Waiting game: Long day on tap for Mickelson's potential sub

The rough is thick, as usual.

Stenson broke through with his first major championship victory previous year at the British Open.

Clearly, the World No. 2 has no intention of falling into that well-known U.S. Open trap-complaining about the severity of the challenge ahead to the detriment of his on-course attitude and chances of ultimate success. Erin Hills Golf Club, a public course in Erin, Wisconsin, will play host this week.

Stricker had to work his way into the 156-player field when the U.S. Golf Association turned down his request for a special exemption. Three times in eight previous appearances he has missed the halfway cut, including a year ago at Oakmont. Walker shot 14 under to win by one.

Justin Rose (20-1): A U.S. Open victor at Merion in 2013, Rose comes to the second Major of the season having lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia at The Masters. Garcia and Rose tied at 9 under.

Jordan Spieth believes having a long par-five as the final hole at Erin Hills is an "exciting" way to decide this year's U.S. Open. Tour players complain about the tough conditions at the U.S. Open. "I've had a week off in Sweden, and haven't really focused much on golf. Even though deep down I'm stressing out, it's a huge thrill".

The fairways will be wide, in some cases double the width of those at Winged Foot, Pebble Beach or Oakmont. "And you're going to have to scramble".

Sympathy for Na was in short supply, mainly because the USGA had already taken the action of ensuring the fairways were generous in the first place. That tall, haylike grass lingering just outside those massive fairways?

Instead of participating in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, for example, he would've been in Racine caddying for his daughter Bobbi in the first round of the Wisconsin Women's State Open.

Rahm added: "It's real easy to see it's not the usual US Open golf course, the US Open classic set-up". Yes, there's a lot of fescue out there, but you've got basically an area of 50-plus-yards wide to drive the ball to keep it out of the fescue.

The USGA will look hard at the forecast and try to set up holes to dampen, not exacerbate, the effect of wind that can blow as hard as 30 miles per hour. "Once you've played it, you should know where to go", he said. He hasn't looked anything like the golfer that dominated when he won this tournament back in 2011 so we have no problem fading him in this spot. "And you need to have driver in your hand here if you want to take advantage of the golf course".

Erin Hills will play more than 7,700 yards as Dustin Johnson bids to defend his crown, starting Thursday.

"It's certainly a tiring week", Stenson said. The players who understand and accept that will have the best shot at winning on Sunday.

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