USGA: US Open Begins on Thursday

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Stewart Hagestad, a 28-year-old amateur who has played and worked in the Metropolitan Area and is playing in his third U.S. Open, has competed against Young for years. So when I get it back, it's just more consistent.

"What's not to like?" "The golf course is fantastic from start to finish", Johnson said. "You got to hole them all out even in the practice round". He and Woods were not on good terms after they separated in 2011, but Williams spoke highly of Woods after he won the Masters last April and Woods was complimentary if not overly sentimental about his time with Williams when asked this week. Visibility was reduced to about 250 yards.

Rory McIlroy swapped his putter for a Toronto Raptors jersey after winning the Canadian Open and almost forgot to get it back before heading off to the U.S. Open, said the Northern Irishman on Wednesday.

He is one of the favorites, not only from his sheer skill, but historical reasons whether it's February or June. The praise of Pebble Beach has gone to a new level.

Despite finding the sand at the back left of the 18th green, Fowler had a chance to match the first round 65 that Woods shot on the way to his stunning 15-stroke victory in the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach. "We do things on the golf course with alternative sets of tees".

"I feel like when you get in front, it gives you a lot of confidence and you go from there". It's going to play tough.

Sunshine last week and a dry forecast for the U.S. Open have Pebble Beach manicured to near perfection. It's pretty much right in front of you.

The rough is lush as ever. Fairways are pure. Greens are smooth and not too fast.

The inviting conditions were a response to criticism of recent U.S. Open setups.

'It is not just critical that we have a smooth week for the championship but for the game itself, ' said tournament director, John Bodenhamer.

"We were there mostly to look at that".

"I thought I played a lot better than I scored", Mickelson said after the round. It's the only major Mickelson hasn't won, and he's finished second a record six times.

"So there's plenty of inspiration to be the one that's trying to win these championships".

Scott, as is becoming his pre-majors custom, spent several days at the host course a week before the tournament, falling in love with Pebble Beach all over again.

"How I played last weekend up around the lead; I know what I'm capable of", he said. "Athletically, that's one of the challenges". "It really comes down to who's going to make putts".

The fact Young didn't make it as a 15-year-old and had to wait until now likely will benefit him. Power never hurts anywhere in golf, though it's not as necessary as venues like Erin Hills or Torrey Pines.

"I think I've seen every Tiger Woods video you can watch", Rahm said. "And these greens ... we don't face greens like this, this small and this steep". The golf course is not overly long.

Woods and Spieth will be in the same group Thursday afternoon when it counts.

One of the most iconic golf courses in the world is set to host one of the sport's most hard challenges. There's so many guys that shoot themselves out of it just because it's a major. Very similar coastline and very similar golf courses.

"I've been in position and haven't quite got over the line". That starts on Thursday.

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