Golfers get in final practice shots at US Open at Erin Hills

Golfers get in final practice shots at US Open at Erin Hills

"It's special. One of the reasons I wanted to play here is I knew it would be fun to play in front of your home crowd". According to the USGA, they want you to call it a "heartland" course. "It's kind of tough to prepare because there's three or four tee boxes on nearly every hole that we could be playing from". He played nine holes Wednesday. "But I think it's US Open, they expect our best". Where before kind of golf was the most important and now my family is the most important. That stuff is going to make the ball jump, and you won't be able to control it into the green.

Unlike Oakmont, neither player had stepped foot on the supersized course until they arrived this week. These are genuine hazards. While the length might prove a flawless fit for Johnson, who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance (312.1-yard average), the tall, thick fescue and wide fairways on the unfamiliar track could just as easily lead to a long shot winning the title. Every hole, except the par-4 11th, has at least two different teeing grounds. "I felt like coming back into it I was playing well enough to win".

The last six holes on Sunday could provide a frantic finish.

The big-hitting American ended Australian Jason Day's 47-week tenure at the top during a hot run earlier this year with back-to-back World Golf Championship titles among three victories. He's in decent form.

Not bad for a 39-year-old property manager who grew up at his father's driving range near Sedgefield.

The event has been hit by controversy over the past two years, which will be remembered for "dodgy greens and a rules farce". Many times U.S. Open scores are at or around par because par 5s play as par 4s and the USGA artificially enhances the final number.

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Whitten, a former attorney, has been writing about golf course architecture for more than 30 years. He has performed well in recent weeks and with a trimmed body might be a surprise package. The U.S. Open has had eight amateur winners (five players), most recently John Goodman in 1933. Making the cut would be awesome.

On Thursday, the 2017 US Open will begin. Can he ride the Augusta momentum to a better showing here? This is due to it varied topography that came about as a result of receding glaciers 10,000 years ago. This will be his Major debut.

A blimp crashes during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Thursday, June 15, 2017, near Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. AirSign, an advertising company, operates the bl.

World No.2 McIlroy ranks second on the PGA Tour for strokes gained off the tee and fifth for driving distance with his average of 308.5 yards. Johnson missed out at the chance at the first major of the year by slipping down the steps at his rental property ahead of the Masters.

Weather delays do seem inevitable over the next four days. "From what I've seen so far, it's really good". His form has been a bit up and down though and like so numerous favourites, he'll want consistency in his game over the coming days.