US Open 2017: Notable pairings in first round

"Just a mental test, just dealing with the mental side of the game more than any other tournament", said American Jordan Spieth, victor of the 2015 U.S. Open on a similar links style course at Chambers Bay.

Erin - Rory McIlroy believes the layout of the Erin Hills course at this week's US Open will allow players to make aggressive shots.

"My preparation for Majors has been a little different than in years past, maybe a few less trips around the golf course than I might have done previously", Scott said.

"I don't think I'd play better with any other caddie because he keeps me pretty calm. the friendly banter is going to be good all week", Flanagan said ahead of the tournament at Wisconsin's Erin Hills Golf Club, starting on Thursday night (AEST).

The last six majors - including Johnson's maiden US Open victory - have been won by players who had never won a major before.

In his first tournament as a pro, he shot 64 at Congressional - which has hosted three US Opens - and was leading the Quicken Loans National.

RORY McILROY, 2011 U.S. Open champion: We have 60 yards from left line to right line. One narrows to about 35 yards in a tight landing area, which is more in line with a U.S. Open.

Las Vegas sports books have Scott at 25-1 to win the tournament, Hoffman and Na each at 150-1, Piercy at 200-1 and Oda 2,000-1.

"If I can get it in my hands more regularly, and I think if the field has to hit driver more often, that plays into my hands, too".

So determined was Stricker to play in the first U.S. Open to be played in his home state that he hit the practice grounds and then earned his spot in the year's second major by firing rounds of 67-65 during a qualifying event last week in Memphis. But the way it worked out, I feel much better the way I got here. Beyond that, capable driving and deft approach play into Erin Hills' greens are key. It's just a matter of managing that sort of practice load, which isn't a bad thing.

"No, I feel that he's coming, " he said of Mickelson.

In fact, one prominent player was both surprised and dismayed when told the USGA was trimming the fescue.

"It just depends on where it ends up, what the lie is", he said.

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.

Stricker said not being qualified for the U.S. Open as excitement began to build for Wisconsin's historic event was hard. I'm convinced of that, but it would have been nice if they would have. There was also a fear that we could be in for six-hour rounds with players looking for balls in the fescue and trying to hammer it out of there.

"But I really don't think that this is too complicated of a golf course".

"That was really the one that came out better than the rest in terms of launch conditions and how fast it got the ball rolling, side spin, even face rotation, as well, I felt like I could bring it back to square more often than anything else I had tested".

RULES OFFICIALS: The U.S. Open wants to be a little quicker with its communications over rules issues, especially in light of past year at Oakmont.

"And there have been a couple of times where I have let it get in my head. I feel like I can go out and play and shoot scores and play with my friends and get confidence that way".

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