Adam Scott ready to have good go at US Open

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

If Day wins the first ever U.S. Open in Wisconsin, he'll become an even bigger fan of the state.

"Really?" Rory McIlroy said.

"I really wasn't in contention, but I was up around the top", said Stricker. If you prepare 100% the right way, mentally that puts you in a great frame of mind to go out and attack the golf course.

"I definitely owed him one", Price said.

There's more to it than just length.

Diaz, a four-time NCAA Division II all-American at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, lost a playoff in sectional qualifying and is hoping to play in his first major championship. For someone who grew up in Northern Ireland, he has the reputation of favoring benign conditions instead of firm, wind-whipped conditions.

The field includes 25 major championship winners, led by five-time victor Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els of South Africa (who has won four majors), Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (four), Angel Cabrera of Argentina (two), Zach Johnson (two), Martin Kaymer of Germany (two), Spieth (two), Bubba Watson (two), Lucas Glover, Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Danny Willett and Justin Rose of England, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia of Spain, Jason Day and Adam Scott of Australia, Henrik Stenson of Sweden, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker, Jim Furyk, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Keegan Bradley and Stewart Cink.

As with most big sporting or entertainment events weather is the wildcard, and with blazing temperatures and a threat of violent thunderstorms spectator safety will be a prime concern.

"At the same time, we're playing for over $2 million this week", he concluded.

Still, the fact that he beat all but three golfers in a premier event less than a year ago is a source of inspiration for Stricker.

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"It's not like the Players Championship or the Masters or the John Deere or whatever where it is the same place, so it has its challenges".

Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. From all indications, Erin Hills will do that this week. He says he can swing and has full power. Anyone playing well is going to hit fairways, which means the players who excel at second shots are going to thrive.

The unknown is how sharp he will be this week.

A field of 156 players will chase the $12 million total purse, of which $2.16 million and 600 FedExCup points will go to the victor.

"And I feel like this tournament could be the first since the Masters where I really feel motivated to try to get the game peaking again". I need to do to get back to winning Majors and being in contention.

Having dealt with the controversial rulings of recent renewals and a serious backlash in choosing Chamber's Bay as the 2015 host venue, it certainly feels like preparations couldn't have gone any better for Erin Hills this time 'round. I don't feel it at all. It's just a matter of being able to do it.

It's more than worth the trouble for the 30-year-old Mexico native who now lives in SC and plays most of his golf on the Tour. Johnson played the last seven holes not knowing if he would be penalized, and thus not knowing the score.

"It actually worked out pretty well that I missed the cut the Memorial, even though I didn't want to", Johnson said.

The annual storyline is usually about how hard the course plays.

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