The 50-year-old Stricker, a 12-times victor on the PGA Tour who ranked as high as second in the world rankings, has pared down his tournament golf in recent seasons and played just eight events on the PGA Tour this season. Instead, the officials indicated 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.
The US Open will tee off on Thursday with the world's best golfers vying for one of the sport's top prizes. The USGA has been criticized for its decisions at several recent championships, so the success of this year's U.S. Open is viewed by many as a must.
"I feel pretty good about coming here this week even though 2017 has been a bit of a transitional year for me given what has been happening off the golf course", he said. It's a challenge in some of those areas just to get it back into play, back into the fairway. It's a hazard. I don't know.
When PGA Tour veteran Steve Stricker was denied a special exemption to this week's U.S. Open in his native Wisconsin the PGA Tour veteran simply rolled up his sleeves and qualified the blue-collar way. It's supposed to be tough. He competed in the U.S. Amateur there in 2011, reaching the quarterfinals.
His victory did have some controversy surrounding it after Johnson was deducted a shot because he was judged to have addressed his ball on the fifth green. The USGA realized a few holes later it needed a closer review. And they'll go, okay, do I actually want to push it even more or do I have enough in the tank. It's in part why he had already won four majors by age 25.
USGA President Diana Murphy says there will not be walking scorers on the weekend for the first time.
He was trailing Billy Hurley, who still had more holes to play, and Rahm was in deep rough.
"We definitely see that people are more interested in playing nine holes", said Vertabedian.
Shane Lowry: Probably not a sleeper considering his last two U.S. Opens, notably his tie for second at Oakmont past year. At the Players Championship a month ago, McIlroy's back issues the result of an earlier rib injury returned and he has not played since. It's going to play somewhere around 7,700 yards long. But that didn't sit so well with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
A former collegiate standout at Drexel, where he's now an undergraduate assistant coach, Crawford said he's more comfortable in the Open environment this time around.
"So maybe it's a trend and maybe that's the way that it happened to crumble there", he said, without mentioning any particular cookie. The exception in that span was Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters.