First Ever U.S. Open In Washington About To Get Underway
A look at the 18th green at Chambers Bay before the US Open begins. (Photo: John Collett)
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- The 115th US Open will get underway at Chambers Bay Golf Course tomorrow morning, it will be the first time the event has ever been held in the state of Washington, becoming just the 18th state to host the historic event.
So far the reviews of the course have been mixed. To say the least.
One issue is the recent heat wave to hit the Northwest, causing a course that was designed to shed water because of the Washington showers to have a hard time retaining any. Below are a few social media posts showing the condition of the course.
But what can't get lost in the negative is the links nature of the course that was meant to challenge the world's best, who seem to have good things to say about the eight-year-old course.
"It's a pure links golf course," Rory McIlroy told the USGA. "Every part of this golf course is fescue. You get fescue in the United States on the surrounding areas of the golf course, but here fairways, greens, aprons, everything is fescue. It's really like playing an Open Championship in the United States."
For other pros the time of day will change the way they play Chambers Bay this weekend.
"I think one of the more dramatic things I've noticed is how differently it plays from morning to afternoon," Tiger Woods said to the USGA. "It gets so much faster and drier. The morning times versus afternoon times, it's very different."
Which plays into an advantage for some players, especially players from across the Atlantic like McIlroy and last years winner Martin Kaymer.
"I think the guys from the UK might have a little bit of an advantage this week, because this is what they grew up on," Kaymer said. "Overall, I think it's a great golf course. I think completely different in the way you have to be very creative, very untypical for U.S. Opens. But I think for the European players, we welcome those courses."
The 2011 US Open champ believes Chambers Bay plays right into his game.
"I really like the golf course," McIlroy said. "I think it sets up well for my game. You've got to be aggressive off the tee. You've got to hit driver. I think it's a course where you're going to see a lot of guys hit fairways and hit greens. But when you hit greens, you can still be 50, 60 feet away from the pin. So if you can drive the ball well and your pace putting and long putting is sharp, I think they're going to be two really key things this week to be successful."
SWX's John Collett will be at the course with photographer Dallas Hammers all weekend to bring you complete coverage of the US Open, they bring you more in the video player above.