March 18 2018

Fescue at Erin Hills may add challenges

March 18 2018, 05:21 | Sammy Rose

Fescue at Erin Hills may add challenges

Fescue at Erin Hills may add challenges

World number one Dustin Johnson arrived at Erin Hills to defend his U.S. Open crown and was out late on Tuesday practicing on the course. So it set out to trim the thickest rough on the fourth, 12th, 14th and 18th holes.

Umm, if you say so.

While we don't have a great deal of course form to go on this week, Erin Hills seems like a ideal fit for Johnson's game.

RULES OFFICIALS: The U.S. Open wants to be a little quicker with its communications over rules issues, especially in light of a year ago at Oakmont.

"There are too many courses we play where guys wing it off line and they still have a shot".

"I'm feeling better", McIlroy said. If we can't hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home. Pagel will be the chief referee for the U.S. Open, who can make immediate decisions that would stand. "It's always a physical test".

The eyes of the golfing world are focused on Erin, Wisconsin, this week, where the United States Open Championship begins Thursday at Erin Hills. "Even the first and second cut (of rough) is another 10 yards on top of that". He shot, I think 16-under par, I shot 8-under par, and we got lapped by him.

"So it is imperative for me to get off to a good start and I haven't been able to do that".

The USGA's philosophy when preparing U.S. Open championship courses is that it should be a true and stern test of golf. "When you consider he has only played once since Augusta, that lack of a competitive edge is going to be even more of a problem this time, even with his injury problems now apparently behind him". It's a very long golf course, big greens and a little different to what it usually plays.

Rory McIlroy questioned the fescue cuts given the wide fairways in play this week, and Na agreed that the targets at Erin Hills are "generous".

The hole slopes pretty severely from right to left and boasts waves of undulations between within the fairway itself.

The worry wasn't so much that the fescue is impossible to play out of, but that the pros could actually - egad - lose a golf ball. The previous year at Chambers Bay, the grass on the greens was starting to die before the U.S. Open began and at times on the weekend, players were putting through what amounted to matted dirt.

At the US Open 2017 in Erin Hills...

A final round meltdown at the Masters a year ago came to define his 2016 campaign, but Spieth says he is in a positive frame of mind as he aims to repeat his 2015 US Open victory in Wisconsin.

The program gives golfers firsthand experience of what you can get out of playing just nine holes.

It's a tough challenge that Jason Day welcomes. "If I miss 10 feet right, I'm rolling down off the green", Hadwin said minutes after playing the hole on Monday.

"I played it a little bit into the breeze, but I only had 150 yards". With a storm dumping two inches of rain on the course late Monday, Davis ordered the mowers into action. Here is a look at what the players have made of the Wisconsin-based course.

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