Johnson arrives for US Open after birth of child

Steve Stricker center and Jim Furyk chat on the ninth green Monday during a practice round for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Temperatures were around 90 for the opening day of the 117th tournament that tees off Thur

Steve Stricker center and Jim Furyk chat on the ninth green Monday during a practice round for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Temperatures were around 90 for the opening day of the 117th tournament that tees off Thur

"We have 60 yards (of fairway) from left line to right line", McIlroy seethed. "I don't see par winning the tournament", said Spieth. "And in a normal year, this place would be flawless for him". "I don't expect McIlroy to be clicking on all cylinders at the start, but I think his goal is to peak on the weekend".

Shane Lowry: Probably not a sleeper considering his last two U.S. Opens, notably his tie for second at Oakmont a year ago.

The affronts to his body are not quite Tiger Woods-esque but they have prevented him from competing in several events, including the 2015 defense of his Open Championship title.

"As it all turned out it was meant to be the way I did it".

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 didn't feel like my body was restricting me in any way from doing what I wanted to do", he said. "No limitations on my swing whatsoever. It wouldn't surprise me if someone loses a ball and has to take an unplayable (lie)". 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 have to believe that that was what they took into consideration more than playability".

"I really don't think, as long and as varied the tee boxes might be, that this is too complicated of a golf course".

PGA Tour victor, Kevin Na demonstrated the sheer difficulty of escaping from the native grasses, which had looked set to devour wayward golf balls and lead to potentially high scores.

Bayern sign Gnabry from Bremen
He also earned his first call-up for Germany, scoring a hat trick on his debut in a rout of San Marino last November. Gnabry , 21, will receive a three-year contract with FC Bayern.

Rahm, who tied for 23rd as the low amateur at last year's US Open at Oakmont, has been a sensation since turning professional.

"And downwind, if the greens are firm, which it doesn't look like they're going to be, but if it was firm, it leaves an nearly impossible shot if you're outside 120 yards just to hold the green". But with the wetter conditions you're going to have to pull the driver more than the 2-iron this week.

"It's a very hard green with the prevailing wind because it's so flat on the green". With the lengthy course softened up by rain, the players won't get as much roll on their drives, which favors long-ball hitters such as McIlroy, Jason Day and defending champion Dustin Johnson.

Just 11-years old, Erin Hills has no such bona fides but some including reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson are wary of the dangers that lurk.

After testing a bunch of models, the Spider Tour with a black line on the crown of the putter head to aid with alignment "was really the one that came out better than the rest in terms of launch conditions and how fast it got the ball rolling, side spin, even face rotation, as well", he said. Some of the key stats that I'll be targeting include: driving distance, GIR, birdie scoring, recent form, Vegas odds, adjusted round score, and strokes gained tee to green. "If at the end of the week it's over par that wins and I get a chance to do that, then great".

"It's a bit of a different feel than what I had been playing previously", McIlroy noted.

"My long game certainly lifted last week in Memphis, which I was really happy to see".

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