Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Players, USGA have 1 goal at Pebble: Get it right this time

Players, USGA have 1 goal at Pebble: Get it right this time

Then again, the tournament hasn't started.

Adam Scott during his Wednesday practice round at the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. The praise of Pebble Beach has gone to a new level.

Wait, what you've always done?

What the folks at the USGA don't seem to understand is that lack of a clear definition has been exactly the problem with the tournament's identity in recent years.

Sunshine last week and a dry forecast for the U.S. Open have Pebble Beach manicured to near perfection.

McIlroy, the jersey and his bag did thankfully make it to the California coast for this week's US Open, but the sports fan confirmed that the jersey would be staying in the suitcase this week.

There was one open spot: Right next to Tiger Woods. He was Payne Stewart and Hale Irwin; he was Corey Pavin and Lee Janzen.

There's so many guys that shoot themselves out of it just because it's a major. "I played with less technical thoughts, and that was really it". "Very juicy. You need to put the ball in the fairways".

Wind is the greatest defence of Pebble Beach.

The harder Pebble Beach plays at this week's US Open, the better China's Li Haotong will like it. But we are better from listening to those perspectives. But old habits die hard.

If McIlroy's game is peaking for this week, there's another Open he probably wants to win even more this year. "We have a history under Mike's leadership of doing that, really creating different angles, risk/reward".

It's not unusual for organizers to rave about the condition of a golf course on the eve of a major championship.

"I guess I'd call myself a decent frontrunner".

One of the storylines for this year's open is can Brooks Koepka win a third straight US Open.

Koepka enters this tournament as the No. 1 golfer in the world. "I've played two tournaments with that setup, and it's worked pretty well".

Then previous year, a few bad pin placements on the back nine at Shinnecock Hills made the course nearly unplayable on Saturday, when the final 45 players who teed off all failed to break par.

He also brought the putter he used to shoot 61 on Sunday to win the Canadian Open after trading it for a Toronto Raptors jersey, a story all by itself.

McIlroy's score of 258 at the Canadian Open was his career-low 72-hole score on the US PGA Tour and his seven-shot win was the event's largest winning margin in 67 years.

"I've said it the last time, there's so much pressure".

"I don't have to play like an idiot here and fire at pins hanging out over the ocean, but I can hit some shots and know I'm confident I can get out of trouble around the greens". "And I saw Harry". You've still got to hit it close, and you still have to make putts. And I said, I better go find it. "And granted, I have to work on a few things mentally and physically with regards to my golf game". And the big thing for me is to go ahead and believe that and have trust in my abilities that I can do that.

Was the Irishman ever anxious that he'd never see his putter again? "And I think Jason is trying to tap into that and trying to turn his year around". He's got my putter.

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