"I'm excited for this week", said Scott, the 2013 Masters champion.
He's No. 1 by a mile and an understatement.
Chamblee noted statistics showing he'd rank 42nd in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour, that he's putting better from four to eight feet and outside 20 feet (in fact, outside 25 feet) than Jordan Spieth, though McIlroy's sample size is small because of injury.
"We have 60 yards from left line to right line", McIlroy said Tuesday to the Boston Globe.
Asked if his length off the tee and his status as defending champion ought to intimidate others here, Johnson answered with his usual barrage of verbiage.
Johnson said: "I really like it".
"I might buy a house up here if I win", he said.
What raises questions about Erin Hills is that it's the second time in three years for golf's second-oldest championship to go somewhere new. "I'm going to give it a shot over the next two days, and I'll find out more after Wednesday".
"I need to get away from that because that's not how I play my best golf".
"I think the USGA is very much OK with that", Spieth said of a lower-than-usual winning score. He isn't anxious about only getting two days of work in this week at a first-time U.S. Open venue.
"Put a lot of extra effort in playing some extra tournaments".
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 U.S. Open champion, thinks the victor at Erin Hills could get to 10-under. World No. 2 tees off 2.09 local CDT Thursday alongside fellow major winners Jason Day and Justin Rose.
Probably not, right? Mickelson announced his intention to skip this year's iteration so he could instead attend his daughter's high school graduation, where she's delivering a commencement address. "I think if the field has to hit driver more, that plays into my hands". And they'll go, "OK, do I actually want to push it even more or do I have enough in the tank to just - I can just kind of cruise it in". "So in those respects, the rain we had [Monday] and predicted [Tuesday night] should work in his favor". Erin Hills is the host course this year, and will play at roughly 7812 yards and a par 72.
The Johnson story rises above all. But this is a U.S. Open course. When Johnson returned from his stairs and his couch, he had cooled off only somewhat, finishing second at the Wells Fargo in North Carolina, 12th at the Players and 13th at the Byron Nelson before missing the cut at the Memorial. But now I've got to play golf.
"Obviously I've had a few weeks off to try and rest this injury that I've had all year, but I feel good", he added.
There had been concern leading into this week about how this relatively new venue would rate within a field of players who have felt critical of the organisers in recent years, particularly after the condition of (fellow debut course) Chambers Bay and the rules debacle that marred the 2016 championship at Oakmont.
"I haven't stepped foot on a football pitch since", he said.
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