Stricker proud of Wisconsin grit to make US Open

The problem for Gary Woodland as he approaches the U.S. Open is in his head.

Although Senior has five professional victories to his credit, arguably the best golf of his career to date came back in 2011, when he won the prestigious Lytham Trophy and beat compatriot Andy Sullivan in the final of the New South Wales Matchplay in Sydney.

The fact that this year Women's US Open will be taking place at a golf course owned by Donald Trump will do the USGA's reputation very little good either - however just or unjust that may be. Earlier this year, he made his debut in a World Golf Championship, finishing T67 in the WGC-Mexico Championship after qualifying for the tournament as the highest-ranked Mexican player in the world.

Price, who plays on the secondary Tour, will carry the clubs this week at Wisconsin's Erin Hills Golf Club after Flanagan bagged one of three 11th-hour starts from a sectional qualifier in Texas last week.

"So all in all I was pretty disappointed with how it ended up previous year, but look, that's behind me now".

"I forgot to take my pills this morning and I've been sneezing about 50 times already".

SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie: A sleeper pick for the U.S. Open is the 6-foot-1 Shane Lowry.

From the flyovers, Erin Hills looks a picturesque-enough course. "And that being said, it's probably the most penal rough I've seen".

Predicting a winning score is always fraught with danger but it is safe to say there will be plenty of birdies on the smooth greens at Erin Hills, which has been closed to the public since late past year.

It's got some length to it (7,800 yards), with each of the four par-fives measuring more than 600 yards. What's more, he's tied for fourth in two of his last three outings, including at THE PLAYERS.

Although his lone major championship title came at the 2015 US PGA Championship, where he became the first major victor to finish with a 20-under-par total, Day feels brutal US Open courses better suit his style.

His return to the big stage seemed to come from nowhere, but Flanagan told the Herald his body and his game had slowly recovered this year.

"I've been hitting the ball great", he said.

Miller's first U.S. Open was the penultimate appearance for Hogan. How do they change the course throughout the week to challenge the players?

"It's feeling really good", McIlroy said of his rib injury. "How do the USGA expect to sell the game to the masses when they see the pros having their trousers pulled down".

"If you're driving the ball well, you can really take advantage of some of the holes", Niebrugge said of Erin Hills. "I did what I had to do to get in".

"I think that's Wisconsin people in general", he said. I've played against him in the (WGC) Match Play.

The rough at Erin Hills looks very similar to that at Carnoustie, where Garcia nearly won the Open in 2007, losing in a play-off to Padraig Harrington. By Sunday of that week, the greens were variously described as "extremely poor", "as bad as they look", and "the worst, most disgraceful surfaces I have ever seen on any tour" by some of the leading players. It makes me believe that I'll be able to win a major some day.

In a deliberate and planned effort to maximize the spectator experience and avoid overcrowding, the USGA is now evaluating the total number of daily tickets that will be sold for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship.

"Seeing only where you want the ball to go can sometimes be good in a tournament as tough as the US Open".

With that in mind, the tan, light green and even brown fescue is much thinner, less dense in its grouping and much easier for players to play from and swing through.

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