Mickelson loves the US Open setup, at least 17 of the holes

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Mickelson loves the US Open setup, at least 17 of the holes

With traffic expected to worsen when the US Open begins, Woods says he would not be surprised if it caused a competitor to miss his tee time - which can incur a penalty or even disqualification.

Garrett Rank, a full-time NHL referee who played only four rounds of golf during the hockey season, was co-medallist at his qualifying site in Georgia and will play his first U.S. Open this week.

Then again, it was late Sunday afternoon.

Scott, however, grabbed the chance last October - ahead of the Presidents Cup in New Jersey - to squeeze in a Shinnecock Hills "inspection" round. That's the most amateurs since 20 played in 1962 at Oakmont, the year Jack Nicklaus won the first of his 18 professional majors. A lot of times you can hit great putts on poa and they don't go in.

"I understand it because everyone wants to see a result on Sunday", Woods said. "And we'll see what happens". It's what helps fuel him for the next day, and gets him up for the next challenge. All it takes for him to temper any frustrations is to look back at previous year, when he didn't know if he would even play another U.S. Open.

He said some players had taken more than two hours to get to the course from their hotels and rental houses. Woods was asked how his life has changed since that day. Selfishly I like the way the U.S. Open was set up in the '90s with that sort of unfairness.

"I've had my opportunities".

"I've come close a few times in this tournament, " he said. The fairways are wide - 41 yards in some places, according to reports - and that gives everyone a chance of keeping their ball in the short stuff. "But I love how that has been brought into it, rather than the hack out of the rough, hope it comes out OK factor".

Spieth said he prefers to think about who makes putts in big moments, and whether the ball is holed with the right speed and right break.

And while the crowd was relatively sparse for his morning round, there is no mistaking when Woods is around.

Jason Day has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, and only the 2015 PGA Championship among majors. "And now to see this ladies tournament take place is just fantastic".

"I saw something so amusing yesterday".

"I'm out there to try to win trophies".

A victory this week at Shinnecock would make Mickelson the oldest U.S. Open champion and the second-oldest major champion, surpassed only by Julius Boros, who was also 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.

Why he'll win: This year's setup at Shinnecock will definitely favor the big hitters.

Woods won his second U.S. Open in 2002, but one of the top highlights of his career came during his third U.S. Open win in 2008. Tiger Woods and I really stood up for them and said that they should be admitted into the club, much to our detriment amongst a lot of the members.

"It's not - they're both pretty - it would be unbelievable achievements". And we know Spieth can be honest to a fault (this would be one of those times). "He has had to accommodate his fusion and I think that his golf swing is considerably better than it ever was because of that".

If you believe one of the three pre-tournament favorites (Johnson, Thomas or Rory McIlroy) to win the U.S. Open will end up taking home the championship, the golf odds are sitting at +325 compared to paying the price of -500 to get everyone else in the field.

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