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US Open scouting report: The contenders, sleepers and worries at Erin Hills

Rory McIlroy shocked by decision to cut down heavy rough at Erin Hills US Open scouting report: The contenders, sleepers and worries at Erin Hills
Isaac Mcdaniel | 15 June, 2017, 02:28

"I'm excited for this week", said Scott, the 2013 Masters champion. "And in a normal year, this place would be ideal for him".

"I'm really excited for this week", Spieth said.

That was one year ago, and even for Rahm, it's hard to believe how far the 22-year-old Spaniard has come. He lost time in 2015 with a ruptured ligament in his left ankle and again this year with the fractured rib that delayed the start of his 2017 season and a recurrence of the injury that put him on the DL since last month's Players Championship.

Johnson had overturned a four-shot deficit to seemingly move two shots clear of the field before being told on the 12th tee that officials would review an incident on his fifth hole after the round.

Discounting Rory McIlroy's winning score of 16-under in 2011, an aberration because Congressional Country Club was inundated by rain, the average winning score since 2006 has been 1.1 strokes under par. It looks wild and penal, and it is; but only if a player goes there. "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".

Some players in the field for the year's second major that gets underway on Thursday had grumbled about how hard it was to advance the ball out of the fescue that stood nearly knee high.

"I don't feel like it's a secret that I feel like my driver is one of the biggest weapons in my bag", said the 2011 U.S. Open victor at Congressional. "No limitations on my swing whatsoever".

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Actually, I lie. He's just become a father for the second time. The weather is going to be either bad or good, doesn't matter, we've just got to go out there and do the best job we can. "I mean not really many limitations". "I didn't want to be on the golf course, because I knew she was at home". "Everything feels good. I like the golf course". Could you imagine? Losing a golf ball after hitting an errant shot?!?

"It's important to have your mental strength and energy over the weekend, if you're going to do well, and not overdo it in the first couple of days", said Stenson, who added the Olympic silver medal in Rio.

Keeping the ball between the fescue will be paramount, though, because reaching the green from the tall rough will be hard if not impossible.

Matt Kuchar: Certainly has the temperament to win a U.S. Open and has played well since The Players Championship. In that department, Erin Hills' closing par-5 18th fits that bill to perfection.

He was trailing Billy Hurley, who still had more holes to play, and Rahm was in deep rough.

"So yeah, it hasn't been the best preparation in terms of competitively playing, but this is the first time I have got to the US Open on a Friday and I've played three really good practice rounds". I don't feel it at all. "It's among the longest and thickest stuff I've ever seen at a tournament", he said.

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