit gap wedge out about 100 yards into the fairway, and I've also hit an iron on the green out of it". I took it right at it. But then as I kept going on, I was like, you know, I really want to play here.

FIRST-TIME WINNERS: Zach Johnson won the British Open two years ago at St. Andrews for his second major. The tumble led to an injured back, and Johnson valiantly tried to play before officially withdrawing from the event right at his Thursday tee time.

But he liked what he saw. His gameplan remains simple on golf's biggest stage, hang tough in the first three rounds to prepare for anything come Sunday. "Moving forward we want a nice, smooth U.S. Open". "It's more similar to Chambers Bay". "You're probably going to play well anywhere when the game is on form". The slick greens will be just a little softer in the early hours; the wind, which can wreak havoc on this unprotected course, won't be blowing as hard. "We really do believe Erin Hills meets all of the criteria. Because it's so long, strategy is driver, really, and that suits me".

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