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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (AP) — A hole-by-hole look at Chambers Bay, site of the 115th U.S. Open to be played June 18-21, 2015.
No. 1, 496-598 yards, par 4-5: For the first time in U.S. Open history, a hole will have a different par depending on the round. As a par 5, the fairway is plenty generous off the tee and should be reachable in two depending on the wind strength and direction off Puget Sound. As a par 4, the landing area is much tighter and the green will be more difficult to hold with a mid-iron. The USGA expects the scoring average to be roughly similar regardless of par.
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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Doug Ferguson/AP) — So much is brand new about America’s oldest golf championship.
Not to worry. The U.S. Open hasn’t lost its reputation as the toughest test in golf. And it’s still the most democratic of the majors, with more than half the field — including a pair of two-time champions — having to go through qualifying.
Just about everything else at the 115th U.S. Open is breaking new ground, starting with where it is being played.
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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Tim Booth/AP) — For the students at the nearby high school, it was simply known as the “Sand Pit,” the landmark two miles down the road where they would run as part of gym class.
For the passengers on the train between Seattle and Portland, Oregon, it was a moment to look out the other windows of the train car and take in the waters of Puget Sound. Looking the opposite direction meant staring into the teeth of the ugly old gravel and sand quarry hugging the shoreline.
A decade ago, that was the property now known as Chambers Bay. It was sand, and gravel and old concrete pilings. An eyesore. That’s when the metamorphosis began, and it transformed from a sandy blemish into a swath of greenery cut through man-made mounds and dunes unique to American golf and, specifically, the Pacific Northwest.
Now the close-up for Chambers Bay has arrived: The 2015 U.S. Open, a rare occasion where the golf course is getting more attention than the players.
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UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth was home in Dallas when he slipped into his green jacket from Augusta National.
It was not a special occasion for the Masters champion.
“Just kind of felt like it,” he said with a grin. “Why wouldn’t I put it on, to be honest with you?”
Just don’t get the idea that the 21-year-old is content with what already has been a banner year. That runaway Masters victory was his second win of the year. He has lost in a playoff and had two other runner-up finishes. He is No. 2 in the world.
And he still has plenty he wants to achieve, starting with another major this week at the U.S. Open.
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KOHLER, Wisconsin (AP) — Rory McIlroy needed a break after missing the cut two straight weeks.
Returning to the site of what McIlroy considers one of his breakthrough tournaments -- the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits -- might give the world’s top-ranked golfer an extra confidence boost going into the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.
Not that McIlroy seems too worried about his game.
“Personally, I didn’t really look much into what happened those last two events,” McIlroy said Friday at media day for this year’s PGA Championship, which returns to Whistling Straits in August. “Just concentrating on what I really need to do well.”
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